Q&A with Jeremy Davies

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Please give a cold dead welcome to another friend from Satalyte Press… Jeremy Davies!

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at Notions bookshopWhat were you like at school?

I was pretty quiet and bookish early on and got bullied a bit in primary school—nothing special, just the normal boy-stuff when you’re at the lower end of the chain physically—so ended up getting pretty sporty going into high school, competitively involved in boxing, kickboxing, basketball and swimming; but I still read a lot, and played role playing games.

Were you good at English?

Yes, it was always my best subject, but I became obsessed with being a fighter pilot, so did mostly sciences and maths in later high school. I didn’t get in … my eyes let me down.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I would like to be able to earn a modest living from it. Just enough to scrape by would be fine.

So, what have you written?

Here’s the fiction: Rosemary and Julia: unblock me (Middle years novella in Third Space Series—Secular Philosophy) Published by Garratt Publishing, 2014; ‘Writing Bare’ (Literary/Erotic short story) published by Horror Sleaze Trash 2014; Missing, Presumed Undead (Fantasy/Humour/30’s Detective—Casablantasy) Published by Satalyte Publishing 2014; goliath.tmp: a memoir (Literary) Published by Naked Indifference Publishing 2013; ‘no such thing’ (narrative poetry) in AntiThesis, 2008; ‘Martian Colours’ (Speculative fiction) in Twisted Tails Two—volume 2: Out of Time by Double Dragon Publishing 2007; ‘antilochus.tmp’ (text message poetry) in Wet Ink #4 2006. ‘Reflex. Action’ (Literary) Published in Twisted Tails by Double Dragon Publishing 2006; ‘…In Distress’ (Fantasy/Humour) Published in Twisted Tails by Double Dragon Publishing 2006; ‘Poeticide’ (Literary/prosetry) Published in Verandah 20 2005; Missing, Presumed Undead (Fantasy/Humour/30’s Detective – Casablantasy) Published by Double Dragon Publishing

2005; ‘Ghost Story’ (Literary) published in Verandah 19 2004; ‘Grievous Bodily Litter’ (Fantasy/Humour) Published in ‘Sintrigue Dot Org’ #3 Oct-Dec 2003; ‘. . . In Distress’ (Fantasy/Humour) Published in Aurealis #30; ‘Bouncing Jude’(Adult fiction) Published in Picture magazine 1998; ‘Beneath the Shimmering Sky’ (Fantasy) Published in New Writers News. November 1997; ‘Pissed in Space’ (Adult fiction) Published in People magazine (Australia) April 1997.

What are you working on at the minute?

The sequel to Missing, Presumed Undead, currently called ‘Lore & Disorder (or the Fifth Elemental)’

What genre are your books?

The genre of these novels is something I call Casablantasy: a mixture of fantasy and noir 30s detective and humour.

Why do you write?MPU cover final

Because there are books that I would like to read that haven’t been written yet.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

Yes, reading is one of my chief pleasures. Writing is hard, reading is beautiful … even when it’s hard. If I stuck more to favourite writers who have influenced my current writing, just to keep such a list under control, it would be Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Terry Pratchett, China Mieville, Grant Naylor, Agatha Christie, Mickey Spillane, Elmore Leonard, Homer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle …

What book/s are you reading at present?

The Glass Bead Game by Heinrich Hesse

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

Marieke Ormsby designed it, the #2 punch in Satalyte’s #1 #2 knoickout combination. And she used the Publisher, Stephen Ormsby, as the model for Frank. Stephen is a little less hairy. Just a little.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

We did a launch at a specialist Sci-fi/fantasy bookstore and a relaunch at Melbourne Supanova in the wrestling ring. I was put in a headlock by a buffy woman wrestler.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

I am fascinated by languages and the processes involved in translating literature and poetry. I’m currently learning both French and German in an effort to read some of my heroes in their original

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Thanks so much for hanging out with us Jeremy! Please be sure to follow him and check out his work!

Website: http://www.poeticidalmaniac.wix.com/casablantasy

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JeremyDaviesTheAuthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jeremy__davies

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jeremydavies

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