The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special guest: Dean Mayes
Emerging onto the literary stage in 2010, Adelaide based author Dean Mayes describes himself as somewhat of a late bloomer, having almost given up on the prospect of ever being published by the time he was in his mid 30’s. Dean had an idea for a story that he wanted to tell however and decided to blog the story rather than allow it to wither and die in his imagination.
Quite unexpectedly, the blog took off, quickly logging upwards of 3000 unique visits per month as a rapidly growing audience “tuned in” to Dean’s dream like tale of a young man who discovers he has taken on the memories and dreams of a complete stranger in the aftermath of a near fatal drug overdose.
Following a chance meeting with Canadian based publisher Central Avenue in mid 2009, Dean was signed by Creative Director Michelle Halket to an initial two year contract. In 2010, Dean’s humble blog became his debut novel “The Hambledown Dream” – a lyrical and moving romance about a young man’s journey on both sides of mortality. The novel has since gone on to receive global attention and critical acclaim.
“This novel moved me to tears more than once,
and made me want to cheer by the end. Dean
Mayes illustrates the heart-stopping cruelty of
racism, and turns it into an inspiring story of
humans going out of their way to care for each
other. Music is a character of its own in this story:
it crosses all boundaries and heals several
wounds (if not quite all). It’s the kind of book that
makes you want to become a better person.”
~ Molly Ringle, Author of Relatively Honest; What
Scotland Taught Me; Summer Term; The Ghost
Having established himself as an author of great passion and literary style, Dean set about penning a follow up novel that was not merely a repeat performance. After 2 years of meticulous research, Central Avenue Publishing released the powerful Australian family drama “Gifts of the Peramangk” in October 2012. Chronicling a dysfunctional Aboriginal family in the struggle streets of Adelaide’s suburban fringe, “Gifts of the Peramangk” has been described as significant literary achievement. In October 2013, it was nominated as a finalist in the prestigious EPIC Awards for contemporary fiction.
A third project, an experimental sci-fi novella entitled “The Regenesis Cluster”, was released in 2013. Dean describes this piece as an exploration of death and life, an artistic interpretation of reincarnation using words. Also in 2013, Dean participated in the landmark anthology “Tales of Australia – Great Southern Land” – a show case of this countries finest independent voices. Dean’s short story “This Corner Of The Earth” is described as a love letter to his childhood home town.
Dean’s third feature length novel “The Recipient” is scheduled for release in 2015.
When not writing, Dean practices Intensive Care Nursing in Pediatrics. He lives in Adelaide, Australia with his partner Emily, their two children Xavier and Lucy.
Dean is represented by Michelle Halket of C.A.P. and is published by Central Avenue Publishing of Vancouver, Canada.
Word of the Week:
From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014
And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever
This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/
jazzetry – noun – What a nice-sounding word! It is poetry read to a jazz accompaniment.
Take a look at an old family photo. Write about what was going on behind the scene. How Uncle Frank didn’t want to leave the table. How there was a mad scramble to get Timmy cleaned up for the picture. How your sister bossed everyone around under the guise of organizing.
What do you think is behind all those Christmas card photos?
The World According to Student Bloopers
St. Paul’s School
Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.