Born Devon Alden Michael in August 1987, in Los Angeles, California. The son of two physical therapists; his mother a ballet dancer with a Masters in Psychology; his father a gymnast with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. The former, his mother, is also a highly skilled poet and writer. She noticed her son’s early acuity for stories and nurtured his literary awareness as a little boy, teaching him to read on his own before kindergarten, and curating audiobooks for every car ride. He has one brother, Jordan Christopher Michael – an actor, photographer, and film director. Both boys grew up in the Film & Television industry, represented by Mary Grady of MGA: a titan of young talent management.
Devon earned a SAG membership in 1994 (pre-AFTRA merger) and worked as a film and television actor until the age of fourteen, appearing in TV shows that included E.R., The Client, Mr. & Mrs. Smith; and films such as Lansky, Logan’s War, and Little Boy Blue. His resume is available on IMDB.
He is also a published writer, author, and screenwriter.
I think it was when I was about 3 years old and I was read Charlotte’s Web. That was the inevitable moment I discovered stories were just about the most important thing one could do with a life, but it still took years of growing up for me to really admit it to myself. I can say that I started writing when I was very young, but not on purpose. Stories were, simply, the best way for poor kids to play with sticks and make it into something meaningful. Now as an adult, I write, except when I’m playing with sticks.
My major influences, if I had to refine them to a short-list, would probably be Diana Wynne Jones, Brian Jacques, and the animation of Studio Ghibli, along with my multifarious educators. That’s not exactly a short list, but it’s hard to decide who has affected the most significant changes in me. I’ve had chapter books since I was four, I don’t really know how to answer the question without saying a hundred authors’ names.
Devon Michael – Biography
Interview with the author of ‘Hollo’ – Smashwords
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