Interview & Book Giveaway: Author Craig Davis

Welcome to Author Craig Davis.

Craig is the author of the book The Job: Based on a True Story (I mean, this is bound to have happened somewhere).  Craig is a Memphis native who has been a resident of Jackson, TN, for nearly 25 years. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri, and worked in newspapers for 20 years.

Craig has agreed to do an interview and then has 3 copies of his book to giveaway.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’m not so confident in the future, so I’d go back. I’d aim for 1550 so I could meet Michelangelo as a boy and Rembrandt as an old man.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Flannery O’Conner, Frederich Buechner, George Orwell, Fyodor Dostoevsky and a Russian interpreter.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I’d want my laptop, an electric generator that runs on coconuts (I’m pretty sure the Professor invented one of those) and a lifetime supply of cheddar cheese.

What is one book everyone should read?
Godric by Frederich Buechner

What is the last book you read?
The Brothers Karamazov
What is the last movie you saw?
The last “movie” movie I saw was Spartacus, which I must confess I was disappointed in, but since then I’ve watched documentaries on Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Harry Caray, for the baseball fan in me.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Sydney Carton of “Tale of Two Cities.” I like to think we have some things in common.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Tea and English muffin, lightly buttered.

How many books do you read a week/month?
Less than one. I’m a careful reader.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
I like almost all genres, although most country turns my stomach and hip-hop is beyond me. The Beatles are and will always be the best ever, but there’s way too many songs to pick a favorite.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
I suffer completely from mental tunnel-vision, so once I get into focus nothing else really matters.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Why yes, thank you.

Favorite Cartoon?
Animated-wise, I’m a sucker for classic Warner Bros. As far as newspaper comics go, Pogo strips from the 1950s can’t be beat.
If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
Dostoevsky, to see if I really do understand what he meant.
What was the first book you read?
It was probably “Winnie the Pooh,” still some of the best writing I’ve ever come across.
What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
College basketball works best on TV. My favorite sport is baseball, but that actually works better on radio if the announcers are good.

How do you react to a bad review?
How would I know? Never got one (yet).
If you were a bird, which one would you be?A whirlybird.

Which actors would you want to play the main protagonists in your book?Someone suggested to me a young Jack Lemmon, which was an excellent choice except that not only is he no longer young, he’s no longer Jack Lemmon.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?“To Kill a Mockingbird” – unique, huh? I actually prefer the movie.

What do you do when you are in-between books?Try to market the one before.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.The issues of suffering and the purpose of life have plagued mankind from the day he first opened his eyes – “The Job” offers insight into our universal condition.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?“It Is Well”

What do you find so appealing about the genre you write for? Would you try writing for a different genre (if the author hasn’t already)?Fiction based on Scripture offers a depth that no other foundation can, if it’s done well. I’ve also written in Southern gothic, but my Judeo-Christian ethos still bubbles through.

What is your favorite quote?“I am what I am.” — Popeye

What is your guilty pleasure?Swedish pop groups

Write a haiku about your book.
I gather You like
The ocean with grasping hands
Left empty but wet.

The Job by Craig Davis:

Joe B. enjoys the sweet life as a vice president at a huge conglomerate, Universal Whirligig. But along with the Big Boss’ favor, he has also gained the notice of a bitter human resources manager, Luci Fernandez. Hateful of any success but her own, Luci manages to get him demoted to the mailroom! A rollicking comedy of errors follows as Joe B. tries to figure out what’s happened to him, and attempts to get a meeting with the Big Boss.

Joe B.’s great expectations have taken an all-over twist. His family is forced to make a series of hard adjustments, and he gets only lame comforts from a string of the worst friends anyone could have. Will he finally track down the cause of his frustrations? Or will he only learn a lesson about what it is to be the boss, and that what is apparent is often only a shadow of a greater ongoing good?

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Giveaway:
Craig is offering 3 copies of his book The Job for giveaway.  3 Followers of this blog with a US or Canadian mailing address will each win a copy.
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Giveaway ends 12/16/10.

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