Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with 'Fairly Certain' Deborah Ann Davis

DEBORAH ANN DAVIS has been writing since she was assigned to keep a Journal in her 5th grade English class. She began to look around for writing inspiration. Lo and behold, she found her world was full of funny stories just waiting to be told. As she grew older, occasionally she could manipulate one into some school assignment, but it never occurred to her to pursue writing, not even when she discovered her flare for telling stories at college parties.

After a string of college majors, she realized she could have a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As it turns out, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? Then there's the added bonus that once kids know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh.

Go figure.

In addition to Writing, she is also an Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer. She taught for 25+ years, although somewhere in the middle of all that educating, she stepped out of teaching for 6 years to do the Mommy Thing, and run the office for their family construction company.

Even though they had followed separate paths, Deborah reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart, twelve years after their first kiss.  Together they coached their daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years their daughter and their money went to college.

They currently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. She enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. She promotes increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on Merry Meddling.

Remember, you can do anything if you set your mind to it— including becoming an author at any age— but it’s way more fun if you are grinning back when the Universe smiles down on you.

Deborah’s latest book is the new adult novel, Fairly Certain.
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About the Book:

What happens when a Computer Geek challenges a Medieval Outlaw?

PETIR TAKES A ROUGH TUMBLE IN THE CONNECTICUT WOODS, and awakens in the middle of old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow… and arrow. In his college world, fair maiden types don’t ordinarily go for computer geek
types, but for some reason, he is no longer in his world. Petir’s fairly certain he can try whatever he wants without consequence… but the fair maiden isn’t playing fair.

WITH THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE ROYALS ESCALATING, MAID RIANNE has joined the outlaws hiding in the woods, outwardly defying the handsome and accomplished knight to whom she is promised. She is fairly certain she is simply flattered by Lord Petir’s uncensored admiration of her skills with the staff and bow, the same unmaidenly pursuits disdained by her knight. But, that doesn’t explain her reaction to Lord Petir’s unguarded gaze.

TO PETIR’S DELIGHT, AND MAID RIANNE’S DISMAY, the outlaws invite him to join their merry band. What better way to get close to her? Throwing caution to the wind, Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne. It’s fun and games, until Maid Rianne is captured by the enemy. Now, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue a fair maiden who has become much more than fair game.

“Adorably romantic!”   An absolutely fun, adorable, romantic read that will thoroughly entertain you, no ifs, ands, or buts! The plot was extremely unique and I l-o-v-e-d just how unusual it was. It was thoughtfully planned out and written with a smooth glide, seemingly effortless on the author’s part. The ending was surprisingly unexpected and I’m thinking I really, really like this new-to-me-author, Ms. Deborah Ann Davis! I’m already anxiously awaiting her next book. Don’t miss Fairly Certain or I’m completely certain you’ll be upset you did!
-- Review by bookshellz

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Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

I went to a Renaissance Faire in Guilford, CT. I interviewed the boot maker, the blacksmith, a weaver, and a spinner of yarn that she dyed herself. Of course, at the time I didn’t know I was researching a book, or that I was interviewing them. I was just curious. In the middle of it all, the plot of my book suddenly appeared.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I decided to do it all myself. It’s been a fantastic learning experience, one that unexpectedly ramped up my speaking career. I now do presentations called “The Audacity of Indie Publishing.”

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like?

I hired a formatter, Kate Richards from Wizards in Publishing. She and her crew have been fantastic. I originally hired them to do my editing because I knew how important it is to have your work professionally edited.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

I asked around, and checked out similar books at the bookstores.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

Yes, but it never works out. I try to have the book ready a couple of months before I go on a book tour, but you know what happens to the best laid plans. Even now, I’m supposed to go on the Novel Fun in the Summer Sun Book Tour on Cape Cod in two weeks. Most likely “Fairly Certain” will be ready for pick up from the printer 3 days before I leave, but “Fairly Safe” won’t be ready…and it’s supposed to be launched on this book tour. And, my original intention was to do the PUYB Virtual Book Tour with “Fairly Safe” but that’s been pushed back a month. Oh well, it all comes out in the wash.

How did you choose your cover?

Becca E. Davis, aka my cherub, did the original design, and Roxy Ryan produced the cover. I originally wanted the cover to be different from the others, but it turns out that YA covers are a mixed bag.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

Yes to both. I am afflicted with The Never Ending Edit Curse. Every time I look at my book, I want to tweak it.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book? 

Since I don’t have a traditional publisher providing me with an advance, my Swag Budget was sunk into paying for the book cover design, the editing, the printing, the ISBNs, etc.

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

It scares me to market free books, however I’m happy to use them for prizes in contests, donate them to school libraries where I used to teach, and donate them to the libraries in the towns I’ve lived in.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

Proofread; hire professionals.
Use a reputable printer. If you can, hire locally. My printer is 90 minutes away. My car uses a lot less gas than a delivery truck.
Get reviews!

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

Start the next book.
Stop editing it.
Ramp up your promotions.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?

I hired a wonderful company, PUYB, with a wonderful woman, Dorothy, to help me get my name out there. I used LinkedIn to find people to review my book. I got a college kid to help me set up Pinterest and Hootsuite. I began a quarterly newsletter, Merry Meddling this year. I sell my book at events set up by CAPA and APSS, and I’m going on my second Book Tour the last two weeks of July. Personally, I find the promotions the most difficult part of Indie Pubbing.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

The third book in the Love of Fairs series, “Fairly Obvious” should be done this year. I’d like to sell it as a set along with “Fairly Certain” and “Fairly Safe.”  In an unrelated arena, I am writing the upcoming workbook for teenage girls, whose working title is “Girl’s Guide to Good Guys: The Power of Being Patient and Picky.”

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

If you like to laugh, if you enjoy quirky characters, and if an unexpected twist at the end keeps you coming back for more, you will love “Fairly Certain.” I love connecting with readers, so please let me know how you liked the book. You can reach me at my website, http://DeborahAnnDavis.com .

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting Fairly Certain today! I love hearing from participants, so if you have any questions, ask away.
    Have fun today!
    Deborah Ann Davis