It’s a December Author Spotlight Flood! Clearing out my backlog and getting these authors into the spotlight.
- the writer of… what was that again?
Readers, thanks for checking out another Author Spotlight Interview. Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Alexander R. Davis is a pasta and eggnog enthusiast (addict) who just so happened to find enthusiasm (an addiction) for writing as well.
A story has such power to change. There is something about them that can touch hearts in a way that simple facts could never do. Textbooks are great, but they don’t hold a candle to the books that teach lessons through stories. He realized early in his life that stories are the best way to really teach and have an impact on lives.
If this young guy from a little town could reach his dreams, then so can you.
Alexander, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most author spotlight interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
I know I could go with a dragon or a raptor, something else crazy like that, but I think what I would want is something that actually exists and is still around today. Well, it was last time I checked at least, haha. I would want to have a Siberian white tiger. I just freaking love those things!
Siberian tigers are beautiful.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write in a lot of genres actually, BUT fantasy will always hold the most special place in my heart.
I fought reading to the point I could really read until I was getting closer to the double digits in age. But then I picked up this little fantasy book about a dragon and a princess who became friends. I couldn’t get enough of fantasy after that. I realized that reading didn’t just have to be a chore for school. So, though I write in other genres, my favorite to write in is definitely the fantasy realm.
Fantasy has a special place in my heart, as well.
What do you like to read?
You know, this is one of those things I feel ashamed of, or embarrassed of, or something, I don’t know. Haha. So, here’s the thing, though I really enjoy writing, I really don’t read much.
Unless audiobooks count?
If they do, then Robert Jordan is one of my favorite authors followed by others like Brandon Sanderson, Dale Carnegie, and Zig Ziglar.
Audiobooks totally count! It’s all about the story, not the consumption method.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you
I just can’t do it. every time I try to sit down and outline what I am going to do I start the outlining of a scene and before I know it, I’m just writing out that same scene in detail. For some reason, I can’t just through down some partially formed things (ideas). It’s all or nothing.
Understandable. You’re far from being alone with that.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice they can pry out of your cold, dead hands
It may seem strange that I would love revision, but I do. Revision is the literal best. If it wasn’t a thing… oh geeze just imagine what books would be like. If nothing ever went beyond the first draft, books would be something else entirely. I can remember times I rewrote the same scene a dozen or more times before it was good enough for me. Books would be almost comical how bad most of them would be if we couldn’t revise things.
I do love it when I’m revising and a fuzzy scene comes into focus.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Omeron (The Hero’s Chronicle #1)
If a murderer was given the choice between death and becoming a hero, something so contrary to everything they know, would they? Even if they did, could they actually change? Could they fight their nature and become a true hero?
“If you could stop all of this, would you?” the hero asked.
Randrum knelt before the hero, who was adorned in his bloodstained armor. That armor had once been bright and gleaming, but no longer. Randrum only lifted his eyes, too weak to stand. He hardly noticed the blood red snow, or the still bodies around them, which he himself would soon join.
“Of course I would… but it’s too late,” Randrum said before going into a fit of coughing. Once he recovered somewhat he raised his eyes to meet the hero’s gaze. “No one can turn back the hands of time….”
The hero crouched down before Randrum, still holding his gaze. “But what if one could?”
Randrum licked his lips. The blood loss must have been getting to him. He actually considered the question, even though it was impossible. “If it were… possible… I would sacrifice anything to change this.”
The hero smiled and held out his hand. “’That’ is the right answer.”
Randrum hesitated, then reached for that hand.
(A short story)
Have you ever wondered if you could make a change in this world, if it is actually possible to affect the lives around you? If you have wondered, then this is for you.
Jared is a counselor who is fed up with life. He can’t see the good he is capable of, nor anything worthwhile he has ever done. He is ready to throw in the towel when an old man comes into his life and gives him a second chance.