Interview with Jamie Davis

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often get recommendations from friends and relatives for books to read. This is a great way to discover books because these people know you and have an insight into the type of book you might like. As an author, I know how important word-of-mouth is to my books. If you like an author's work, tell your friends, leave a review online and support them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in middle school and was prompted by a teacher who told me to use my imagination to come up with a unique story for a creative writing assignment. I wrote about a "Great Cheese Disaster" where the hot sun melted all the cheese in a warehouse causing a flood of gooey, melted cheese through a small town. My mom saved it and I read it not too long ago. It was goofy but fun to read again.
What is your writing process?
I write early in the morning when I'm fresh from a good night's sleep. I try to write for at least two hours straight or until a chapter is completed in order to write in complete story sections. This helps me think about what is coming next and my mind can mull it over during the rest of the day and overnight until the next writing session in the morning.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is so important, especially in this world of internet images and search. I look at prospective covers both at full size and shrunk down to thumbnail size as you might see on a web page in an online store. I try to picture it next to other covers in the genre and think about how eye-catching it is. A good cover will help the reader discover a potential read and encourage them to read the description and maybe buy the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The five favorite books of mine are (in no particular order): Star Wars, The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time series), On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington series), Have Space Suit, Will Travel, March Upcountry (Empire of Man series). These are books or series that either impacted my early reading experiences (Star Wars, Have Space Suit ...), or they are books that I return to and read again. The stories I read again are impactful because of their excellent character development. These are the books (and series) that make me laugh out loud (or cry) when I read them again.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read many different genres. My tastes are eclectic. They include mystery romance thrillers like the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, all the way to the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Military Science Fiction by authors like David Weber and John Ringo. It all depends on my mood.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an iPad to do most of my e-reading. It gives me the ability to have any app I want so I can read from whatever service offers the best experience for the books. This includes Kindle, Kobo, and iBooks apps.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book marketing is the job of every author. People often mistake this to be the job of the publisher, but the author has to do most of the heavy lifting, at least in the beginning of their career. I have a podcast, an email list, and several blogs that help me reach a broad audience. I have also had some success with Facebook ads but I have only tried this on a limited basis.
Describe your desk
I write seated in a recliner with a lap desk on my laptop. I usually put on some general 24-hour​ news program for some background buzz that I ignore. Sometimes I mute the TV and use a particular playlist of selected instrumental or orchestral music to spur a certain mood if I'm writing. This is especially true for action sequences.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town and I think that coming from a place where everyone knows you or your parents helped me understand people better. I learned many folk's motivations for doing things and that has helped me build better characters for my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing early on. I always looked forward to creative writing assignments in school. I was always creating stories in my head and those stories stayed with me in one form or another to my writing as an author in adulthood.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story of my latest book is the story of a young woman who wants to go to war with her brothers. Her parents seek to protect her but ultimately have to let her go. Even though it is set in a fantasy landscape, it resonates with challenges faced by many parents today as the military continues to integrate women into more and more dangerous situations.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a person of an entrepreneurial bent. That has stuck with me and, as indie publishing became possible with the advent of the internet and ebooks, I leapt​ at the chance to become author, publisher, and distributor all in one.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me an alternative method of distribution that doesn't rely on a single channel for revenue. Many authors make the mistake of relying solely on one channel to sell their books, and while that channel is the largest and most popular with consumers now, that could change at any time. I believe in having multiple streams of revenue for all my works and Smashwords helps me with that.
Published 2015-10-27.
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Books by This Author

Accidental Dragoon
Series: Accidental Champion. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,600. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A race against time to save a little girl and the empire she is destined to lead. Don’t miss the exciting conclusion to the Accidental Champion trilogy as Cari, her enemies, and even her adventuring parents join the chase to bring the next heir to the Crystal Throne. One reader calls this “the best one yet!” Pick up this LitRPG GameLit swashbuckler now!
The Blue and Gray Angel
Series: The Eldara Sisters, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,730. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Rebel Werewolves, Civil War, and Vengeful Angels. Rebel werewolves threaten to change Civil War history unless two angels save the day. Journey back to 1862 Virginia where angel Ashley Moore and her Valkyrie sister take on a rogue pack of werewolves. Ashley Moore and her sister Ingrid risk their earthly existence when they run afoul of both human and non-human enemies.
The Nightingale's Angel
Series: The Eldara Sisters, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,770. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
An Angel, a Valkyrie, and a Vampire Army in the 1850's Crimea. Someone is harvesting souls from the battlefields of the Crimea, turning dying soldiers into a vampire army. The leaders of nearby Constantinople are calling in the hunter clans to cleanse their city, even if it means killing all the law-abiding creatures living among their human neighbors.
