Devin O'Branagan writes in a variety of genres, including young adult urban fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary romance, and more. Her Legend of Glory series series has recently captured the attention of Hollywood, which means we might see a TV series about Glory.
She is a prolific author who creates interesting characters and dilemmas for them to handle.
Here's the interview::
What is your most recent release?
Genesis, the third novel in The Legend of Glory trilogy.
Why do you write?
Because I must.
What was the first thing you ever wrote, and when did you write it?
I wrote a ghost story when I was five years old.
What was your first sale of your writing, and what was it?
Spirit Warriors, a horror novel published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books.
What author(s) do you most admire and why?
Terry Pratchett is my favorite author. His work is beyond brilliant on so many levels. I also love Carl Hiaasen. Both novelists write great fiction that contains powerful social commentary. Each incorporates edgy humor. They create memorable characters and tell excellent stories. Above all, their writing is utterly fearless. Pratchett and Hiaasen have been my greatest literary influences.
So many people write stories that languish in a drawer or on a computer. What caused you to seek a publisher?
I sent my first novel to a literary agent because my husband at the time said if I didn’t, he would.
What were your biggest challenges around writing Genesis?
The scientific research required and the study of fight techniques for the action scenes.
What's the most fun or interesting thing you've done to market Genesis?
The trilogy is under contract with a prominent Hollywood producer, and I’ve enjoyed sharing that journey (as much as I’m legally allowed to) with my readers. Although the TV series may not ultimately make it to the screen, the possibility is exciting to contemplate.
What is your favorite / best writing environment?
My living/dining room. I spread out all my research notes on my dining table. I write on my laptop there or while being lazy in my La-Z-Boy recliner. There’s a cozy fireplace, and the room opens to a lovely shaded patio. Great sound system for my book’s playlist. While writing, I sometimes work up to twenty hours per day, so staying comfortable is a true necessity.
What are your writing rituals?
I always say a prayer to the Muse first, and then I pump myself up by listening to music that represents the theme of my Work In Progress and its characters.
What music did you listen to while writing Genesis?
My theme song for Genesis is “Fight the Good Fight” by Triumph. The remainder of my playlist, which represented different characters or scenes in the book, include:
- “Angels Would Fall” Melissa Etheridge
- “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean
- “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” from Die Hard With a Vengeance
- “Season of the Witch” by Donovan
- “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull
- “Ridin’ the Storm Out” by REO Speedwagon
- “White Rabbit” Jefferson Airplane
- “She Devil” by Natalie Merchant
- “Paint it Black” by Vanessa Carlton
- “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
- “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” Joan Osborne
- “Amazing Grace” by Alan Jackson
- “Hallelujah in the City” Joan Osborne
- “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones
- “Lightning Crashes” by Live
What food did you crave or obsess over while writing your book?
Caffeine in its many blessed manifestations.
What's your favorite line of dialogue from the book?
When Jesse the demon declares his passion to Glory and says, “I don’t live on Earth or in Hell, I live in you.”
What do you do to stick to your writing goals or deadlines?
Work my ass off. Sleep very little—often just two to three hours a night. Consume copious amounts of caffeine.
What do you do for fun?
When I’m not writing a book of my own, I tend to read about one novel a day. Any and all genres. Various authors. As much as I’m simply trying to lose myself in the creativity of others, I do find myself studying various techniques. Every book I read teaches me something new—innovative ways of writing, what works, what doesn’t work. I love books.
Do you tend to build stories around a character, an idea, or some other inspiration? Please share how this works for you.
I build my fiction around an emotional theme. After I capture the essence of it, I see the entire thing from beginning to end as a movie. I always write the final scene first.
What has surprised you most about your author journey thus far?
How utterly amazing my fans are. Their enthusiasm and support blow me away. Also, I find my fellow authors to be beyond supportive. I’m extremely blessed.
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Read Devin O'Branagan Book Excerpts
- Read an excerpt and my review of Glory: Legend of Glory 1
- Read an excerpt from O'Branagan's latest release, Genesis: The Legend of Glory 3.
About Best Selling Author Devin O'Branagan
Bestselling author Devin O'Branagan weaves tales of uncommon heroes. Her genres include paranormal thrillers, young adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and romantic comedy. Devin’s books have been published by Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books, German publisher Heyne Verlag, Turkish publisher Dogan Egmont, and indie publisher Cornucopia Creations. They are available in print, eBook, and audio formats. Her website is www.DevinWrites.com
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Thanks to Devin O'Branagan for a great interview! Love the Genesis playlist and all the insights into the writing life.
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Ronda Del Boccio
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