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.
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.
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.
Deborah’s latest book is the new adult novel, Fairly Certain.
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About the Book:
What happens when a Computer Geek challenges a Medieval Outlaw?
PETIR TAKES A ROUGH TUMBLE IN THE CONNECTICUT WOODS, and awakens in the middle of old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow… and arrow. In his college world, fair maiden types don’t ordinarily go for computer geek types, but for some reason, he is no longer in his world. Petir’s fairly certain he can try whatever he wants without consequence… but the fair maiden isn’t playing fair.
WITH THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE ROYALS ESCALATING, MAID RIANNE has joined the outlaws hiding in the woods, outwardly defying the handsome and accomplished knight to whom she is promised. She is fairly certain she is simply flattered by Lord Petir’s uncensored admiration of her skills with the staff and bow, the same unmaidenly pursuits disdained by her knight. But, that doesn’t explain her reaction to Lord Petir’s unguarded gaze.
TO PETIR’S DELIGHT, AND MAID RIANNE’S DISMAY, the outlaws invite him to join their merry band. What better way to get close to her? Throwing caution to the wind, Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne. It’s fun and games, until Maid Rianne is captured by the enemy. Now, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue a fair maiden who has become much more than fair game.
“Adorably romantic!” An absolutely fun, adorable, romantic read that will thoroughly entertain you, no ifs, ands, or buts! The plot was extremely unique and I l-o-v-e-d just how unusual it was. It was thoughtfully planned out and written with a smooth glide, seemingly effortless on the author’s part. The ending was surprisingly unexpected and I’m thinking I really, really like this new-to-me-author, Ms. Deborah Ann Davis! I’m already anxiously awaiting her next book. Don’t miss Fairly Certain or I’m completely certain you’ll be upset you did!
— Review by bookshellz
For More Information
- Fairly Certain is available at Amazon.
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- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Would you call yourself a born writer?
Ha Ha Ha No! I’m a born teacher. Writing came after Lyme disease took me out of the classroom. Once I was bitten by the writing bug, I wrote during the summers until I decided to become a full-time author.
What was your inspiration for Fairly Certain?
I attended my first Renaissance Faire where I was surrounded by heralds, buxom scullery maids, ladies in waiting, and knights in chainmail. I spoke with blacksmiths, weavers, and boot makers. I got to thinking that if an alien landed here, he would think this is what our world was like. A story built around that type of confusion was a natural outcome.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I appreciate teenagers and young adults so much! They are a wonderful combination of bravado and vulnerability. Every single one of them believes everybody else has a clue, except them. They are capable of so much more than they believe they are. I write about ordinary young adults who find themselves in unusual circumstances. They succeed despite their limiting belief system. Along the way, they realize they underestimated themselves, and discard the insecurity that shrouds who the really are.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
A couple of years. I was writing during the summer only.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I am not disciplined because I try to do too many things in a single day. I try to work out every day, and I try to spend some quality time with my husband every day. I spend several hours a day trying to get my books properly formatted and uploaded to Amazon, IngramSpark, Create Space, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, Goodreads, etc. I thought that when I stopped teaching, I would have plenty of time to write. In actuality, I didn’t write anything that first year. I was too busy with marketing, publishing, and social media. Nowadays, I end up writing only a couple of times a week. The story that is bursting to get out is quite annoyed with me.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I find it very hard to stop editing my book. Every time I look at it, I find a way to improve it.
What do you love most about being an author?
Those moments when your emotions are rollercoasting along with the character’s emotions as the story rushes from your heart/brain through your fingers onto the paper. I feel their fear, their joy, their triumph. I help them get into trouble, and I help them get out of it. It’s very exciting.
The other thing I love is the incredible variety of people who say they love my book. How odd that people so different from each other have a love of my book in common. It’s so cool to be able to touch them all.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I did it all myself. I found a local printer, King Printing, who makes textbooks. I knew I would get a good product from them (and they were so patient with a debuting author). I found a wonderful editor at Wizards In Publishing. I like being able to pick my cover design, and have input in the entire process. The only part left to tackle is properly setting up distribution avenues. When that happens…watch out!
Where can we find you on the web?
http://DeborahAnnDavis.com/books provides excerpts to both Fairly Certain and Fairly Safe. You can sign up for my quarterly newsletter, Merry Meddling, there. I’m on LinkedIn (Deborah Ann Davis ) and Facebook (Deborah Ann Davis, Author). Tweet me @DeborahAnnDavis or @WiggleWriter.