Author Interview: Faydra Stratton


The devil has come to Devil Springs. Except he hasn’t. Not at all. But try and tell that to Mesa Crane’s grandmother, Mayor Avis Kneller. This is not the senior year Mesa had pictured for herself. She’s used to her grandmother’s restrictive dress code and no boys rule, but thanks to some skinny-dipping cheerleaders make some questionable social media posts, Avis is ratcheting up her expectations and decreeing spiritual warfare. Mesa is sick of being bullied into fake piety, but defying her grandmother will mean losing the small freedoms she does have, including her spot on the cross country team. Most unfortunate since she’s started training with the school’s best (and okay, admittedly hot) athlete, Cody Howard. But when Mesa won’t get baptized—as Grandma Avis mandates—her isolation begins. The actual devil may not have come to Devil Springs, but judgment sure has. Can Mesa endure until graduation? Or will she find the swell of faith she needs to stand up to her grandmother once and for all?

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Published with Filles Vertes Publishing


How did you come up with the idea for Devil Springs?

I read a very tiny news blurb about a small-town Florida mayor who banned the devil from her town, and I thought… What kind of person? What kind of town? But it is not based on a true story. I know as much as about the actual story as I just shared.

Who is your favorite and least favorite character from DS and why?

I love Mesa of course.  Her kindness, her bad-assery. Yancey makes me laugh.  I could absolutely hang out with Drew.
I don’t have a lot of patience with Kenzi (yes, I said Kenzi, not Morgan) and Avis is truly awful.

If you could put Devil Springs into three words, what would they be and why? 

Resist and persist 🙂

What is your writing process like?

Unfortunately at the moment with my kids home all day and needing to work full-time (I teach.) it leaves me with little energy for much else. I’m really look forward to the summer!  During non quarantine times, I write better if I leave my house and go to a coffee shop. When I’m engrossed in a first draft, I’m that person who will write and re-write the first few chapters before finally moving on with the story and then I’ll do some light plotting in a journal, know some major scenes I’m heading towards, but that’s about it.  I mostly learn the story as I go.

Do you prefer stand alones or series?

For writing, I’ve only written stand alones. For reading, I prefer stand alones too. It takes a lot for me to commit to reading a series. The amount of popular series I’ve abandoned after the first book is very high. 

Name three books you could read over and over again. 

The Harry Potter series, any Jane Austen novel, and the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. 

If you could take one character from any of your books and bring them to life, who would it be and why?

I have a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (not yet published) and I’d love to have Maggie, the main character, cook for me.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? 

Light plotter, more of a pantser.

If your writing could be described as a color, what would it be? Laid back, beach vibes–it’ll happen when it happens (as long as I’m not under contract/deadline) so… teals and blues.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

It’s as much about work as it is about talent, but read widely to help improve your talent.


Faydra Stratton is a writer, English teacher, wife, and mom to three boys. Her youngest son has Fragile X Syndrome, a spectrum disorder similar to autism but with a known genetic cause. Faydra attended the University of Florida (Go, Gators!) for undergrad and UNC Wilmington where she received an MFA in creative writing. Faydra was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL and now resides with her family a little farther up the coast in Port St Lucie. When not teaching, reading, or writing, she loves all things beach life: sunbathing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, and snorkeling. But not scuba diving. She just can’t clear her ears.

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