Author Interview: S. J. Davis
Hi, S.J. Thank you for allowing me to interview you. It’s quite an honor to do so. We’re pleased to have you here on our blog.
Would you take a moment and introduce yourself to us?
Hi everyone! I’m Sarah, I write under the name SJ Davis and I am a total newbie writer! INK is my debut title (I love how that sounds), and I am having a blast visiting all the various blogs that promote YA and other work.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for almost two years. INK is my first “finished” product and was published by Vamptasy Publishing October 1 for readers who love good YA paranormal (like me!). My second book, Invisible Sun, just released last week from Vamptasy also. It’s very different from INK, as it’s a steampunk vampire tale! So so so much fun to write!
Tell us a little bit about your book.
INK is a novella, the main character is a Native American girl named Sparrow who just lost her mother. She starts to hear voices and a sexy spirit guide appears to walk with her through this dark time. She also meets a sexy and very human musician…lots of yum!
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I am part Native American on my father’s side and always wanted to read a “regular” story about Native kids when I was growing up, but I really couldn’t find any. The culture was usually the character and the characters seemed flat and really “tribal.” So, I wrote a paranormal romance where the heroine just happens to be Native American, but she could be any nationality. However, the mythology does lend itself to paranormal romance.
Was there a lot of research involved for it?
Some of the language and mythology required small amounts of research, but not really since I am very familiar with Sparrow’s heritage.
What’s your favorite character from the book?
Outside of Sparrow, who I relate to so much…I would have to say Layne. He’s so quietly sexy and sensitive. But I love Mateo too..so hard.
Is this the only genre that you write under? Or have you experimented with others – such as short stories, mysteries, or even poetry?
So far INK and Invisible Sun are my only published works and both are short novels. I have a full length manuscript but I am still in the editing phase. All my work is so different from the rest and I don’t know if that is good or bad, but my next work is a cyberpunk meets steampunk time travel. I am also supposed to be working on a “sizzle” for my publisher, a short erotic romance. We will have to see how that goes since I am VERY new to trying that (and also a bit nervous)!
Who is your favorite author and how has he/she inspired you to write?
My very best friend is Marisa de los Santos and she has written three NYT best sellers. She is so talented, giving, and graceful. Her presence and input really lifts my work to a higher and better place.
How do you find the inspiration when writing your stories?
Music, always. I listen to music constantly and start to visualize movies in my mind. Eventually characters and situations are born than form a story.
What’s your favorite book?
Wuthering Heights! LOVE IT!
Do you have any recommendations for books that you think the blog’s readers may enjoy?
There are so many wonderful writers to find now, especially with the freedom of ebooks. Right now I am reading Jus Accardo’s Touch and it’s pretty darn fabulous!
When thinking about writing new material, do you take the time to outline your story or do you just go with the flow and see where it takes you?
I am a pantser. I dive in and see what happens. But about halfway through I start to outline what has already happened and then I outline how to get to the ending. But there are usually surprises!
What’s your favorite past-time?
I love to walk my dog, visit art museums, do pilates, and drink tea.
Do you have any tips, or thoughts, that you would like to offer to the blog’s readers?
Social Media has been invaluable to me in finding friends, readers, other writers, and even my publisher! Also, set daily writing goals, even if they are small. Eventually you WILL have a story!
So there you have it, Everyone, a lovely interview with quite an amazing author, S. J. Davis. We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning more about her.
Synopsis: “It’s a good day to die.” My mother holds my arm fiercely. “But as you grieve for me, listen for the voices. Then, you must get the ink.”
Sparrow stumbles between two worlds – light and dark, love and hate, what is real and what is in her mind. When her mother dies on the Reservation, Sparrow’s world is shadowed with anger and narrowed by pain. The voices arrive, but are they real? And how can a tattoo make her stronger?
Mateo arrives to guard Sparrow, but from whom? Layne holds on to Sparrow, but why? As the voices grow stronger and her pain expands, Sparrow finds that the shadows in the corner and the voices we fear most are the ones inside ourselves.
About the Author:
SJ Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl.
https://www.facebook.com/sarah.jane.davis (fan page)
http://www.vamptasypublishing.co.uk/#/sarah-davis-brandon/4552691454 (author page at Vamptasy)