Interview with Christopher McDevitt

Published 2014-01-02.
Who are your favorite authors?
I tend to find an author I like and read his entire body of work. I've finished Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Lee Child, Elmore Leonard, Dean Koontz, Jonathan Maberry, Robert Jordan, Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk to name a few.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently about halfway through the first draft of Book 2. Since the book partially takes place in a prison I've had to do a lot more research regarding incarceration. Book 1 was a breeze in comparison.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a husband and father. I'm also a martial artist. I've got a 4th degree black belt in Isshinryu karate and I'm currently a two-stripe blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Between training, writing and family, I don't have time for much else. When it's not absolutely freezing in New Jersey, I do enjoy doing mud runs like Spartan Races and Tough Mudders.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I first got a computer I wrote a series of Encyclopedia Brown rip-offs. I also wrote a western after spending a few weeks in Wyoming and a fairly graphic and grossly inaccurate erotica novel when I was 13. I'd love to reread the Western but I put a password on it in WordPerfect and in the twenty years hence have since forgotten what that password was.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Count of Monte Cristo, The World According to Garp, The Talisman, Confessions of an Economic Hitman and Freakonomics. I think the tomes kind of speak for themselves as to why I fell in love with them. The expanded version of The Count shows you the overarching nature of his revenge. Every character in that book has a chance to redeem themselves and because they fail his moral tests are then used to further his agenda. Economic Hitman and Freakonomics really just open your eyes to the world around you and show you that there's always a subplot to the narrative offered. Garp and the Talisman are just great reads. I reread each one at least once every three years.
What do you read for pleasure?
Trash. I have a bachelor's degree in English so I already got the classics out of my system. I like noir novels, hardboiled fiction. I love Laymon. He offers each of his main characters a moral choice at the beginning of the book and the rest of the novel is the fallout from that decision. Elmore Leonard is another one that just paints such a vivid cast of characters and sets them all on a crash course. As soon as three or more characters are all in the same spot, you know the ending is only a few page turns away.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle but I like the Nook's design a lot. I also have the Kindle app on my iPad but I prefer the e-ink of the kindle for most of my reading. During Hurricane Sandy when we were without power for 6 days, the 30 day battery life of the Kindle saved me from absolute boredom.
How do you approach cover design?
I search thematically on istockphoto.com and see if there's anything I can work with. Then I publish that to facebook and allow my friends to ridicule it. I challenge them to do better. They do, and then I steal their covers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A man in his late twenties who has everything going for him accidentally discovers a genie. When offered one wish, he wishes for a million more. The responsibility and weight of having that many wishes quickly upsets the delicate balance of his perfect life. It's a humorous take on the old Monkey's Paw story. You definitely have to be careful what you wish for and be as specific as possible when wishing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The fact that people would read my stuff willingly blows my mind. The fact that some of those people pay to read my stuff is crazy. As a former stand up comedian, I definitely have the people pleaser gene. I need you to like me and what I do, even if I think you're an asshole. I know I'm an asshole. Approve. Love me.
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Books by This Author

A Djillion More Wishes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,430. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
From his commandeered castle in France, joined by his pregnant Genie friend, Djosar, his formerly blind currently psychic cellmate, Pockets and a host of other characters, Dennis sets out to settle all family business with the cosmic forces that have been plaguing their lives. It is a path that will set them at odds against both Heaven and Hell.
A Trillion More Wishes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,610. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
After five long years in prison, Dennis Harkness can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. He is soon to be reunited with his pregnant girlfriend, his genie pal and his infant son. Unfortunately, the light is a lot brighter than Dennis bargained for. He and his friends soon face adversity at every turn as they try to reclaim the lives they left behind years before.
A Billion More Wishes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,190. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Dennis Harkness is left behind to fend for himself, genie-less. His ex-fiancee, Jenny, and his Djinn pal, Djosar, have traveled to the Genie home-plane while he remains tries his best to put out all the fires he caused with his previous wishes. Angry billionaires, suspicious police and wacky inmates hound and harass him at every turn.
A Million More Wishes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,090. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Dennis Harkness thought he had everything he could want.Until he discovered Djosar, an ancient genie,residing in a gravy boat his fiancee, Jenny, had purchased at a yard sale. Within minutes of meeting the magical genie, Dennis's entire life is turned upside down. Chaos and hilarity abound as Dennis attempts to use the wishes offered by Djosar to better himself, his life and the world around him.