Who are you?
My name is John M. Davis and I like long walks on the beach. No, seriously. I wish I was walking on the beach right now, just like my lazy editor always do. Well, he doesn’t walk much, he just lay in the sun with an umbrella drink in his hand all day long. I also happen to like watching ice hockey and the Canadian Football League. I’m happily married with two kids and they’re all the love of my life. I’ve also been known to keep a coffee mug in my hand… a lot.
What’s your first book Gunship about and how did it come to be?
Gunship is a story about people like us making tough decisions. It also happens to include spaceships, vampires and lots of other cool stuff. The truth is, I used to be an armed security officer at a nearby military ammunition plant. I did a lot of reading and, on the nights when I was posted alone, I started writing up the story of Gunship.
When did you publish it?
After a year of writing, I published Gunship in late 2011.
Gunship was intended to be a small project that introduced this newbie author to the way the publishing industry works. It was my way of learning the ropes. Gunship has had a lot more success than I anticipated, and readers began asking for more. The Fleet is based around the adventures of the Gunship series favorite Dalton James. Heroes is more of a reboot, using the same handful of characters and placing them in more of a fantasy setting.
That sounds very interesting. Can I try free samples?
Absolutely. I do my very best to offer free work, because I know that my style of writing isn’t for everyone. At any given time, you can find anywhere from 4 to 6 free books/novellas on my website. Among others, the first book in the Gunship, Heroes and Fleet series are all currently free. You should go check them out. Seriously. Put the coffee down, fire your eBook reader up and give them a download.
How is your process from idea to finished book?
I’m what’s called a “panster”. Some authors will spend weeks drawing up pretty outlines of their story – I don’t. I spend just one day outlining a story in my head. I jot down main characters and their personalities. I try to figure out what makes them unique. And then I also put together a world that I think is interesting. From there, I already know how the story is going to end. Aside from that, I just start writing and let the characters take over. When it’s finished, we begin the process of editing and rewriting until I’m proud to put it out there to the rest of the world. As I mature as an author, I find that it takes a lot more work to end up with something that makes me proud.
You mentioned editing. Do you think it’s important to hire an editor, or might an author as well save the money and do it him/her-self?
While you can do it yourself, I’d only suggest it as a last resort. I will guarantee that anyone’s work is better after hiring a good editor. For example, I wrote Gunship back in 2011 and edited it myself. Now, with a good editor by my side, it’s been completely rewritten from the ground up, along with a slew of editing. It doesn’t even feel like the same book. You show me a successful author and I promise you they have a good editor.
What are you writing on now?
Right now I’m writing a story about zombies, a romance novella and a story about men against an alien race of machines. It’s all over the place. Something I picked up a while back is this belief that I need to write what makes me happy, not necessarily what I believe will make lots of money.
When does your new book launch?
The above mentioned are all set to release on 1/1/2017 and I should have sequels nearing completion by that time, too. Fingers crossed.
How can I learn more about you and your books?
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