Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jo Davis on the Domestic Side

Today my guest is author Jo Davis,  who is currently on a Domestic Seduction Tour in Houston,  as well as on virtual book tour with Authors Supporting Authors.  Please give her a warm welcome while we take a look at the Domestic side.

Thank you for being with us today....

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I am Jonita Davis, writing under the name Jo Davis. My books Domestics and Michigan City Marinas are available now where books are sold. I have an English degree from Purdue University that I use it to work as a freelance writer--the job that pays the bills.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I began writing at a young age. My very first publication was a self published book entitled Gloria Gooddoctor. It was a class project on publishing. As a teen, I wrote poems. I didn't begin writing fiction until I was in my 20's. Actually, my decision to become a writer occurred in 2004 when I decided to follow my dream and enroll as an English major at Purdue.

How many books have you written? 

Two and one is in the editing stage.

In writing Domestics, what did you learn about yourself? 

That I really have a knack for the twisted tales. The action scenes came to me easily. This was scary at first, because I was worried what everyone would think of the violence that I created. However, there is a deeper message to the story (the hazards of revenge and domestic abuse awareness) that you can only grasp when taking in the entire story.

How did you come up with the theme to your book?

Domestic violence and domestic work. Domestics was the common thread. FYI, the original working title was Keeping House.

Do you relate to any of your characters in any way?

Domestics is a thriller that follows a tortured main character from the loss of her family to her transformation into an assassin for hire. She targets men like her late husband who violently abuse her and their daughter. This assassin's number is circulated in the grocery stores and hospitals, to women who can't get away from their captures for whatever reason. This assassin's cover is a housekeeping business. When she comes in to clean house--she really puts your house in order. You can buy it on Passionate Writer Publishing's website or where books are sold online.

What was the hardest thing about writing this novel? 

Writing for the reader while keeping the integrity of the story. The reader has to know enough about the book's topics and issues to grasp the plot without giving away key points. This is especially difficult in writing mysteries.

What was the thing you enjoyed the most about writing Domestics?

Thinking up the assassinations. I will probably catch flack for this, but the assassination scenes were my favorite because they were easy and fun to write.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? 

I've met tons of people that I would have never rubbed shoulders with and traveled outside of the local area. I am also writing more, and getting closer to my dream of supporting myself entirely with my writing.

Are you working on anything right now? 

Yes, Carrying On is my current novel that is in the editing stage. It is about a newly single mother who comes home to her very complicated family. She is roped into helping clear the name of her hometown's only female city council member. With the help of her criminally proficient cousin, she investigates murder, bails her brother out of jail, all while trying to maintain a stable environment for her children--and their adventurous pet ferret Fred.

What advice can you give to newly aspired writers? 

Write and finish the novel. The battle is half over when that manuscript is done. Then, proofread like crazy! Get work in the writing field to ehlp hone your skill.

How can your fans get in touch with you? Do you have a website? Facebook? Myspace? Twitter?

How is the Domestic Seduction Tour and your Virtual Book Tour going? 

Great! I am doing this interview from Houston, Texas, where I am at the national Black Book Festival. It is the current stop on the tour. My tourmate Omegia Keeys and I have met so many great people

Any other events you can tell us about? 

The next stop on the tour is the Indianapolis Black Expo. Look to www.domestic

What is one thing your readers may be surprised to know about you? 

I am very absent minded.  Sometimes it is super easy to get distracted. Super easily for me.

Thank you so much for being with us today. I wish you much success, and please stop back anytime to
keep us updated.  Please be sure to leave a comment for Jo here today for your chance to win a copy of her book Domestics,  and follow her tour leaving a comment at each pit stop for more chances to win.

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