Interview with Devorah Fox

When did you first start writing?
I have memories of having written a novel in the third grade. As I recall it was about a Korean immigrant orphan. Not that at age 8 I knew anything about Korean immigrant orphans but back then no one told me to "write what you know." I illustrated it too and couldn’t decide which I liked better, writing or illustrating.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I wrote "The Lost King," I didn't have a series in mind. My original intent was to write a happy ending for a friend who was stalled as the result of a life-altering crisis. However, as is often the case, the characters had different ideas. As I approached the conclusion, I realized there was no way this particular tale could end happily ever after.
Fans of "The Lost King" kept asking me "what happens next?" and "when is the next book coming out?" King Bewilliam had learned a lot but still had a lot to learn which led to "The King's Ransom." Now I've got a entire saga on my hands with other characters from the series clamoring to have their stories told.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Call it whimsy, call it serendipity, call it Fate. As winner of National Novel Writing Month 2010 I received a createspace.com coupon for a free proof copy. I figured "what the heck," I'd have a souvenir of my first writing marathon. I got "The Lost King" between covers, realized that I still loved the story and wanted to share it with others so I put more work into it and then published it "for real."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best thing has been something totally unexpected: having people tell me the ways in which my books changed their life. It would have been enough simply to hear “I liked your books” but readers told me that “because of your book I’ve rediscovered novels” or “your book inspired me to do some writing of my own.” Comments like"I felt validated, like someone understood what I've gone through" have got to be about the ultimate rewards a writer can get.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans have made me an author. They bought and praised my first book and urged me to write more. They have shown me sides of my characters that I didn't see and suggested story lines. Their comments about plotting or pacing validate the years of study and practice that I put into elements of craft. They take my writing seriously and encourage me to believe that I'm doing something worhwhile.
What are you working on next?
My current work in progress is a departure from King Bewilliam fantasy series. "Naked Came the Sharks" is a contemporary thriller about murder and mayhem in the Texas Coastal Bend. It's a collaborative effort. I'm privileged to complete and release the work of a fellow author and friend who died in the mid 2000s.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Deadlines. Joking aside, I come to consciousness with sentences forming in my head and I get up to write them down before I forget them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, and I wish that I had more time for it. There is so much good writing out there, particularly in the indie-author world.
Published 2013-09-16.
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Books by This Author

Lady Blackwing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,070. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
After a minor accident, Mercedes finds herself imbued with startling powers. She projects future events and rewrites the past, with disastrous consequences. Stunned by awesome abilities that she can’t seem to control, Mercedes wonders if she’s been cursed. Can she be cured? And if she can’t, what then?
The Zen Detective
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,060. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Having barely survived being shot in the line of duty, Paradise City detective Will Mansion seeks personal calm and enlightenment while he hunts down the man who nearly killed him.
Detour, A Big Rig Thriller
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,220. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Historical » USA
What could go wrong during the preparations for the birth of Marvin and Miriam Stenowitz’s first grandson? Well, nearly everything. Crooks, two U.S. Presidents, a Jewish circumcision ceremony, Valentine’s Day, and a snow storm complicate hero-trucker Archie Harlanson attempts to show Debbie Stenowitz’s family that he’s the right guy for their daughter
One Bad Apple
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When a virus strikes the Department of Defense’s computers, wrongfully-accused hacker Marshall “The Worm” Fenwick is certain he’ll be blamed. Marshall knows he didn’t do it. It had to be someone else at ApplCart, the virus protection company he works for. Can Marshall find—and find it in time—the One Bad Apple among the company's employees?
Murder by the Book
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,040. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
An ordinary work day at the western Massachusetts Sugarloaf Inn turns more chilling than the winter weather when staff member Candy Wadsen makes a gruesome discovery.
The Redoubt
Series: The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,080. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016. When a crippling famine threatens the Chalklands’ very survival, King Bewiliam's vassals propose a risky plan to seek aid from a distant ruler. The king strikes off on a perilous journey with loyal knights and nobles who are unaware that the plan will reunite the king with a spurned lover.
The King's Redress
Series: The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,860. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Royalty once ruined has been redeemed. Now, to right the wrongs King Bewilliam wrestles both mythic monsters and modern-day challenges—parenting, the nature of leadership, the morality of war—in a vivid detailed medieval setting charged with drama and suspense.
Naked Came the Sharks
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,150. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
One of IndieAuthorland's top Self-Published Thrillers Worth Reading (2013/14). Murder and mayhem in the Texas Coastal Bend by Jed Donellie and Devorah Fox. Holly Rivera Berry returns to her Texas Coastal Bend hometown of Bonafides to settle her recently deceased father’s estate. She comes to doubt that her father died of natural causes. The more she investigates, the more things don’t add up.
The King's Ransom
Series: The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,910. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
One of IndieAuthorland's top Self-Published Fantasy Books Worth Reading (2013/14). Book Two of "The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam" finds Robin, the hero of The Lost King, at sea both literally and figuratively. At first directionless and purposeless, he fights his way back to reunite with his sons and restore his shattered kingdom but Fate has different plans for the lost king.
The Lost King
Series: The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,860. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When all you have owned, everyone you have loved, and everything you have done are gone, who are you? Mysteriously thrust from riches to rags, King Bewilliam battles dragons and personal demons to regain his kingdom. This Kindle Top 100 Fantasy tells a modern tale in a medieval setting.