For May, Sassy Girls Book Expo is pleased to introduce readers to author Azaaa Davis. Azaaa Davis is a writer of urban fantasy novels. She fell in love with reading as a high school freshman and continues to read, write, and draw today. Her background in social work helps her portray realistic characters in otherworldly–and sometimes terrifying–situations. A New York native, Azaaa currently lives in New Hampshire (USA) with her husband and daughter.
She debuts with This Time, A Nadira Holden Novel, about demon hunters, family ties and the magic of love.
Azaa has taken the time to answer a few questions about herself and her work.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: When everyone is asking you what do you want to with the rest of your life, around 17-years-old, I knew I wanted to write novels that dealt with real topics and inspired people to be better. I picked my second passion, helping people with social work, when I went to college. At age 30, I took a leap of faith and started my writing career.
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It takes me about 3 months to actually write all the word down, but closer to six months to gather feedback from beta readers and to rewrite my story until I’m happy with it. Then my professional editor takes over.
Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: I’m busy raising my 1-year-old daughter all day. So, I don’t begin writing until after 9 pm and sometimes I stay up until 3 am. I value my sleep more now and so I’m working on a healthier writing schedule.
Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: Most of my best scenes are written at 1 am in the morning. Also, I never know the ending of my novels until I write it.
Q: How do books get published?
A: I am currently a self-published author.
Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: I’ve always had an active imagination and explored many creative outlets. I’ve also read thousands of fiction books and I enjoy watching fantasy and scifi TV shows and movies. Some ideas are from dreams, some just are what if thought experiments and others are how I would improve a movie or book.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: I went from being a big city girl to loving life in New Hampshire. I like beaches, nature walks, food trucks, learning new things, reaching my goals and spending a lot of time with family and friends.
Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: I’m lucky to have a very supportive network of family and friends both locally and many states away.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: I learned that your first draft is meant to suck! It’s so true. The purpose of draft one is simply to get all the words on the page. Info dump, under describe, use fragments, use run-on sentences, add in place holder names for characters and places. Draft two is when you take your time and work out what you meant to say.
Q: How many books have you written?
A Three so far and hopefully more in the future.
The Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series:
This Time (published 10/2018)
That Night (published 4/2019)
These Moments (to be published)
Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: It sounds cliche but … the more regularly you write the better you will get at writing. So, write often. Also, don’t be so afraid to share your writing. Feedback from readers in your target audience is key to improving your story. I think bate readers are essential to the editing process.
Blurb From This Time:
Not even death can stop her.
Legendary demon hunter Nadira Holden has been torn from her next life and resurrected in present-day New York. The demons she once battled have made peace with humans. Or, so they claim. But brawls between demons and humans are becoming more frequent, and human leaders are disappearing.
Tasked by the shadowy organization that trained her, she must battle her own personal trauma and once again fight for the souls of mankind. Will Nadira remain a beacon of light to those fighting for humankind? Or will she lose her humanity to the darkness within?
Fight with Nadira in a new dark fantasy series that combines monster-slaying action, family drama and steamy romance. A complex heroine with inexhaustible courage and a terrifyingly changed world for urban fantasy fans of Vampire Hunter Anita Blake and Succubus Georgina Kincaid.
“I love this book! In an industry and genre that is notoriously whitewashed, it’s refreshing to read a book centered around a POC character (and not one that is painfully stereotypical).” ―Goodreads Book Reviewer
“For a debut novel, This Time is a remarkable read … The first thing I loved about the book is the characters. The book features diverse characters and while they aren’t all necessarily likable, they’re definitely interesting. I absolutely loved the character of Derek and definitely would love to read more of him in the future. Nadira was slightly more complex and I had a like/annoyed-by relation with her throughout the book. As for the book itself, the writing style and narration of the book were fabulous!”
―Amazon Book Reviewer
Excerpt from This Time:
“Curiosity won over prudence, and she glanced to the left. She took in the sight of two men; both dressed for a night out on the town and both very pale. One guy was older, early forties maybe, leaning against the building with his head tilted back, exposing his throat. He had on shiny black shoes, black slacks, and a stylish navy-blue button up shirt that was undone.
She noticed a ring on his finger and an expression on his face that was equally dazed and scared. The other guy was younger, maybe in his mid-twenties like her. He gave Nadira a scornful look, and she blushed in embarrassment at interrupting what seemed like a lovers’ tryst. She looked away.
It was none of her business what two people did at night. So what if it were two guys feeling each other up in a public place. So what if only one of them wore a wedding band. So what if one guy looked scared and the other guy looked aggressive. That slurping sound meant something intimate was going on that she did not need to see. Except . . . their lips weren’t bruised, and both of their pants were zipped up and belted.
Damn it. Of course she would stumble across a possible vampire feeding.”
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