Kent Davis is an actor, a game designer, and a teacher. He lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife and a wily dog ninja named Bobo. Kent Davis teaches in the Honors College at Montana State University, a fact by which he is constantly surprised.
How does writing a sequel compare to working on your first book? Do you have a plan laid out for the entire trilogy, or are you figuring it out as you go along?
It was thrilling! It's one thing to chart out a single story from beginning to end, but in Book 2 the characters sort of took off on their own. It was kind of like that sweet spot in a relationship, where you feel comfortable enough around each other to start revealing your true selves and how you eat ice cream in the middle of the night and hold fiercely to strange superstitions. Everyone does that, right? I had several epiphanies while writing The Changer's Key where a character would take off in a completely unexpected direction or reveal some mad, hidden depths that I never expected. It was a lot of "Oh, so that's who you are." Weird, but beautiful.
There has definitely been a plan laid out for where Book 3 will end up, but the path is winding and still subject to drastic and delightful change. Ruby and her crew have full veto power over what they'll try next: they independently come up with much more interesting solutions than I could ever plan out for them.
Do you have any writing rituals? What helps you get those creative juices flowing?
Do you have any advice for young writers?
What is something you wish you’d known about publishing when you started this process?
I’m just blown away by how hard people in the publishing industry work. Weekends, holidays, late nights. It’s possible that one of them who I will not name has discovered some sort of time-slowing pocket dimension. I suspect that I may just have gotten very lucky, but my agent, my editor and also pretty much everyone who works at my imprint are just ferocious, tireless, book-loving berserkers. I wish I’d known that, so I could have gotten deeper into the book business before I did.
Which books are on your to-be read pile right now?
What is a book that you have pretended to read but haven’t really?
This is an awesome question! Stegner. I love the little I’ve read, but I’ve totally nodded and waggled my eyebrows significantly through numerous Wallace Stegner conversations….
If you had to recommend one book that everyone should read, what would you pick?