Meet the Author

D.L. Havlin

A word about my writing philosophy –

 When any author asks readers to invest cash and, more importantly, their valuable time by reading his books, I believe they can expect the writer to be committed to a credo.  What can readers depend on when they pick up one of my novels and start turning pages?  Here are the principles I adhere to when authoring a novel.

 First, I believe readers are thinkers.  Their sharp minds want to be challenged as they’re entertained.  They look for nuggets in the gravel.  They mull over the logic of what they’re reading.  They value the subtle as well as the obvious.  They want to find a truth, a girder to strengthen the strong structure they make of their lives and that separate them from the non-reader.  It’s one of the reasons all my novels have an underlying theme.  For example, September on Echo Creek is a story about a young woman struggling with the ethics and morality of her fiancée, but on a deeper level the book explores the way guilt strings are used to control a person and the ruinous impact on their life.    

 If your passion is creating fiction, entertaining your reader is as important as providing steak for their mind.  Writing novels consumes me and I see great story-telling as the secret to providing great entertainment.  How many memorable reads have you made where the story didn’t grip you?  All the great prose Hemingway produced would fade to insignificance if the indomitable nature of his stories weren’t there.  Crafting a great story requires that you know when to show, when to tell, when to summarize, when to provide excruciating detail, when to produce chuckles, when to elicit tears…. 

 When I read another’s work, I can tell when the author isn’t totally immersed in what’s finding its way to the paper.  I feel cheated.  My heart and soul are in what I write.  I endeavor to “not hold back, let it all hang out.”  You may disagree with my words, but you’ll know the voice is mine and you’ll also know that I respect anyone who thinks differently.  We’re all entitled to our definitions of life, of right, of wrong…I see denying another person these convictions even in a literary sense as a most serious transgression.  I’m mindful of that in my work.

 I endeavor to create characters that are someone you’d like to meet, someone you’d despise, someone you’d fear, someone you’d root for…someone you can emotionally identify with, yet are characters that have realism emanating from them.  It’s difficult to open a person’s mind to the story you wish to tell if you haven’t touched the reader’s heart beat.  Great characters do that.  Holly Golightly, Atticus Finch, Jack Ryan, Theresa Osborne…they’re emotions, not just names, just as Capote, Lee, Clancy, and Sparks intended.

 My books are stories about life; about how great and how testing it can be.  Writing at my “mature” age is an advantage when discussing living; I’ve experienced it and don’t have to utilize conjecture.  History is often my brick-mason for it can provide a building in which my story can live and breathe.  Writing fantasy, sci-fi, or other work requiring that there be no reality fences, I cede to the young author where the lack of restricting rationale is beneficial. 

 What else?  I promise not to bury plot, story, or theme in prose that sounds good, but says little.  You won’t need a thesaurus by your side when you read my books.   All we do in life is my subject matter…birth, death, charity, greed, everything, and yes, sex.  I write about them all and believe that every subject requires to be dealt with honestly, but with respect for the topic and the person doing the reading.  Providing you, my reader, with an insight, a perspective, a thought process that’s generated by my words without bludgeoning you with the obvious is my ultimate goal.

 DL Havlin


9 comments on “Meet the Author

  1. Hi,
    I Met you last Saturday at the Reading Festival, I’m interested in you upcoming book about Summerlin and I think it would be of interest to others as well. If you are interested send a short description of your booktalk and I will send it out to library locations to see who would want a program. Thanks

    Voncile Williams
    Program Coordinator
    Lee County Library System Administration
    2345 Union Street
    Fort Myers, FL 33901
    Voice – 239-533-4808 Fax- 485-1100

    • Hi Voncile,

      Thank you for your inquiry! I’ve been on a tour and must apologize for my delinquent response to your offer. Yes, I’m very interested in providing you with the information you requested. I’ll put something together for your review and get back with you – thanks again.

