The Roanoker - September/October 2014 - R22
THE WRITE TIME
BY JESSICA WRIGHT
Since 18 years of age, Mike Davis knew he wanted
to be a writer. But it wasn't until retirement that he
began to fulfill his dream.
"With crises at work or emergencies at home, I
just never got the time," he says.
Davis worked various jobs in the intelligence sector before officially retiring five years ago. He remained active - hunting, taking care of his farm and
lake home and babysitting his granddaughter - but
also wanted to try his hand at the passion he had
been putting off. The journey to where he is now
certainly had its share of ups and downs.
"The success rate (for getting published) is very
slim," he says. "I gave myself two years; 22 months
in, I finally got 'the call.'" His first book, "Tainted
Heroes" was published in 2007, receiving great reviews. And his second, "Forgotten Children," earned
second place for Best Romantic Thriller of 2008
from Predators & Editors.
Now, Davis has 20 books under his belt, ranging
in genres from political thrillers and sci-fi to mystery and romantic suspense, and has won numerous
awards for his work. If he's sitting at home, he's most
likely writing. His favorite spot to write?
"My man cave while listening to new age or light
Davis has 20 books under his belt, ranging
in genres from political thrillers and sci-fi
to mystery and romantic suspense, and has
won numerous awards for his work.
FULFILLING A DREAM
For Mike Davis, retirement was the perfect opportunity to follow his passion - becoming an author.
jazz music," he says.
Davis' storylines most often come to him in
dreams. Others stem from things he sees or hears
on the news. For him, understanding the human
condition is key to being a good writer.
"I think you have to have life under your belt
and to have seen things like pain, suffering, sorrow," he says.
To start a book, he doesn't begin with creating
characters. Instead, he comes up with a theme, then
molds the characters around that idea. Thanks to
his career, Davis has a knack for patterns and connecting dots, which he is able to do in his books.
If he could only write one genre for the rest of his