Interview with J. M. Davis

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small southern town that has a total of three traffic lights and one police car. Our house was located inside the city limits across a gravel road from a railroad track that ran through the middle of town. As a child and even into my high-school years, never once do I remember being awakened by the trains rumbling down the tracks by our house. Several years after I moved away from home, I lost the ability to sleep through those rumbling trains.
When did you start writing?
In an effort to reconnect with family members, I started writing a family newsletter which contained short stories based on my childhood memories. One day I sat at my computer and decided to see if I could write a novel. I had no idea what was involved so naturally I assumed it would be easy. I continued to write and finished the first draft of my first novel within a couple of months. Seven years later, it was ready to be published.
What do you write?
I write mystery/suspense novels, humorous short stories, a children’s story, and one romantic comedy. Although my main focus will be on mystery/suspense/thriller novels, I have written several short stories I already have or will publish from time to time. My goal is to offer different types of stories readers will hopefully enjoy, whether they be humorous or serious in tone. Some days I want to make people laugh or smile, and other days I want to create a character compelled to save the world, or someone in it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like being able to set my own time table and my own pricing. An indie author has financial and creative control, but along with that comes total responsibility for every aspect of being an author. I like having that responsibility and thrive on the challenges ahead.
What has been your most successful story?
No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be able to write a better love story than the one I’m living. From our marriage came two wonderful children, and so far two incredibly smart and beautiful grandchildren. My wife and I have been married 42 years. I feel like I’m the luckiest man in the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love to hear from readers. I have received emails and comments on my blog from readers all over the world. I treasure every one of those messages. Whenever a reader takes the time to send a note, leave a comment on my blog, or write a review, I know one of my stories has made a good impression on that reader.
What are you working on next?
Yakov's Journal- A scI-fi thriller.
Who are your favorite authors?
Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Steve Berry, Jeffery Archer, Steve Martini, Sandra Brown, Dusty Richards, Stieg Larsson, and James Crumley.
What is the one thing you would like readers to know about you, as a person?
I’ve never been afraid to try new things. Too often, after contemplating what is required to reach a goal, people give up before they start.

In May of 2012, I gave a speech at a commencement for over 230 university graduates. In closing, I said the following:

“When you leave here tonight and continue your journey through life, I hope you will never stop chasing your dreams. One day, when you reflect back, it will be far better to know you gave it your best shot, than to say you were afraid to try.”
Published 2016-04-13.
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Books by This Author

Prom Friday
You set the price! Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Many of you are too young to remember the sixties, but for those of us who were there, it was a time of innocence as well a mine field for false steps. Rabbit, a seventeen-year-old student, needs to find a date for the high school PROM, which is going to be held Friday evening, four days away. Short story. Excerpts included after end of story.
The Storekeeper
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,070. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
(5.00)
Tom Carland, a young man from back east, has a lot to learn about women. Soon after arriving in a small one-street western town, Tom meets Harriet and her three-year-old daughter, Katie. Tom offers to help, but the widow does not want his pity. Dirk Thurman, a local ranch foreman, makes it known he will not tolerate any competition for the widow's attention.
The Durley Incident
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.33)
Photographic proof of Bigfoot and a ten million dollar reward bring thousands of outsiders to Bowden, a small town isolated deep in the Ozark Mountains. In his thirty-plus years of service, the town’s veteran sheriff, Hank Logan, has never had to solve a serious crime. While the new arrivals search for the creature, the sheriff and his young deputy are tasked with finding a missing farmer.
No Tears For Jack
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,420. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Told he has one year to live, Jack Lamont, a thirty-six-year-old bachelor, decides to advertise for the perfect pretend family, a beautiful women with two children. Mary, a desperate widow with kids to feed, lost her job and recently evicted from their home, responds to Jack's ad for a pretend family. Not quite meeting the man's criteria, she has to be a bit creative with her reply.
Portrait of Conspiracy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,220. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.50)
What happens in Paris does not stay in Paris. A police detective places her career at risk, when she decides to help a wealthy man search for a woman who has been missing for seven years. Philip Lewellan discovers a mysterious painting. He’s sure it’s proof his missing wife is alive.
Murder And Mayham
Price: Free! Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
Jack Mayham, a criminal defense attorney who has been fired from three law firms in four years, believes he's been given the chance of a lifetime to get back on his feet. Soon after depositing a retainer for $250,000, he learns saving the stunning Lisa LeRouse Bedford from the prosecuting attorney is the least of his worries.
The Ghost of Leonard Korn
Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(5.00)
On Halloween night, a young boy and his three friends set out to search for the ghost that has haunted their small town for decades. The four youths learn that searching for a ghost can be more perilous than they ever imagined.
A Woman To Die For
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.33)
A private investigator is hired by a wealthy Texas woman to find her husband and bring him back from his latest drinking binge. John Hartley is not that hard to find, but bringing him back is a whole different matter.
Tough As They Come
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,030. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Bart Bengo, is on trial for a murder he did not commit. A woman, presumed dead for twenty years, gives Bart a second chance to prove his innocence. After his involvement with a second murder, his temporary freedom may be short-lived. With a nation-wide manhunt closing in on Bart, the key to his longterm freedom may be in the past, and a woman previously presumed dead may hold it.