Dean Mayes

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September 08

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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…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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The Recipient

3.72 avg rating — 220 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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Gifts of the Peramangk

4.31 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Artisan Heart

4.20 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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The Hambledown Dream

4.30 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions
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The Regenesis Cluster

4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2013
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Feast

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To coincide with the international release of The Artisan Heart on September 1st, I've partnered with a great selection of book bloggers and reviewers who have kindly agreed to feature me and my new novel. Over the course of this coming week, readers can delve deeper into the story, the characters, the setting and the inspiration that saw The Artisan Heart brought to life.


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The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes
"Even though this book is a little predictable, it's a wonderful read. Hayden, a doctor short on sleep and a wife who is cold and involved in her own life loses it one night in the ER and attacks a father who has burned his young baby. He heads hom..." Read more of this review »
The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes
"This is an excellently written book that will play with your emotions. The characters are interesting, some are very likeable, some are despicable. There is romance, deceit, danger, and suspense. Very good descriptions of Walhalla. You will wish y..." Read more of this review »
The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes
"The Artisan Heart is a beautiful story of starting again, love and the threat of losing it all. Set in the old gold mining town of Walhalla, Dean's style of writing makes you feel like you're there watching everything unfold. You can smell the bre..." Read more of this review »
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"This book was lovely... such a great heart-warming story with a gritty edge, and a romantic, hazy feel. How you get gritty and romantic/hazy together in one novel is a challenge, but Dean Mayes does it beautifully.
I love the start of this novel. W..." Read more of this review »
" This past week, I was the on air guest of ABC Adelaide's David Bevan who featured my new novel "The Artisan Heart" as his book of the week. The audio ...more "
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" Veronica ⭐ wrote: "Dean wrote: "I'm really pleased to say that my 8 year old daughter had a hand in the final design for the cover. To this day, Lucy ...more "
" Scott-robert wrote: "I rarely review books that I don't like. I have to completely despise a book and want to smack my head to write a bad review. But ...more "
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Stuck On You by Evie Snow
Stuck On You (Sanctuary #3)
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While Stuck On You presents as a short and sharp read, it is no less charming than any of Evie Snow's previous Sanctuary entries. Readers familiar with the series will find it effortless to reacquaint themselves with the Californian coastal charm of ...more
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The Mother Of All Things by Gabriel Blake
The Mother Of All Things
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An absorbing, disturbing and kinetic thriller that balances a tight rope between a conventional whodunnit and a Gothic horror, Gabriel Blake commands this tome with a skilfull hand wherein you're never quite sure what state of existence the real worl ...more
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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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“I enjoy the use of metaphors in my story telling. In weaving them into the narrative structure of my works, I hope coax an active reading experience and to stimulate further discussion among readers as to what they might mean. How those metaphors affect the trajectory of the characters and how they contribute to an engaging experience overall are important markers for a successful story.”
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