Imagining Happy, fiction, Issue 30, March 1, 2015
Birthday? March 14
When did you start writing? I wrote poems in elementary school, but didn't start writing short stories and novel-length fiction until after college. Academia appears to have sucked the imagination out of my brain in those intervening years and I was too busy studying to do much else. I was one of those students that practically have the course syllabi tattooed on their arm.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was a poem in one of those awful vanity publishing poem anthologies that were so ubiquitous in the 90s. I think that book is being used as a doorstop somewhere in my mom's house now. Years and years later, I contributed a short story to an anthology called RIPPLE EFFECT, whose proceeds went to help rebuild the libraries in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
What themes do you like to write about? I write YA and MG fiction for the most part. Books were my lifeline throughout school and those same books still fascinate me today. The stories we fall in love with when we are young are the stories we remember forever. I also really love the huge diversity in the YA genre, both in theme, characters and subject. Because of that diversity I write whatever catches my fancy and there isn't a common theme between any of my stories or novels.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I'm a voracious reader. In any give year I'll read between 100-150 books ranging from YA, to Urban Fantasy to Non-fiction. I've fallen in love with hundreds of books over the years. The ones that had that greatest impact on my life, however, are the Harry Potter books. I began writing as an adult because of the Harry Potter series and it completely changed how and what I read. My fascination with children's literature and YA is also due in large part to those books. Beyond that, some of my favorite authors include Scott Westerfeld, Laini Taylor, Richelle Mead, Diana Wynne Jones and Jim Butcher. There are many, many more.
A programmer by day, J.C. Davis writes YA fiction, the occasional short story and has far too many hobbies to keep up with. She's a second-generation book addict with no intention of ever recovering. Mrs. Davis lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, two kids and a hedgehog named Percy Jackson. You can follow her on twitter @jcdavis-author or visit her website, www.jcdavis-author.com, to read more of her work and for general silliness.