Clipped by Devon McCormack was one of our outstanding reads of 2014, honestly, it’s a superb read and we can’t sing it’s praises enough. So when Macky and I got the chance to interview Devon, Sinfully HQ was a flurry of hormones (the man is so cute,) and a frisson of excitement, well, because it’s DEVON McCORMACK!
So, make yourself comfortable and grab a coffee, tea or possibly something stronger as we chat with Devon about his novel Clipped, the larger than life characters, cocks… yep there’s definitely a lot of cock chat… and cake, a somewhat large cake… oh and not forgetting a rather interesting use of a cucumber… haha… read on and enjoy.
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Committee Meeting: Sinfully HQ. Twinkly Bottom.
Members present: Monique, Macky, Mark
Monique: Not much to discuss today guys, our priority is of course Devon McCormack’s visit tomorrow.
Macky: OOOH Can we call it operation HUGE COCKS!!!!!
Monique: *Chokes on coffee* What! No! Macky, your obsession with the male anatomy has crashed the internet twice this week already. Cockyboys was it? Don’t you think you’ve had enough cock for one week.
Mark: *Looks smug* Sorry guys, I’m out tomorrow at the opening do of the new Twinkly Bottom Strip Club!
Macky: *Pouts* Mark obviously hasn’t.
Mark: Wait, back up, crashed the internet? Was that why I couldn’t sign in to our subscription last night?
Macky: Ohhh really… turns and looks pointedly at Monique. I think you’ll find I was otherwise engaged last night Marky. *winks at Mark and nods towards Monique*
Mark: Oh… *lightbulb moment* Ohhh... *turns to Monique* So, what did you think about the scene with Frankie V and ...ouch ...did you just kick me?
Macky: *crying laughing*
Monique: No. My foot slipped. Back to the agenda. *shuffles papers* So Macky, as you and I didn’t get a VIP invitation to the strip club, *glares at Mark* it’s me, thee and the lovely Devon McCormack.
Macky: I can’t wait to meet him! He’s so cute and funny and he’s got those dreamy eyes… ahhh. I wonder if he’s got a big c… *stifled by a hand over mouth*
Monique: *Shakes head at Macky* Please don't put that image in my head before we meet him.
Macky: What? Car… I was going to say car.
Monique: Can you at least try and be on your best behaviour… pleeeease.
Mark: *laughs* You’ve got no chance!
Macky: Don't you be worrying my little cocky girl...I've got something really nice planned for Devon. You know his birthday’s coming up right?
Monique: Looks down at papers… Oh yes, 4th August.
Macky: Well, as you and Marky are working all day, Handy Andy’s helping me with a little surprise for him. I think even you’ll be impressed!
Monique: Oh good lord! I’m not even going to ask…
Mark: It would probably be TMI if you did Mo, *laughs* especially if those two are home alone... all day. Did I mention the alone part? or the all day bit? *waggles eyebrows*
Monique: *head desk* I give up… On that note I’m concluding today’s meeting and leaving everything in your capable hands Macky… *looks worriedly at Mark* Capable, did I just say capable?
Mark: *laughs* I’m outta here. Good luck… you’re going to need it.
Present Day… Devon’s arrival imminent
Monique: Macky, I’m home, sorry I’m so late, got waylaid. Do I need to do anything, cause I’m stressing a bit, he’s due any minute. Macky! Macky! ...where are you?
Macky:*Bounces out of Kitchen* I'm here… keep ya knickers on, we’re all sorted!
Monique: *Jumps* OMG! You just scared the shit out of me!
Macky: *Laughs* You'll be proud...lounge is sparkling, champagne is on ice, I've cleaned the loo till you could eat your dinner off it and my surprise is all ready for presenting later on.
Monique: Eyebrow raised and looks sceptically at Macky ...Really? Do I need to be worried?
Macky: Absolutely not! *looks sheepish* well… no, not really, don’t look at me like that, it’ll be fine. I had so much fun, OMG...it was a mammoth task but I'm really happy with it!
Monique: Oh.. Kay… Actually, I think you’d best just pour me a glass of that champagne, I have a feeling I’m going to need it!
Door bell rings
Macky: Whoop...he's here...I'll get it! I'll get it! I'll get it!
Monique: How much champagne have you had?
Macky: Opens door, turns to Monique and mouths IT’S DEVON McCORMACK! *whispers* OMG!...he’s so cute.
