Time for another author spotlight! This week we meet author, Robert Davis.
Tell us a little about yourself and where you live.
I am a computer geek living in the rain soaked state of Colorado, a normally semi arid, state that for reasons not fully understood ended up underwater a couple of weeks ago.
Tell us about your book/books:
I currently have my freshman book “Rakasha: Legend of the Tiger Demon” released. It’s a collection of short stories all centering around a a legendary demon with an addictive bite. the book is Horror, and at the very least PG13+. The horror in the story is not just the victims being eaten alive, but that because of the addictive nature of the bite, they seek out this fate.
My next Paranormal New Adult adventure is coming out in November – its Title is Jamie Ryder: Possessed. it’s a story about a deaf college girl that becomes possessed by a demon. I am eyeing a December release and will let everyone know when I have a set release date.
What would you say your writing style is?
I actually have 3 styles. when I am in a ‘mood’ I write horror, my horror stories tend to be short works, often featuring the same creatures, each story stands on its own, and when you combine them they build on each other, creating a much better vision of the monster.
When I am doing my Sci work, the stories tend to be longer (granted they are still short stories) but are more centered on a theme then a single creature. I am working on a book based on these stories, but I haven’t even chosen an editor for that collection yet.
The Paranormal New Adult adventure is an entirely different style, there is a large story arc, and there are arcs with in arcs, each character has a full bio written, and the universe has a strict continuality. On occasions, a demon from my short stories cross over into my book. it is as planed as my shorts are random.
I also have a humor blog, http://rbdavis5.wordpress.com/ called Miscreant thoughts and lesser things. which style I write in purely depends in my mood and blood alcohol level.
Out of your characters, who are your favorites?
Hmmmm, sort of like asking which child you like the best, but as long as you promise not to tell any of them, Jamie and Ivan are my favorites. Jamie is the deaf girl I mentioned above, I researched and interviewed several young women to make her as accurate both as a collage girl and as a deaf human being. the challenges she faced, the problems she encountered, and the attitudes she deals with are all from the interviews. only the demonic bits were fiction.
Ivan on the other hand, is my Demon – my favorite Demon! he is not a human with special powers, he is a demon – how he feeds, how he lives what he does for entertainment are all alien. of course he also can do and say what ever he wants, with impunity! Its impossible not to like someone like that.
What was the publishing experience like for you?
Eye opening – I did research to find out which publisher I felt I had the best chance of success with, but in the end, there was a new skill set (the dreaded query letter, or attending writers conference and trying do an elevator pitch, followed by the stories of people that had their work made more ‘commercial’ by publishers, or worse… I also was introduced to the idea of “self publishing”. The quote that made me ultimately decide to try it was “think to the last book you read, now name the publisher” I knew I would have to hire and pay an editor, would have to hire and pay for a cover designer and lay out person, and publicist. but despite all of those challenges, in the end the book would be mine. For better or worse every person that found it either horrifyingly fun or offensive to their world view, would only have me to thank/blame. I also have had a publisher or two contact me, so who publishes my next book is debatable, but as long as I can write and stay true to the stories, I will take the course I think is best for my stories and books.
What are some of your favorite books?
Minutes before sunset by Shannon Thompson
The Rift by SKN Hammerstone
Shadow of Purity by Kaine Andrews
almost anything by Kim Harrison or Georgina Kincaid
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What do you do for fun?
When I am not writing, I love off roading in my ancient Jeep, Camping, Hiking, shooting, and just driving. During the winter I tend to start playing more video games and computer games (strategy games mostly)
Do you have a favorite genre?
Paranormal and Horror are my favorites to read – especially the ones that are set in ‘reality’ so the paranormal is hidden and unknown to the public. it tends to make the reality more interesting, adding possible
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