Indie Author Spotlight: Siobhan Davis

Monday, March 21, 2016

 
 
Hello lovelies welcome to a new feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there!
 
 
Today sixth installment and feature is Siobhan Davis author of   True Calling Series & Saven Series  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Siobhan Davis
 
 
 
 
About The Author
 
Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.

A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
 
 
Siobhan Davis Social Media Sites
 



 
 
 
 
 
Siobhan Davis Book/s & All Purchase Links Of Her Books
 
TRUE CALLING (True Calling #1) BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:
 
 
 
 

LOVESTRUCK (True Calling #1.5) BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:

 

 
 
 

BEYOND REACH (True Calling #2) BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:

 

 
 
 
 
LIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS (True Calling #2.5) BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:
 
 
 
 
 
DESTINY RISING (TRUE CALLING #3) BOOK PURCHASE LINKS
 
 
 
 
 


TRUE CALLING SERIES BUNDLE BUY ALL 5 BOOKS IN ONE BOXSET PLUS ADDITIONAL BONUS CONTENT
 
 
 
 
SEVEN: DECEPTION (Saven #1) BOOK PURCHASE LINKS
 
Amazon 


 
 
 
 
Author Interview:
 
 
 
1. Have you always wanted to be a writer growing up in Ireland? What types of stories
do you enjoy most?
 
A: I’ve always loved reading and writing and books are my favourite form of escapism.
English and History were two of my best subjects in school and I studied History in college.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been daydreaming and imagining stories in my head. In
some ways, I think I’m much more comfortable in the fictional world than in the real world.
Anyway, I got caught up in my career, and then after I got married I was also juggling a
hectic family life, so my ambitions had to take a backseat, though, I was always writing –
whether it was connected with my corporate life or as a hobby. I actually wrote True Calling
years ago and never did anything with it until last year when the timing finally felt right to
pursue my dream.
I enjoy the YA and NA genre the most, but I’m also an avid reader of crime/thrillers and I’m a
big fan of Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen.
 
 
 
 
 
2. What drew you to YA dystopian novels as a genre besides the incredible commercial
success of books like Twilight and the Hunger Games?
 
A: I love the blending of action, adventure, swoon-worthy romance and life–or–death type
scenarios, and kick-ass or strong-willed heroines that are typical of the YA books I read. I
enjoy YA science fiction, dystopian and fantasy more so than contemporary YA, in the main. I
also tend to really enjoy the writing style of the many talented authors who write in this
genre. Some of my favourite authors are Jennifer L. Armentrout, Wendy Higgins, Susan
Kaye Quinn, Marie Lu, Jospehine Angelini, Laini Taylor, Marissa Meyer, and Amy A. Bartol,
to mention a few.
 
 
3. What inspired/sparked the premise of your True Calling novel? Did you always intend
to write it as a three-part series or did it evolve?
 
A: It all started with a dream—just not my own. Like a lot of my generation, I got hooked on
Twilight in 2009 and was fascinated to hear how Stephenie Meyer felt compelled to write the
series on the basis of the now-infamous dream. Dreams have always captivated me and I
started thinking a lot about their meaning and whether our dreams have the power to change
our lives (not just metaphorically speaking). I wondered a lot about her ‘meadow dream’; probably more than was normal. Who sent her that dream? And why? And did someone (or
something) plant that seed knowing full well that it would lead her on a path to a significant
life-altering experience? And what are dreams anyway? A malfunction of our brain? An
unconscious message from our inner selves? A medium for receiving messages from
others? My thoughts jumbled around like this for weeks, and my idea started to grow from
this silent analysis and developed from there.
I always intended to write it as a Trilogy, however, I hadn’t intended on writing a short story
and Novella as part of the series. It felt natural for me to write Lovestruck after I wrote True
Calling as I wanted to give the reader a glimpse into Cal’s head, because he isn’t a narrator
in the first two books. Beyond Reach ends on a massive cliff hanger and I knew it would be
unfair to make the readers wait another four months to discover the conclusion, so I wrote
Light of a Thousand Stars, to help bridge the gap between publications. It also felt important
to provide the backstory to Ariana and Zane’s love affair and Team Zane fans had been
begging me to write it!
     
 
4. How challenging was it to create realistic (and imperfect) characters and a love
triangle between Cal, Zane, and Ariana?
 
