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Dean Mayes

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Born
in Moe, Victoria, Australia
September 08

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April 2012


When he emerged in 2010, Adelaide based Intensive Care Nurse and author Dean Mayes, had almost given up on the prospect of ever being published. by then in his 30's with several abortive writing attempts under his belt, Dean believed he had missed his opportunity. But Dean had an idea for one last story he wanted to tell and, rather than allow it to wither and die in his imagination, he decided to blog it instead.

Quite unexpectedly, Dean's blog took off and after a chance encounter with Canadian based publisher Central Avenue in mid 2009, Dean's dream like tale about a young man who discovers he has taken on the memories and dreams of a complete stranger, became his first novel. Dean was signed to an initial two year contract and in 2010 "T
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Dean Mayes The Star Wars universe. I would probably seek out the role of a medic in the Alliance/Republic. I've often fancied the idea of serving aboard those sw…moreThe Star Wars universe. I would probably seek out the role of a medic in the Alliance/Republic. I've often fancied the idea of serving aboard those sweet Nebulon-B frigates.(less)
Dean Mayes Short answer is, I don't.

Every story I've written, so far, has germinated out of a singular idea - and that idea hasn't been genre specific. And it's …more
Short answer is, I don't.

Every story I've written, so far, has germinated out of a singular idea - and that idea hasn't been genre specific. And it's only when I've come to a point where I've deemed an idea to be viable that I've developed the story further.

For The Hambledown Dream, I began with a kind of what if scenario. What if a good and kind person died and was reincarnated as someone who is the polar opposite of that? Everything around that central idea grew outward from there.

Likewise, for Ruby Delfey's story in Gifts of the Peramangk, the central idea was a desire by me to explore a child prodigy who comes from a circumstance of poverty. That she developed into an Aboriginal child came later on and, while I didn't know how the story was going to develop, I knew it was going to be a significant effort on my part to make it work.

With The Recipient, I wanted to explore the idea of cellular memory as it pertains to organ transplant patients. That the story developed into a murder/mystery/thriller was something, which happened organically.

With all of these stories, I didn't set out to write them with a specific genre in mind. I began with the idea. If the idea was workable, everything that came after happened as a consequence. Does that make sense?

I guess I've revealed myself as a massive pantser, haven't I.

Thanks Molly!(less)
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Dad – What’s a Utopia?

My daughter often strikes me with the most profound questions.

In my half awake pre-coffee stupor this morning, Lucy dropped this one in my lap;


Dad – What’s a utopia?


Lucy M, aged 11.

I fumbled my response because that’s what seems to happen whenever she questions me so earnestly. I am constantly flummoxed by her curiosity and intellect. I think I responded along the lines of

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“When we embark on the writing journey, it is an inevitable truth that we draw upon personal experiences in creating our characters. Our experiences shape us and shape how we see the world around us. From a creative perspective, personal experiences are a gold mine. How deep we are willing to go into our personal experience can mean the difference between a bland, cookie cutter archetype and a compelling character – either protagonist or antagonist.”
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