Who is Robert Devine?

Well, he’s me, obviously.

Much of my work is published under my real name, David Robinson, and is quite light-hearted. Working with Crooked Cat Books I’ve published no less than 16 titles in the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries. In addition I’ve put out a number of self-published titles, all of them blatantly humorous. The STAC Mysteries are cosy crime and like my other work, they’re laced with chuckles. It has to be said that they were very successful.

But there’s another side to me, a side that likes to look at the dark side of human nature, the capacity of some people to commit acts of inhuman savagery. To satisfy that curiosity, I put out two thrillers with Crooked Cat: The Handshaker and The Deep Secret. There’s a third facet to my character, one that likes to look at the esoteric; themes which border on science fiction, other ideas which carry mankind into space, Taking with him his natural tendency towards violence and war. A part of that emerged in a novel entitled Voices, again published by Crooked Cat.

They did not sell. The few reviews they garnered were positive, but it didn’t matter what I tried, I could not sell these books, and it took me a while to realise why.

At my insistence, Crooked Cat published them under my real name, and people would visit the book page on Amazon, then promptly shift focus to the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries.

When the contracts were up, I asked Crooked Cat to return the publishing rights to me. I completely abandoned The Deep Secret, and I republished The Handshaker under the title Dominus, and Voices under the title Ghosts. But I did so under a pseudonym, Robert Devine. There’s no point asking me where I got the pen name from. I can’t remember, but both books were published in the spring of this year, 2018.

I did not publicise them. They were, after all, older titles, republished with different covers. I did a little editing, but aside from that, nothing had changed in them.

I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember and I’ve been writing full-length fiction for the last 25 years. It’s only since the advent of e-books that I’ve had the opportunity to get my work out.

I love churning out humour. I’m that kind of man; one who can see the funny side of everything. But, even so, the dark side needs an outlet, and Robert Devine provides me with the necessary channel.

With the publication of my third RD novel, The Frame, it’s now time to let the world know that Robert Devine is here.

The Frame has taken a comparatively long time to produce. Because I dictate my work directly under computer screen, I usually work very quickly, but I had any number of problems with this title. I tried using the character Felix Croft (from Dominus) as the protagonist, but for a number of reasons it didn’t work. He’s too easy-going for the kind of hard-line thrillers I had in mind. I also wanted a strong, female lead, and Millie Matthews (again from Dominus) didn’t quite fit the bill.

In the end I came up with ex-army officer, Wes Deakin, and Detective Chief Inspector Samantha Feyer, and placed them in a critical situation in the fictional town of Havensby, on the Yorkshire coast. Attentive readers will realise that Havensby bears a startling resemblance to Scarborough. Hardly surprising, since it’s based on Scarborough.

With the characters and location in place, I began to write in earnest, and Robert Devine published his first original novel a couple of days ago.

They’ll be more from Feyer and Deakin. I’m already working on the next title, Substitute, and I hope to have in place early in the New Year.

So there you have it. Now you know who Robert Devine is. Why not pop over to the My Books page and check out his works.

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