About Richard E. Davis:
Richard E. Davis was born in Monticello, Kentucky and has lived in metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Springfield, MO; and Orlando, FL. He has been writing for over 35 years; his first novella, “Disaster at Havendale,” won the 2015 Wildwood Fiction Prize over numerous international entrants. He is currently working on a sequel as well as several other novels and short story compilations. He and his wife, Jeannie, live in beautiful southeastern Wisconsin.
What inspires you to write?
My inspirations to write include the outdoors; listening to jazz; visiting unusual locations; and some very vivid dreams that I can recall the next morning.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process usually occurs with an outline first on paper or whiteboard, then I flesh out the characters biographies and idiosyncrasies. Finally comes the sit down process of writing, which is approximately 5-10 pages per day.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I both talk and listen to my characters while in the process of writing; the biggest question I always ask is this: “Would your character act this way?”
What advice would you give other writers?
The advice I would give to other writers is ever give up and never get discouraged. It took 35 years for my first book to get published!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The publication of my book came after I entered a fiction contest through WIldwood Publishing out of Australia; they were holding a Twitter contest to see who could get the most retweets from a 120 character synopsis of their work. It was a month-long process and I wound up winning with 132 retweets from all over the world!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future of book publishing is both in digital formats and also hardback/paperback editions. The digital way of reading on-the-go is becoming more and more mainstream with smartphones and tablets, and I believe this trend will continue. There will always be room for the printed version, however.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: I write in horror, drama, action, and thriller/suspense.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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