Friday, July 29, 2011

Interview with Devyn Dawson

Name of the book:

The Legacy of Kilkenny

Kindle Price:


Available from:

Amazon Kindle US, Amazon Kindle UK, Smashwords, Nook

Authors Website:


I write paranormal YA books about the characters that live in my head. I’m an avid reader and carry my Nook with me everywhere I go. I’m married and have two children, a daughter that is almost 21 (ouch) and a son that is 17. They are my reason I’ve stayed young in my heart and head. I’m from Oklahoma and will always consider it home but I live in New Bern North Carolina. I was Goth before Goth was a style, I dreamt of being Star from The Lost Boys and knew Keifer would one day find me and we’d fall madly in love. Since Keifer never came around, I decided to write books.

I have a deep love of the paranormal (The Lost Boys reference confirms it's been a passion long before Edward met Bella) and I’m totally interested in things such as ghost hunting and cemetery visiting. My menagerie of pets serve as my muse for my characters - the only royalties they request are hugs and treats.
Tell me about your book? The Legacy of Kilkenny is a story beyond boy meets girl, for instance he doesn’t get the girl, not her at least. The story is told by both Abel and Pru, giving it two points of view. Abel Casey lives in Piedsville Oklahoma (an imaginary town) a small town without any excitement. Pru Phelan starts her junior year as the new girl in school; she is beautiful and drives a hot car. Little does Abel know that Pru is there on assignment, one to kill him (at least make everyone believe he is dead). Why? So he can get in touch with his soul. Why? Because she is a werewolf and the lore from Ireland reveals that Abel is the Great Wolf. He hasn’t shifted yet and doesn’t believe his new friend until she shows him her pack via astral projection. Her assignment to make everyone believe he is dead is to protect his parents and sister from other supernaturals that could use his family against him. Abel goes along with it at first, but the thoughts of losing his real family weighs heavily on his conscience. Allie, Abel’s older sister is away in college. Allie fights insomnia by going to parties on campus and meets Arien. He is not only gorgeous but he is a vampire that has been keeping tabs on Pru’s pack. Arien realizes that the Phelan Pack is friends with the Casey family, and he wants to know who the Great Wolf is. To blackmail the pack, he starts the process of giving Allie the Human Vampiric Virus (HVV) which consists of him biting her three separate times on three separate new moons. Can the Phelan Pack protect both Abel and his sister Allie? Allie has an attitude problem as the vampire venom runs through her veins. Can the Great Wolf have a sister that is a vampire? The vampires try to frame the wolves for attacks on humans, exposing humans to the supernatural world. The Phelan Pack alpha General Phelan has had enough, he puts together a group to hunt for rogue wolves that are helping the vampires, he ends up brutally murdered. Pru has spent so much time with her bodyguard Oakley, his southern charm steals her heart but she has been ordered to keep her attention on Abel and him shifting. Their hot and steamy affair may have to end, can their love survive? Her love for Oakley could get in the way; can she have both Oakley and protect Abel? Her father dead may be the straw that breaks her will.

What will readers like about your book?

The reader will love the humanity behind the characters. Everyone likes a good love story, and in this love story it is sexy and heartfelt but it isn’t between the obvious characters. A twist on both vampire and werewolf lore, giving it an edge will have the reader turning pages faster and faster. This book builds up the multiple personalities that will be showcased throughout the series. The series will continue forward as the kids become adults with more adult issues along with a darker vibe.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

Ironically my dogs did. I love the communication between the animals and I have 8 pets so there is a lot of communication going on. Not only are my pets inspiration to me but my kids are young adults and they have so many dramatic events I knew teens would like a dramatic book. Even though it is all fiction, the reader can identify with family dynamics and relationship drama.

When did you start writing?

I don’t remember a time I didn’t write.

When did you realize that you were a serious writer?

I think I’ve always been a serious writer; I just didn’t have the time and motivation to take it to the next level.

When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?

On Valentine’s day 2009 (a Saturday) I went to the eye doctor for a routine exam (relevant, I promise) and found out I have a rare form of glaucoma. I was referred to Duke for an exam. When the head of the glaucoma center saw my eyes he told me that I needed emergency surgery and they were going to put holes in my eyes within the hour. I almost fainted! I have narrow angles glaucoma and can have a narrow angle attack at any given time. If I have an attack I need to get to an Ophthalmologist immediately to salvage my eyesight or I can have an optic nerve attack causing blindness. I’ve had 5 operations on my eyes to help drain my them, but I still have to worry about the pressure. I realized that if I never get to share my characters and see my words in book form, I will have failed my life ambition. I knew it was time to leave my full time job that was sucking the energy from me and create my story. Even though that Valentine’s day rocked my world, it motivated me to push forward and finish writing a book.

Why did you choose this particular genre to write your book in?

Oh, I’ve always known I’d write for young adults…. I’ve never grown up. I love reading the genre too.

What is your writing process?

I don’t know if I have a process, but I do have a side kick. My cat is always with me when I write, he is sitting here reading over my shoulder as I write this.

How long does it take you to write your first draft?

It took me about seven months. I spent most of my time developing the character voices and deciding which way I wanted the series to go.

Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?

Because werewolves are relevant now. If I went the traditional route I’d be waiting another year or so, and I like instant gratification.

What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?

Edit, edit, edit. Take criticism as constructive. Make sure to have a group to read the book, but make sure they read your genre. It would be silly to have someone that only reads Amish Fiction read your paranormal young adult book. I don’t even talk to my real friends on Facebook anymore… I friended every author I could find, and I read what they were doing. Wow there is a lot of free information out there if you look in the right places. I don’t enjoy blogging much but there are so many good ones that have a plethora of information. Another place to find information about what literary agents want is by reading their blogs and go to their websites, they are always posting about what they are looking for. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED. Don’t give up. Remember you didn’t know how to ride a bike the first time you got on it, you had to practice until you could do it right. I’ve just taken off my training wheels.

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