London-born Devra is a prolific composer, songwriter and keyboardist, as well as an author of books for kids. She had a successful career as a professional musician in England, playing keyboards and touring with Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame, before moving to America in the nineties. All through the nineties she directed musicals and theatrical productions in Los Angeles. Her first children’s book series is a trilogy of dog stories, called the “Muffy” series; she also will be publishing two more books this year. Devra now lives in Florida with her family on the Sarasota Bay. She loves to kayak and bike and is a consummate foodie, baking lovely cakes and deserts. She continues to write and compose for the theatre, but loves to write for children.
What inspires you to write?
A really good story and really great characters.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have an idea for a book, it starts to come to me, so I just sit down in front of a blank page every day, and let it flow out. If it begins to become an effort I have to stop. For me it only works if I approach it in a light playful attitude.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. Some of my best friends are fictional.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have different favorites in different categories. For example I enjoy reading a good Clancy, or Grisham, or Ludlum; for political or action or courtroom dramas. Elizabeth George the British writer weaves a great murder mystery. And of course there are the classics, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ray Bradbury and Hemingway.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My daughter and I were driving along and it just came to us like an epiphany what we wanted to do.
I.E. publish children's books with the aim to influence more children to read and use their imaginations.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I've seen one too many kids walking along with a blank stare at their smart phones, so let's get back to the book. Can you imagine the incredible output if someone like Jane Austen had a laptop and the internet for research. The tools that we have as authors today are incomparable. But having said that not everyone spins a good yarn so there has to be some industry standards. All things being equal the future of publishing is bright and hopefully there will be a resurgence of reading among young children, this is what inspired me to write books for kids and publish them independently.
What genres do you write?
Children's Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
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