Augustus Devilheart

Biography

Ex many occupations,from the respectable 'career-ladder' to disreputable "somebody's- got- to- do- it". All a good way of seeing someone else's point-of-view. Best job,apart from writing, was dispatch-riding on a motorcycle in the 70's,though I've also enjoyed teaching,librarianship,counselling and helping to run a community-centre. Worst job - you really don't want to know,but it was in a processed food manufacturer's factory - put me off bacon,sausages and quiches for a long time,and made me look at pet-food in a new way.
I've been writing since I was eight,when I penned a story about a desert island and attempted to compile a dictionary - as Clarissa does in ' The Moon Is Out Tonight'. I've written for magazines under a variety of pen-names,ghost-written a couple of biographies and had a column in a local newspaper..
I used to concentrate on non-fiction of an informative,how-to instructional nature,as I'm a firm believer in the dissemination of knowledge to enable people to do things for themselves. Knowledge is power,and in these troubled times of economic down-turn and increased intrusion into our lives by government agencies its vital to know how to get through. My fictional stories also show people coping and finding ways to survive.
I'm based in a Celtic nation,the county of Cornwall or Kernow. I've been here for twenty years,and have lived all over the country,as well as abroad - in France,Germany,Switzerland,Spain and the U.S.A.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk as such,for my laptop sits on a small wheeled table,the sort commonly used to pull over a bed to have breakfast. Various useful objects are within easy reach,including a back-scratcher. I write in semi-darkness,with the window covered over to prevent distractions. The room is illuminated by two strategically placed bedside table-lamps and my laptop screen. I'm frequently surprised by what the weather is doing,when I venture into other rooms and look out of the window. As I live in a noisy location,I often drown out disturbance by playing music from the hard-drive via ear-buds.

What's the story behind your stories ?
Many of my protagonists are outsiders and solitaries,which is rather a give-away about my own place in society. Writers are hermits by the nature of their calling,though their seclusion is preceded by immersion in the ways of conventional society. So it was with me,and after a prolonged and intense dunking in the ways of man I took several years out getting to know myself again. I have learned much from reading fiction over the years,loving new words,hearing of new artists and taking encouragement from the success of the characters in the stories;I hope to pass on some of these pleasures to my readers. Thus I may use words that aren't commonly heard anymore,mention musicians or authors that the character enjoys,both as an indicator of their nature and to introduce the reader to them.

What do you read for pleasure?
I have wide-ranging tastes,though since I started writing again I've confined myself to poetry,wary of being infuenced by the style of other authors. From 2009 - 2012 I read about 1,400 novels and volumes of short stories and poetry,as well as many non-fiction works. I think that I kept my local branch library open.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had an agent when I started writing in the 1970's, and she did all of the hard work of finding me work and selling what I wrote. Sadly,she died while I was in America. I've been doing my own thing since,and the attraction of publishing via Smashwords is evident when you look at the percentage paid on earnings compared to traditional publishers. It's salutary to remember that JK Rowling was turned down a dozen times by publishers,before being accepted. As the great screenwriter William Goldman said of the workings of the Hollywood studios : " No one knows anything. " So why not let the reader decide ?

Who are your favorite authors?
For short stories I still think that Guy de Maupassant is the master,though Raymond Carver and Michele Roberts are satisfying and thought-provoking. I favour American thriller writers over British,and Michael Connelly,James Lee-Burke and Dennis Lehane are masterful. James Connolly is superb. Elmore Leonard has never written anything bad. Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series of mysteries are a delight. Henning Mankell is well known for his Wallander series of novels,but any of his novels are fine and moving. Alice Hoffman is always engrossing. I love Patrick Gale,Justin Cartwright,Helen Dunmore, and Donald Harington. I grew up reading articulate tellers of tales,such as J.B. Priestley,John Steinbeck,Ray Bradbury and E.L.Doctorow,all of whom are more concerned with getting their story across than being pretentious in a literary way. If I want to read something unusual I'll go to Haruki Murakami,and Annie Dillard makes me happy. If you haven't read any of Richard Brautigan,then please do,for there's no one like him. Try 'The Hawkline Monster' or 'The Abortion.An Historical Romance 1966.'

