Lorraine Devon Wilke is an author, photographer, and singer/songwriter, who brings the sum total of her creative experience to her compelling contemporary fiction. Pulling from every chapter of her eclectic background, she creates characters and plots that are sharply original yet reflect universal themes, with dialogue that jumps off the page. Her first three book covers were designed with her photography, and her debut novel, AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH, includes a free download of one of her songs.

A longtime contributor to HuffPost and other news and media sites, Devon Wilke’s trademark “sass and sensibility” infuses her work with candor, provocative themes, and, whenever possible, wit and humor. But whether exploring issues of family, faith, love, or tragedy, her stories always embrace an elemental mix of heart and soul. Along with AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH, her dramatic short story, “She Tumbled Down,” and second and third novels, HYSTERICAL LOVE and THE ALCHEMY OF NOISE, are available on Amazon and in book stores globally.


In a world so full of lonely people and broken hearts, Chris Hawkins, a black sound engineer from Chicago’s south side, and Sidonie Frame, a white, suburban-raised head manager of one of the city’s buzziest venues, feel lucky to have met and fallen in love; they’re convinced that happiness is theirs for the taking.

Life, however, has other plans.

Chris and Sidonie transcend a number of inevitable culture clashes and resistance from select family and friends—but it’s when a series of police encounters culminates in Chris being beaten and arrested that their world is turned upside down. He claims his innocence; she believes him. But as unforeseen events provoke increasing doubt and suspicion, the two are driven to question what they really know of each other and just who to trust, leading to a powerful and emotional conclusion.

A timely and provocative love story that digs deep into the conundrum of “love vs. culture,” The Alchemy Of Noise illuminates themes of privilege, prejudice, and the search for empathy in a world where bias too often makes even love a political statement.


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