Charley Daveler


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Charley Daveler is an American author and playwright best known for her ongoing online serial, Stories of the Wyrd. She writes primarily speculative fiction and satire, using a memorably dark humor to describe love in fantastical worlds. Though raised in Wyoming, she has lived in Los Angeles, Western Australia, and currently resides in New York City.

Interviews:
Curious Hart: "Author Interview - Charley Daveler"
Author Interviews: "My Interview with Charley Daveler"
Mission Veritas: "High Heels and Satire; Stories of the Wyrd"
Reily's Point of View: "Interview with Charley Daveler"



Long Version:

I first decided to be a writer when my third-grade best friend claimed she was going to be an illustrator. Of course, I had to get in on that. But, like most things, I stayed true to my word where she foolishly abandoned her dreams and went on to get an engineering degree. She is now a self-sustaining woman of modern ideals while I find odd jobs picking up after dogs and actors.

But my career really didn’t start until seventh grade in which I was exposed to Eragon, a fantasy novel written by a fifteen-year-old boy, and The Outsiders, written by a sixteen-year-old girl. Having long decided that I would be the youngest author ever (completely unaware of how young the youngest author actually was) I stopped procrastinating wrote my first book. For the remainder of my academic career, I wrote every day, finishing nine novels before graduating from high school.

Not once did I query any of them.

During this time, my love of theatre grew. I had been acting since I was eight, but I began writing scenes and finding ways to produce them despite the chagrin of my drama teacher. My first produced work was a one-act called, Those Who Can’t, Critique, a thirty-minute piece about soap opera writers attempting to make a finale after the head writer quit.

When I got into college it became a whole new ballgame. Having graduated high school without a published book was a real ego blow to me. I quickly recovered as we young narcissists are wont to do and I decided I would become published before I got my B.A. Also did not happen, but I managed to get over it.

I finally took a look at my fourth book, the first one I had been truly proud of—an epic 150,000 word beast about the brother of “The Chosen One.” I edited it, submitted it, and got one rejection back out of five. I edited it, met a boy, and completely lost interest, not to try again.

College was a difficult time, not because of the academic aspects, but because of the sudden change in atmospheres. I went from a community focused on children’s growth, support, and opportunities into the competitive real world in which I learned the hard lesson of working your ass off to get someone to even consider you for a job. I focused primarily on playwriting, teaching, stage management, and play production in which I managed to have my works premiere in 99-seat theatres of Los Angeles. I also worked with the myriad of short film production companies, seeing several of my and my co-written scripts produced and received a few awards.

I turned away from novel writing, unable to focus, often depressed, feeling exhausted project after project as no matter what I did seemed to garner respect, and therefore creative freedom, from those in charge. I wrote one and a half novels before I graduated from the University of La Verne in 2012.

One day, I grabbed a whole slew of my short stories and sent them off to different literary journals.

My first real publication was an e-zine called 365 Tomorrows, a science-fiction site featuring flash fiction. I never got a confirmation, but, having never received a rejection either, a small part of my gut told me to go check the site, in which I found my name all in green.

It was also during college that I launched the first incarnation of my web comic, Mighty Morphing Canine Tales, featuring a land of demons and the girl who befriends one very misanthropic one. I relaunched a new version of it in January 2015. I also began my blog, What’s Worse than Was back in 2011, which has grown to surprising proportions since then.

In 2012 I was awarded a Storytelling Grant to produce a literary journal featuring stories on my hometown. The first issue made back its money and then some, allowing me to continue the project for many more issues.

I launched Stories of the Wyrd in 2014. During times of heavy editing, submitting, beta-readers and critiques, I found a great deal of the fun being sucked out of the writing part as I over analyzed every word that someone might have a problem with. I had at that point crafted fourteen novels, and yet I still lacked any connection with readers, mostly due to the secrecy I'd been writing in. I had been working for over a decade and while isolation had been perfect for a while, I realized I needed more. I needed a place where I could take risks but also feel the accomplishment of posting it for the world to see. I wasn’t really ready to be too aggressive in my querying, and I didn’t see myself as producing a published novel for several years, even if I submitted right then.

The serial shorts featuring Kaia and Rasmus were based off of my ninth manuscript called, Silver Diggers, about a brother and sister who fight the supernatural in an old world. When I decided to create an online serial, I did not want to chop up a novel into parts, nor did I find short stories to be preferable. Silver Diggers, I realized, had already been created with the idea of “episodes” as its base plot structure. Being that their companionship was familial rather than romantic, I found their relationship to be longer lasting and more flexible for a long series of short stories. I set out writing short stories featuring these characters and the world I created, launching the site in December 2014 along with my first quilt giveaway.

You can find most of my short stories online. Currently I sell my plays directly to theatre companies or repertory groups, so it will pop up all over the country at random times. Someone who is interested in reading or buying the rights to my plays can contact me at info.daveler@gmail.com. If you wish to know more about my work or be updated on new releases, contact me here.

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