Whats the best advice you know about writing ?
Two wise observations spring to mind. The great American sports-writer Red Smith said " Writing is easy. Sit down and open a vein. " And E.L. Doctorow noticed that " Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights,but you make the whole trip that way."

What is your writing process?
I like to think that I have a good memory,but jotting ideas down immediately is a tremendous way of capturing slippery sources of inspiration. It can simply be a phrase or title,as well as plot ideas - don't let them get away. I begin composing stories mentally,often years before sitting down to write using some of the strange and amusing things that have happened to me and friends.I know that some writers stick to a strict regime of creating a certain number of words each and every day. I can see the value in that,as some good may come of it even if it's painfully forced,but I work better going with the flow that comes from needing to put down what's come to me since I left the story. Its more of a release of pressure,rather than a regular syphoning-off of words.

How do you tackle cover design?
Although I'm a writer I have a keen visual sense. My father was a noted photographer,and I grew up surrounded by cameras and mind-expanding images. I have a background that includes the creative arts,so have a go
What's the story behind your stories ?
Many of my protagonists are outsiders and solitaries,which is rather a give-away about my own place in society. Writers are hermits by the nature of their calling,though their seclusion is usually preceded by immersion in the ways of conventional society. So it was with me,and after a prolonged and intense dunking in the ways of man I took several years out getting to know myself again. I have learned much from reading fiction over the years,loving new words,hearing of new artists and taking encouragement from the success of the characters in the stories;I hope to pass on some of these pleasures to my readers. Thus I may use words that aren't commonly heard anymore,mention musicians or authors that the character enjoys,both as an indicator of their nature and to introduce the reader to them.
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Books

