Friday, September 4, 2009

Second Bryan Davis Interview

Christian Miles has sent me the second Bryan Davis interview as promised. Here it is...

Q1. Izori asks: How do you come up with your book ideas?
Bryan Davis: The idea for Dragons in our Midst came from a dream I had about a boy who could breathe fire. I told my eldest son about it, and we brainstormed until we came up with the concept for the story. My second-born son came up with the basic idea for Echoes from the Edge, and one of my daughters helped me with the idea for Dragons of Starlight, a new series that will come out next year.

Q2. How do you come up with your titles? Do they change when you find a publisher?
Bryan Davis: I base titles on a theme or story element in the book, something that will sound cool rolling off the tongue. Sometimes I labor over them for weeks, and sometimes they pop into my head without a second thought. One publisher accepts whatever title I choose, and another publisher is more strict and works with me until we come up with a title we both like.

Q3. What is the best advice you could give a teen writer?
Bryan Davis: The best advice for a teen writer is to learn the craft. It's not enough to be passionate about a story. You have to know the tools and how to use them. Read books on writing. Got to writing conferences. Get your stories critiqued by experienced writers. Allow the critiques to massage your writing without being offended.

Q4. How many words do you normally write in a day?
Bryan Davis: When I am writing all day, my minimum goal is 3000 words. If I don't get that many done, I consider it a bad day. I feel good if I get 4000, and 5000 is a great day.

Q5. What is your favorite book and why?
Bryan Davis: Probably To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She did a masterful job building powerful themes into her story without appearing to be preachy. They came across naturally [and] is some of the most skillful prose I have ever seen.

I hope everyone enjoyed that interview as much as I did!
Again, you can learn more about Bryan Davis and his books at, and be sure to check out Christian Miles' cool writing e-zine at


LocaChica said...

Fantastic advice!

Brandon said...

Great inteview, JR.
I still need to read "To Kill a Mocking Bird".

Robert Treskillard said...

Thanks again, Jacob!

Araken said...

I want to reread TKaM

Evergreena said...

He feels it's a bad day if he gets less than THREE THOUSAND? Yipers! Last Nanowrimo I went above and beyond the usual goal of 50k and wrote 100,000 words in a month, and that was really pushing it for me. I was straining to write 3,000 words every day! No wonder he isn't impressed with Nanowrimo! 1,667 words a day is nothin' for him.

Great interview! I found it very interesting. Thanks for posting it!

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