Interview with Devan Johnson

What's the story behind your latest book?
Devan: Welcome to The After is something Jade and I have worked on for almost 6 years prior to publication. We found a comic strip by an artist named Bleedman literally they day we met and started dating. His comic took fairy tale characters and put them in a mental institution... we loved the idea and became quick fans. We even came up with our own ideas of how to twist various stories for characters we hoped would make an appearance... sadly Bleedman didn't get very far at all before he ran out of ideas and gave up on his comic. This prompted Jade and I to begin working on Welcome to The After, the novelization of our own twisted fairy tales.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Devan: I have always been infatuated with writing and reading books, ever since I can remember. I always read and wrote well above my grade level and published my first novel as a freshman in high-school. Unfortunately, I had the writing skills, and marketing know-how of a freshman as well and The Cleric's Choice never really took off; but I refused to let that deter me. We are currently working on improving both that novel as well as it's sequel to be released along side Escape From The After...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Devan: The greatest joy of writing would be observing the worlds I get to create, let me elaborate... When I'm 'in the zone' I don't feel like I'm writing a story and creating narrative. I feel like the scene is alive and I am simply a humble observer recording what happens. If my scene is some characters around a campfire I place them there and then observe how the scene unfolds and honestly... there are many times that I'm pleasantly surprised at what I see.
What are you working on next?
Devan: We are working on the next two books in the Once Upon and After series as well as re-mastering my first two original novels that were published back in '09 and 2010.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Devan: My family, simply put. I do everything for them, and they are everything to me. I'm a stay at home dad to my three children ever since I became disabled and the silver lining is that I get to spend more time with them, and more time with my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Devan: The first story I ever wrote was The Cleric's Choice. It was a mid-evil fantasy adventure that my friends and I began working on in late '03 and I eventually published in '09. We loved to play Dungeons and Dragons, so that book pulled a lot of inspiration from that universe.
Published 2017-10-05.
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Books by This Author

Welcome to The After
Series: Once Upon An After. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 78,680. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Come into The After, a mental asylum filled with fairy tale characters, though nothing like you remember. Humpty Dumpty and Jiminy Cricket run this nut house, trying to sift through the insanity spreading across Fairtalia and help their patients in the process. Join them if you feel like you can withstand the madness that is the true after of 'Happily Ever After.'