Interview with Shamara S. Davis

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The first 10 years of my life I lived in a small town name Port Royal, which is on the island of Jamaica. Port Royal comes with a lot of history behind it. Pirates, bars, treasure, you name it this town had it all so I didn't have to look far for inspiration when it came to thinking up stories. We believe in a lot of things back in Jamaica and a lot of the folklore there influence my writing a lot.

I moved to Brooklyn when I was 10 years old and it was a huge difference culturally here. So to keep myself entertained I would make up stories, or what shows and cartoons that would give me a great lead on an adventure I could imagine.
Why children/middle school age books?
The reason I wanted to write for a younger audience is because in my heart I am still a kid. I don't watch Saturday morning cartoons like I used too, but my imagination is still as active as ever and I find myself thinking of all this stuff that I have to get on paper. That is how I came up with Adventures of Marco and Carla series. I wanted to tell the story of what goes on in my head and these characters that I came up with do something that I could never which is go on these adventures and not only tell the story, but also show the story to my readers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
What Happened to Kerbie Walobee? came about as a school assignment and grew into something I really came to love. I wanted to try my hand at writing something and older child around 13 to 14 could also enjoy. I use those ages because I know that kids nowadays are reading much more mature books, but some are still in the phase of reading chapter books that isn't pages to pages kissing and waiting for someone (something) to love you back.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe like most authors out there, I had the whole dream of sending my book to a publisher and them falling in love with it, and then signing me instantly, but we all know that's not how it works. You have to write a 1 in a million book for a publisher to notice you and I sometimes fear rejection so I thought I would leave it up to the masses. I didn't want to spend years laboring away trying to get some button down shirt, high brow, I know what's really good person, to make up their mind on whether they liked my book. So I found out about self publishing and said I would do this myself and let people read what I've put out there and see if they like it and if not then at least I did something for myself to make myself proud.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been amazing. The amount of exposure and downloads I've received on here has thrust me into a platform that I never thought I would be on. People are actually reading my work and they like it more or less and are leaving comments and likes. They give you the freedom to do things your way and that's what a lot of writers want, to have control over their own works. Since I am relatively new to Smashwords the profits aren't rolling in yet, but with Smashwords I am sure I will be seeing a lot of success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is telling a story. A lot of the works I do, actually all of the works I've done are dialogue. I love hearing how my characters talk to each other, how they react in situations foreign to them, and how they over come things. Another joy is just feeling accomplished when I write the final line to something I've been working on for a while.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know if I have any fans other than my husband and my son, but to those that have given me a chance they mean a lot to me. To have people out there reading what I wrote and saying that they are a fan of my work humbles me in a lot of ways. You never think someone is going to like your work as much as you are and for someone to say you know what I really like this and I think I am going to follow it, is a big deal.
What are you working on next?
I am flip flopping right now. I started a new sci-fi piece that I wanted to become my latest novella, but I have since taken a break and decided to finish a story that I was working on before, which is going to be a short story, but it's taking up a lot of my time. Hopefully I am finished with it soon so I can get back to the other piece I put on the back burner.
Who are your favorite authors?
Favorite writers??? I would have to say first and foremost William Shakespeare. I love almost all his works and I say almost all because I haven't read all of them, but will eventually get around to it. I really fell for Darran Shan's way of telling a story. J.K. Rowlings is an amazing author and I am sure there are more that I do really like, but can't think of them all right now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me is my son, my family, myself. I feel that I need to prove to myself that everyday holds something new and that you have to get yourself out there to see what life has waiting for you. Also I want to be able to tell my son that you can do anything he puts his heart into, because that's what I feel I do everyday when it comes to living and writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I like to spend time with my family. If I am able go back to Port Royal, Jamaica and sit on the dock and fish. It's the greatest way to relax and think of things you might want to write.
Published 2013-11-07.
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Books by This Author

Altered Genesis
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Amara Scott's world has been turned upside down. The world is under attack, and she and her new friends must run to survive. With her father gone, and three new friends to protect, can Amara survive this altered world.
The Receptionist
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 14,210. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
She thought she found the perfect job, but what she found was nothing but trouble that comes with a brilliant smile. The new receptionist is in for a world of trouble after she catches the wrong man's attention.
Practically Fiction ( A Collection of Unrelated Short Stories)
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 19,920. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Stories of love, obsession, dreams, and childhood memories; Practically Fiction is a books of short stories by Shamara S. Davis that shows some insight into the author's mind. This ten story anthology has a story for everyone.
Throw It Back (A Very Short Pirate Story)
Price: Free! Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Be careful with what you find at sea, it may turn into your worst nightmare. Throw It Back is the story of Morgan, a young man in Port Royal, Jamaica, desperate to escape his small, boring town. Little does Morgan know that the treasure he thinks will get him out, will instead send him into a world of bad dreams and a mysterious fog.
The Adventures of Marco and Carla The Forest of Faces
Series: The Adventures of Marco and Carla, Book 2. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
This is the story of Marco and Carla, and their friend Sammie. Young children in a town where weird things seem to happen all around them. Marco always wants to know why something is happening, so he is a total sucker for a mystery and he always have to solve them.
Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Emily is tired of it all. Feeling dejected she decides to commit the ultimate sin. Can the Doc save her from herself or will it be too late?
The Cave
Price: Free! Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
There is a cave that is forbbiden that is said to be haunted by spirits and no one is allowed to enter it. Zandra's curiosity gets the better of him and to prove to his friend Yaella, who follows the villages laws, that there is nothing in the cave he breaks the rules and venture where no one dears with Yaella in tow.
The Adventures of Marco and Carla: The Ghost of Black Crow Bridge
Series: The Adventures of Marco and Carla, Book 4. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 16,210. Language: American English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Marco, Carla, and Sammie are at it again. Marco finds a mysterious locket that leads him, his sister, and Sammie on a new adventure, that solves an age old mystery and frees a wandering soul.
The Adventures of Marco and Carla: The Dark Castle
Series: The Adventures of Marco and Carla, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
In a castle that lies outside of a town something evil lurks in the shadows. No one knows it's there for sure, but there are stories. But there are those that ignore the stories and have made this old run down castle into their own play ground.Marco, Carla, and Sammie, have played at the castle many times without seeing anything, but when people start going missing the castle holds the secret.
What Happened To Kerbie Walobee?
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 21,350. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
"Since you’re new here you wouldn't know anything about this. They said that some people disappeared from that house." This is what Michael and Michele are told about their new home. What makes it more interesting is the journal they found of a boy that once lived there. Caught up in the excitement of the journal. The children try to solve a 40 year old mystery that leads them to danger.
The Adventures of Marco and Carla: The Monster of Lake Shan
Series: The Adventures of Marco and Carla, Book 3. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 8,760. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Marco,Carla, and Sammie couldn't wait to go on vacation with their families. They've been thinking about Lake Shan and all the fun they expect to have there.The Lake Shan is beautiful, but there is something sinister lurking below it's calm waters. There strange things start to happen and one of the campers disappear.Well they be able to find out what's going on before they disappear too.