Today we have a special edition with author Nicholas T. Davis. I have the pleasure of knowing Nick since we attended high school together way back in the day. He is truly a renaissance man who, besides writing, plays music, paints and designs the covers and illustrations for his science fiction and children’s books.
Please enjoy this special edition of 20 Questions with my good friend, Nick Davis.
Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
After I read The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. It profoundly changed the way I looked at literature, and I realized that it was my destiny to become a writer.
Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?
My first book took many years to develop, but once I had the story together, it was about two years to finish the final draft, editing, and publication. I have gradually progressed, with the next one taking nine months, and the last one about seven, as well as a children’s book in between.
Q3) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I usually do advertising posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr in the morning, and write throughout the day, depending on what my personal schedule is. I can no longer work full time at a regular job due to a back injury. During the evening, I work on my blog, and my writing as well as posting more ads.
Q4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have a flare for the theatrical, and like to make a story a real adventure that I can sink my teeth into. Sometimes I get a little too heavy on the dialogue, but I like my readers to get an idea of who my characters really are.
Q5) How are your books published?
I am Indie published through Amazon, CreateSpace, Smashwords, and Lulu.
Q6) Where do you get your ideas for your books?
From my childhood television shows, such as Star Trek, Time Tunnel, Lost In Space, and Twilight Zone. Also from movies like Planet of The Apes, and from science fiction I read as a child and young adult.
Q7) If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book?
My first real book I wrote when I was 11 years old, and I am trying to adapt a new version to be published, but it is difficult, considering my writing skills back then were terrible. My first published book wasn’t until April 2014.
Q8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am also a part time musician, and I like to oil paint. I also enjoy spending time at my family’s summer cottage in the 1000 Islands.
Q9) What is your favorite book?
That one is obvious, The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien.
Q10) What do your family and friends think of your writing?
They have rather mixed feelings. Some say I should continue to pursue my dreams, others feel I should be better spending my time doing something else. People have a hard time understanding what chronic pain feels like, and tend to be judgmental. Others feel that if this is what makes me happy, I should continue no matter what the outcome. Personally, I would follow the latter. Writing is as much a part of me as breathing, as far as I’m concerned.
Q11) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That the process is really pretty easy and straightforward once you get the hang of the formatting. I also was surprised in myself that I was able to create a cohesive and interesting trilogy in such a short amount of time.
Q12) What do you hate most about the writing process?
Hands down, editing and formatting!
Q13) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Four. Although I had great difficulty on how I was going to write it, I would have to say my most recent one. I was considerably pleased that I didn’t have to do too much rewriting on it, and the story eventually fell into place by itself, with the help of the characters which drove the plot.
Q14) Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?
I cannot stress how important editing, and the correct formatting is. Marketing is very difficult, and even more important. Improper marketing, and your book is lost in the shuffle.
Q15) Do you get feedback from your readers much? How and what kind of things do they say?
Most of the feedback I get from my science blog, but occasionally I do hear from those who have read my books saying that they’ve enjoyed them, and expect to see more of my work.
Q16) What is your preferred reading audience?
I try to target 20-30 old males, but my books are really for anybody who likes good old science fiction stories of alien invasion and space battles.
Q17) What do you think makes a good story?
It has to be character driven with a strong plot. I try to achieve this, but feel I sometimes fall short of this myself. As a writer, you’re always going to wonder if your story is good enough to sell, in less you’re a famous author already.
Q18) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Just what I’m doing now, to become an author. I even wrote it under my ambition in my high school year book.
Q19) Where can we find your books?
They’re available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Lulu.
Q20) Can you give us a short bio so we can learn a bit about you?
About Nicholas T. Davis
Nicholas T. Davis was born in 1962 in Sodus,NY and has lived most of his life in Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Bryant and Straton College in 2001 and has an associate degree in Paralegal studies. He has worked in a psychiatric hospital for 26 years as a cleaner, and has been married to his current wife for 12 years, and has a daughter from a previous marriage. His science fiction series consists of Dimension Lapse and Dimension Lapse II: Return to Doomsday, and Dimension Lapse III: Dimensional Breakdown . He also has a children’s book entitled Tobias Meets A Friend.