Monique: Devon, Welcome, come in, come in, let’s go through to the lounge. It's so lovely to meet you… can we get you a drink? Tea, coffee, champagne? How are you? We can't wait to hear about your boys. How was your trip? Have you been to the UK before? You’ve certainly brought the weather with you, it's such a beautiful sunny day, but of course we're more used to the rain over here, are you a sun worshiper? I much prefer the heat, but our Macky’s a rainy day kinda gal, not that she’s miserable or anything, she has a very sunny disposition, which you will find out for yourself soon enough, actually, I may need to apologise in advance for that, she’s… well, ermm… never mind. Where was I? Oh yes, thanks Macky ...as Macky shoves a Champagne flute into Monique and Devon’s hand.
Macky: Turns to Devon… sorry, she rambles a bit when she’s nervous, did you get any of that?
Devon downs the champagne and creeps back toward the door.
Devon: Um…I think I caught something about sun worshipping.
Monique: *composing herself* So, Devon...Clipped was one of our outstanding reads of 2014. What a fantastic book!
Devon: Thank you so much. That was a real honor.
Macky: Omg it was amazeballs. It was your first published novel wasn’t it Devon?
Devon: That’s right.
Monique: I have to say, reading it, I felt like you owned the story, there was nothing tentative about it. It was a totally confident delivery, as though you were really enjoying the whole writing process, for you, rather than over thinking the readers reactions.
Devon: Confident delivery? Is that what someone tells a psychopath in a mental ward? “You’re very confident in your delivery.” Hahaha. Yes. I’d say I didn’t really think about reader reactions until the final edit of the book, which is pretty funny, because before Clipped, everything I wrote was really safe. Too safe. I didn’t want to offend anyone or write anything that might put me outside the mainstream. And so there were all these ideas I would get that I would toss aside, because I was like, “Well, no one will ever read that.” That pretty much sucked all the fun out of writing for me. When I got the idea for Clipped--the idea, the characters, everything about it--felt so deviant. Not necessarily to the everyday person, but to my personal set of writing dos and don’ts. That excited me. And knowing that I was doing something that went against a lot of my previous standards made it really easy for me to just throw the rule book out of the room and do my own thing.
Macky: Well, you certainly did that, making God the bad guy and Satan the hero, so to speak, was genius..where did that come from?
Devon: The devil! Just kidding. I actually received a letter from him last week, and he says he wants nothing to do with these books. But seriously, the God and Satan swap came while I was reading Mark Twain’s novel, Letters From Earth. The book is told from Lucifer’s perspective as he contemplates how screwed up man’s perspective of God is. It encouraged me to think outside the box about the Christian canon, and for some reason, I just thought, “What if God and Satan were ex-lovers and the fall of man was just post-breakup drama?” And I was off and running from there.
Monique: I think religion will always be a contentious subject to write about, especially when you mess with preconceived notions and faith. What’s been your feedback on that?
Devon: Pretty positive, actually. Most people see the story for what it is...a story. And I’ve received a lot of compliments for thinking of a new way of looking at the God/Satan dynamic. There have really only been a handful of people who have hated it because of the religious aspect. But most of those people don’t even read the book. They just go, “This is against everything I believe, so I can’t read it.”
Macky: Well they're missing out on a bloody good read then aren’t they.
Devon: *smirking* Very bloody, indeed.
Monique: Absolutely! I was wondering Devon, are you a fan of graphic novels? It’s just that Macky and I got the impression Clipped was all a bit tongue in cheek at times, and overly exaggerated in an erotic graphic novel kind of way… was that what you were feeling, or am I totally off base?
Devon: If I had to define tongue-in-cheek, I would hand someone a copy of Clipped. Even in some of the more disturbing moments in the story, there’s an underlying humor to the situations. Treycore and Kid are the best example. They meet and instantly develop a powerful, uncontrollable lust for one another. And despite Treycore’s two foot schlong, they can’t stop trying to have sex. They are so determined and serious about something that is obviously a terrible idea. It’s like watching Lucy and Ethel at the conveyer belt, shoving chocolates into their uniforms. Of course, in my book, it’s Treycore shoving his massive cock inside Kid, or Kid forcing it inside himself. Unlike with Lucy, Clipped also has a pain factor where you’re on the edge of your seat going, “Kid, what the fuck are you doing? Don’t do that! Why? WHY?!” But to me, it’s the same thing. And everything about Clipped is like that. It’s hyperbole. The villains are larger than life. The characters are absurdly hypersexual. And the penises are unreasonably massive.
