Interview with Jim Limber Davis

Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien and that's about it. I have other authors I like but the cream of the crop for me is Tolkien.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife, daughter, and my pursuit happiness with them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my wife and daughter, reading, playing computer games, and just quietly thinking.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Personally I prefer tangible hard copies of books but do read occasional ebooks I find for free via Google. Most of them are historical; for example Speeches by Daniel W. Voorhees of Indiana.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was actually a Compilation characters from the movie Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back. I simply wrote out the scenes and added details about each characters' personal thoughts starting with Han Solo's arrival on Cloud City and ending with Luke's defeat in his light saber battle with Darth Vader.
What is your writing process?
I have so many ideas that they just get lost and forgotten all the time. I will write them down and return to them later. As I drive around going from my 40 hr a week job I listen to music and see what scenes in my stories fit that piece of music. If I find a piece that fits I listen to it repeatedly for a few days or weeks while refining the details of the scene.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A Tell Tale Heart. That story just got to me in such a way. The words were just so well placed to convey guilt and fear that something in my mind changed and began to desire to learn how to write. I would struggle with actually writing until I was nearly thirty years old. By that time I had read most of J. R. R. Tolkein's works and decided that I really liked his style of writing the best. From there on I found my thoughts were easier to put into written word.
How do you approach cover design?
I typically don't worry about it. It's almost always the last thing I consider. However, when I do I try to make the design symbolic of the core concept of my work. I don't expect the reader to understand the cover until near completion of my work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit are my favorites. They tell stories that delve deep into the emotions and history of those emotions of sentient creatures. These emotions are magnified and often concentrated based on various creatures. This of course goes far beyond conveying mere ideas of each emotion; take for example love.

Tolkien delves into a variety of love's different facets. The love between friends, communities, leadership, and more. He does this for just about every emotion and it stirred my desire to be able to communicate that and more to my readers concerning life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
What do you read for pleasure?
When I was younger I enjoyed quite a few Star Wars expanded universe novels. As an adult I enjoy the Hollows Series by Kim Harrison and re-reading all of Tolkien's works that I have; and of course reading the correspondence of various historical figures. It's a giddy feeling I get when I can read the actual words of people who did more than just live, who influenced so many others for good or ill.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have an e-reading device of choice per se. I've contemplated purchasing a Kindle; but for the time being I'm content to read e-material in pdf format on my PC. I like to have the comfort of a full keyboard and internet to look up things that I don't understand. I really do as I was told as a child...Look it up!
Published 2014-06-09.
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Star Wars: The Hunter's Gambit: Book 1, Revelations
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The race of mankind was all but forgotten until it was discovered again by two demonic brothers engaged in a power struggle. They have unwittingly reintroduced mankind to the known universe and doomed their fates to rule it. With mankind unleashed once again, is the universe ready for its return?
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Government should be remembered as an antiquated idea befitting a less civilized period of Humanity's history! The enemies of liberty are everywhere. Often innocent people are completely unaware of the results of their actions. Here liberty is clearly defined. The most terrible losses of liberty always come, not from well thought out plans of attack but, from those who inadequately defend it!