Interview with Antoine Maurice Devine

What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
A dedicated website, Facebook posts, and press releases related to the subject matter. Word of mouth has resulted in many sales. I'm always honored when someone downloads by book in the midst of a conversation.
Describe your desk
Cluttered with notes and research and bills.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've lived all over the US, and visited Canada, Mexico and Europe. Meeting people and from all walks of life, and experiencing various cultures, societies and historical perspectives influences my stories.
When did you first start writing?
Kindergarten. Seriously, I've always loved writing. I used to write letters to my grandmother, who lived in the same city, starting around 2nd grade. I chose law school over business school because I love using words to communicate ideas, though I appreciate the power of numbers. I started writing novels because I believe I have something to say, and stories are a great way to convey ideas. I am a student of history, and there is much of forgotten human history that brings light to our current condition. I hope to shine that light.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Cure is a topical fiction story that illustrates the corruption and corporate callousness that permeates the breast cancer drug industry. Based upon a true story concerning one of the largest clinical trial fraud cases in National Cancer Institute history, two government investigators search for the stolen formula for a breast cancer cure. They are pursued by corporate mercenaries employed by a leading drug company whose CEO has ties to organized crime. They risk their lives to find the formula, developed by a scientist who spent his life in relative obscurity, paying for his greatest triumph with his life. It's a fast paced novel with action, suspense and a sexual tension between the main characters, who shared a passionate but stormy romance during medical school.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My goal is to reach the mainstream publishing market, but I recognize the potential for the DIY market. The current reality however, is that books are sold, not bought, and without the expensive marketing budgets, and more importantly, reviews by major newspapers, book reviews and magazines, the DIY market can only struggle. The New York Times best seller list is controlled by major publishers who can distribute millions of copies to retail outlets so their books make the list the first day of publication. All of us can not appear on Oprah.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Mark Coker has developed an amazing marketing tool, and made it possible for DIY authors to distribute their book across the e-reader universe. I consider Smashwords a valuable part of my marketing plans.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Leaving the day to day world behind and experiencing everything the universe has to offer, and expressing those ideas in a way I hope resonates with readers. The creative process is cathartic, and gives me a level of freedom of expression that one must experience themselves to understand. Most of my longest relationships are with musicians, I believe because we share that bond of taking thoughts, feelings and life experiences and turning them into something others can identify with.
What do your fans mean to you?
Every person who buys my novels honors me and humbles me. Any commentary I am fortunate to receive is important because no matter what that person says, I know I touched them in way that made them care enough to share their thoughts and opinions.
What are you working on next?
My current project is a crime/horror/occult novel that is based upon long-forgotten aspects of Celtic mythology. The story takes place in New York, my favorite city, and I hope that it has the impact to change the way we look at some of our human institutions.
Published 2013-09-14.
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Books by This Author

The Cure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,290. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The Cure is a provocative medical thriller that exposes the breast cancer drug machine and its all profit, no cure agenda. Based on the findings in a joint National Cancer Institute/Office of Research Integrity clinical trial fraud investigation.