Missouri Tenth: Thank you for agreeing to talk with Missouri Tenth about your book “Georgia Burns”. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, your interest in writing, and what inspired you to write this book?
Tom Davis: My name is Tom Davis, most call me Tommy. My wife Angie and I live in Southeast Georgia. We have four grown children. I am a bi-vocational businessman and Baptist pastor.
I have been interested in writing since I was in high school. It was about eight to ten years ago that I started putting down on paper some ideas for a political thriller. I first came up with a major action scene which takes place aboard Air Force One. The President of the United States attempts to land at the airport in Atlanta but is turned away by the Governor of Georgia! This gives rise to a crisis of authority on board between the President and the Secret Service. A fighter-jet flying in escort of AF1 mysteriously explodes mid-air. From that beginning I added fast moving chapters that feature story lines such as economic collapse, war with Iran, the lost ‘Tybee Bomb,’ riots in major American cities, Islamic terrorism, militia risings; all inter-woven around the central plot of a serious struggle between the President and the Governor of Georgia. Everything is fiction, but it feels like it could all happen tomorrow.
Missouri Tenth: Considering there might be aspiring writers out there who have been frustrated with getting their work published, do you have any suggestions for them based on your own process of writing and publishing?
Tom Davis: In terms of getting published, for this book I chose to self-publish through createspace.com. They are connected to amazon.com, and make it easy. Just upload your material and some cover art and they will print you a ‘proof’ paperback copy of your book for just a few bucks. You can make corrections if you like, then order as many or as few copies as you wish. It is ‘print on demand,’ and works great for new authors. All my advertising has been word-of-mouth and on the internet. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America has also helped advertise the book.
Missouri Tenth: Writing a book can be a huge project, that often requires extensive research into a variety of subjects. Do you have any interesting (or humorous) stories in the researching and writing your book that you’d be willing to share?
Tom Davis: A political thriller can require a lot of research, and I found myself writing the book while at the time jumping over to the internet to read up on anything from the inner workings of a jet engine to the H-Bomb that was lost off the coast of Georgia back in the 50’s. Every aspiring writer needs to remember to pay attention to detail and write so that the reader will see the action in their mind’s eye as they read.
Missouri Tenth: The reason “Georgia Burns” caught our eye here at Missouri Tenth, is that this appears to be a fascinating introduction to a series that possibly utilizes the power of storytelling to help educate on a variety of issues. Did you write this book with that intention in mind? If so – could you tell us about what you hope people learn from your series?
Tom Davis: I wrote GEORGIA BURNS with the primary intention of entertaining those who enjoy politics and political thrillers. However, many people who have picked the book up said they loved it even though they care little for politics. I also wrote the book to spotlight my native State of Georgia. Because I am a student of the history of the American South, I’ve been fascinated by the War Between the States since my youth. GEORGIA BURNS and the books that will follow it allow me to imagine what a modern day struggle between State and Federal Power might look like when set against the back drop of the rapidly changing times we live in.
Of course, there is an educational element to the series, in that some things are mentioned that the average person may not know. A lot about State and Local Rights, for example, or interesting facts. Few people in Georgia even know that an H-Bomb was lost off the Tybee Island coast back in the 50’s, to give another example.
It is my hope that the readers of GEORGIA BURNS come away tired because they could not sleep for staying up late to read a book they couldn’t put down! That has been the case for many who have picked it up. Secondly, readers will be asking themselves questions like, ‘Could something like this really happen?’ ‘If the State’s (or people of the States) have sovereign rights, and the States are the final check on Federal power, how will they ever regain the right to govern themselves?’ ‘Will enough people wake up and re-affirm their right to self-government, or will it take some major collapse to spur the devolution of power?’
Missouri Tenth: Should people become inspired by your series to take a more active (and productive) role in their communities, do you have any suggestions for them in how they can become involved?
Tom Davis: In terms of educating oneself, my suggestion is that folks read the founding documents, especially the debates over Ratification of the Constitution between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. And remember that there’s always a little group out there who thinks they were born booted and spurred, and the rest of us born horses.
Missouri Tenth: Thank you Tom for taking a moment to share with us about your book! If people would like to order this book, or learn more, please see the following link: Georgia Burns