Interview with TJ Davis

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My father would sometimes take us to his work and let us play with the word processor in the back room. I remember the first story I wrote was about knights, kings, and dragons. I don't remember the plot, but I'm sure it was horrible and there was probably an attempt at a twist ending.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A couple of years ago I had a dream, and then it turned into a story. I never planned on publishing it. I sent it to a few of my friends, and they seemed to like it. The people of Gentleman Tree Publishing contacted me about submitting a piece about my time living in South Korea or what it was like reintegrating back in the United States. After I sent in the manuscript, they wrote back and asked if I had anything else. I sent the dream story, and they told me if I had more stories they would publish them together. Did I have any more? I didn't, but I lied and said I did. I spent the next twenty-four hours pumping out two more short stories, and before I knew it, I had a published book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a reader connects with a story, a moment, or a an image.
What are you working on next?
A new batch of short stories and my first novella.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations by friends and students. Lately I've been getting a lot of good suggestions from the Book Riot podcast.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that one day I won't be able to.
Published 2014-10-30.
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Books by This Author

Senseless
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,750. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Senseless is a collection twelve stories and a poem that examine the dual meanings of the word: the five senses and losing touch with reality.
Ajuma
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,320. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
TJ Davis' debut consists of a memoir and three short stories. Favors for Neighbors: The true story of TJ starting his own volunteering project. Only in Dreams: A man gets daily emails of the past night's dreams. Ajuma: A Korean subway car cleaner finds a dead body. Expulsion: A trip to the principal's office.
Elements
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,070. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Nine short stories and a poem are contained in this collection based on the five classic elements of earth, water, wind, fire, and ether. Captain Planet does not make an appearance.
Sir Quirkles
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,030. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
Sir Quirkles was the laziest of King Arthur's knights, and this tale follows his strange journey to find a quest worth fighting for. With his unfortunate steed, Valentino, and his only friend, Sir Lanval, Quirkles must find out what it means to be a knight. It's Monty Python meets Game of Thrones in this dark comedy about the days of chivalry.
Fibs
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,280. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Eight short stories about what happens at the intersection of Love and Lies when the traffic light is broken.
The Last Drop
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,910. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A mysterious scourge sweeps the nation on the night of Valentine's Day.
Kissing for Service
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,760. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Come delve into a little-known country of rickshaws, poverty, and brutal dictatorship: Myanmar. TJ Davis' job as an international teacher allowed him to explore Southeast Asia for years. See what it's like to live in a country as it takes its first tentative steps into becoming a democracy after years of isolation.
Bird Hours
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,010. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
The last day of school, a narrative based on a classic album, a mysterious disease, a camping trip gone awry, and a satirical phone message are included in this batch of five short stories.