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Milton J. Davis

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photograph, Milton J. Davis, courtesy of the author; 220x286

Milton J. Davis

Milton J. Davis is an American author who writes about characters not seen enough in speculative fiction. His first book, was, he says, "a homage to African culture, spirituality and tradition".

He produced an anthology of SF & F that he called Steamfunk - "African and African American-inspired Steampunk".

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

It has somewhat. There are a few books and stories I probably would not have written if it wasn't for reader feedback. But still, I have to want to write a story for it to happen.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

There is a particular reader who is very persistent about a certain character in my Changa's Safari series. Because of his enthusiasm I commissioned artwork of the character and I'm seriously thinking about writing a story featuring him.

book cover, Amber and the Hidden City by Milton J. Davis; 180x278

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

Frank Herbert probably had the earliest influence on my science fiction and fantasy writing. Right now my biggest influence in Charles R. Saunders.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

Charles R. Saunders

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

No comment. Any of my answers would be political. :-)

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

Shrimp and grits. I love shrimp and grits.

book cover, Woman of the Woods by Milton J. Davis; 180x270

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

To leave a legacy of positive images and stories about people of African Descent.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

I love to see the finished product. I get the most satisfaction from a job complete.

submitted by Milton J. Davis

23 July 2014

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Just the facts:
Born: 1960 at Camp Lejeuene, North Carolina
Resides: Metro Atlanta, GA, USA
Novels: Meji Book one, Meji book two, Changa's Safari One, Two and Three, Woman of the woods, Amber and the Hidden City, The Possession, A Debt to Pay
Anthologies edited: Griots, Griots: Sisters of the Spear, Steamfunk!, and The Ki-Khanga Anthology.

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