Meet, Greet & Eat with Devin Lee Carlson

Laurie Allen is another one of the authors appearing at the upcoming Author Meet, Greet & Eat at Cafe Bienville on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

She co-authors with her sister Debbie DeCosta. Together, they self-published two urban fantasy novels under the pseudonym, Devin Lee Carlson.

Their book, Amongst the Fallen is available on Amazon. Their other book, 2012: Mayan Resurrection, will be available once revisions are complete to drop dated material, and it will simply be called Mayan Resurrection.

If you are interested in meeting Laurie Allen, and 14 other local authors, stop by Cafe Bienville in August!

You can find details on this and other local events on my calendar page. You can read about other local authors by clicking #ReadLocal. Authors interested in becoming involved, contact Tami Kidd, details here.

What inspired you to become a writer? What do you enjoy writing?

Laurie—The stories in my head scream for release. As a solo author, I prefer fantasy and am in the final editing process of Book One of Ravenscar, By Blood We Unite. I am currently working on Book Two of Ravenscar, By Magick We Unite.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career?

Laurie—I would say marketing. I’m an author who prefers to write instead of being a salesman.

What has been your biggest triumph?

Laurie—Completing four books; albeit, two are under revision, and the third is presently in its final editing stage. At least one is available on Amazon.

What do you hope to achieve with the Author Meet, Greet & Eat?

Laurie—Besides eating great food? Networking is vital to marketing. Touch one person, who touches another, etc.

What is your advice to new writers?

Laurie—Finish your draft. Edit, edit, and edit until you’re blue in the face. Have a couple beta readers read for content, consistency, believability, etc. Join a critique group and listen to feedback. Keep improving the craft, no author is perfect. Writing parallels constant learning.

With manuscript complete and if you plan to self-publish, hire a professional copy editor. It costs money, but the results are well worth the effort. You wear the hat of a publisher, who typically polish a novel through nine stages of various editors and lastly a proofreader before publishing. Keep this in mind.

Find more information about Laurie and her sister writing as Devin Lee Carlson at

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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