My Father's Son - John Davis
There are stories that are difficult to read due to violence, gore, or even the level of fear invoked from reading them. But then there are stories that are difficult to read on a whole other level.
My Father's Son is a memoir that takes you down a dark journey into a difficult childhood filled with physical, emotional, and mental abuse that would leave many individuals scarred and bitter. But John Davis shows how he used his childhood to grow and mature, eventually coming to terms with his past and learning what he can from the events that transpired.
The book is exceptionally well written, and each chapter is laid out in an easy to read format that draws you in and keeps you hooked for the remainder of the book. I simultaneously found it difficult to read as I watched a young boy filled with fear and apprehension, and was unable to put it down as I had to know how it all progressed.
Highly recommended. Well worth reading.
Some Bio Information
John Davis grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY, and now lives in West Milford, NJ, with his wife and their two cats. He works as a Plant Manager and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Business. My Father's Son is his first book.
1. Tell us a little about what inspired you to write your story.
After I got over the shocking truth about my father, I thought about how it would be a good book... or movie even. I mean it was a crazy story and life. So it took me about 9 years to do something about it and actually write it and now it's done and out there.
2. How long did it take you to put your work together?
I wrote the book over 6 weekends last July and August and then spent another 6 weeks or so putting it all together and editing it
3. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I actually wrote it all on my iPhone at the beach. I would type the stories into emails that I would then email back to myself at home. I would just type as it came to me without any real thought on structure or anything. So after I got home from the beach each weekend I would have a dozen emails of thousands of words that I then put together into chapters. It's amazing how it came together. It almost wrote itself.
4. What was your least favorite part of the writing process?
The editing process was rough. I would read almost the entire book front to back every night and always found things that needed fixing. Some fixes were quick and other parts still bother me now. When I finally read it a few times in a row without noticing any major problems I knew it was ready. By then I was so sick of it and didn't want to look at it anymore
5. How would you describe your writing style?
My writing is very straightforward and to the point. There's no filler. Nothing like 'it was an April morning and the sun just broke over the horizon'. None of that. Each chapter gets right back into the meat of the story.
6. What is your ultimate writing goal?
To be able to write another book This one wrote itself. I'm not sure how I can write another one.
7. What would you like readers to take away from your work?
I want them to like it although it's a hard book to say you 'like'. It's very disturbing in parts - the violence, the abuse, the language. But I want them to feel something I guess. Just feel and know you can overcome your upbringing, no matter what happened to you , to still do great things.