I'm so excited to be hosting John Davidson today. His book, Bricks, was just released February 3rd. I love learning about where authors draw their inspiration from and just digging into a creative
Hi Sonia! Thanks so much for having me on the blog.
1. Where did you draw inspiration for Bricks?
My main inspiration was the tornado that struck my hometown of Moore on May 20th, 2013. The tornado went through the neighborhood where my wife and I bought our first house, through the neighborhood I grew up in, destroyed the elementary where I went to school, hit my daughter's junior high, and then destroyed my truck and the office buildings where I worked. Living in Oklahoma my whole life, I’d experienced other tornados, but this one literally hit much closer to home. Several weeks later, we were watching the Wizard of Oz, and I couldn't help but think of how the four travelers mirrored those impacted by the storm. Some just wanted to forget. Some were numb, as if they’d had their hearts taken from them. Some were, of course, afraid. And some just wanted to go home. I let the story idea stew in my head for a while, but it was on a 20 plus hour vacation drive to New York where things started to fall into place. Fitting I suppose since my wife had bought tickets to see Wicked.
2. What is a day in your writing life?
I usually write on my lunch breaks and late at night. I’m not a morning person. I get distracted by thoughts of things to be done during the day. At night, with just sleep (or not) waiting for me, I can just write. I function pretty well on limited sleep, so this works best for me. I usually re-read what I wrote the day/night before and make edits. Then when I finally put things away, I close my eyes and think of new projects or conversations on the existing WIP until I fall asleep.
3. What is your best writer's advice?
Authors are artists, but art is hard work. If you want to be a writer, you really have to decide if you are committed to being better—and better should always be the goal. “Best” is subjective. Styles and stories are just that—subjective. But better uses your own writing as a measuring stick. If you are committed to learning the craft, reading in your genre, and making every word count, everything you write should be better than what you wrote before.
4. What's your next project?
I just finished a Princess Bride type fairytale—a girl has a divorce court-ordered curse placed on her when her parents break the bonds of true love. It’s an attempt to take a humorous look at love and fairytales and how fairytale love differs from the real world.
5. Who is your favorite character and why?
My favorite character in BRICKS would be Slim. As human beings we all know what the noble way to react to a situation is—the right way to handle things. Slim knows too, but he lets the jealousy overwhelm him before snapping back. J.R.R Tolkien once said that Sam was the true hero in TLOR trilogy. By no means
does BRICKS approach that
masterpiece, but I do think that in most books, the heroes need heroes. Slim is
6. Favorite snack to eat while writing?
Easy. Goldfish. Extreme pizza flavored preferably. (Have a bag with me right now.)
7. Which song would you use if they made your book into a movie?
I have a whole playlist with a song for each character—some obvious, some you would have to know the story. I think the best song would be Pompeii by Bastille. There’s a lot of BRICKS in that song.
8. Winter, spring, summer, or fall and why?
FALL. FALL. FALL. Don’t ask me why. Maybe the crisp Oklahoma air. The refreshing escape from the heat. The color of the leaves. It’s almost like the earth gets a chance to rest. I absolutely love fall.
Bricks by John Davidson
Surge, Anaiah Press
Sixteen-year old Cori Reigns learns that not all tornadoes take you to magical places. Some take your house, your school, and life as you knew it. Struggling to put the pieces of her life back together, Cori learns to rebuild what the storm destroyed by trusting a
family she didn't know she had and by helping friends
she never appreciated.
Release Date: February 3, 2015
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Married to my bride for twenty-four years, I have an amazing son and a wonderful daughter.
Born and raised in central Oklahoma, I work in education, first as a teacher now in technology curriculum. I write. I read. And in the summer I make snow cones.