Interview with Devon Drake

What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Man of Nightstone" was mostly inspired by my love of martial arts. Studying kung-fu has sent me on several journeys and adventures and taught me a great deal about fighting, people, life, and myself. I've used this book to combine my love of kung-fu with my love of writing into a story and a cast of characters that I had a lot of fun writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a little boy who had to fight an evil witch using a magical crystal. I wrote it for a school assignment when I was eight or nine years old. But I still had a lot of fun writing it...even if I did need my mother's help.
When did you first start writing?
When I wrote a poem for my 8th grade English class. The teacher praised it so much she said I should write more. I didn't think it was very good, but she assured me that if I wrote more poems, I would get better at it. Prior to that I had never written anything of my own volition. So, following her advice, I started writing. And she was right! Eventually, I got better at it and loved it even more.
What is your writing process?
I need two things to write: music and time. I don't like to write in little bits and pieces. I need to know that I have nothing else on my agenda but writing for at least the next 2-3 hours. From there I select my music based on what kind of scene I'm writing at the time. For example, I've always loved heavy metal and it really helps me when writing scenes where the conflict builds to a head. Whether that conflict is a loud argument or a sword fight, I need to be listening to metal.
Do you remember the first story you ever read that had an impact on you?
Yes. "The Ambitious Violet" by Kahlil Gibran. The message of that story is something that I still hold dear.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Michigan. Growing up, I had to deal with Michigan weather. Which means each of the four seasons eventually showed me their ugly side before I was a teenager. Being forced to deal with a variety of adversity has had a great influence on my writing and my personality.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After finding out how little authors are paid under the traditional system AND how quickly they are cast aside if they don't become bestsellers, I decided to pursue the path of an independent author. And I believe every author should do the same! I believe the free market should decide which authors are good and which authors are bad. The internet makes that possible by empowering both the writers and the readers.
What are you working on next?
A series of short stories about a character named Doctor Madangel. He lives in the world of "The Man of Nightstone" but does not appear in the book. And I am also working on the next book in the Nightstone Saga, which I'm planning on being an eight book series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, practicing and studying kung-fu, exploring the internet, and playing video games...sometimes with my son.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I know I've gotten it right, made all the right story and character decisions, and the basic structure of the story is sound and solid. That's when I know whatever scene/chapter/story/book that I'm working on is done. There's a wonderful moment of, "Challenge completed!" followed immediately by, "On to the next challenge."
Published 2015-02-18.
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Books by This Author

The Man of Nightstone
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,950. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
A daring bounty hunter, Althadis, claiming to be one of the world's most skilled sorcerers, has come to the city-state of Pallos announcing that he's hot on the trail of the Whisper, the world's most infamous assassin. No one has ever escaped Whisper's blade or seen his face. Of course, everyone thinks Althadis is completely insane. But sometimes the lesser evil is the crazier man.