Today, I’m interviewing an exciting author of young adult and new adult novels, Jennifer Anne Davis. Jennifer’s first novel, The Voice, was released earlier this year by Lands Atlantic Publishing. Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Jennifer’s e-book. Jennifer, tell us about your novel.
During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.
Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works—until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build.
Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it’s the same voice that she turns to—a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.
Gripping and tastefully told, The Voice is a story of healing, trust, and courage.
Wow! That sounds like a great book. I think stories like this can help people learn to grow beyond the hardships life can deal. Tell us how it is you became an author. What was your journey?
I’ve always written stories. I just never considered writing as a career. In high school, I had this dream that really bothered me. I started writing it down just to get it out of my head. However, I was so busy with school, I never finished it. Again in college, this particular dream kept coming back, and I started writing again. I had such a hard time getting the entire story down on paper though. After the birth of my second child, I decided I had to get this story out. I started writing every single night. A few months later, the story was done. However, that was just the beginning. I started attending writing conferences and meeting other writers. I realized I had no idea what I was doing, and while the idea of my story was good, it was poorly executed.
So I started reading. I read like crazy. And I fell in love with young adult novels. In one year alone, I read over two hundred books. When I felt like I had a grasp on the genre, I decided to write a YA book. I took a month or two to come up with a story line, and The Voice was created. It took four months to write, and eight months to revise. Then it took about a year to find a publisher.
And that first story? Well, I’ve since turned it into a new adult novel. I hope to publish it in the future (now that I actually know what I’m doing).
Where we can find your book, website, and FB page?
Some of my previous blogs were about the continuous increase in e-book sales over the last few years. Your book is available in both e-book and print. Approximately what percentage of copies of The Voice are e-book sales? Do you think print will always be important? Why?
When my book first came out, approximately 80% of my sales were paperback, and 20% were ebooks. Of course all of my family and friends purchased the paperback right away! Now, the numbers are the exact opposite. My ebook sales are more like 90% and paperbacks are only 10% of my sales. The numbers shock me! I knew ebooks were on the rise, I just didn’t realize the demand was so great.
The fact of the matter is that paperbacks will always be important. But when you look at the price of books, it plays a huge factor into what people buy. If I’m looking to buy a book, and I’m not sure if it’s good or I don’t know the author, I buy an ebook. Why? Because it’s less expensive. If I end up not liking it, no big deal. I can justify spending $3.99 for an ebook but it’s hard to justify $18 for a hardback that I’ll only read once. However, if it’s a book that I love or an author I adore, I want the print book for my library. I love to hold a book in my hands.
Jennifer, it’s been a pleasure talking to you. I’m always pleased to meet authors who are willing to write from such an emotional place. I can’t wait to read you next novel! Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Jennifer’s e-book.