Monday, August 17, 2009

Guest Post: An Interview with author Bryan Davis

Special thanks to fellow teen writer, Christian Miles! He has kindly offered to allow me to post an interview he conducted with Bryan Davis, bestselling author of many books, including the Dragons in our Midst series, Oracles of Fire Series, and Echoes from the Edge series. Furthermore, he'll be conducting another interview with Bryan Davis in the future, and he'd like some question ideas. So think up a great question and post it in the comments section! Without any more delay, here's the interview (conducted May 27,2009):


Christian Miles: What is your favorite book that you've written? And what is your favorite scene out of any of your books?

Bryan Davis: I don't answer favorites questions well, because I have multiple choices and any one "favorite" might change from moment to moment. The three books that usually rise to the top are Circles of Seven, Eye of the Oracle, and The Bones of Makaidos. There are many scenes I like, and the two that come immediately to mind are Sapphira dancing with Elohim in Eye of the Oracle and Bonnie becoming an Oracle of Fire in The Bones of Makaidos.

 

Christian Miles:  Are the dragons in your new series of books different than what we've seen in the DIOM and OoF books?

Bryan Davis: The dragons in the new series will be, for the most part, evil, and they will rule the world they inhabit. They won't vary much in appearance from my other series.

 

Christian Miles: There has been a lot of news circulating about a Rasing Dragons movie, where are things on that?

Bryan Davis: I sold the theatrical rights to Raising Dragons, and a script has been written. We are currently in the long process of raising funds.

 

Christian Miles:  Who is your favorite character to write?

Bryan Davis: Another favorites question! Three come to mind--Bonnie, Walter, and Daryl. I enjoy writing about holy characters as well as funny ones.

 

Christian MIles:  Why do you write what you write?

Bryan Davis: My objective in writing is to create images of warriors for the Light. They possess courage as well as righteousness, and I hope that readers will be inspired to follow the same path. So far, from the emails I have received, it seems to be working.


Great interview, huh? You can find out more about Bryan Davis and his books at DavisCrossing.com. But also be sure to check out the teen writing e-zine Christian has started up at teenwrites-ezine.blogspot.com! Don't miss that!


And again, remember to post your question ideas for Bryan Davis in the comments section.

20 comments:

Izori said...

Here's a question:

'How do you come up with ideas for your books?'

Izori

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Tehehe...I've asked and read so many questions aimed at Cleffy....ah...don't think there's anything I'd like to ask that I don't know lol

Great job Christian!

Chris said...

That's a good one, Izori.
Nathan, the q's could be about anything. Not just about writing. =)

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Chris.....I dunno....have you ever been on the DIOM forums? Read the "Ask Clefspeare" thread? I've seen a lot of questions lol

Chris said...

Hmm... If you already know too much about Mr. Davis, Nathan, you can check out an interview I did recently with Donita K. Paul.
http://myinkspot.webs.com/apps/blog/show/1510115-the-dragonkeeper-chronicles-by-donita-k-paul
But then again... she may have a forum, too. lol

Evergreena said...

Anyone who's been on the forums long enough will know that Mr. Davis hates picking favorites. And never, ever ask him about Bonnie's choice at the end of ToaD...

Great interview!

Nathan R. Petrie said...

haha....yups we know that Evergreena ;) And he likes forsting :D

I'll check out the Paul interview

Robert Treskillard said...

Thanks for re-posting this interview—very interesting!

Leighton said...

Man would I love to see that movie!

Christian Miles said...

Yes, I know now not to ask any "favorites" questions. lol
I'm glad you guys liked the interview.
Anymore q's? There's room for more.
Leighton, I would love to see that movie, too. =)

Araken said...

The idea for Dragons in Our Midst came from a dream Cleffy had about a boy who could breathe fire, and the Echoes From the Edge Trilogy came from an idea his son had about a box that was closed in reality but open in a mirror reflection, I believe.

Bracie said...

Wow... I've heard alot about your blog...now I'm on it!

Ivorydancer said...

okay... I just gotta say that I love the basketball video! I played basketball one year and that video kinda explains my *ahem* experience.

Calico Zak said...

Nothing to do with your post here but I tag you.

~CZ

Bethany said...

oh MAN!! Calico, is it the 30 things tag I saw on...eh, somewhere...Bracie's? Oh well, double tag for JR!

Darian Wilmot Stowell said...

-Jacob
I posted this comment on your revised first chapter and prologue, but I guess you don't check that anymore, so here it is.

"I believe it was in the first two paragraphs that I realized, as Anita also must've, that you have an overwhelming number of similes. They're very descriptive (I really COULD see it), but your job here as a writer isn't to describe everything. It is to tell a story. The first two paragraphs make it feel like a descriptive passage. Have you read Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft"? It's a great book, that offers some wonderful tips. And one more thing: I have been working on my own novel, and I have been making some major headway since I have started making myself WRITE, instead of worrying about minor details. I simply keep reminding myself that these are the sort of things I can worry about in the editorial stage, and in my second and third drafts.

As a fellow writer and Christian,
DWS"

tinydancer said...

hay, i tagged you!

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Dairan, if I recall the scene right...there was just the perfect amount of detail to set the scene...I don't remember thinking that there was too much. Also keep in mind that that version of his chapter, I'm sure, has been revised a few hundred times since the contract offer.
Either way...a good bit of detail at the beginning of a scene never hurt anyone.

Jacob R Parker said...

Bracie: Welcome! And thanks for the comment. I'm very glad to hear that the rumors surrounding this blog are positive. ;)

Ivorydancer: Thank you! The basketball video was a lot of fun to make.

Darian: Thanks for the feedback! It is much appreciated. I did see it down there but didn't acknowledge it. Some host I am...

Nathan: Yep, that chapter has been revised since then, and for the better! For sure!

Galadriel said...

Yes, do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with frosting...
I'm not sure if this is in the right place..I love Clefy's books!