Today we welcome Joy Ross Davis.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Joy Ross Davis: In my life outside of writing, I’ve been a teacher and a travel writer. I taught college English for incoming freshmen and did a tour for Tourism Ireland to write articles for first-time American visitors. I’m also an animal lover. I have three rescue dogs who are like my children.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Joy Ross Davis: I’ve written several one novel, Countenance, and several novellas. I classify them as paranormal because each one includes a very important and unusual angel character. I challenge my readers to accept people and places that are outside the realm of normal.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Joy Ross Davis: I have several works in progress. I get ideas all the time and have to begin to formulate them into stories.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Joy Ross Davis: One of my current works in progress, The Witch of Blacklion, has an intimate scene between a young married couple. It was difficult to write because I don’t usually include those kinds of scenes in a book. But in this one, it was both necessary and important.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Joy Ross Davis: I’ve been researching certain aspects of historical events in Ireland in the 1920s for the past two years.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Joy Ross Davis: Two of my favorite authors are Maeve Binchy and Agatha Christie, and yes, I get inspiration from both of them.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Joy Ross Davis: My mother was an encourager, but she didn’t like that I wrote paranormal stories. She wanted me to be more like Agatha Christie! My best friend of thirty years, Cathy, encouraged me to write. She was my most influential supporter.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Joy Ross Davis: I believe that my strengths lie in being able to create characters who are both paranormal but entirely believable. I’ve been told that I’m fairly good with creating believable settings that are easy to imagine.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Joy Ross Davis: I write something every day, even if it’s a couple of lines or a few bits of editing. I don’t stick to a routine on purpose, but I find myself up at 5 to have coffee then begin writing. Sometimes, I write for hours; sometimes, only for a little while.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Joy Ross Davis: Gosh, I would hope that five years from now, I have been able to secure both an agent and a publisher. I see myself with a best-seller, but I think that is more a dream than anything else. And I hope that five years from now, more people will know about my writing.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Joy Ross Davis: My best advice to any writer is simply to write. Make yourself write. Allow yourself the luxury of spending time writing.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Joy Ross Davis: Here’s an example. A friend of mine called me one day and told me she’d had a car accident. She said, “While I was stuck in that car, in pain from a cut on my forehead, all I could think about was that Benton might come and rescue me.”
Benton is the name of an angel character in my novel Countenance. So, yes, that’s quite a compliment!
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
Joy Ross Davis:
Founded in the eighth century, Blacklion sits at the toes of Cuilcagh Mountain from which swirl the waters of the catchment called the Shannon Pot. Legend holds that Shannon (Sionan), the beautiful granddaughter of the god of the sea, beloved by all, lost her heart to a young Druid and was exiled by her enraged grandfather who refused to bless her union with a mere mortal. Shannon fled to the Tree of Knowledge—a tree planted by the Druids–to eat of its forbidden fruit, but as she ate, the waters of the pool sprang up and overwhelmed her. They overflowed across the land and formed the River Shannon. The Old Ones whisper that Shannon’s tragic death provoked a group of Druid witches to roam the banks of the river ever after and to keep watch over the sacred tree.
What do you hold dear? Lady Emalyn has kept a cherished treasure hidden in the cushion of a green velvet chair since the age of six. No one has ever seen it, including her beloved husband Owen and her devoted housekeeper, Fiona. When Emalyn learns treasure hunters are near, she fears for the safety of her find. As she and Owen begin a journey into a world that neither of them could have imagined, Emalyn learns the value of the true treasures in her life.
The Devereaux Jewel
Recently married Anna Devereaux has everything she could ever want—a beautiful home and a wonderful husband. But as Anna begins to settle into her new life, she discovers something sinister and downright terrifying. And when ghosts begin to speak to her, she questions her own sanity. Unwilling to give into her fears, Anna delves into the history of the Devereaux Estate and discovers she alone has the power to set things right. But who will believe Anna when she is finding it hard to believe herself?
The Beggar’s Miracle (Soon to be republished under a different title)
The memory of warmth and safety faded… Ice seemed to cover everything in Ireland from Dublin to Dungarran. It was a bad time to be homeless and a worse time to be an orphan. Bitty Brown was both. Bitty left the warmth of the Sisters of Mercy, deciding a life on the streets would be better than working seven days a week in the laundry, getting spots out of the clergy’s robes. Now she spent her nights huddled under a cardboard box, hoping to find her next meal in the nearby garbage cans. The kindness of Pastor Percy afforded her an old shawl to cover her shoulders. She felt lost and alone with barely a memory of the comfort of her mother’s arms. Then she met Mr. Jones, a scruffy dog accompanied by an unusual beggar. Bitty sensed something strange about the beggar, something that could change her life. Every night, she prayed for miracles. Could this be the miracle that would save Bitty Brown’s life?