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Q What do you write?

Besides articles about writing and training manuals? Novels. Well series really, but I could in theory write a stand-alone. Technically I also write code but I don't think that's what you're going for.

Q Do you have a genre?

I blend science fiction and fantasy. And possibly a mix of horror and urban fantasy - if you count a project on the back, back burner. I've taken so long to come out with the first series I have two others in the queue. That's if you don't count the vacation project.

It's well known that in order to finish anything, you need to focus on one story at a time. And I agree. But my main project is heavy hitting and time consuming, so I have a few things on the side when I want a break. The others get poked at once in a while to make sure my subconscious still knows about them. Anything else goes on a waiting list.

Q You've been at this since 1989? And you've only just finished?

Well I was a child for part of that... To be honestl I finished a long time ago. I just didn't realize I had a completed book and kept writing part two, which will now be book two. As mentioned elsewhere, I've been teaching myself to write this whole time, and I didn't narrow the field on what to work on till 2008. Before that I was jumping around while I teased out what I wanted to do. The initial characters have been here since I was seventeen, but the current story is quite new. Well if you call past number of years new. Did I mention I take a long time?

Q Seriously, you didn't finished anything earlier, in all this time?

Okay, I admit, I have a few other completed works, as far as writing goes. But they all require art of some kind - either for a picture book or animation, so they’re hanging out in the wings. And then there is the photo-poetry book. While researching publishing, I used Amazon’s CreateSpace to produce an intimate look at bipolar. However, I have since removed it from print. It was a good experiment but flawed in the delivery. Chances are likely I will release it again sometime soon.

Q Wait a minute, why is there a “u” in colour? And why do you refer to something as burnt rather than burned?

Ah, glad you asked. I’m English. I do live in the United States, but that hasn’t altered my spelling habits much. My website, my choice.

Q Okay, I can accept that, but you're not consistent.

It's a fair cop. Some words I learned in the states, some are habit, some I use mostly spoken and really it's just arbitrary. Welcome to my world. I call the language in which I write "Intercontinental English".

Q What if I have a question you haven't answered?

Please write to me at writer.devlin@gmail.com and I will consider adding it to my website.

Q One last thing, where do you live?

Casa de Weird, Wits End, Bay Area, California, USA, North American Continent, Earth, Milky Way, Universe.

Last updated December 17th, 2017


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