Interview with Mark A. Davis

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the second book in the Mitch Morgan series, Hope's Diamond. It involves the theft of blue diamonds from the homes of three executives in the residential, corporate, and internet security business.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert B. Parker and John Grisham.
What is your writing process?
I start with "what if", as in, what if the main character was found standing over a dead body, smoking gun in hand. I write a rough draft of how the book will end, then write my way toward that ending. I always know the ending before I write the book.
How do you approach cover design?
I provide a description of the book, and my vision of the cover, to a professional cover designer. The designer provides a first draft of the cover, and we go back and forth by email until we have a cover that best depicts the book. I am not interested in being the creator of the cover, I am interested in collaborating with the designer to create a cover that will cause the reader to choose my book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Microsoft Surface Pro
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I just published my first e-book and am following many of the suggestions from the Smashwords marketing guide.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me, is writing a story in a way that provides sufficient clues, to allow the reader as fair an opportunity to solve the crime or discover a secret, as the detective in the book. I want the reader to be surprised, but not feel cheated out of that opportunity.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean I continue to write and publish. While I enjoy writing the story and developing the plot, if the story does not cause the fans to search for my next book, then it becomes pointless.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
When I'm searching for a new author, I search by category first, then look for a cover that catches my eye, then read the description. If the description fits a style I like, I start reading.
What are your expectations of your fans?
Since I have just published my first book, I don't know that I have fans. Fans are those who enjoy the first book enough that they read the second, and the third, and continue to follow a writer. I think at this point, I have readers.

I only ask two things of the reader. If you enjoyed the book, please tell your friends and whether you enjoyed the book or not, please write a fair and objective review, even if that review is negative. Writers can't be thin skinned and must have feedback in order to improve the next book.
Published 2015-02-06.
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