This week’s interview is with a fellow No Boundaries Press author, Toy Davis. She writes in different genres so she has a unique perspective on what it means to be a writer during this day and age. Her latest book is chick lit, so be sure to check it out!
SJ: Every writer has some sort of process. Give us a glimpse into yours. Do you meticulously outline? Do you write depending on what calls are out there?
TD: When I decide what to write I always go with what I’m feeling most; horror, chick lit or romance. Once I know what I’m writing I do an outline of just the key points. When I know how I want it to begin and end, I do an outline of the chapters before I write them. It’s a pretty fast process because I plan everything before I write a single word.
SJ: Bonus question – Do you put on a cape and do a chant before hunkering down to work? Sacrifice anything? Along with your process, what’s your quirkiest writing habit?
TD: I sometimes act out scenes when I need to figure out how to describe it for the reader. My finance usually gives me the weirdest looks lol.
SJ: Are you a meticulous planner or do you believe in the muse? Where do your ideas come from? Do they filter in through your dreams? Do they show up at inopportune times and whap you upside the head? Do they result in a shady deal with a dark power?
TD: I have a lot of ideas that I want write. Some came from ‘what if’ situations while others are inspired by events in my life. I also get inspired (at times) by true crime shows, and non-fiction books about different cultures and beliefs. It doesn’t take a lot to get my imagination going.
SJ: bonus question – If your muse had a physical manifestation, what would he or she look like and how would she or he act? Is it a sexy superhero version of Callisto? A sharp-tongued rogue? A reptilian alien? Do they have a catch phrase?
TD: My muse would be dark and strange.
SJ: What’s the book/story that’s closest to your heart? Is there a piece that you clearly feel is a piece of you? Do you play favorites?
TD: My short story collections are closest to my heart because I have more freedom when I write them. My first one ‘Secrets and Sins’ should come out later this year.
SJ: If you could only write one genre ever again upon pain of being sacrificed to Cthulhu, what would it be and why?
TD: Horror. It’s the kind of novels I am most comfortable writing.
SJ: What’s your biggest frustration as a writer? What do you consider the downside, or is there one? Is there any cliché that makes you want to wring people’s necks?
TD: Editing is pretty difficult, since it takes longer than the actual writing. I work on computers all day so I can’t stand sitting in front of them when I’m off of work.
SJ: If you had to be stuck in one of your own books/stories for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? If you had to stick a loved one in one of your own books, what would it be and why? An enemy?
TD: An enemy would be dropped in Awakening of the End my current WIP, because it’s about the end of the human world. My loved one I would drop in ‘Diaries of the Fag hags’ because it takes place in today’s world. I would hang out in ‘Will of the Waves’ my pirate novel, coming out later this year.
SJ: Do you think it’s possible to develop a sure-fire recipe/formula for success as a writer? Would you want to, or does that compromise the art or the fun of it?
TD: To be a successful writer you have to write.
SJ: Everyone has words of wisdom for young writers, so I’m not going to ask you about that. With a few unknown writers becoming success stories, a lot of people seem to think it’s an easy career choice. What would your words of wisdom be to these people?
TD: It’s a lot of work. Even when you get a book deal and have a book out you still have to promote and work to make it a success.
SJ: It seems like everyone likes to gang up on certain genres as being inferior, less meaningful, or cheap entertainment (especially if it’s speculative in nature). Make a case for the genre you write.
TD: As a multi-genre writing I give my readers a little taste of everything and hopefully introduce them to something new as well.
- What do you want people to instantly think of when they hear your name or your work mentioned?
- TD: That my novels are well written and entertaining.
- Please tell us about your latest/favorite work or a little bit about what you’re working on right now. It’s plug time, so go for it!
- TD: My latest novel to be released is Diaries of the fag Hags. It was the first chick lit I wrote and it was fun to do. When I read it I find it amusing and it always makes me smile.
The Diaries of the Fag Hags follows three wild ladies as they go on their little adventures through life; Darnisa, Jasmine, and Faye. Darnisa is a strong, out-spoken, woman who is determined to prove she can get a man. Jasmine has to work through her own issues, while accepting that the hot men surrounding her do not want her because she has no penis. And Faye has a habit of looking down her nose at others while having a hard time standing up to her man. Come explore their life’s, and their secrets.
Buy Diaries of the Fag Hags:
Available for Nook and Kindle too.
Link to Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diaries-of-the-fag-hags-toy-davis/1111947254?ean=2940014656269
Toy Davis has always used writing as an escape from the boring reality she found herself in. She writes stories she enjoys, and hopes others will enjoy it as well. A lot of her stories and novels begin with a ‘what if’, and then become so much more. She loves food and dancing as well, and this is usually reflected in writing. Today she lives in California with her long time boyfriend, and two bratty cats. For more info go to http://authortoydavis.blogspot.com/ her personal blog, or www.facebook.com/authortoydavis