Interview with Velvet Davis, author of Immortal Roots

31 Jul 2018

What can you tell us about your new release, Immortal Roots?

Immortal Roots is a fantasy eco-adventure novel with a hint of sci-fi and a cast of unique and magical characters. It’s a quirky, light-hearted read that begins in the futuristic village of Semadon. The main character dreams that a forest is summoning her, and sets out on an adventure to find out why. In doing so, she puts her career in jeopardy and life on the line.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Since I was a young child I wanted to be an author. It was probably inspired by our weekly family trips to the library. My mother would let us pick the maximum books allowed, and I would leave each week with ten and have them all read by the next Saturday. I’ve just always loved books. I’d ask for blank notebooks as Christmas or birthday presents and would fill them with stories. I still have them all.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Firebird by Susana Kearsley
  3. Fool On The Hill by Matt Ruff
  4. Tracks by Louise Erdrich
  5. The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My first guest would be Neil Gaiman. I would ask him which god in America Gods was his favorite to write and why. I’m curious to know since I had such vivid pictures of them in my head while reading the book.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is that sometimes the story comes together like magic. Or maybe it’s just your subconscious at work that makes everything fit together in the end. It happens with characters too. Sometimes they have a life of their own and do things toward the end of a story that you unintentionally foreshadowed earlier on.

What is a typical day like for you?

I usually start out with coffee and some exercise, since I desperately need both to wake up. Then I write for the rest of the morning. I spend the afternoon working on marketing and outreach, the business side of being an author. After dinner, I allow myself some free time which can include anything from surfing the web to spending time with my family. I try to end the day with yoga and a good book.

What scene in Immortal Roots was your favorite to write?

I loved writing all the scenes involving the Archaics, particularly the ones with Oc~ea’s children because things go very wrong in a dangerous yet innocent kind of way.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I have three words that drive me: Passion, Patience, Perseverance.

Velvet Davis is the author of the new book Immortal Roots

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