Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Interview with Deborah Ann Davis, author of 'Fairly Safe'

DEBORAH ANN DAVIS has been writing since she was assigned to keep a Journal in her 5th grade English class. She began to look around for writing inspiration. Lo and behold, she found her world was full of funny stories just waiting to be told. As she grew older, occasionally she could manipulate one into some school assignment, but it never occurred to her to pursue writing, not even when she discovered her flare for telling stories at college parties.

After a string of college majors, she realized she could have a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As it turns out, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? Then there's the added bonus that once kids know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh.

Go figure.

In addition to Writing, she is also an Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer. She taught for 25+ years, although somewhere in the middle of all that educating, she stepped out of teaching for 6 years to do the Mommy Thing, and run the office for their family construction company.

Even though they had followed separate paths, Deborah reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart, twelve years after their first kiss.  Together they coached their daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years their daughter and their money went to college.

They currently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. She enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. She promotes increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on Merry Meddling, her blog at www.DeborahAnnDavis.com. Follow her @DeborahAnnDavis.

Remember, you can do anything if you set your mind to it— including becoming an author at any age— but it’s way more fun if you are grinning back when the Universe smiles down on you.
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About the Book:

JACOB HAS COME A LONG WAY FOR AN ORPHANED FOSTER KID. He has a mentor, a great job, and has finally fallen in love. Granted, she mistook him for a stalker when they met, but every relationship has its little problems. Unfortunately, for the past few years, as the object of his affection
pops in and out of his life, she has refused to share any personal info, like where she’s from, or her real name. Regardless, Jacob is ready to take their relationship to the next level. Now, if only he can locate her so he can tell her.

CASEY’S FAMILY IS IN THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM. Safety has to be their only priority. Their cover has been blown before, so Casey knows at any given time they could be forced to disappear again. Obviously, a shy young man with hopeful eyes cannot possibly be added to the mix. You cannot build a relationship like that. Now, if only she can stop thinking about him.

JACOB’S AND CASEY’S WORLDS UNEXPECTEDLY COLLIDE when Jacob inadvertently helps hide her family. Exposed to their 24-7 vigilance, Jacob realizes he must come up with a plan to keep them out of harm’s way, because this time if Casey disappears, she will be taking with her Jacob’s heart, and his hopes of finally having a family of his own.

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  • Fairly Safe is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

My daughter was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul” two times when she was 18.  I figured if she could do it, so could I.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Not until my 50s. I’m living proof that the Writing Bug can hit anytime!

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No, but I take notes when in restaurants and in crowds. Many of the conversations I’ve captured by eavesdropping have ended up in my books. People are so funny when they are being themselves.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Writing came later in life, when I was marooned on the couch with Lyme disease. I only had the strength and concentration for listening to music. As my mind drifted, threads of stories floated around. As I recovered, I began writing some of them down. My craving for writing grew from there.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1. Never throw anything away! Your early work (yes, I mean even that funky stuff from middle school) is a testament to your growth as a writer. You family will love to read stuff you wrote when you were young.

2. Join a writing group that holds monthly meetings. You will feel more normal being around like-minded people. Plus, many groups host speakers who teach them about the craft of writing. Take as many workshops as possible.

3. Get a professional editor. Use your editor AFTER you’ve gone through it yourself at least a dozen times.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

All the time. And the important things. And the things that fall somewhere in the middle. That’s why it took 2 years to get my second book, “Fairly Safe,” published.

What are you currently working on?

I have 2 projects, “Fairly Obvious,” the third book in my Love of Fairs series; and “Girl’s Guide to Good Guys: The Power of Being Patient and Picky,” a workbook for teenage girls who find themselves in an insecurity loop. It’s a set of exercises that challenge girls to see beyond the media hype and peer pressure, and help them identify what’s cool about them.

Thank you for hosting “Fairly Safe.” It’s been fun!
Deborah Ann Davis

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for hosting me. It's great timing since "Fairly Safe" is a great summer read!
    Have fun today!
    Deborah Ann Davis