Interview with Alex Thomas Davis

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am primarily a songwriter, having written 50 albums (40 acoustic and 10 EDM). My tagline is The King Of Melancholy so that gives you a clue as to the type of music!

I also have a degree in Journalism/TV. And famously didn’t turn up to accept it and tore it up when it came through the post. (I was hanging out with rock n rollers at the time 🙂 )

I wrote my 1st children’s poetry this year (2017) and have now completed 4 with 3 more to follow this / next year. The books revolve around the characters Baby Crow and Baby Pigeon who are mischievous and fun. They are 100% poetry, and have hit the top 50 on Amazon Charts for Children’s Poetry. (Yes next to Dr Seuss and Benjamin Zephaniah!)

I am currently working on Baby Crow & Baby Pigeon’s A-Z of Popular Music Volume Two (L-Z). The two books in this mini series are an epic journey into music where every decent band and artist has a poem.

What inspired you to wrote children books?

After writing 50 albums and not getting THAT much success (I’ve only played live once and find it all a bit fiddly!) – I still found myself wanting to write so thought that this would be perfect for me. What inspired me? I always liked Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and thought hmm if only I could make that rhyme! But to be honest writing is just in me, as someone once said recently, if you’re a writer it’s a sin to stop writing.

My stuff is very different from anything you have ever read before. (with no influences that’s the idea anyway!)

Do you think in the future you will want to write something for another audience maybe a juvenile one?

Yes I’m currently working on a poetry book for adults called The New Poet Laureate Volume One. Here’s a snippet called The Starlings..(all the poems are very different from one another)

The Starlings

As tetchy as a Monday morning
The starlings peck at yellow awnings
Trust a tit to come a calling
Just a flit will send them falling

As jumpy as a startled cricket
The starlings tear a used train ticket
Just a confused garden thicket
Trust an amused bird to pick it

As edgy as a springer spaniel
The starlings never really settle
Trust a finch to lose the battle
Just a flinch sends scattered petals

As nervy as a mental breakdown
The starlings seem to love a meltdown
Just a row of peanuts spill down
Trust a crow to win the war zone

As sketchy as a Sunday tabloid
The starlings act like they’re on steroids
Trust the air flow in their fast wings
Just an air show for the millions

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers or have plans to?

No all my books are poetry not novels. Novels don’t interest me. I don’t read at all. And I cheated on my English A-level.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always written. I won a poetry contest when I was 10 between 4 primary schools.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Sort of in between! 🙂 I write about 2-4 hours per day

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

Absolutely see where an idea takes you. Though you have to of course have a premise

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

Nope

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I prefer good ones 🙂 (I’ve only had one so far and it was a rave review!)

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Visit my author page on Amazon, or visit my website www.alexthomasdavisbooks.wordpress.com or my like my facebook page alexthomasdavisbooks for regular updates!

4 Comments

  1. empressdj

    I always enjoy visiting your blog, you have variety and style!

    Reply
    • Joselyn Raquel

      Thanks honey, I try hard to have a little something for everyone =)

      Reply
  2. Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

    I love that he was so honest about hating novels and cheating on his exam! This is part of what makes your blog so great. You make sure that it isn’t just your interests, but encompasses all of the interests of your readers. I really admire that.

    Reply
  3. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I can visualize the ‘tearing his degree’ when he received it by post. Should have been hilarious then. Well, as long as he doesn’t reget it 😉

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

    Reply

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