Life in Writing
This week I had the chance to interview Hannah Davenport. We got to talk about writing books while raising kids, and writing to raise awareness for diseases. Check out the interview below.
Q. Where are you from?
A. A small town in Virginia
Q. Do you have a job other than writing? What do you do?
A. I used to work as a nurse, but now I’m a full time stay-at-home mom.
Q. Why do you write scifi and fantasy?
A. I’ve always loved anything scifi and fantasy since I was a little girl. I’m the one that watched all, the Star Treks, Twilight Zones, even shows such as Bewitched. I didn’t care how old they were or if they were in black and white.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I have one book on preorder right now, and I’m working on book 2 in the same series.
Q. Tell us a little bit about it.
A. From an early age, Amber could hear the thoughts of others. She tried to conceal her gift which led to a life of isolation, being unable to form close relationships with the foster families that she has lived with. The only person that knew her secret was her best friend, Becky. As she approaches her 18th birthday, she starts to see visions of demon creatures and great warriors caught in a great battle.
Confused by these visions, she is unaware that she will play an integral part in the outcome of the war. As she explores her situation more, she finds that she does have a family and place in another realm, a realm that humans don’t know exist.
This is about a seventeen-year-old about to become an adult and finding her way in a strange world she knows nothing about.
Q. When will your next book be released?
A. April 15th, 2016. It will be available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.
Q. When did you decide to become a writer?
A. I actually just decided to give it a try last year. I’ve loved every minute of it!
Q. Where do you get your inspiration on what to write?
A. My wild imagination! LOL. Seriously, being an avid reader, I know what type of books I like best. I have a romance book out now titled “Trying to Survive.” I wrote that book to help bring awareness to a lung disease called Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia or PCD for short. Although I didn’t get many reviews, I’ve sold a lot of books. This new book, I Can Hear You, is the kind of books I LOVE to read and write.
Q. What are some of your hobbies outside of writing?
A. Hmm...there’s a lot of hobbies I enjoy. I like to go fishing, help the hubby with his beekeeping, playing with the kids. Most of my writing is done in the winter months.
Q. What book are you currently reading?
A. I just finished reading “Warrior” by B.D. Snowden, and I’m currently reading “Radiance” by Grace Draven for the third or fourth time.
Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?
A. I have so many! I have over 1000 books on my kindle!
Q. What do you do to market your books?
A. Advertising on Goodreads, Amazon, and I’ve used Choosy Bookworm which really works.
Q. Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favorite, and why?
A. Definitely my latest book, “I Can Hear You.” It is a book I would love to read myself. I also love the fact that even though Amber finds her mate, it doesn’t have explicit sex scenes in it. So many books now have nothing but sex for half of the book. I love a good plot with lots of twist and turns.
Q. If any of your stories could be made into a movie, which would you choose?
A. Again, it would be “I Can Hear You.” I’m a scifi fan through and through.
Q. If you could be friends with a fictional character (Including any from your own stories) who would you choose?
A. I would choose Eric from “Finding Megan.” What girl wouldn’t want a sexy, muscled gay man as her best friend? In the book, Eric protects Megan and even lets others spread rumors that he’s the father of her unborn child. Eric is the perfect friend!
Q. Does your taste in movies and shows line up with your taste in books? If they differ, how so?
A. Yes they do. Like I said earlier, I wrote the Kiser Series as a way to promote PCD. You’ll find more books like “I Can Hear You,” in the future. I’m still watching Star Trek, the next generation, on TV. I am also still watching the 4400 on Netflix.
Q. Do you have a certain place that you like to do your writing? Does environment affect your work?
A. In my recliner with my laptop sitting on my lap while the kids are watching TV in the same room.
Q. Of all the books in the world, why is yours worth taking the time to read?
A. It will keep you engaged from start to finish. I have a pen pal that I’ve never met who is brutally honest. (Former New Yorker, LOL) I sent her a copy of the book and she told me she loved it so much that I should keep writing that series and forget the romance. However, before she said this she had told me that she didn’t think she would like it. She’s gave me plenty of criticism in the past so I believe her. LOL
Q. Leave the blurb to your latest book.
A. Amber has always known she was different. From an early age she could hear the thoughts of those around her. Once she realized that she was different from everyone around her, she tried to conceal her gift. This led to a life of isolation, being unable to form close relationships with the foster families she has lived with.
Finally she found a home with a single woman named Sarah and she learned to keep her secret to herself. The only person who knows about her ability is her best friend Becky. As she approaches her 18th birthday, she starts to see visions of demon creatures and great warriors caught in a great battle.
Confused by these visions, she is unaware that she will play an integral part in the outcome of the war. As she explores her situation more, she finds that she does have a family and place in another realm. She never dreamed she could find her one true mate, and a home where she belongs.
Q. What makes the main character of your latest book interesting to read about?
A. Amber can hear thoughts, everyone’s thoughts. Her mother was killed when she was four and she never knew her Father. She has a hard time being in crowds because she can’t shut the voices out. As the ‘demon creatures’ and the ‘warrior men’ start looking for her, she actually finds her Father in another realm. This is where she learns she is not entirely human either. This is about a seventeen-year-old trying to find her way in a world... or realms... she knows nothing about.
If you liked what you read in this interview and want to know more about the author, check out her new book on amazon!
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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