Check out this author spotlight for Christina Davis!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
My name is Christina Davis, and I enjoy really ridiculous reality TV, I sing to songs even when I don’t know the words, and I met my husband on a blind date. I’ve lived in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, and Spokane (WA), but I settled down with my husband close to where I grew up in Monterey County, California.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Summer
Cat or dog? Dog
Tea or coffee? Coffee (but really both 🙂)
Morning or evening? Evening
Library or museums? Library
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer
Witches or wizards? Witches
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates
Mountains or beaches? Mountains
Plotter or pantser? Plantser?
Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer/phone
Standalone or series? Series
Book or ebook? ebook
Hero or anti-hero? Hero
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Ones with a downtrodden hero or heroine.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write YA epic fantasy with adventure, romance, and a strong female lead. My first book, Born at Dawn, came out in late 2020. It’s the first book in the Da’Valia Trilogy, and it follows teen thief Neva Roberts as she embarks on a journey of self-acceptance. She was taught her whole life to conceal her Da’Valian side, but when a heist goes bad, she can no longer hide her true nature.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My latest release is Blood, Fire & Mercy, the second book of the Da’Valia Trilogy. In it, Neva is a year older and wiser, and she’s living on the run in the desert. When the evil ruler from the first book catches up with her, she strikes a deal to earn her freedom and the safety of her loved ones. The catch? She’ll have to pull off an impossible job on a prison island, escape, and return before her blood oath expires.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
Great question. I took a lot of anthropology classes in college, so things like the Da’Valia’s matriarchal society, Djinn characters, and the religious aspects in my books came from those. Otherwise, objects in museums, street signs, and overhearing conversations also spark my imagination.
As for fictional influences, Tamora Pierce, Richelle Mead, Garth Nix, Anne Bishop, Kristen Britain, Brandon Sanderson, Jennifer Roberson, and Lilith Saintcrow are few of the authors that influenced me as a young person.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
My writing routine revolves around social writing. I have several close writer friends, and I arrange one writing day a week with each of them. We usually chat, do a writing spint for a set amount of time, chat again, and do another writing sprint. And, of course, there’s often chocolate and caffeine involved.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Stop pantsing and start plotting! I would have saved so much time. But, really, I have to realize that writing is an artform that improves with practice and that everytime I do a structured rewrite of something I wrote by the seat of my pants, that’s me learning my craft.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!