Featured Interview With Michael E. Davis
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Omaha, NE, where I grew up in the Omaha Home for Boys (the basis for my book, Almost An Orphan). I now live in Seattle with my wife, Gale, and our two old Bengal cats, Casey (almost 16) and Zeppelin (ZZ – almost 19). We enjoy theater, food, wine, and music, and I like to chase little white balls around a pasture.
I embraced writing while still employed with the notion that I would be a writer in retirement and perhaps supplement my retirement income. How being an author found its way onto my list of possible pursuits in retirement, I can't explain to this day. I embarked on my quest for the skills needed to be a writer, mostly self-taught, but supplemented by a course in Advanced Commercial Fiction at the University of Washington. It is not only a decision I have never regretted, but writing has filled a void in my life, but that's another story.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I'm not sure at what age I embraced reading. I was forced to read as a boy, but I don't recall having a love of books back then, but that training paid benefits all through my life. I eventually became an avid reader, going through phases of different genres like SciFi, adventure, etc. I never got into westerns or romance, but most everything else is fair game if well written.
Now, to a large extent, I depend on Gale to forward books she's read. She reads a lot of history, narrative and academic, and novels. She has read more books than anyone I've ever known, and she has excellent taste in books. She tends to keep my bathroom library filled.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I'm not sure I have a favorite genre to read; if it's well written, I'm probably going to enjoy it. As for authors, they are numerous, but some names that come to mind are Erik Larson, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Jo Nesbo, and Sherman Alexie. There are many more, but memory and space preclude an all-inclusive list.
I've found that any good writer can inspire my writing.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I have two books that I release simultaneously.
Almost An Orphan – My Life: Step By Misstep is my autobiography. Shortly before my fifth birthday, I lived with my grandmother when I was "abducted" and moved to a home for homeless boys, where I would spend the next ten years. The life lessons and adventures there were many. I met my mother at age thirteen and went out into the world altogether unprepared to begin my journey full of mistakes and a few successes.
My other book is, Fog Banks in Time. This book is a collection of short stories I've written over the years. I wrote my first short story in the 1990s as part of learning the craft of writing. I courageously entered it in the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference contest in the late 1990s and finished in the top ten. That helped me believe in calling myself a writer. Over the years, I've written a dozen or so short stories when ideas popped into my head, and I decided to publish them as a collection.
I am rewriting something I did a few years ago titled Religilution, The Evolution of Religion, and I hope to have that out early in 2022. I'm also working on a play, and have a few other ideas rattling around in my head.
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