 
A: While my characters are fictional, I wanted to portray them as realistically as possible, and
that meant ensuring they had strengths as well as weaknesses. I’m quite structured in my
writing process and I always create a character bible at the outset of a series, and add to it
with each book. This maps out the character in detail – personality traits, physical
characteristics, and likely actions to certain key plot points. I also identify actors/models who
match the image of the characters in my head and I put their pictures up in my office. During
difficult scenes, I find that looking at the physical manifestation of my fictional characters
helps me to stay in their head and understand their motivations and drivers in that particular
scene.
The situations they were placed in created some natural conflict and tension and it was fun
to test my characters, and have each of them act ‘out of character’ at least once. For
example, Zane conceals something in Beyond Reach which we would never expect him to
do. However, he was getting increasingly desperate, and though he’s a mature, level-headed
guy most of the time, he is still prone to bouts of jealousy. Up to that point, Zane had been
almost faultless in his love and support of Ariana. I wanted to show that he wasn’t perfect,
that he did have some flaws.The love triangle was challenging insofar as it involved so much heightened emotion. When
you consider everything else the characters are dealing with on top of the romantic drama, it
led to some emotionally charged scenes and decisions. I wanted to stay true to the
characters as much as I could while writing this and I constantly had to question and
challenge myself to ensure they were acting as naturally as possible in each scene/situation.
I really love getting into the nitty-gritty of the human mind and exploring that love-hate line
that often exists within intense romantic relationships. All three characters’ experience that
fine line at some point in the series.
 
 
 
5. Your secondary characters were also rich and engaging to me – no easy feat, I know! What is the key to creating believable characters?
 
 
 
A: Thank you for that lovely feedback! Again, my character bible is an invaluable tool. I map out
all secondary characters using the same process I apply to the main characters, though not
to the same level of detail as they don’t play as big a role. I give due consideration to what is
going on in that characters world and how that interconnects and impacts the main
characters. Reviewing that character’s personality traits on a continual basis helps me
understand them and ensure that they are reacting appropriately in each scene. If one
character has a challenging scene, and I’m unsure how they will react, I find it helpful to pick
three or four other (different) characters and map out how each of them would react to that
situation. That helps me keep a clear head in terms of how the character in the scene would
naturally react.
For me, bringing everything to a base emotional level really helps me relate to my
characters.
 
 
 
 
6. World building is an important part of fantasy writing. What did you draw upon for ideas and inspiration when creating your futuristic view of Earth and Planet Novo?
 
 
A:I relied hugely on my imagination and drew inspiration from other movies and books and the
world around me. The two worlds in the True Calling series are vastly different, as one is a
Utopian-type environment and the setting on Earth is dystopian. I pictured them as complete
extremes and that helped to shape the different settings. My husband is also a fantastic
sounding board and if I’m struggling to visualize something I run it past him, and we discuss
it at length, and then I find I’m brimming with new ideas. He’s like my own personal creative
coach.
 
 
 
 
7. Without giving away the ending, did you consider a different ending for Ariana than the one you ultimately wrote?
 
 
A: Yes and no. She was always going to end up with that life because I wanted the
underlying message to be about female empowerment – that you can have it all even when
it seems impossible or unachievable and when you don’t even realise what it is you seek
until you have found it. She was always destined to end up with that boy. However, when I
was plotting the final book at the start of writing the series, the manner in which they ended
up together was going to be vastly different due to events which impacted the other boy (I
know it sounds like I am speaking in riddles but I’m so conscious of not inadvertently spoiling
any of the plot points!) If I had stuck with that initial concept it would have changed things up
considerably. When I sat down to write Destiny Rising, it didn’t feel like the right path to
achieve the outcome I had planned, in part because the story organically developed in a way
I hadn’t expected, and also because I had gotten hugely attached to the other boy and I
wanted to give him his HEA. In the end, I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.
I had an idea recently to write an alternative Destiny Rising, that is, if Ariana had chosen the
other boy instead how would things have panned out? I often think about that in my own life.
Where or what would I be doing now if I had chosen differently at key points in my life? I find
that notion intriguing. I ran my idea past my Street Team and my ARC Team and they are all
unanimously in favour of me writing it. If demand continues, I will write it.
 
 
 
 
8. What one aspect of writing these books would you have done differently if you could? You can speak to the writing aspects or publishing.
 
 
A: I wouldn’t change a thing with regards to the characters or the plot and I’m very happy
with how the series turned out. However, I was very green when it came to the whole
promotion and marketing side of the publishing industry, and if I had my time over I would
have been smarter in some of my decisions I made. They do say you live and learn though!
There are a few brilliant books I’ve read recently on publishing and marketing which I wished
I had read a year ago.
 
 
 
9. Any advice for other novelists out there staring out?
 
A: Never stop believing in yourself. Read a lot. Write a lot. But don’t forget to live your life
because you need to draw on life experiences as an author.
 
 
 
10. What’s next for you in terms of writing projects?
 
 
A: I have just released Saven Deception, which is book one of my new YA series. It is
another science fiction romance series, though the premise is almost the complete opposite
of the premise in my True Calling series, and this time there are some hot aliens in the mix!
The remaining books will follow in 2016, with the second book, Saven Disclosure already
scheduled for release on April 21st. I am also writing a New Adult spin-off to my True Calling
series featuring Lily and Deacon Skyee. Thereafter, my next YA series will be fantasy
featuring gods, angels, and demons. I also have an idea for a YA contemporary romance
and a historical fiction series. Watch this space!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog, Katiria. It was fun!

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    1. You Are Very welcome Siobhan and Thank you so much for being part of my new feature for this month! :D

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