Interview with William Davoll

What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Rats" by James Herbert - I didn't really enjoy reading until I was aged 13, That was when I discovered James Herbert. A family member tried to stop me reading it, so it was like a red rag to a bull. After that I became an Avid Reader (mostly horror), and I spent most of my pocket money on James Herbert books. "The Rats" is the book that started my love of reading and writing, so it has to be on list.

"You can see the Angels Bum, Miss Worswick!" by Mike Harding - He's just such a funny writer, and this has to be the funniest book I have ever read. There are points in this book where I couldn't breathe because I was laughing so much. I do love a well written comedy book, Peter Kay's biography "The sound of laughter" being a another fine example of an excellent funny book. ( I know this will make it six by the end of the list, but hey give me a break)

"A child in Time" by Ian McEwan - I discovered McEwan's writing when I joined a book of the month club, they sent me "Black dogs" which once I picked up I couldn't put down until I had finished it. "A Child in Time" has such a hard emotional impact to me as a parent, I held my childs hand very tightly after reading this.

"Journal of the Plague Year" Daniel Defoe - I have always held a fascination with the plague, from the moment I met Clarence Daniel who wrote the definitive book on the Eyam plague. This book captures the paranoia, solitude and fear of being one of the few who stayed in London during the plague.

Tomorrow Belongs To Me by Peter Millar. This book is a factual documentary, It's the true stories of life behind the iron curtain for a selection of regulars of a bar in a run down East Berlin suburb (the Metzer Eck). As told to Reuters East German office correspondent Peter Millar. On my travels I have drank in such places and this book captures that moment in history from the perspective of the common man.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I admit it, I'm a bit of a techno head. I love my Kindle e-ink device, I bought it for £175 years ago, the screen is really easy on the eye. I have to travel a lot for business, so I really needed something I could manage my email, social streams and also read my books on. Had Amazon got their act together and released the Kindle fire in a timely fashion for the UK market, I would have just upgraded. However by the time they came around to that idea, there was a glut of good priced tablets and after much research I went for the Google Nexus. I run all the major reading apps Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Google reader, and kindle app on the one device. I just need to remember which app the book I'm reading lives in, great opportunity for an all encompassing app there for any developers. I like to learn foreign languages too, so all my Michel Thomas CDs are on there so I can learn on the move.
Describe your desk
I have a few desks dotted about the various places where I write. My main desk (shared with the rest of the house) has twin monitors connected to my desktop computer running windows 8.1. I use a piece of software called scrivener that allows me to not only organise my written work but allows idea development in the form of a virtual pinboard. The problem with sharing a desk is that it ends up with a pile of paper and other peoples stuff that develops over time. Every so often I throw my toys out of the pram, and have a huge purge, that's of the items of course, not the people. ;D
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in post war Coventry. There were a lot of ghosts, mainly behind the eyes of the people that lived there. I lost my Gran when I was aged three, I was the one that found her that morning. The undertakers came and took her away before lunch, but I was convinced I saw her walking up the path at the side of our house in the afternoon and several afternoons after that. As a teenager we moved into an old guest house in Sussex, but some of the guests were not the paying kind and appeared to have been there for hundreds of years. I never actually saw them, but there were parts of that building that were very oppressive and cold. With all that going on it's hard not to have something influence your writing.
When did you first start writing?
The first things I began writing for pleasure were songs and poems, I was in my early teens. We moved about the country a few times with my parents chasing work. I was constantly saying goodbye to the new friends I made and having to start again. As there was no internet back then I lost touch with most of them. As a result my best friend became my notebook, I could express my feelings without fear of rebuke. I believe it made me a stronger person, and self reliant. In my twenties my writing progressed to stories and I did write a couple of magazine articles.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is a collection of fifty of my poems, based on the themes of betrayal, fear, revenge, Injustice, and loss. As the project developed I concluded these five themes needed to be linked together in some way. I decided to consider these themes as spiritual entities and began thinking of them more as Sister emotions. Sisters need a common parent and I figured Spite would be that suitable parent, being both destructive and promiscuous, hence the title "The five daughters of spite."

On a long drive home from a business trip to Manchester, I was listening to a programme on radio four discussing the Beveridge report, and they of course mentioned the five evils, Ideal fathers for the five daughters of Spite.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of Novels I'm working on, and have been for quite some time. The most interesting of my projects is a multimedia project based on some new poems that I've written, and involves music and animation. I'm hoping a couple of short pieces might be picked up by a couple of publications this year, but we have to wait and see.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife's cold foot on my backside and the promise of coffee, but seriously, I love the opportunity that each day holds. I'm lucky that most days I get to drive along the coast just as the Sun is coming up and there's always something new and exciting to see on the way to the office. My main place of work has a great view of the south downs, and is a short walk from the beach, so I have the best of opportunities.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The county of Sussex offers a lot of opportunity for walking along our beautiful coastline, or in our local forests. Painting in watercolours is something else that I enjoy, alas I'm no master.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get some good recommendations from other readers and authors. I'm very lucky to have met some great writers, Lily Childs, Shaun Adams, and David Barber to name a few that have been very generous with their time. I also go with recommendations made through sites like goodreads and smashwords (obviously).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got involved in a weekly flash fiction competition hosted by Lily childs on her feardom blogspot, I got a lot of encouragement from fellow authors, and it kind of led on from there really. I have written since a teenager but privately. Writng in public was quite daunting at first , but the support from fellow authors made me take that leap.
Published 2014-01-30.
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Books by This Author

The Five Daughters of Spite
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,930. Language: British English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of 50 poems from the pen of William Davoll. In his collection of verse containing adult themes, Davoll explores the emotions of Fear, Revenge, Betrayal, Injustice and Loss; the five daughters of Spite. Davoll's poetry will take you on a roller-coaster ride of sensations that embody both the real and imagined poetic world.