Jeffrey Allen Davis was born on March 2, 1975, in St. Charles, MO.The youngest of three boys, he was sheltered by his loving mother. Instead of going out to parties when he was in high school, he stayed at home and watched 80s ninja movies or played RPGs with his fellow geeks (a term that he uses affectionately). These experiences have found their way into his writing. His first book, “Invasion of the Togakura”, was released in 2003 by Publish America. It’s sequel, “Klandestine Maneuvers”, was published by the same company in 2005. After a five-year hiatus from publishing, Davis founded a new press for his third book, “Lily’s Redemption.” A rewrite of his first book, retitled “Invasion of the Ninja,” was released in 2013.
Davis is a licensed Baptist preacher and lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, daughter and two stepchildren.
What inspires you to write?
I have an over-active imagination with all of these characters in my head. The only thing that will keep my sanity intact is to tell their stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t tend to outline, per se. I may make a note or two about things that I definitely want to get into the story at some point. As far as character sketches go, if I’m writing something about a new character, I’ll outline his or her personality. For the characters from my ADVENTURE CHRONICLES series, I don’t really have to do that, as I’ve known these characters since childhood.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes. I even posted a short story on my blog where I had lunch with Yoshika Funakoshi.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t expect to be good immediately. Like any skill, storytelling is something that you have to practice constantly. Don’t give up!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was originally published through a “traditional” publisher that was anything BUT. My biggest gripe with them was about their cover prices. My first book, INVASION OF THE TOGAKURA, was originally priced at 19.95 for a trade paperback. Also, they used to at least give you two free author’s copies. By the time that I had LILY’S REDEMPTION ready, they didn’t even offer this. I had read a number of self-published books, chiefly A.P. Fuchs’s AXIOM-MAN, and decided to give it a go. I’ve enjoyed it greatly.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Although I read everything on my Kindle now, I don’t see paper books becoming extinct. Too many people like the feel of a book in their hands.
What do you use?
Ghostwriter, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Christian, YA, Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Suspense
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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