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Devorah Fox is the author of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series, including "The Redoubt," voted as one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading, 2015-16.
She also co-authored the contemporary thriller, Naked Came the Sharks, with Jed Donellie. She contributed to Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology and has several Short Reads to her name, including Murder by the Book, A Mystery Mini. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Port Aransas, Texas? For a tourist-destination city whose main industry is fishing and beach-going, we have a vibrant art community with amazingly talented people.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I don’t remember ever NOT writing. Writing was such a natural part of being that I never thought of it as a skill or talent. I assumed everyone could do it. However I was inspired to write novels by Faye Kellerman. I liked her novel The Ritual Bath so well that I decided that I wanted to write something that entertaining.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? My late husband and I backed into publishing with our Bumper to Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations in 1988. All Mike wanted to do was provide training programs with a good textbook. It didn’t occur to us until the book had been out for a while that we were now “publishers.”
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My mom was an avid reader and I was a book lover at an early age. The highlight of my young life was the weekly visit of the Bookmobile. Mom was a big fan of Ellery Queen and Nero Wolfe and I read those right along with her.
How many published books do your have? Fourteen (eight fiction, six nonfiction)
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? The title is usually the hardest part of the book for me to write but my latest project began with the title, The Redoubt. Though the main character, King Bewilliam, as well as many of the other characters appear to be on top of the world, they’ve just survived traumatic episodes and so they’re all somewhat on the defensive.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I didn’t choose the high fantasy genre of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam series; it chose me. Though Book One, The Lost King, is about present-day issues like divorce and career displacement, the story wanted to be told in a once-upon-a-time fashion.
On the other hand, the contemporary thriller Naked Came the Sharks that I co-wrote with Jed Donellie is more like the type of fiction that I typically read.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam series was inspired by a friend’s real life crisis, a complete personal and professional derailment. I wanted to see if I could make that come out happily ever after. That turned out to be harder than I thought. Even the strongest among us doesn’t bounce right back from such stunning losses. While he scored some successes, King Bewilliam continued to struggle to reclaim his life which led to The King’s Ransom, The King's Redress, and The Redoubt.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Finishing my first National Novel Writing Month marathon impressed me. When I started, I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It never gets any easier which leads me to wonder why I now do this every year. I guess I just like the winnerT-shirts.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I can’t say that I have. It’s hard work and sometimes it’s frustrating but none of that is negative enough to make me stop doing it.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The reception that Bumper to Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations received and continues to receive is so validating. It’s a textbook, but readers not only give it five stars on amazon.com but they also send us handwritten notes about how much they enjoyed reading it. It’s ranked #1 in paid sales on Kindle.
The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam books have also been warmly received, meriting five stars and ranking in the Top 100. One fan told me that until he read The Lost King his reading consisted of technical manuals and nonfiction like biographies, but now he’s a devoted fan of fiction. Another fan wrote me about how delighted he was to discover that someone understood what he had been through in his life. I greatly appreciate getting feedback from my readers. They have unique perspectives on the work and I always learn something surprising.
Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Fortunately, my experience has been nothing but positive.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Pack a lunch, a substantial one. It’s a long and taxing trip. Writing is hard and as hard as it is, that’s the easy part. Really hard work comes with publication as most authors bear the burden of marketing, promotion and sometimes even sales.
Who is your favorite author and why? I like Greg Iles and Randy Wayne White for the way they make the setting a character. Their stories wouldn’t be quite the same if they were set anywhere other than Natchez or the Florida Gulf Coast. In Dick Francis’s books, ordinary people rise to extraordinary challenges and discover strengths that they didn’t know they had.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I’ve recently had the strange experience of rediscovering my own work. I was looking for something else and stumbled upon nine chapters of a novel that I don’t remember writing. I’ve heard this called “Author Amnesia” and I have a bad case of it because I also found several short stories that I wrote decades ago. I discovered that despite being dated in terms of technology they are still entertaining reads.
The Bewildering Adventures Of King Bewilliam - Volume 1
Awarded the All Authors Certificate of Excellence 2016, The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam begin with The Lost King. When all you have owned, everyone you have loved and everything you have done are gone, who are you? King Bewilliam awakens one morning not in his castle but in a cow pasture, inexplicably transformed from a beloved and respected ruler, husband, father, and dragon slayer of renown to a homeless and ragged vagabond. What mysterious bewitching spell so cruelly reversed his fortune? Who had cast it and why? In his quest to uncover and break the curse and regain his kingdom, he journeys to strange lands where he finds adventure, danger, romance... and himself.
Book Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fantasy/Myths & Legends
Author Devorah Fox’s Published Books (Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc.):
Barron’s CDL Truck Driver’s Test
Bumper To Bumper, El Glosario
Bumper To Bumper, La Guia Completa Para Operaciones de Autotransporte de Carga
Bumper To Bumper, The Complete Guide To Tractor-Trailer Operations
Bumper To Bumper, The Diesel Mechanics Student’s Guide To Tractor-Trailer Operations
Bumper To Bumper, The Instructor’s Guide
Author Devorah Fox’s Website and Blog Links