This month I had the
pleasure of chatting with a wonderful author who took time out
of her busy schedule to chat with me. So, without further
delay letís hear from
always wanted to be a writer and how did you get your start?
Iíve wanted to be a writer since
learning how to read. Itís been a lifelong ambition, one
pursued through many years. Iím going to assume that your
question refers to when I got my start as a professional paid
writer. That would have to be when I worked for a small
regional newspaper as a reporter. As much as I enjoyed writing
local feature articles, my heart has always been with fiction.
As for writing fiction, I wrote a couple of gothic novels and
several novellas for many small e-publishers before making the
transition to New York.
Tell us a
little about what makes Devyn tick.
Iím still trying to figure that one out!
I suppose you could say all my pets keep me ticking, LOL. I have
lots of cats, 4 ferrets and a dog. They keep me pretty busy with
I read you love
gothics. What about the genre appeals to you?
Iíve always had a heart and fascination
with the supernatural and occult. Plus, I grew up on the gothics of
the 70ís. There used to be a line of gothics through Ace, tales of
vampires, werewolves and witchery that absolutely captivated me. I
must have read at least a thousand, though I can recall very few
titles to this day. And the old television shows, Dark Shadows and
the Night Stalker. I still have all my old DS and NS paperbacks
wrapped in paper to protect them. Every once in awhile Iíll pull one
out and read it, just to remind me why I loved them so much.
You write in
several genres, do you have a favorite? Why?
Though I do write contemporary, I prefer
dark paranormalsómostly because I like the ideas of shadows lurking
in every day life. Most of my books are about ordinary people thrown
into extraordinary situations when encountering the occult. It
brings out the bestóand the worstóin them. How they cope, why they
cope, is something I enjoy exploring through my fiction.
How do your
characters come to you?
They show up and knock on my brain. One
day they are there, like magic. I have no conscious idea where they
come from or who they are and why. They just suddenly show up, LOL.
Tell us some of
your favorites: foods, music, movies, books, authors, holidays, and
any others you would like to share.
Favorite food is Garlic Triscuits. I am
absolutely mad for crackers, but Triscuits are the best.
Favorite music is classical. I love
Vivaldi, Beethoven and Bach. I also get a charge out of heavy metal,
like Ozzy Osbourne or Rob Zombie (gotta love that Living Dead Girl).
But I also get a kick out of bubblegum pop, Avril Lavinge, Britney
Spears, etcÖ. I am a sucker for a catchy tune and stupid lyrics.
My favorite authors are Kate Douglas,
Morgan Hawke, John Grisham and Stephen King. These writers all have
a different and distinct style that entertains. I also read a lot of
biographies and history, in addition to all the magazine
subscriptions I keep. I never miss a night to read, even if it is
only a few pages at a time.
I am not really a holiday person. Any
day the post office and banks close is a tragedy in my world. Iíd
like a 24/7 world.
And pets. I love, love, love cats and
ferrets! Canít have enough even though they are a lot of trouble,
especially when you have as many as I do.
Do you have any
advice for aspiring writers?
As much as Iíd love to say writing is a
creative pursuit, writers have to learn to put their art aside and
treat it as a cold hard business with a bottom line of the almighty
dollar. You not only have to learn to hone your craft, you have to
learn how the business works and operate within those parameters.
If you could
travel to any place or time where would it be, and why?
I think I would travel to Vienna to meet
Beethoven, because my first musical love is and always will be
classical music. I would also like to meet Edgar Allen Poe. That
would be cool to meet the man who wrote The Raven.
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
I love hearing from readers and I am
fairly easy to contact through my website.
How do you
promote your work?
Living out in the middle of nowhere,
itís difficult to do a lot of book signings and other appearances
(not that Iím in a lot of demand, LOL). However I do try to make
sure that readers visiting my website come away with something.
Everyone can write and request the free goodies I am often giving
away. Not only do I have signed postcards and cover flats, Iíve
recently added bookplates, post-it pads and pens. Itís just my way
of saying ďthanksĒ to all the readers who buy my books.
When writing do
you plan it all out before starting or does the story come to you as
I start with a rough idea and then I
just make it up as I go along.
What would a
perfect day for Devyn involve?
Easily getting in my 2000 words without
a lot of struggle.
What do you do
in your free time?
I watch a lot of movies. I love nothing
more than renting a DVD and spending a quiet evening with the pets.
What is your
perfect writing environment? Do you need absolute peace and quiet or
can you write anywhere?
I need music, preferably tunes that fit
the theme of the story I am writing. I also need a set place that I
feel familiar with and comfortable in. Out of my space, I canít
write a word, LOL.
anything else you would like to share with us?
Thanks for the interview. And I hope
that people will drop by my site and say hello!