Victor A. Davis


Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. In 2017, he and his wife thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. He is currently adapting his travel journals into a speculative/historical fiction novel, Wick.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly fiction, although as I've gotten older I've come across more and more non-fiction books that I like. This is going to sound strange, but big books annoy me. The concept of creating "treatises" and "masterpieces" and multi-volume tomes of knowledge is archaic. I admire efficiency. Short stories, short story collections, and 200-300 page novels have become my forte. I could start listing books & authors, but I'm afraid I couldn't fit an adequate taste "fingerprint" into this box. Find me on Goodreads.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an old Kindle 4, without internet, apps, emails, or games. I interchange freely between ebooks and paperbacks, and I have pros and cons for each. My favorite things about my kindle are: 1) The e-ink screen. I think it is fantastic and I cannot wait for the day (not too far off, I think) when e-ink screens become the norm and LCDs become obsolete. 2) I like being able to carry dozens of books around with me so I can choose what I'm in the mood for reading without as much advance planning. 3) The onboard dictionary is a huge feature. In middle school, my lit teacher used to say that the proper way to read a book was with a dictionary, a pen, and a highlighter, and that every book was a learning opportunity. Only with the advent of the Kindle has that concept become practical.
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Where to buy in print


The Gingerbread Collection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,840. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Inspired by the tradition of short stories, whether the classics of Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, and Edgar Allan Poe, or the contemporaries of Anthony Doerr, Julie Orringer, and Stephen King, The Gingerbread Collection blazes new trails in the forest of literary prose.
The Flying Kite
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(SHORT STORY) Inspired by a true story, this tale of Patagonian wanderers will challenge your sense of credibility. In one of the southernmost towns in the world, a photojournalist walks into a pub with a tall tale: He's spent the last several weeks in the wilderness with a man the world thought had disappeared thirty years before. Do you believe him?
Grains of Sand
Price: Free! Words: 79,370. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(COLLECTION) In this beautifully lyrical collection, Victor A. Davis delivers twelve emotionally charged short stories exploring the depths of his imagination. A peasant discovers true wealth in a field of clovers… The paths of a pizza delivery boy, a snowman, and an iceman cross in unexpected ways… A chick hatches late and must face incredible odds to reunite with the flock that left her behind…
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(SHORT STORY) On moving day, the family dog runs away. A week later, she turns up on their doorstep, but there is something very wrong.
The Last Night on Earth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(SHORT STORY) A troubled couple goes to a show together, trying to cling to normalcy as the world falls apart around them.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,920. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
(SHORT STORY) Two children sneak into a candy factory at night to steal sweets in this modern retelling of Peter Rabbit.
A Night at the Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(SHORT STORY) A young couple goes out camping at the lake. But they meet some hunters with malevolent intentions and the night goes terribly wrong.
The Bargain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(SHORT STORY) One hundred thousand years ago, a gift is given to primitive man, that will determine the course of history.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(SHORT STORY) A bluebird keeps flying at his reflection in a window, thinking he's found his mate.
The Wall
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(SHORT STORY) A photographer reaches an impassible wall hiking through Peru.
Monster and Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
(SHORT STORY) A little boy grows up, but the monster in his closet won't go away.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(SHORT STORY) A touching scene unfolds for a man sitting at the high counter of a roadside diner.