Macky: There’s nowt wrong with massive penises *looks at Monique for assurance*
Monique: *Shakes head* *squeaks* No… definitely not!
Devon: Speaking of exaggerated dicks, to your point about the book feeling like a graphic novel, that was exactly what I had in mind. I grew up loving manga, comics, graphic novels, and anime. I loved the exaggerated body parts. I loved super-serious characters in bizarre, heightened realities. When I first conceived of the visuals for Clipped--giant penises, tentacled monsters, etc--I wanted to create a literary version of a manga nightmare. That’s why Treycore’s dick had to be two feet. If it was something more reasonable, it would be a completely different story. It wouldn’t have that larger-than-life feel to it.
Macky: He’s certainly larger-than-life! Anybody need a fill up?
Devon: Are we still talking about Treycore’s cock? *winks*
Macky: I’d like to do more than just talk about Treycore’s cock *winks back* Where were we? Champagne?
Devon: I’d love some more. Thank you.
Macky: So. Clipped. Talk about unpredictable. You had us on pins all the way through. Honestly we were riveted as you just kept turning the story round on a sixpence...or is that a dime for you, Lol. Nothing turns out like you think it will. Did you have it all planned before you started or did you just run with the story your characters inspired because it was freaking gobsmacking at times!
Devon: A little bit of both. I wrote an incredibly comprehensive outline. Had every little fight and sex scene choreographed almost too meticulously. But as I wrote my way through the story, I allowed my inspiration to guide me where it would. The characters just sort of shared their stories when they felt comfortable sharing them. Certain surprises, I’d planned in the initial outline, but others--ones that really upset me at the end of the story--I didn’t see coming either. Those are the most unsettling for me, which I think is why it plays out as a theme in Clipped: how creators lose control over their creations. As authors, we feel so powerful with our ability to create stories and characters, but in my experience, they eventually take on lives of their own and don’t permit our interference. My boyfriend will frequently hear me say something like, “Why is this character doing that?” And he’ll reply, “It’s your character. You’re making him do that.” But that’s never how it feels. There was a big event at the end of Clipped that I really didn’t want to happen, but ultimately, I didn’t feel like I had a choice...or at least, it wouldn’t have been right if I had written it another way.
Monique: Oh my, that ending! It certainly impacted the story and opened up so many doors to elaborate on, and that’s what I loved so much, as it actually reads like an epic adventure or a saga; something to get lost in, rather than the usual M/M romance novel. Especially because of the world building and the fact that there are more than just the two central characters. How many books do you have planned and please tell us Book #2 is imminent?
Devon: It’s definitely an epic adventure. That’s how it initially came to me, and the adventure has just begun. The first book is, more than anything, a prologue. It sort of helped me acclimate to that world and characters. The next book fleshes out a lot of the details behind the characters and the world. It’s when I establish what’s really at stake. Right now, I have five books planned, but I won’t swear to stick to that, because there’s a lot that’s yet to happen, and I plan to write whatever is required to get to the end of the story.
The next book is Bound, and it will be out in September. I’m so excited about this one! It opens with Kinzer and Maggie working to hunt down this powerful weapon that they unleashed in the first book, and Treycore journeying to Hell to rescue Kid from Vera. Along their journeys, they encounter some new friends...and a few surprising old friends *wink wink, nudge nudge*.
Monique: Is it September yet? I so can't wait to see where you’re going with Kinzer, he starts out as the main character and the story unfolds from that point, and I know he's trying to save the world from the apocalypse but how much shit does the poor man have to go through?
Macky: I know, me neither! I thought I knew who the main love interests were going to be ...but Oooh nooo...there went the predictability factor again!
Devon: *takes a swig of champagne* I guess I need to go ahead and offer my sincerest apologies for the sequel. Things aren’t easy for Kinzer. When the book begins, we see a guy who has lost everything. He’s jaded. He’s tired. The only thing keeping him going is his desire to do the right thing. But as the story progresses...well...let’s just say that he finds a reason to hope again.
Monique: Apologies? ...you’re making me nervous and excited at the same time. And what about Treycore, cause I have to say, we both thought he was a bit of an arse in the beginning…
Macky: Hahaha...Don't you mean he was a bit of a Dick Monique? A BIG dick!
