Interview with Wolf DeVoon

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Odd way to talk about writing. When I've done exceptionally well, it's deeply moving. I paid a heavy price for recent work, gambled personal relationships, money, and reputation. Authors don't do that unless the work matters. Chris and Peachy mattered. After 50 years of writing there's a deep sense of peace that I was able to achieve it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hahaha, another bizarre question. Wolf DeVoon is shunned, reviled, got used to it. I have three colleagues who are supportive, highly skillful writers in their own right, and yes it matters. Some day in the distant future perhaps I will be read by the general public, probably too late.
What are you working on next?
Nothing. I have 12 books in print. Chris & Peachy anthology is my swan song. It happens to all writers. No one lives forever and our best work happens while we're still in good health, strong enough, tough enough to succeed, not commercially (!) but in terms of originality and passion. Sad situation but there it is. I suppose it would be different had I not achieved so much. 15 years ago I authored The Freeman's Constitution, a huge task that haunted me as a goal since 1977. I made movies and television specials, radio programs, lectured at Villanova, traveled all six continents. The last thing I want to do is set a new task for myself. Not after Chris and Peachy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler, Eugene Manlove Rhodes
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nothing now -- well, the business of publicity on zero dollar and zero cent budget. I have a Shih Tzu to care for, a daughter to smile at and encourage, a wife who hates me but needs a helping hand from time to time. There's a remote possibility that I will have a few day's work as an amateur carpenter. If so, I'll be able to afford a hamburger and a carton of cigarettes, the size of inspiration I dream about, survival a few more days.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sleeping, maybe three or four hours a night, a nap in the afternoon. I weed whack a path from the tin barn to the wood shed, easier to see the copperheads that way. Weed whack around the house, so my wife can walk to a compost heap, futz with water hoses. Occasionally I help an elderly neighbor.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks. My internet service is 45,000 miles up and down, weather permitting here and in Denver.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Embarrassingly yes. Grandma's Waffle Iron, in 3rd grade. How old is that? -- 8 maybe.
What is your writing process?
I write full-time, 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day until the work is complete. It takes months to write a novel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Found: One Orange Brown Horse. I believe I may have been age 6 or 7. At the time I was interested in radio communications and rocketry, but it held my attention and I read it two or three times. I visited the library some time later, borrowed Tom Swift And His Electric Flying Machine, which was slightly stupid. To put this in context, I was a child of television. The right question to ask was which TV show had the greatest impact? - Frank Capra's 'Hemo The Magnificent' educational film made for Bell Telephone. Later in life I found Capra's 'The Strange Case of The Cosmic Rays' and marveled again at how much this good man did for me. You have to understand that from an early age as a teenager I began to make films. Capra's 'Meet John Doe' propelled me to Hollywood, a journey of decades, plenty of hell and hot coals, because I wanted to direct and nothing to stop me.
How do you approach cover design?
Hahahaha. Sigh.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anything Fitzgerald touched was genius, his acclaimed short stories, Tender Is The Night, The Beautiful And Damned, even the Pat Hobby sketches and 'crack up' stories as he declined, ruined mentally and physically. Let's count that as one body of work. I don't dislike Dashiell Hammett (who could dislike The Thin Man!) but Raymond Chandler had the gift of characterization, and he said something in an essay that stuck with me, that believability was a matter of style. Whether I achieved that in my own work, I don't know, but I held it as a conscious goal. I wanted my people to be real -- real to me anyway, as initial temporary witness to their fictional lives. Gene Rhodes was unique, hard to talk about, a contemporary of Fitzgerald, a poker playing cowboy whose stories were sublime truths of good and evil in The Land of Little Rain, men on horseback who carried six shooters for a reason.
What do you read for pleasure?
In the bathroom, O. Henry. In honor of my life, something I wrote years ago.
Describe your desk
Some kind of typewriter or computer or laptop. Cigarettes and ashtray. Coffee.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ah. Chris and Peachy. Not hard to talk about, but I don't think it matters. There are people who cannot be tamed.
Published 2018-04-29.
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Books by This Author

The Case Files of Cable & Blount: Three Complete Novels
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 135,180. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Classy, brutal, surprising saga of an L.A. detective and the Silicon Valley babe who falls for him. A modern Nick and Nora Charles who travel the world, put their lives at risk repeatedly as a statement of pride. Mature content that's straight red hot hetero, told in graphic scenes that will make you blush. Intrigue, espionage and Marine Corps heroism, with romance a prize worth winning.