Known for his colorful detail and powerful imagery, Bryan Davis has won the hearts of adults and children alike with his fantasy series Dragons In Our Midst and Oracles of Fire. His writing sets the reader’s senses on hyperdrive into a world of imagination.
But, not only does he delve into the magic of weaving Authurian legends in with dragons and the Bible (yeah, just think about it ;-), or arrest readers’ attention with his YA mysteries where ‘good battles evil in an alternate universe.”, but he also has several nonfiction books out too.
One is entitled Spit and Polish For Husbands. I just like the sound of that one 😉
Framed around the story of redemption, Bryan details the lives of his characters with palpable descriptions and remarkable imagery. His imagination must be outstanding. In his series Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire, readers follow the journey of dragons throughout time, from creation, and how their stories interweave into the lives of men in history.
These stories aren’t only meant for kids, though my 12 year old has read all eight books more than 5 times each. Adults will enjoy them too – especially fantasy lovers.
To learn more about his amazing books, check out his website at:
or his website for his Dragons in Our Midst series
Now for some Q & A:
Who is your favorite hero &/or heroine from any book you’ve written (They don’t have to be from the same novel) and why are they your favorites?
Heroine – Bonnie Silver from the Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire series. Although Bonnie has doubts and fears, she overcomes them and walks by faith. My hope was that she would be a great model of feminine virtue and that readers would want to follow in her footsteps. That hope has been fulfilled. I have received hundreds of emails from girls who have told me that they want to be just like Bonnie.
Hero – John Hanson from the standalone novel “I Know Why the Angels Dance”
Read a review of Raising Dragons here:
What is the behind-the-scenes story behind these two characters? Where did you get your ideas for them?
Bonnie was really an afterthought. I wrote the first draft of Raising Dragons without her in the story. When I read the story through, it felt empty. It needed a strong feminine presence, but not just any female, it needed someone who had suffered greatly but had overcome her trials by faith. It is sometimes said that suffering polishes gems. That’s what I wanted to portray. Bonnie is a gem.
John Hanson is a father who lives by logic and reason, and when he is faced with having to console people who have lost Christian loved ones, he doesn’t comprehend their pain. If a Christian dies, he or she has gone to the greatest place possible. Any grieving must be selfish. This is his logical conclusion. So when he tries to console the atheist father of a departed daughter who had recently become a Christian, John’s attempts fail miserably.
I like John, because he is willing to listen and learn, even when what he is hearing contradicts the logical strictures he has placed in the way. He allows love to mold him. He allows experience to break the blockade. In other words, although he holds steadfastly to what he believes, he is not foolishly stubborn. For me, he is the model of a Christian father, like many fathers, who has ideals founded on a combination of faith and reason. When he cannot perceive clearly enough to fit all the pegs in the proper holes, he allows love to triumph. I wrote John as somewhat of a reflection of myself. He is not exactly me, but he learns some of the same things I learned through my years of fatherhood.
Another great review of Bryan’s books:
Thanks so much for visiting us today, Bryan. I can’t wait for your new book Inner Starlight to come to the bookstores 🙂
Character Creation Tip:
Imagination. Sometimes stepping ‘outside the box’ and trying to give your characters quirks, differences, specific challenges, brings them to life or makes them unique. We have to use our imaginations to dream up ideas bigger than the norm. Remember, memorable characters have a hint of larger-than-life quality to them, which requires imagination.
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