Devon: Massive. Gargantuan. Hahaha.
Macky: *Snort* Which reminds me *jumps up suddenly*...excuse me a second guys, I just need to check on something in the kitchen…
Monique: *Shouts after Macky* You might run missy… Bring back some more champagne with you. Where was I… Oh yes, Treycore. I have to say he soon became a favourite despite his arrogance and initial disdain of the human race.
Devon: Treycore is very special to me. He’s angry and bitter. He’s seen the worst of humanity--their cruelty and hatred. He’s seen how awful they can be to each other. But as jaded as he is, he has also seen something good, and that’s what he’s willing to fight for. He puts up a tough front, one he’s developed to guard against those who would use him for his looks, but he’s a romantic at heart.
Monique: Oh yes, especially with Kid… We just absolutely adored Kid, what a sweetie and we have a feeling that there may be more to Kid than meets the eye. Have you got more surprises up your sleeve? and what can we expect from these two in the next book?
Devon: Oh, Kid. I adore him so much. There’s definitely more to him than meets the eye, but I don’t think we really get into that as much until the third book. Kid got to shine in Clipped, so he takes a little bit of the backseat in Bound. This is really Treycore’s chance to show his true colors.
Monique: Knowing Macky I think she’d like see a little more than his true colours *laughs* So Devon, *cough* ...uhh, your vision of Angels...how can I put it?
Devon stares vacantly at Monique, awaiting her question.
Monique: *stuttering* ...Erm shall we just say, they're, well, you know, not your usual beneficent winged angelic creatures...they certainly don't uh, conform to the general picture most people have. They're pretty ripped and hunky… And undercover strippers? In skimpy neon thongs? Mmm… Very sexy. *shakes head* But definitely not innocent.
Devon: I’m not sure I understand what you mean by--
Macky comes back in, tops up champagne glasses and plonks down on the couch
Macky: Did I miss the good bit?
Monique: What good bit?
Macky: Did you ask Devon about the… you know *winks*
Monique: *shakes head* *whispers* I can’t...
Macky: *whispers back* Sure you can, here have some more champagne ...tops up glass and shoves Monique on the shoulder. Go on.
Monique: *takes big swig of champagne* So Devon...*gulps*...your immortals are particularly... ermm large in certain areas…
Devon: Oh, their egos? I know. They can be real assholes sometimes.
Monique: Egos? No, I mean they're...well...they're...Um...you know…*gestures to lap and lowers voice*...somewhat well endowed in the lower regions?
Macky: *shakes head* Oh for god's sake just say it! Devon what she wants to know is why you gave them such huge cocks!!! ...laughes and points at Monique... Devon, don't be fooled by that blushing, I bet she’s gone all round the houses without asking about the 20’ butt clenchers.
Devon: I mean, I think we’ve all shoved 20’’ of goodness up our bums from time to time. Oh? No? *downs the rest of his champagne* No, no. I’m actually not into that at all, but I have a lot of friends who are obsessed with dick size, and it’s just not something I’ve ever thought about. A guy could take off his pants and have a lima bean down there, and I would be like, “Oh my God, we’re soulmates.” I’m not a dick guy. Give me a sexy torso or ass, and I’m good.
That said, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I got together with my current boyfriend, who I would say is too-well-endowed, right before I started writing Clipped. I mean, it’s big. Not 20’’ big, but more than I ever cared for. Like I remember not knowing how I would fit it in my mouth. The day after we met, I bought an appropriately sized cucumber and had to get my best-girlfriend’s advice on what the fuck I was supposed to do with all that. And it wasn’t a fun learning experience. It was like boot-camp. My jaw hurts just thinking about it.
Macky: Omg! You actually deep throated a cucumber!
Devon: I did what I had to do. *winks*
Monique: Looks at Macky *gobsmacked* Turns to Devon *croaks* Sorry Devon, you were saying?
Devon: Treycore is a satire on size-queens. There’s this sort of social prestige to talking about guys with big dicks, but I’ve always thought, “That just sounds painful.” I mean, it doesn’t just sound painful, it is painful. So I wanted to take that socially acceptable fantasy of longing for a guy with a big dick and spin it on its head to show, “Maybe you need to clarify what you mean when you say big dick, because it sounds like it could be a nightmare.” I know. I sound amazing in bed. I feel like I would be if the boyfriend would just agree to perma-bottom.
