About Devra Robitaille:
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?
The fact that I could first, and then after that it became fun, and then somewhere in there it became an obsession.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer. At least it seems that way on the surface, because I just sit down and blurt out chapters. But the truth is, I have the whole outline in my head, or at least a really good vision of where I want to go with it. Sometimes I make notes, on a voice recorded if things occur to me in an inconvenient place.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely, in fact there is usually a point in the narrative where I get the eerie feeling that they are telling me what to write and I just have to get out of the way.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would have to say writers just write. Keep your critical faculty out of the way and just write, then later you can sculpt and tweak and proof. But honor your own creative process and it will all be okay.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Driving into town one day with my daughter it suddenly became a topic of conversation between us and we both got excited and by the time we reached our destination, we had named our publishing company, designed the website, and decided how to start.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I really hope that reading enjoys a resurgence. This is why I am writing children’s books, because if you inspire them as children you inspire the adult they eventually become.
What genres do you write?: Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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