Thomas Davidson is the author of the quirky thrillers, THE MUSEUM OF SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCES and PAST IS PRESENT. His nonfiction has appeared in The Boston Phoenix, and is excerpted in the national bestseller, Missing Beauty, by crime writer Teresa Carpenter. His short fiction has appeared in Mudrock: Stories and Tales, The American Drivel Review, A Twist of Noir, and Powder Burn Flash. His humor column appeared at The Electronic Drivel Review, ADR’s online supplement.
Tom lives and writes in…well…body in Boston, heart in Detroit, head in clouds.
What inspires you to write?
If I learned the answer to that, I’d collapse, be shoved into the back of an ambulance, and rushed to the hospital while strapped to a gurney. Writers should avoid that question unless they have quality health insurance and no deductibles. I don’t. A brief ambulance ride would send me into financial doom. The thought of that inspires me to never ask what inspires me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
EACH DAY: Alarm clock, shower, banana, coffee, computer, music, stand up/sit down, coffee, stand up/sit down, change music, stand up/sit down, coffee. Also, endless cups of coffee. Until I blow out my stomach from too much caffeine. and begin to shake like a paint-mixer.
I generally fly by the seat of my pants — Trans-Trousers Airlines. A bad day at the desk (and there are many) means I booked passage on a Bo(r)eing 707, and my wasted effort is about to crash-and-burn. All in all, I’m for whatever works. Outline, free-style, who cares? If your best work is the result of drinking turpentine and standing on your head while at the computer – do it. No one’s looking.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They talk to me — when we’re on speaking terms. If they snub me, I snub ’em back by taking a TV break and turning on General Hospital or The Young and the Restless. I’ll turn to my characters and goad them with, “Bet you ain’t nearly as clever and fascinating as these here peeps.” That usually breaks the ice, and everyone gets back to work.
What advice would you give other writers?
THIS: Alarm clock, shower, fruit, coffee, computer, music, stand up/sit down, coffee, stand up/sit down, change music, stand up/sit down, coffee. Also, endless cups of coffee.
NEXT DAY: Alarm clock, shower, fruit, coffee, computer, music, stand up/sit down, coffee, stand up/sit down, change music, stand up/sit down, coffee. Also, endless cups of coffee.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Similar to what happened to the music industry in the 1990s, publishing has undergone a sea change in ways far too numerous to recount here. Where is it all heading? Beats me. But, in a sense, a digital spatula has been inserted into the base of the industry, and flipped it over. Digital books, social media, all of it is having an enormous impact on traditional publishing — editors, agents, distributors, advertisers.
Me, I hopped aboard Amazon and recently released two novels. I arrived at this decision after…endless cups of coffee, and the giddy prospect of never again grinding out another (unanswered) query letter.
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers, None of the above 🙂
What genres do you write?
Thrillers punched with humor
What formats are your books in?