This is the inaugural interview for my blog. I wanted to start out with a special author. Nick Davis is a friend of mine. We have known each other since we were students at East Syracuse-Minoa High School (Class of 1980). We had lost touch until a couple of years ago when we realized we had some things in common. We both write books and we both are musicians.
We had a chance to connect last year when I was back in my hometown of Syracuse, New York. We’ve been in touch ever since bouncing ideas off of each other. When I decided to start interviewing authors as a new feature on my Blog, I thought Nick would be the best person to start off with.
His latest book, Dimension Lapse II: Return to Doomsday, is a great read and the second in a series. I posed some questions to Nick about his writing and the book and here they are.
DM: Nick, what’s the title and genre of the book you want to tell us about?
ND: Dimension Lapse II: Return to Doomsday, science fiction
DM: Can you summarize your book in one short sentence?
ND: The story is about a young woman who travels into the future, and into another universe through a wormhole to find out what happened to her father.
DM: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
ND: I like to think my audience might be young men in their twenties. It’s a fast paced science fiction adventure full of action and suspense.
DM: Well I read it and enjoyed it and I’m in my twenties (plus another thirty). Anyway, how did you come up with the title?
ND: Back in my twenties, I used to watch the Twilight Zone a lot, and when Rod Serling (a Syracuse University grad) spoke about other dimensions of space and time, it gave me the idea. I also was a big fan of Star Trek and other space shows and books of the sixties era.
DM: Tell me about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
ND: I’m not sure who designed the artwork, I imported it from a free site. I designed the cover using the Adobe Lightroom program. I picked this particular cover because it best represented the story I was trying to tell.
DM: What are your biggest writing influences (another author, another book, a movie, etc.)
ND: I was first influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, but I also loved to read Ray Bradbury, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein.
DM: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
ND: Balta, because of his sly and clever nature and quest for power. I designed him after all of the most villainous characters I could think of from literary works and film.
DM: How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
ND: That would have to be Malone. He is a miserable human being at best, and is always trying to find the easy way out of things.
DM: If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?
ND: I would have gone further into the Zacharian’s history.
DM: Give me a fun fact or a few about your book or series:
ND: Jeff and Rollings had met before on Mars, but it was so brief they didn’t remember each other the second time around.
DM: What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
ND: A wrinkle In Time, Dr. Who series, The Time Machine. They all deal with alternate realities and universes.
DM: I know the answer to this, but do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
ND: I also oil paint, write music and play keyboards.
DM: How can we find out more about you and your books?
My novels are available on Amazon, Smashwords, or Lulu, and are in paperback, hardcover, and on kindle and Nook.
DM: What can we expect from you in the future?
ND: I’m working on the third book of my series, and can see at least three more editions added to it. I’m also working on another children’s book.
DM: What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
ND: After reading it, posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads, and spreading the word of the tales of Jeff Walker, Angelica Avery, and others of the Dimension Lapse universe.
DM: Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?
ND: Find an editor early in the game, to avoid the frustration self editing can be, and even if sales are slow, write because you love it and it’s in your blood.
DM: Can you give us an excerpt from your book to intrigue and tantalize us?
Angelica could feel a rush of cold air from the open section of the ceiling that was torn apart by an explosion. Frozen nitrogen covered part of the walls and floor at the far end of the complex. She entered, shocked and unable to believe what she saw. There was destroyed machinery and rubble, and it didn’t look like any of the computers could ever be operational again. Walking through, she could see human bones scattered amongst the rubble, decayed and charred. There was also something else, something alien. Some of the skulls looked like some form of primate, but with only one eye socket, and then there was some kind of insect exoskeleton, which had six limbs, but obviously walked as a biped. There were also decayed pieces of some kind of humanoid, but not quite human.
It was obvious to her there was some kind of battle here, and an explosion as well. The walls were burned from extreme heat, and ash was everywhere. To the right, there was what appeared to be a landing deck for spaceships of some kind, but most of them were shattered or unusable. Angelica now assumed whatever happened, her father was in the middle of it somehow. She started to cry, but stopped, knowing that it would only use her oxygen supply quicker. She was curious to find out if the air was breathable, so she pulled out a small sensor from her suit pocket and activated the button that checked the air quality. Seeing it was Oxygen, but more Nitrous Oxide, and extremely cold, she felt it would be safer to keep her helmet on for now, and keep her suit temperature control at 68°.
Putting the sensor back, she pulled out her pistol again, and walked in the direction of where the catwalk was. The catwalk ladder was wobbly, but she weighed lighter here due to the gravity, and she felt it would hold her. She climbed it carefully, holding tight to her weapon. She still felt the need for a little added protection; there were no guarantees she was totally alone here.
About Nick Davis
Nicholas Davis is a first time science fiction writer who lives in East Syracuse, NY and has been writing off and on since he was 12 years old. Inspired to write by his seventh grade English teacher, and reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings motivated him to write his own stories.
He has a daughter Kelly from a previous marriage, and a wife named Nancy. He has also worked days at a mental institution as a cleaner for 26 years. He is also a solo musician, and plays social functions occasionally, and likes oil painting as well.