I’d like to welcome back, Devorah Fox.
- Please recap briefly about your books:
I’m the author of The Lost King, The King’s Ransom, and The King’s Redress, Books 1, 2 and 3 in the acclaimed literary fantasy series The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam. I also co-authored with Jed Donellie Naked Came the Sharks, a contemporary thriller of murder and mayhem in the Texas Coastal Bend.
- What has changed since you last visited? Tell us your news!
When we chatted last year, I was working on Naked Came the Sharks which hadn’t been released yet, and hadn’t even started on The King’s Redress. The former was released in December, 2013 and the latter in June of 2014. And I got another pet: Scottie, a rescue cat, who joined Sago, the senior cat, and Shumba, who was adopted from the local animal shelter in 2012. So my bookshelf and my lap are a little fuller now.
- Do you read work by self-published authors?
These days I read primarily self-published work. I find they’re especially fresh and original.
4. What are your reviews on authors reviewing other authors?
I must think it’s OK for authors to review other authors since I do that myself, and readers of my reviews find them helpful. For the most part, I approach a book as any other reader would. I want to be entertained and enchanted. I want to become invested in the characters and engrossed in the plot. My reviews relate the degree to which I had that experience and what elements of the book contributed to that. It’s only after I’ve finished the book that I put on my author hat to see if there’s something that I can learn about craft from the author.
- Do you have any unpublished novels under the bed/in a folder anywhere which you thought were awesome at the time, but now will never see the light of day?
On the contrary, it’s the other way around. I have some “drawer stuffers” that came this close to being traditionally published but never did because of changes at the literary agency that represented me at the time. With all the self-publishing platforms available, I can now get those stories between covers after all. I even had the most curious experience of discovering nine—count ‘em, NINE—chapters of a book that I didn’t remember writing. I still like the story and hope to finish it.
- How have you progressed as a writer since you started?
I believe that I’ve gotten bolder, more daring with my writing. I’ll get an idea and think, “Nah, that’s outrageous” but then I’ll decide “What the heck, let’s see where that goes.” I’ve been pleased with the results. What seemed risky in concept worked out surprisingly well once I got it written.
- What aspect of writing do you least enjoy? Why might this be?
The aspect of writing that I least enjoy is … writing. Well, at the outset, at any rate. It seems to take me a long time to get going. Fortunately at some point I get up to cruising speed and then it becomes enjoyable but when I first begin I have to keep cranking the engine before it will kick in. There’s a lot of sputtering and false starts.
- What are your views on authors offering free books?
I will admit to taking advantage of giveaways. I discovered an author whom I really enjoy that way and I might not have otherwise. This year, I tried a giveaway for the first time. It did help to make some new friends for my books. That said, I don’t like the idea of free books. We put so much effort into our writing and our work has value. In our society, that’s means a price tag. It’s hard enough to be taken seriously as an artist and command appropriate remuneration without giving our work away. It also concerns me that “free” implies to the reader that a book has little merit. In addition, so many of us struggle to squeeze our writing in while we labor at some other job to pay the bills. I fear that the more of us who give in to the pressure to give away our work, the harder it will be to get paid for it. I will say that I believe “FREE” has lost a little of its power as a marketing tool because so many giveaways are being run these days. It’s not so special anymore and I don’t see authors getting tens and hundreds of thousands of downloads the way they may have only a few years ago.
- Do you have a favourite movie?
If I had to pick just one, I’d name “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” I never tire of watching that and I learn something new about storytelling every time.
10. If your book was produced as a film who would you like to see play the lead?
Ooo, I played this game with King Bewilliam’s fans. They suggested Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. Either would be great. Someone else suggested Liam Neeson. He’s one of my favorite actors but I think he’s too old for the character, although if this series goes on long enough, he’ll be just right. I tend to picture Sean Astin when I write.
P.S., The King’s Redress ranked in the Top 25 Kindle Free books and The Lost King ranked in the Top 100 Kindle Paid sales.
Twitter: @devorah_fox http://twitter.com/devorah_fox
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/DevorahFoxAuthor
amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006L9BJAO
smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mbapub
Naked Came the Sharks: http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Came-Sharks-Murder-Coastal/dp/0977824543