Daniel Paul Davis

Biography

2 earned degrees + 3 teaching credentials (I won't call those "earned") = knowing more than I should about a sizeable clutch of useless stuff. However, after 25 years in education, I know 2 things about education: 1) How to teach. 2) No principal wants me to actually teach. Bonus 3) They want students indoctrinated.
Thus, I write. "Do you have a degree in ___________?" Nope. I have 2 degrees in English, which means I know 2 things: 1) How to read. 2) How to research. Bonus 3) I remember what I read (why do you think I majored in English?!) Thus, the work I have here presented: researching the history was not that difficult, nor was winnowing out the frou-frou. Especially easy is seeing what is frou-frou.
Gossip: Married; 3 daughters, all adult; 1 grandchild; 1 worthless, illegal alien, lying ex-son-in-law; empty bank account; full belly. If I ever have a full bank account, I plan to fast.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I look thru the historical events in the text it'll be the cover for and find 2 events that I think cohere weirdly or contradict. I think my favorite was Disneyland's Haunted Mansion opening the day of the Manson murders--that one wrote itself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The "favorite" question is a weird one because the answer perishes fairly quickly. Next year I'll have 5 different "favorite" books. Thus, to the answer: in 2015, they'd be the Book of Esther for being both history and every writer's model for the perfect short story; "Conquest" by Hugh Thomas for 600 pages of detailed research exposing that everything we'd been told about Cortes + the Aztecs was DED dead wrong; "Mel Bay's Encyclopedia of Bass Riffs" because I started off having fun with the rockabilly riffs (recognized some of them) and have recognized some since them (they have Devo's "Whip It"); Dave Barry's "Big Trouble" for how to write humor in fiction because the book is hilaroius (see the movie for how to not translate humor-in-text to humor-in-film); "The Silmarillion" because it's all about the origin story.
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Books

Hysterically Historical: March II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,170. Language: American English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » History » World
Short, easly-read descriptions of events in history with comments ridiculing the responsible = fun, even if no learning occurs. But learning might actually happen, so why fight it?
Hysterically Historical: March I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,310. Language: American English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
Short, discrete, easy-to-read historical events with an appropriate amount of mockery leave the guilty exposed, the innocent, well, unmocked.
Hysterically Historical: February II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,670. Language: American English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
Individual historical events arranged chronologically by date for easy reference, easy research, and easy reading, then flavored with satire, puns, hyperbole, and general mockery, all in a series of 24 copyrighted (not copied) texts.
Hysterically Historical: February I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,670. Language: American English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » History » World
Short, easy-to-read descriptions of historical events with hysterical comments, organized an easy-to-find chronological order.
Hysterically Historical: January II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,710. Language: American English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
Historical events presented chronologically by date for easy, daily reading (bathroom, school, etc.) salted + peppered with commentary on how ridiculous the "greats" really were.
Hysterically Historical: January I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,930. Language: American English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World
Historical events organized by date, with commentary mocking the principals involved.

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