The Paramedic's Doom
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,470. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
One Paramedic, Four Horsemen, and the End of the World Dean Flynn sees himself as just a normal paramedic, despite the fact he treats the hidden supernatural creatures inhabiting Elk City. Now, he’s about to make the most important decision of his adult life, but his missing father returns and turns things upside down all over again. Now Dean has to deal with a city falling apart around him.
The Paramedic's Nemesis
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,280. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Undead in the Streets Spell Impending Doom An artifact is creating hordes of mindless undead minions in Elk City. Paramedic Dean Flynn once again gathers his human and supernatural friends to band together and find the source. With the future of the city at risk, failure is not an option for Dean and his comrades.
The Paramedic's Witch
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,870. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A Teen Witch, Parents, and a Demon Hunt Joanna Errington-Flynn is a normal fifteen-year-old, well, except that she's a witch from the future. Since she was sent back from her parents' future, she has saved their lives and saved the world. Now she wants nothing more than to return home to her own time.
The Paramedic's Hunter
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,780. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Paranormal paramedic Dean Flynn doesn't know he's being hunted by demons. Demon hunter Jaz Errington hunts the creatures he heals? In this case, opposites do not attract. When paramedic and hunter are thrown together on a quest to rescue a kidnapped angel, who also happens to be Dean's missing girlfriend, sparks fly.
Accidental Raider
Series: Accidental Champion, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,570. Language: American English. Published: June 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Pirate Raiders, a Threatened Heir, and a High Seas LitRPG Swashbuckler Cari Dix is tired of playing by the rules. Let everyone else race to rescue the fate of an Empire. She chooses a return to the high seas and her raider ship, the Vengeance. Then Cari discovers a secret that could change the world and once again save the heir to the Crystal Throne. The chase is on for Raider Captain Cari Dix.
Accidental Duelist
Series: Accidental Champion, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,680. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A Lost Princess in the Swashbuckling Game of a Lifetime Cari Dix didn't know her whole life was a lie, she only knew she didn't belong here. Growing up with the most ordinary parents ever, all Cari wanted was a life of adventure and a little bit of fun. Come along and play the game. Join Cari in this swashbuckling LitRPG adventure, returning to the world of Fantasma once again.
Accidental Mage
Series: Accidental Traveler, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,340. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dragged Back To The Game, It's Personal This Time Hal Dix returns home from Fantasma to find his greatest nightmare has come true. A personal tragedy drags him back into the game world of Fantasma one last time. Return to the game with the third action-packed book of the Accidental Traveler LitRPG fantasy trilogy.
Accidental Warrior
Series: Accidental Traveler, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,280. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Return to the Game for A Friend in Need Hal Dix had success here after his initial trip to Fantasma. He leveled up in both his job and at home. Everything was going fine in his life. Join the adventure in the second book of the Accidental Traveler LitRPG fantasy trilogy. Play along with Hal and his friends in Fantasma, as he becomes the Accidental Warrior, and discovers he's the mythical hero.
Accidental Thief
Series: Accidental Traveler, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,280. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
An Everyday Gamer, Stuck in the Game. Hal Dix was stuck in an unlucky life. His wife is a successful executive while his IT help desk job leads nowhere. Even his daughter's daycare teacher thinks he's a loser. Hal can't catch a break. Join the adventure in this first book of an epic LitRPG fantasy trilogy. Play along with Hal and his new friends in Fantasma, as he becomes an Accidental Thief.
The Paramedic's Choice
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,850. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Paramedic Dean Flynn works every day to heal the creatures of myth and legend in Elk City. When a human hate group declares war on his patients, Dean, with his angel girlfriend, and the vampire lord of Elk City, must work with all the forces of good to fight the terrorists hidden in their midst. Using magic, prophecy, and all his paramedic skills, Dean fights to save his patients.
The Paramedic's Angel: Extreme Medical Services book 2
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,480. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Paramedic Dean Flynn is finally getting used to his Unusual ambulance patients, the creatures of myth and legend who live among us all. But with werewolves, vampires, fairies and more as his 911 patients, is he ready for an Unusual in his personal life? Angel and ER nurse Ashley Moore says she is there to help him solve a mystery with his patients. Can he solve it and keep an Angel in his life?
The Vampire and The Paramedic: An Extreme Medical Services series prequel
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,500. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Monsters. Paramedics. Forbidden Love. Creatures of myth and legend secretly live among us all. Even so, Vampire James Lee never thought he would need a paramedic or call 911. But when his right-hand man and werewolf friend Rudy is nearly killed in a car accident, his life and secret are saved by a young paramedic named Brynne Garvey.
Extreme Medical Services: Medical Care On The Fringes Of Humanity
Series: Extreme Medical Services, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,430. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Monsters, Paramedics, and Street Medicine. New paramedic Dean Flynn is fresh out of the academy. When he gets assigned to the unknown backwater ambulance Station U, he wonders what he did wrong. Dean soon learns that even his patients aren't normal. With patients that are vampires, werewolves, fairies and more, will Dean survive his first days on the new job? Will his patients?