About the book by Chip Davis (and see our mini-interview below)
Paranormal, Humor 89 Pages
At the time of posting, Chip is offering up this fun read for free!
Tonya has an unusual passion for books, even for a librarian. When her books are harmed she takes it personally. When people turn up dead over damaged books, there are questions to answer. When the killer is a weresquirrel, the questions become more confusing.
There is a certain pretentiousness in classical literature. Elegant writing filled with meaning both astounding and sublime. This is not that. Not horrific enough to be horror, nor humorous enough to be comedy, welcome to Chip’s Dollar Dreadfuls. There may not be any fundamental truths, but there will be blood…so much blood.
Offering his work for free? Why should Chip do such a thing from Thursday, July 21st through Monday July 25th
I think he dislikes odd numbers. That number thirty-three on the number of the book’s reviews is getting to him. Why not take a read, and leave a review and put him out of his misery. Thirty-four sounds so much more, even.
We asked Chip some tough questions, but he was up to the task.
What book do you have on your shelf that you go to over and over for help on writing technique/ craft. Why do you find this one so helpful?
I have several books on writing and writing for YA, all gathering dust on my shelves. I get more from reading James Michener and Louis L’amour than anything else. They are different from each other, but they both are very true to historic people, events, and places within their fiction. I love that about them. If they say there is a well at some location in the desert, you could go there and find it, or where it was.
What book have you loved/ kept from your youth? What made you fall in love with it?
I am not ashamed to admit this, it is Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan. I’m a trekkie from the day Star Trek was born, and this is Star Trek and more.
What is the latest book you are reading? What drew you to it?
I have been reading several short stories by Steven King, to get me in the proper mindset for a few of my upcoming books.
What cookbook is your favorite and why?
I hate them, I hate them all. I’m not allowed in the kitchen unsupervised. I am not allowed to open a new can of coffee or new box of cereal, and I’m certainly not allowed to touch the cookbooks!
What other hobbies/interests do you enjoy (other than reading/writing)?
I love travel and photography. My dream is to travel for my Trail of the Raven books, and do my photography on those trips. I spent some time in Haiti researching my first book in the series, I’m not sure I can swing it for the next, but who knows?
What is your next book about?
I have an obnoxious number of books started, the second book of the Trail of the Raven series, Trail of the Raven, Brazil, the next Dollar Dreadful is about finding bigfoot, or more accurately Yowie in 1920’s Australia, but I have a short story I promised for an anthology, so that will have to be next. That one is a fact based fiction set in Suriname. I can only hope the other stories leave me alone long enough to write it. I have this fellow in my head, Stubby McGee, private eye, who keeps interrupting me.
About the Author
Chip discovered a passion for travel as a boy when his family moved from Arkansas to Kenya for two years as missionaries. He continued moving regularly as an adult, working construction jobs across several states, until having two school-aged sons dictated that he settle down. Fast forward through 15 years of structural design, the boys are grown and it is time to travel once again.
Chip’s dream is to become like Jack, the main character in his books. He will be traveling, learning new cultures and places, and looking for ways to help people along the way. This, in turn, will fuel the books to come.