Jane Davis


Jane Davis is the author of eight thought-provoking novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won The Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ The Bookseller added her to their 'One to Watch' section. Compulsion Reads have called her 'a phenomenal writer whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless'. She has since published six further novels, These Fragile Things, I Stopped Time and A Funeral for an Owl, An Unchoreographed Life, An Unknown Woman (awarded Self-Published Book of the Year 2016 by Writing Magazine and the DSJT Charitable Trust) and My Counterfeit Self. Most recently, her novel Smash all the Windows won The Selfies Best Self-Published Work of Fiction Award 2019. Jane's favourite description of fiction is 'made-up truth'.

She lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, star-gazing, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she is not writing, you may spot her disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand.

For further information, or to sign up for pre-launch specials and notifications about future projects, visit the author’s website at www.jane-davis.co.uk

Smashwords Interview

Have you won or been shortlisted in any competitions and do you think they help with a writer’s success?
It was winning a competition that led to the publication of my first novel Half truths and White Lies. Winning, and pure luck. It was by chance that I heard about the Winchester Writer’s conference a week before it was held in 2008. And it was by chance that I chose to attend a lecture held by Jack Sheffield of Teacher Teacher fame. Because if those two things hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have learned about the Daily Mail first novel award – two days before the deadline for entries.
Do you write under a pseudonym? Do you think they make a difference to an author’s profile?
I am reminded of hearing Sir Terry Pratchett speak. A collector of obscure publications, he was given a small volume, which he thought was titled ‘Preserved Fish’ and thought, ‘Well, that’s handy. I could always learn more about fish.’ But it turned out that Preserved Fish was the name of the author. Adopted as a child, his pious parents had given him the name Preserved By the Hand of God, which he shortened. Unless there is a very good reason for an author not to use their own name, I can’t see any reason why they would wish to use a pseudonym. Except if your name is Jane Davis, and your books constantly appear with the biography of Jane Davis, author of Felting: The Complete Guide. Or you are confused with Jane Davis, director of the Reader Organisation, whose work I greatly admire, However, that is a small trade-off for the thrill of seeing my own name in print.
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Where to buy in print


Smash all the Windows: Winner of The Selfies Best Self-Published Work of Fiction Award 2019
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,560. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
For the families of the victims of the St Botolph and Old Billingsgate disaster, the undoing of a miscarriage of justice should be a cause for rejoicing. If only it were that simple.
A Funeral for an Owl
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,670. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Urban
Twenty years of change, One person who cares What kind of a boy would it take to convince two high school teachers to risk their careers?
I Stopped Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,170. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
“Can you think of a really good memory? Perhaps you can see it when you close your eyes. Now, imagine you can take it out and look at it whenever you want to!” Turn of the century Brighton. A spark is ignited when wide-eyed Lottie Pye enters Mr Parker’s photographic studio and discovers the new medium that will shape her life.
These Fragile Things
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,990. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Business
(5.00 from 1 review)
As South London, still reels from the riots in Brixton, Graham Jones, an ordinary father, grows fearful for his teenage daughter Judy who faces a world where the pace of change appears to be accelerating. But even he cannot predict what will happen next. A series of events is about to be unleashed over which he will have no control, and the lives of his family will change forever.