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Getting To Know D.J. Davis Author of WHILE YOU WERE AWAY

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How about we get to know M.S. Keyton a little better?

We asked him a few questions, and hope that you’ll find them revealing.

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?

Good food, good drink, good family, good friends, and writing.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOBIAS?

Heights.  Well, more a phobia of falling from heights…or maybe landing after falling from those heights. 😉  Also not a massive fan of thick crowds.  I guess I like my breathing room and less conversation buzz.  I prefer quieter, intimate surroundings.  With too many people my brain tries to listen to too many conversations at the same time.

WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH?

Fox Mulder.  I too, know the truth is out there, but I can never seem to find it.

NAME YOUR PET PEEVE.

Ooh, I have several.  The latest is someone typing “hey” on an instant message and then not continuing to tell me what they want. I should not have to respond with “what?” for you to continue.  Also, rearranging my kitchen.  It’s that way for a reason.  And people who seem to cackle maddeningly loud in restaurants or other venues just so that they know you heard them find something funny.  There are more, but I’ll stop there.

WHERE DO YOUR IDEAS COME FROM?

The idea fairy stuffs them in my ear hole with a tiny plunger.  Kidding!  I don’t know, really.  I’ve just always had stories popping into my head.  Maybe I’m connected to some massive idea archive and the ideas whiz around in there until one runs into my noggin with an explosion of inspiration, tearing the fabric of Space-Time.

DO YOU SUPPORT ANY CHARITIES? IF NOT, WHAT MIGHT SPARK YOUR PASSION?

I don’t, but if I did, it would probably be the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (I have personal dealings with that illness).  Also cancer or AIDS.  It’s time and past time to nip some of these in the bud.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?

My family.  Truly.  Everything else is just stuff…but cool stuff. 😉

WHAT COULDN’T YOU DO WITHOUT?

See previous answer.  And writing.  I think my head would explode with all the stories in there unable to come out.  Though a good dark roast coffee would be next on the list…and a good stiff drink.  Vodka or Irish Mist.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?

Oh, I have a bunch.  Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan (rip), Linnea Sinclair for her sci-fi, Faith Hunter, David B. Coe/DB Jackson, Misty Massey, AJ Hartley, and too many others to name or this’ll get crazy long.  I’m just a sucker for a well told tale.  Though I’ll mention Michael J. Sullivan too for Theft of Swords.  Got that book in a contest and couldn’t put it down.  And Rachel Aaron for the Legend of Eli Monpress.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HERO OF FICTION?

Tough call.  Very tough.  I’m not sure I have an all-time favorite, but I can point to some pretty awesome ones.  Raistlin Majere and his brother Caramon from the Dragonlance Chronicles.  Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone, one of the most tragic heroes I’ve read.  AJ Hartley’s snarky Will Hawthorne, a most reluctant hero.  Faith Hunter’s Thorn St. Croix.  I guess I’m really drawn to the broken ones. 😉  And all the best heroes are, in some way.

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES IN REAL LIFE?

My wife.  My parents.  People who never quit fighting to rise above their adversity without compromising their morals.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE FIVE?

I’m not sure I remember, honestly, but it was probably a firefighter or astronaut.  Or maybe a superhero.  I was reading comics already at that age.  I remember donning a life preserver under my shirt and stuffing my sleeves with rags and pretending to be the Incredible Hulk.

LAST PURCHASE—BOOK OR OTHERWISE:

Groceries…Gee, that’s boring.  Um, vodka?  Better.  Hm.  The last book, I believe, was Thieftaker by DB Jackson.

FAVORITE MOVIE:

Easy.  Star Wars.  Hands down.  I still get that same feeling I had when I was six in the theater as soon as that music starts.  That wide-eyed, edge of my seat feeling of excitement for what’s to come.  Though, a close second now is Serenity.  Joss Whedon is a master of story and character.  Though you can put me in the camp of, hated “leaf on the wind…”  I’m not ashamed to admit I got teary…and maybe cursed Joss…just a little. 😉

 

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