Jonathan Herbert is an award-winning writer who grew up in Englewood. His novels, Banyan Street and Silver King, have won multiple literary awards, including recognition from the Paris BookFestival. You can follow him on Twitter @herbertnovels or on the web at herbertnovels.com. 59 would be that Dean’s character in the book didn’t have to be created in my mind like my other characters. When writing Dean into scenes, I only had to access my memories, and try to do my best to describe his personality and physical appearance.” When asked where the idea for Yellow City originated, and who the main protagonist, Danger is similar to in real life, the author responded, “I get questions like these a lot, and they are always difficult to answer. Mostly because places and characters I create never come from one source of inspiration. I take bits and pieces from a thousand different influences in my life, chew them up, and spit them back out as something I can write about. So a character like Dan Delacor is a bit of me, and a bit of a hundred other people I know, as well.” The complexity of characters in this fast-paced novel, push the story along at a great pace. I asked if this was intentional or if they morphed into more than originally thought once the writing took over. He answered, “A story always takes on a bit of a different shape as I write it. I start with a skeleton or rough idea, and then let my imagination fill in the rest as I write. As long as the main plotline, and focuses of the story are being held to, I enjoy the adventure of letting new ideas guide my writing as they present themselves. I think that it makes the writing process more fun for me, and I hope that comes through to the reader. For instance, the character of Perkins was never in my original concept for The Dean Machine. At some point in the writing he appeared in my imagination, and from there he became a larger and more important character.” Fans have posted mostly favorable reviews on amazon. Dylan appreciates the support, especially from friends and family, “I’m lucky that friends and family have always been very supportive of my writing. They give me great feedback, and that helps a lot to know if I’m heading in the direction I intended, or if I’m flying way off course.” Danger spoke about the eyes of those deemed to be lesser, about the emotion behind those eyes and the thought behind those eyes. He spoke of everything those eyes said to him about life and love. He spoke about wanting to be a hero, and finally he spoke the mantra he had been carrying, what he called Dean’s legacy: “He lives to love. He would die to protect. Dean’s heart is a machine.” Dylan Lee Peters is a huge talent with a growing fan-base. Many have read his four book series, Everflame, and highly recommend it. The Dean Machine is yet another example of a talented Florida writer thriving with original ideas and compelling characters. And his journey is just beginning, “I’m writing a new series that will be titled “The Hands of Ruin.” I can’t say a lot about it at this time, but I think fans of both the Everflame series and The Dean Machine will like it a lot. In fact, this new series will include characters from both Everflame and The Dean Machine, as well as many new characters. This series will be fantasy/adventure, and I hope to be done with the first book later this year. “ Updates can always be found at dylanleepeters.com and you can buy his novels in bookstores or online at amazon.com.
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