Monique: *Flustered* Interesting visual *Fans face* Is it hot in here?
Macky: *Also fans face* I was thinking the same thing, and with all this heat I'm worried Devon’s 'surprise' will be a flop in more ways than one!
Macky makes a mad dash for the kitchen...
*Muffled voice from Kitchen* Can someone just open the door for me, my hands are a bit full at the moment.
Monique opens door and in walks Macky singing Happy Birthday and carrying a humongous (slightly droopy) phallic shaped object!
Monique: It’s a cock!
Macky: DUH! Well who wouldn't want a cock cake with a creamy filling for their birthday. *Proudly* Whatcha think Devon?
Devon: *tears up* Oh my God. You shouldn’t have!
Macky: I'm sorry it bends a tad to the right ...I was trying for erect, but it came out a bit on the flaccid side...it’s yummy though!
Devon: That was so thoughtful! I can’t wait to get this little guy inside me. Um...I mean my mouth. I want the cake inside my mouth. Dammit, no! I mean, I can’t wait to try the cake.
Macky: I had a devil of a time trying to stop Handy Andy getting his mouth around it for a sneaky taste.*stares dreamily into space* He's no Treycore but our Andy's a great model…
Monique: *Turns and smiles at Macky* Macky it’s brilliant! And so big! Is there something you’re not telling me about Andy? *strokes finger down the length of the cake* Devon I think you'll probably be eating cock for the next few days!
Devon: Maybe a little longer than that, but--
Monique: *puts frosting coated finger in mouth* Mmm… it’s delicious too. *giggles* Ooops sorry Devon… I just wiped my finger over your cock. Did you want some? Well, not off my finger obviously, although they are clean, honest!
Macky: *Knowing glance at Devon* Haha Devon. Looks like the bubbly has loosened up Miss Prissy Pants!
Phone rings Macky Answers… *mouths* It’s Marky. *nods and mouths* He’s wasted *sniggers* Really? Seriously? OMG YES! Marky…. We’ll be there in 10 mins… get the drinks in! Woohoo!
Macky: *Grinning* LOL! Devon… You're not going to believe this. Marky says to get our tushies over to the strip club ASAP, they've got pole dancing, stripper angels...and guess what they're wearing?!?
Monique: *Monique looks confused* What? But, I thought we *gestures with hand* weren't VIP enough for the opening night thingy of the strip club?
Macky: Well… apparently the owner is a big gay romance reader and it just so happens he’s a huge fan of Devon’s. Hence the stripper angel in the neon g-strings and the name Dick Dongs… Aaaand we get free drinks all night! You up for a night on the town Devon?
Devon: Well, I can never say no to Dick Dongs, so I’m in.
Monique: *excitedly* Grab ya cock Devon we’re off to see some boys get nekkid!
Publisher ~ Wild City Press
Published ~ 9th April 2014
Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance, Dark Non Con Erotica
Warning: This title is erotic and contains homosexual content, graphic sex, violence, and strong language. Readers uncomfortable with rough sexual situations should not purchase this book.
Though mortals have been convinced that God cares about their souls, nothing could be further from the truth. He created the world as a gift for his lover, Satan. But when Satan left him, he decided to end what he saw as his most grotesque creation.
Satan and his army of demons are man’s only hope…
The demon Kinzer and his lover, Janka, have been sent by Satan to spy on The Raze, a gang of rogue demons who are working with God to bring about Armageddon. When someone exposes their true allegiances, the Raze clips Kinzer’s wings and murders Janka. Kinzer manages to escape. He tracks down Satan’s allies to warn them about a mole in their midst when he learns that they’ve located the Antichrist—a powerful weapon that could prevent the apocalypse. Now, he’s on a mission to protect the Antichrist and avenge his lover’s death.
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Meet Devon McCormack
Devon McCormack spends most of his time hiding in his lair, adventuring in paranormal worlds with his island of misfit characters. A good ole Southern boy, McCormack grew up in the Georgian suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a king from another planet. He claimed to have supernatural powers. He has since harnessed this penchant for tall tales by crafting whole worlds where he can live out whatever fantasy he chooses.
A gay man himself, McCormack focuses on gay male characters, adding to the immense body of literature that chooses to represent and advocate gay men's presence in media. His body of work ranges from erotica to young adult, so readers should check the synopses of his books before purchasing so that they know what they're getting into.
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