      DL Havlin

    • We are interesting in DL Havlin presenting to your society.
      DL Havlin writes historical, literary, women’s mainstream, and suspense/mystery novels. Double Edge Press is his current publisher. His books, manuscripts and short stories have won 14 awards in the last 12 years, including 5 Royal Palm Literary Awards from the Florida Writers Association.
      DL is an authority on interpersonal interaction and teaches its use in literature. He is a frequent speaker at libraries, literary events, schools, colleges, historical societies, book clubs, civic organizations, etc.
      Presentation List:
      Historical & Current Event Talks-
      • Florida’s contribution to WW II & World War II’s contribution to Florida-
      • The Florida Legacy of Jake Summerlin – King of the cattle barons-
      • Florida, the forgotten years-
      • The fourteenth colony – Bloody Florida and the Patriot War
      Seminars and Classes-
      • Writing Historical Fiction: before you begin…
      • Crafting Characters with a Scientific Assist-
      • Be brief – one of writings commandments-
      Book Discussions & Readings
      • Bully Route Home
      • Blue Water, Red Blood
      • The Cross on Cotton Creek
      • A Place No One Should Go
      • September on Echo Creek
      • The Hangin’ Oak
      • The Hidden Door- (unpublished)

      Pls contact me to confirm dates available.

      Jeanelle Cooley, CTC, CAP

      For information regarding the author, his titles, speaking engagements/interviews contact

  2. Dear Mr. Haviland

    I attended your workshop last Friday afternoon at the Avon Park Public Library with Sunny Serafino, and I found it very helpful.

    To begin you provided each attendee a 14 page handout. The handout explained your concepts on Crafting Characters, including a tool box to use to develop auxiliary characters. I put my copy of this handout in a special place, and now I can’t locate it! If it’s no trouble for you, perhaps you can e-mail to me an extra copy of this handout. Thanks.

    As I recall this handout presented concepts recognizing characters types based on a class you took many years ago at the University of Minnesota, taught by Frederick Wilson. You used those ideas very successfully in writing novels to develop your writing career.

    After listening to your discourse on characterization in fiction, I believe that your these concepts of personality types would be most helpful in achieveing the position of full-time novelist. My goal is to achieve the position of a full time novelist. Currently I’m writing an historical/fantasy novel on the obsessive love of Semiramis, Queen of Assyria, for Ara the Handsome, King of Armenia. This story is based on an ancient Armenian legend.

    Another novel writing project I’ve worked on in the past is the legend of medeival Persia of Hassan-i-Sabbah, and his Assassins, the secret society of the first Islamic terrorists. I’ve been studying the Persian language, Farsi, for this purpose.

    If I have the opportunity to attend more of your writing seminars, I think it would be beneficial to read your Handbook on Management, “Managing Personality Types.” When you send a copy of it to Sunny Serafino and her writing group in Avon Park, that will be helpful.

    I believe that you mentioned the recent concepts of neuroplasticity, the capability of the human brain to master new langtuages and other skills well into old age. Neuroplascticity discounts the traditional attitude that the brain becomes rigid upon maturity, cannot make any signficant changes, and that it must decline in old age, sinking into senility and dementia. Instead, it can grow and develop well into the advanced ages of life. This new thinking hails siginificant importance to us senior writers.

    Thank you for your kind attention in reading my message. Please keep in contact.


    Alfred Kaye from Avon Park.

  3. I envy your ability to
    “not hold back, let it all hang out.”
    As I attempt to write often what I do manage to complete on paper seems light and very weightless in a world interwoven with corruption and deceit.

  4. I love your directness. I miss this kind of directness in our society today. In fact, what you described that you write sounds very similar to mine. I cannot get into books that don’t touch the heart of its characters. My stories are character driven, not plot driven. My stories are about relationships, how we screw them up and how we can overcome those screw ups to become better people. You have inspired me to write a new ‘about’ page in the near future and to buy your books. Great job.

  5. I will speak plainly. Wow. That is the most awesome “Meet the Author” post that I have ever read. I must read at least one of your books. Amazing. Great writing at its best!

  6. Hi there! It’s me, the lady with the giant purple dragon! Hahaha! It was great to meet you this weekend. Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I would be very interested in traveling outside of my little area here in Brevard County to whatever events you may be dreaming up in your neck of the woods. I didn’t get your email, so I’m commenting here. I hope that’s ok. My email is

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