John M. Davis – Interview

Interview with John M. Davis. The bestselling author of Gunship, The Fleet and more…

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Old image I found of John M. Davis

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.

John with his family
John with his family

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.

I know Gunship have spawned many sequels and also two spin off series, “The Fleet” and “Heroes“. What are they about?

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?

Kind sir, you (or any of your millions of blog viewers) can find me at:

John M. Davis Official Website

 

Editing my first Romance novel

Previously I’ve mostly edited Science Fiction with a hint of Crime and Fantasy, now the time has come to broaden the horizon and trying something completely new. Romance.

Yes, you read it correctly. Romance. And it’s not even Paranormal Romance which could be classified as Fantasy with some imagination. Just normal Romance. The stuff our mothers, daughters, wives and girlfriends read.

It’s a book called Brookhaven, about an author who moves from sunny Miami to the small, fictional (I think) Canadian town of Brookhaven, near Vancouver. Where unexpectedly romances blossoms.

And how is it? To be honest. It’s a pretty interesting ride even though there are neither spaceships, dragons nor aliens.

As for now, the scheduled release is January 1st, 2017. Book the date in your calendars girls (and boys). You’ll love this book. It will be a perfect read after the New Years festivities.

// D.

What is Terminus and why you should care?

Awesome books!

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The short answer is Terminus is a brand new series co-created by Jason Halstead and myself. If you need more reasons to care, I’d be glad to name a few. First, our combined online reach is equivalent to that of a “Big 6” publishing house. We’ve each written best-selling books and appeal to a broad range of readers, including fans of science fiction, fantasy and steampunk. Terminus includes ice wolves, dragons, telekinesis, battle suits and a host of other things that fans crave. It is essentially the perfect mixture of science fiction and fantasy. Best of all, it’s FREE to begin the series!

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Terminus: Free Intro – KindleNookKobo – Smashwords

Terminus: Ghost Planet – KindleNookKoboSmashwords

Terminus: Frozen Dreams – Kindle – Nook – Kobo – Smashwords

Terminus: Fear The Gifted (Coming Soon) – Kindle – Nook – Kobo –…

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Terminus

I just bought(well, it’s free, gratis, as in free beer) Terminus.
A novella length introduction to exciting new Science Fiction adventures by Jason Halstead and John M. Davis, Author

This series will consist of books by both authors. Starting with the free intro by Mr. Halstead, then continuing with Ghost Planet by Mr. Davis after which Mr. Halstead takes over again with Frozen Dreams.

Since I’ve done the editing of Ghost Planet I’ve also read the intro and viewed over Frozen Dreams to search for inconsistencies in the combined stories. I can tell everyone. This is an awesome series that will keep you entertained for a long time.

Please go and grab the free intro at Amazon or if you’re a Nook user, its free at B&N as well

Some useful links:
Official Terminus homepage
Mr. Davis “Terminus News”. The “Newspaper” of the Terminus universe
Jason Halstead’s homepage
John M. David’s homepage

Welcome to Project: Deadworld

An interesting new project by John Davis and Joshua Guess where they are experimenting in cooperative world building.

“Instead of writing a single story through direct collaboration, our aim is to create a shared world that each of us can write our own stories in. For now, this site will host two such stories, but down the road we hope to invite new authors to join in.”

Source: Project: Deadworld

How to sell more eBooks

True. Editing is a must 😉

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As a disclaimer, you’re not likely to make the type of money that’s pictured above. Still, a lot of people ask me how they can improve their own book sales. I’m not lighting cigars with big bills over here, and I still mow my own lawn, but I have seen a significant bump. I’ve heard a lot of people say that selling tons of books has a lot to do with luck. Maybe. But if you take care of a few things, you’ll at least have a better chance of selling eBooks.

Covers – You can’t judge a book by its cover, and yet people still do. Did you know that red text is more likely to lead to sales, where blue text is most likely to turn a buyer away? That’s a true story, based on a study I found online. Covers typically sell for $100+ and make a…

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