About Randall S. davis:
Randall Davis earned a masters from the University of Cincinnati drama program. For several years he staged numerous productions, moving actors as pawns on a spiritual journey. His love of the theatre had him thinking about writing plays, but decided to write novels instead. He has enormous fun torturing his characters as well as bringing about the best in their humanity. He believes in happy endings, although his characters might go through hell to get there.
An older gentleman in his early-sixties, he swears he only writes the sex scenes so he’ll remember them fondly when senility sets in. He hopes the sex scene in his novel, Dark Flames Rising will be viewed as one of the most unique in the annals of sex scenes.
Mr. Davis lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wonderful wife, Susan, daughter Jessica, two rescue cats, two crested geckos, two lizards and a nutcase of a dog. When not writing he can be seen on the golf course, searching for the elusive, holy grail of perfection—one that seems to be floating forever from his grasp.
What inspires you to write?
The amazing opportunity to not only entertain, but to present contrasting views within the context of world events has always been a guiding force in my writing. I would love to emulate a writer like Richard North Patterson, who clearly demonstrates this technique.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do not outline, but have a full view of the entire novel in my mind before writing it. When the novel is completely finished, I will then go back and add or delete according to what I believe is the best for my readers. The ending is usually the first part I write and then I work my way to that point. In the case of my novel, Dark Flames Rising, the first draft was somewhere around 154,000 words, but after intense reworking it is now just under 80,000.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and talk with them. Listening brings about the emotions and talking allows me to understand the external conflicts.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. You never fail unless you stop trying.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ll be honest here. From the time an agent accepts your book until the moment she sells the manuscript could take up to a year. After that you have to wait 18 months before it arrives in a bookstore. As long as you have an excellent cover and have worked with a qualified editor, you can self-publish in minutes after completion.
Any with any book, the promotion is up to you, no matter which way you go. Gone are the days when a traditional publisher helps promote your book. Why give an agent 15 percent and then only get a fraction of the book’s price, when you are doing all the work?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be a need for traditional publishing, but in a few years, e-books will overtake the market.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romantic thrillers and YA thrillers
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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