MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHELSI DAVIS!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Chelsi Davis. I consider my books to be thriller/suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I walked into my house one day, and had this mini freak out session that stuff had been moved. Just little things. I still don’t know if it happened or I was just running on no sleep, but I thought; ‘what if things were being moved? What if someone came into my house and I didn’t know?’ I literally built the entire story from there.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I wrote what I would love to read. I love reading and the majority of what I read is crime, thriller, suspense, and horror.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Not a lot. Just some research on names of small towns, and signs of domestic violence.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work a full time job, as well as having 3 boys and 2 step daughters that also live with us full time. I write when everyone is asleep. It’s the only time it’s quiet enough to hear my thoughts. I usually write in my living room because it’s away from all the bedrooms. I try to set a goal, but it doesn’t always work.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am working on another book, but I haven’t titled it yet.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I am weird about names. I struggle with names about as long as I did naming my children!
Where do your ideas come from?
Sometimes they come from discussions with other authors/friends. Other times they come out of nowhere.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think they are an amazing marketing tool! I do not have a book trailer because I am not that talented! haha
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Completing my book. I never thought it would get finished, and then when it did I never thought it would get published. Now that all those things are done, I am so thankful and happy I stuck with it and kept writing.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Connecting with other authors and readers. The book community is an amazing thing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, still writing! Somewhere warmer than Ohio.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. I have loved everything book related since I can remember.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Set a goal, stick it out. Get it all out on paper, then worry about edits, changes, etc. I was given amazing advice throughout my entire process, so anything I could do to help someone I would!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I love anything pertaining to Psychology so something in that field, or social work.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do. I can’t help it. I don’t respond to the negative because I wouldn’t want to upset someone, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. There have been books that I haven’t liked, or even been able to finish so I get not liking a book. Not everyone is going to like my stuff.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
WAITING! I am the world’s most impatient person. Waiting to finish the book, waiting to submit until I edit, waiting on answers after I have submitted to publishers, waiting on the entire process consumes me.
What are you working on now?
My 2nd book.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I had a need. A need to not worry about him doing this to me again. Sadly, I allowed it. A couple years later, when he had ‘grown up’ and that time—my stages of grief ended at anger. I didn’t allow myself to get any further than that, and I never would again. That’s where this business venture started. Who wouldn’t want to watch the person that broke them down, and made them cry, suffer a little? I operate strictly by word of mouth and my services range from investigations, to revenge. I have been in business just shy of eleven years, and just a couple years ago my best friend joined me. Is what we do wrong? Sure, in the eyes of the law, we’re in the wrong. But who decided guys (and sometimes women) could go around destroying other human beings? Why isn’t that illegal too? Besides, it’s only illegal if we get caught, right?
What Genre do you write? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I chose to write what I would want to read. I think it makes it easier to write when it’s something I am interested in.
Where did your love of books come from?
I have no idea, but I am thankful for it!
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Oh man, I have a TON and I am going to feel bad if I leave anyone out. Favorite books right now are Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster, Shatter Me by Alex Grayson, literally every word written by Tarryn Fisher and Colleen Hoover is a favorite. Have You Seen This Girl by Carissa Lynch, and Like Ashes We Scatter by Bradon Nave.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Lexi in Domestic Disturbance. She is strong, and fierce, and independent.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
I am online!
also on twitter and Instagram
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! If I am completely emerged in what I am writing, and I do it for a long period of time without taking a break, it will wear me down quick.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Dr. Pepper and Investigation Discovery
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original. I am obsessed with trying to do something that has never been done.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have so many ‘author friends’ that I truly adore. I have built connections and learned so much from them!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
‘What am I doing?’
Domestic Disturbance by Chelsi Davis Release Party June 10th, 2017, starting at 5pm -12am Eastern Time.
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