Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Because I write in a variety of genres, I use a couple pen names. For my adult-oriented humor, which so far entails the Origamiac Chronicles, I'm Seth Levens. For my young-adult science fiction, I write under Devin K. Smyth (the New Dakota series, THE EMERGENCE). My day job is as a marketing writer for a major company in the field of children's entertainment. I live in southern Wisconsin with my forever girlfriend and our herd of cats.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Origamiac Chronicles were inspired by my love of transformation and my enjoyment of satire. Growing up, I really enjoyed werewolf stories as well as the Transformers cartoon. And my second-favorite book of all-time is ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell, a classic in the satirical realm.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing too unusual, although I hate repeating words, so sometimes I drive myself nuts trying to think of appropriate synonyms.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
George Orwell is my primary influence. His warnings about the misuse of language for political ends really impacted my view regarding the power of words.
What are you working on now?
Book 3 in my New Dakota series. No name yet, but I'm hoping to complete it by early next year.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This one, of course! I also like to communicate to the appropriate groups on Goodreads.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you want to read. Trying to follow trends is not going to motivate you to complete your story.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Everything is material." – Garrison Keillor
What are you reading now?
THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang and WHY GROW UP?: SUBVERSIVE THOUGHTS FOR AN INFANTILE AGE by Susan Neiman
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing–and in a dream world, expansion into other media such as movies or TV.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Haven't read it yet because one should always have something to look forward to. But as mentioned before, ANIMAL FARM checks in at #2.
Author Websites and Profiles
Seth Levens Amazon Profile