Devon is an award-winning novelist from Durham, North Carolina. She grew up in metro-Detroit in an enormous extended family and was an artist as soon as she could hold a crayon. She put together her first book–with packing tape, cardboard and wrapping paper–in her aunt’s magical bedroom full of bookshelves and a roll-top desk. In fourth grade she won a Young Laureate for the book she wrote about the death of her closest sibling and was pushed further toward her inevitable literary future by an enthusiastic and supportive teacher who let Devon sing her science reports and limerick her way through schooling. In junior high, she lost a Farmers Bureau poetry competition to a little girl who seems like quite a neat lady, now, on Facebook. In college, she rebounded with local awards for her poetry, a stint as editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Parnassus at her alma mater in Indiana, and almost received honors for her philosophy thesis, “The Obligation of Affluence.” She was an assistant editor for The Gale Group before she relocated to Durham and became a mom and a freelance editor/writer/researcher.
Devon loves writing and hopes to keep bringing you novels, blogs, poems, short stories, and essays until well after she should have retired as anything else. She spends her time now between home-schooling, mothering, wife-ing, singing, reading, painting, yoga, hiking, crafting, cooking and enjoying food, homemaking, traveling, and humanitarian and religious work. Except during the spare work hours, when she is a writer and indie publisher with Owl and Zebra Press.
In 2013, Flaherty published her first novel, Benevolent, which is available widely for purchase on the internet (and at some bookstores and libraries) in paperback and e-book. The book has won recognition with the Paris Book Festival, Hollywood Book Festival, Beach Book Festival, Indie Reader (as an Approved Book), and Reader’s Favorite (Five Star Review). In 2015, she published a fantasy novel, The Night of One Hundred Thieves, which was nominated for the Manly Wade Wellman Award for speculative fiction in 2016. 2017 will see the publication of a book which she illustrated–Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell and Other Bronte Poems–and her novel The Journey of Clement Fancywater. The Family Elephant’s Jewels, a literary novel about family and love, is slated to follow in 2018. She has also been involved in a series of journal projects for Owl and Zebra Press/Muldover Books. She maintains her blog, The Starving Artist, at devontrevarrowflaherty.com.