Love Ends
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
When things aren't going right,as the unravelling begins - what to do next ? How to find a way out - or should you ?
Nature's Ways
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
We're surrounded by it,but forget how to see the creatures that we share the world with - from tiny insects to birds and flowers.
Hold Onto Yourself
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
What with the wind trying to blow me away,and the ghosts telling fibs,is it a surprise that I've been making up stories. I'd quite like to be an animal or a bird,but could I have some whiskers in the meantime ?
Witches Knickers
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Life is a bit mad sometimes,what with weird witches,bonkers characters visiting their friends and the animals leaving me Christmas lists. But I've got my secret powers to help me - and do you like my new beard ?
Love Wishes
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Thinking about love,spending some time alone and eyeing up potential partners. How to go about things differently this time - will you ever learn ?
Love Hopes
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
What if the person that you fancy is feeling the same way about you ? How to put past disappointment behind you,and move on.
Modern Times
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Observe how we get through life in the new millennium,which is starting to feel old already. Who is watching you,and how will you die - and how will that be reported on the news ? You're sure to find comfort somewhere - but for how long ?
Poems To Ponder
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Growing up means learning lots of things - how to tell jokes,how to tie shoe-laces,the importance of telling the truth - but what is that,exactly ? Why can't I be a pirate instead ? And look at what my cat's licking now !
Solitariness
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
If loneliness is the poverty of the soul,and solitariness the richness of the soul,then you are blessed in your isolation. You're finding ways through,that other people fear to consider.
Loneliness
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Being alone,you may learn more about yourself than those who mingle in the throng. Nobody said it would be easy - and you know how tough it all is,and how much of a loner you are.
Darkness Darkness
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The shades in your soul may be resilient companions in your dark journey through life. There are uses for pain,pleasure in being tougher than the rest.
Darkness
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Sometimes darkness is your only friend. Safe in its shadows,contemplate the world and make peace with your demons.
Old Age Navigation
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Finding a way to cope with getting older,while still feeling the same way inside as you ever did. Getting old is a pain,but it beats the alternative...
Love Begins
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » African Poetry
The first thrill of new love - the doubts,the hopes and all of the tentative manoeuvring.
What Would I Do Without You ?
By
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 17,250. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
A frustrated housewife,married to her boring husband dreams of what life would be like if she were widowed. She's fantasized a new world based around the trendy and arty quayside in town,which has been redeveloped. Then everything changes,and she's presented with an unexpected opportunity.
Love Stages
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Love beginnings and love endings. Love that's meant to be and love that's run out of steam. Poems for new lovers,those trapped and the abandoned who have begun again.
Hearts On Tour
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,900. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Five long-time friends from a village go into the local market-town for their monthly pub-crawl. It's day-time and things are quiet,but it's important to keep up with the local gossip. Their brotherhood supports much more than the pubs that they visit. How would they cope without one another ?
Due-Date
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A librarian finds himself in a state of limbo - is he dead or one of the undead ? He can see dates of death floating on people,their cause of death too,as well as their final words. He is disconnected from life,yet haunted by knowledge of the doom that awaits us all. Does he have a purpose anymore ?
A Blue Tomorrow
By
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 15,990. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
The courtship and happiness of a farmer brings home to a frustrated police sergeant how far his life has drifted off track. Temptation rears its attractive but deadly head,and things go from bad to worse.
A Man Out Walking His Dog
By
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 34,150. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A newly separated and recently retired man takes his dog for a regular walk along the river bank. They find a woman's body floating in the water,and he retrieves it. Who is she,and how is it that he is accused of involvement in her death ?
Quarry
By
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 21,650. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A holiday Italian-American mobster is snatched by a gang of heavily-armed 'preppers' - survivalists who are ready for the end of the world. They equip him with weapons and proceed to hunt him down,filming the action. What has he done to deserve this ?
Over and Out
By
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 5,620. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Three daughters organize their parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The union has been a tempestuous one,but change is about to happen at the most unexpected of occasions.
Jacqui In Space
By
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A famed motorcycle traveller is sent to Mars to explore the red planet for colonization. Earth is doomed by pollution and over-exploitation of its resources. Can she find a new place for the human-race to live - and should she ?
Ghosting
By
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 20,790. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
Following the life of an eccentric nature-lover from young naturalist to animal researcher,and how she comes to terms with life and death. Through her experiences in observing wildlife and with the spirits of the departed she finds her own identity among the living.
In The Graveyard At Dawn
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
A young boy enters a graveyard at dawn with his dog. Both love the countryside and the wild-life they observe. Death is a part of the process of Life,but a surprise awaits them in the burial-ground.
Burpwallow Holler
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 25,960. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An army veteran,a survivor of the conflict in the American Civil War is haunted by stress from his experiences in battles. He hears of a fellow warrior who is being persecuted for his color and beliefs. Is the war about to begin again ? It has never really ended for him...
Is It Her ?
By
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 20,480. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A bereaved man in his sixties faces up to life alone,after losing his beloved wife via assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. Navigating through life in a fog,he experiences a delightful collision. Does life offer second chances ?
The Moon Is Out Tonight
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 11,310. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A successful but lonely business-woman and author sits alone contemplating the full moon with her ragamuffin of a cat. Out in the darkness,mere yards away, a bachelor down on his luck,does what he can to survive.
Soul-Swapping
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A hapless demon,dead and in Hell for 150 years finds himself transported to modern-day London to serve a dominant hell-hag. She uses her minion to swap souls between humans,for bets and to serve her master's evil intent.

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Augustus Devilheart's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Augustus Devilheart

  • The Viatic of Thaddeus Moon on Nov. 25, 2013

    Good fun - an incorrigible anti-hero,an alluring and loyal heroine and a doggedly persistent policeman. I look forward to reading more of their adventures.
  • E. U. C. Bureau on Nov. 25, 2013

    Sadly believable as a vision of the future. Blade Runner meets Doctor Harold Shipman ( Wikipedia him ) and a good reason for hair-dye !
  • The Widow's Wail on Nov. 25, 2013

    Deeply moving. An inspirational tale of how to cope when change is forced into one's life.
  • Evaluations of the Tribe on Nov. 25, 2013

    Gripping and imaginative narrative with slick graphics - a force to be reckoned with.
  • Beyond The Gate on Nov. 25, 2013

    A strong and imaginative collection of stories with some nice twists. A talent to watch,the author has the right attitude to his craft and I look forward to his new work.