Interview with Devon Trevarrow Flaherty

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the process of writing, especially the making-stuff-up part. I love approaching a story or a book and already having a whole world and all these characters living in my head. Then, even though occasionally it can be a slog, I love writing itself. Of course, having a book in my hands is also a real kick...
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not at a point in my career yet where I have many fans, but I guess that just means each fan is very precious to me. Fans are the people I publish for, and I am very thankful for anyone who might give me a chance. When someone enjoys my book, that's a wonderful exchange.
What are you working on next?
"The Night of One Hundred Thieves," a short fantasy novel based on the legends in "Benevolent," is publishing in July. "The Family Elephant's Jewels," another general fiction novel about family and secrets, is publishing in September. I have plans, elaborate plans, for putting all the stories that are in my head down on paper and getting them out to you.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Amy Tan, Roald Dahl, A. A. Milne, and L. M. Montgomery. Mostly, though, I list specific books, like "White Teeth," "The Things They Carried," "Till We Have Faces," "The Once and Future King," "A Prayer for Own Meany," "Emma," "One Hundred Years of Solitude," "King Lear," and on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I have a very full life. I'm a mom, and a wife, and I am very involved in different causes and plenty of hobbies. But my day job is writing and I would not have it any other way. Writing is what I was made to do and it's what I do best.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Okay, so back to those causes and hobbies. Mostly, I spend time being a mom and a wife and keeping house and cooking and doing the dishes. But I am also involved in Celebrate Recovery (a 12 step program) and also am busy with my church and with helping to free enslaved children and women (through Freedom Firm India and New Hope Moldova, mostly). Hobby wise, I love photography and painting and yoga and hiking and camping, among other things. I am a serious foodie and I enjoy music.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love getting my hands on paperback books, so ebooks are usually recommended to me. I have an aunt who also gifts me ebooks for my birthday and Christmas. Of course, Smashwords is a great place to look for ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first poem was about ants marching across the sidewalk leading up to my porch. The first story I remember was my first grade project, "Me, Am, and May" about three girls getting left behind in Florida and having to horseback ride all the way back to Michigan.
What is your writing process?
Idea pops in my head. I write notes as the thoughts come to me. I write a loose outline. I write and I write and I write. I edit on my own. I hand over to first readers. I do one more big edit before going to proofreading.

Each day, after I drop my kids at school, I head to the library to work. Mondays, I do any promotion that may be needed. Tuesday-Friday, I write. And write. And write. I try really hard not to stop until I complete a whole project, then I also make sure to take breaks and work on the next thing while I let the story marinate.
How do you approach cover design?
I have some experience with graphic and cover design, and I am also a visual artist. No surprise, then, that I love cover design and I like to do it myself. While writing a book, I usually have this moment where I all of a sudden have a vision for what I would like the cover to look like. So far, so good.
What do you read for pleasure?
Cereal boxes, brochures, signs at the doctors. Alright, maybe not on purpose, but I do read whatever happens to be in front of me. I enjoy literary and general fiction, poetry, and some fantasy, as well as a fair amount of nonfiction and philpsophy. I also read YA and middle grades in order to keep up with my kids.
Published 2014-01-27.
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Books by This Author

The Night of One Hundred Thieves
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,510. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this blend between fantasy and magic realism, the indelible Queen is on her death bed and the fate of her powerfully magical ring will be left to the devices of thirty-two unlikely thieves. Can Kentwend survive the Night of One Hundred Thieves? Includes a map, character guide, and a sneak peak at Flaherty's next book. 60,000 word estimate.
Benevolent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,640. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this award-winning, magic realism tale, all threads come together to paint a picture of the 80s and 90s in the Midwest, an intense and disaster-prone girl coming of age, her complicated ties to friends and family, and the legends that bind them all together, shaping their destiny. Includes a reader's guide and a sneak peak at the next book in this unconventional series.