Donovan York


Donovan York is the pen name of an author living near Washington, DC. His pseudonym allows him to write freely, unnoticed by colleagues and clients. His first book, Never Die in Havana, builds on a deep interest in Cuba. The book should be irritating to the Cuban regime, but may be well received by mystery buffs who wish to follow a detective operating in a culture seldom explored in detective novels.

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What is your writing process?
Something catches my mind, and I think "What if?" That sets the general milieu and theme. Then I need a crime. Once I devise a crime, I solve it, as the detective character would. When I taught I had every lecture laid out from the first class to the last. With writing, I let the crime take me to the next event. I just sit down and start typing, and sometimes have a tough time typing as fast as my thoughts and dialogue are flowing. Then I go back to clean it up, and often the work will change on the second pass. The second pass is also where back stories are fleshed out.
How do you approach cover design?
I want something that evokes the story waiting behind the cover. I do not want covers that are too busy, or look too "stock." For Never Die in Havana I went with a dark photo of Havana at night, with the title in letters that look like molten gold. The dark photo reflects both the time of the main events and adds, perhaps, a slight sinister edge.
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Never Die In Havana
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,520. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A fire in Manhattan in 1895, and murders in present day Havana, are connected by conspiracy, deceit and greed. Against a backdrop of legends, politicians, lovers and spies, Havana Police Lieutenant Arturo Rocher pursues the killers, even as he himself is a man pursued.

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