Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Author Q&A with Martin Avery, author of The Devils Wear Bauer (Not Prada)

Martin Avery is the author of two new books out about the #1 bad boy of the NHL, the hockey player they call the Superpest and the King of the Agitators. And the guy in the Gap ad that People magazine said is one of the sexiest men alive.

The Devils Wear Bauer (Not Prada) is the unauthorized biography, describing where he came from and how he got kicked out of the NHL. Sean Avery: Hope And Change: The Comeback of the Rocky of Hockey is about his return to the NHL.

Where can we find your work? You can find it at

How did you get your start in writing? I started out in the little literary magazines and later went to Vermont College for an MFA in Writing.

What does your writing routine look like? I write fast and I write a lot. I listen to what I've written on my computer. I love novel marathons like NaNoWriMo and the Muskoka Novel Marathon.

Tell us some writers whose work you admire. Wally Lamb was at grad school with me in Vermont. His first novel was great. I'm reading his latest right now.

What are you working on next? Book three in the Sean Avery trilogy is about the New York Rangers "Cinderella" season. After Avery's return, they turned around, got out of a bad slump, and sprinted for the play-offs.

What made you decide to write this novel? I've been following this hockey player's career since they played Junior A and this year he turned into the best story in the NHL so I felt I had to get out a book or two.

What challenges did you face with this book? Dealing with publishers is the biggest challenge.

What advice would you have for other writers/would-be writers? Do it!

EDITOR'S NOTE: J. Louise Larson, blogmistress for The Writing Porch, interviews published authors. To be considered, email her at jackielarsonwrites (at) gmail (dot) com. Larson's work has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Dallas Morning News and Entrepreneur Magazine. She is the managing editor of the Ennis Journal and a contributor at the Waxahachie Daily Light, and she has received the top award for series writing in Texas, the Texas APME, as well as a silver from the Parenting Publications of America. She co-authored a nonfiction career guide for FabJob Publishing in 2006, and is seeking representation for her new novel, 'At High Tide.'

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