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 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

Naked Came the Sharks
By Devorah Fox
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,150. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Category: Fiction
Murder and mayhem in the Texas Coastal Bend by Jed Donellie and Devorah Fox. Chasing her dream of becoming an investigative reporter in San Francisco, Holly Rivera Berry returns to her hometown of Bonafides on the Texas Coastal Bend 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
By Devorah Fox
Series: The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,910. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
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 determines to reunite with his sons and with them restore his shattered kingdom but Fate has different plans for the lost king.
The Lost King
By Devorah Fox
Series: The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,870. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
When all you have owned, everyone you have loved, and everything you have done are gone, who are you? King Bewilliam awakens one morning mysteriously transformed from a beloved, respected ruler and dragonslayer of renown to a homeless vagabond. Who cast this spell and why? Can it be broken? A once-upon-a-time story for grown-ups this literary fantasy is a modern tale in a medieval setting.