Interview with L. J. deVet

When did you first start writing?
For me, writing has pretty much been innate. I couldn't tell you of the first time I began to write, as I've been writing ever since I can remember. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's the truth. When I was younger, I would write very short, one-page stories, or the one-off poem here and there. People would always say 'you have a way with words', but I never quite understood what they meant.
The very first time I began writing seriously was during high school. This is when my first novel was 'born', as much of it was derived from bits and pieces of that work.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest (and also first) book was created following a lot of thought and interrupted sleep. It is a recreation of an idea I first had when I was in high school. I've always been a big fan of high fantasy, action-packed children's and young adult books, and thought I would try my hand at it. My thought process was that I could write the book the way I wanted to read it. And that, I did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As peculiar as it sounds, I quite enjoy the sleepless nights. Many of my greatest ideas come while I am trying to sleep. Each time a new thought invades my mind, I talk myself through it. The whole notion of creating a world of my own makes writing worthwhile. The worlds I create are my own, and that's something that nobody can take away from me.
What are your current projects?
I'm currently working on book #2 of 'The Chronicles of Ageron'. I am hopeful that it will be released in early 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
I appreciate all works from authors of high fantasy, action-packed books for children and young adults. My personal favourites are J. K. Rowling, Pittacus Lore, J. R. R. Tolkien and Rick Riordan, to name a few.
How do you create your protagonists?
I will often take bits and pieces from people I know to create my protagonists. Ajay, the protagonist of my first novel, was created from features of many people I know. Their mannerisms are also derived from people close to me, and sometimes I will incorporate features and mannerisms of people I have observed in public. Being a teacher, there is never a shortage of people to pick bits and pieces from.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Much of my time is consumed by work. This is the primary reason I haven't yet completed the second novel of my series. When I manage to find it, I spend my time relaxing, cycling, reading... 'the usual'.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I rely a great deal on book covers. I don't frequent book review websites all too often. Much of what I read is from authors I know, but I do enjoy navigating eBook websites to discover new and exciting tales that await me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Story? No. Book? Yes. I've been writing stories ever since I can remember. I always enjoyed writing stories for school. It would always be something that I would look forward to. My first 'book' came during high school. I didn't actually finish it, but used a lot of it to create what became my very first 'published' novel.
What is your writing process?
1. Coffee.
2. Brainstorming concepts.
3. Coffee.
4. Transfer concepts to writing/illustrate to support concepts.
5. Coffee.
6. Plot out chapters.
7. Coffee.
8. Write chapter summaries.
9. Coffee.
10. Draft.
11. Coffee.
12. Edit.
13. Coffee.
14. Edit.
15. Coffee.
16. Publish.
17. Coffee.
Published 2013-08-25.
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Books by This Author

ALTOR: The Shadow Rebellion (The Chronicles of Ageron)
Price: Free! Words: 73,660. Language: British English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Ajay Samuels is far more than just the typical Guardian-Sorcerer. He's an Altor; a group of seven separate, succeeding families of the original seven Guardians elected to oversee and govern Ageron and its people, also the most powerful group of Ageronians. His monotonous life is thrown upside down following several mystifying events, and life as he knows it is about to change; for the worse.