Will Davis was born in Kentucky and traveled extensively with his family while his father was in the military. His family roots are buried in the hills of Pike County Kentucky. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, and now resides in Mesa, Arizona. He grew up listening to first-hand ghost stories about the family homeplace and has incorporated some of those tales into his writing. He worked in the law enforcement profession for thirty four years, retiring in Dec 2019. He enjoys traveling, having adventures, reading and writing, photography, birding, and raising cockatiels. He is a tonsil cancer survivor since 2010.
Thank you for visiting my website and for your interest in my work. My first book, "When The Shade Comes Over" is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have started work on the sequel titled "In The Absence Of Light" and am looking forward to bringing you another wonderful story!
When the Shade Comes Over” has been a work in progress since the 1980's. Over time it has evolved into a full novel. It started as an essay in college titled "Grandmother's House". It is based on a real house in the Davis family and I wanted to capture the legends and ghost stories surrounding the house. My dad was raised in this house and I have heard many hair raising ghost stores retold over and over.
I sat this book aside for many years to work on others. It wasn't until I read "Bag of Bones" by Stephen King that somehow things clicked into place for this novel and led me to put the others aside and return to this one. I have kept some elements of the ghost stories intact while fictionalizing other elements to make them fit the story. I also discovered a book titled "The Maynards of East Kentucky: From Pioneers to the Tenth Generation" by Roland B. Maynard. This gave me a great deal of inspiration into the historical context of the story. I researched Civil War times, battles, and diaries in order to give legitimacy where needed. I also took artistic liberty with some geography and historical characters to build the story. I would like to thank all those who read the manuscript and provided direction and/or inspiration and allowed me to actually finish it. I would especially like to thank my latest "editors", Gail, Robin, Anne, and Jennifer, for providing those valuable last minute tweaks. I am very blessed to have reunited with a John's Creek High School class of 1979 classmate, Jennifer Stanley, to team with on the design and illustration of the cover art. I was reacquainted with Jennifer after 30 years and her expertise in painting old houses impressed me so that she was the only one who could do justice to the cover. She came through impressively. I hope some of you will notice the "hidden" features that are well disguised but seem to glare out at me!
I am currently plotting out some exciting sequels and have started writing the next book titled "In The Absence Of Light". I hope you will enjoy it when it is done!
I have been working on the sequel to "Shade" for several years and have come up with some interesting new characters and exciting plot twists! I hope you will enjoy reading it and getting to know them. The picture is only a placeholder for the actual cover when it is finally created. Thank you for your patience as many of you have been asking for, and waiting on, this sequel for years!