The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Episode 60 – The Dominion of Writing and Gaming!
Special Guest: Genese Davis
(Catharine is shopping in San Francisco)
Genese Davis is an American author and video game promoter. Her novel, The Holder’s Dominion, will debut in spring 2013.
Growing up in Santa Fe, Davis taught and competed in dressage, studied fashion, and then took her competitive instincts to the fast-paced world of finance. She discovered the world of PC and console games as an adult and started playing MMOs; she experienced more serious gaming while playing with a competitive guild in World of Warcraft and cracked the top 100 in the world for her class. During her time in-game, she gained a passion for the community as well as a vast admiration for video games and their artists, culture, and development. That gaming experience laid the foundation for her first novel, The Holder’s Dominion, which hits bookstores in spring of 2013. Davis is also the owner of The Gamer in You, a community with the mission to prove that everyone has a little bit of gamer-blood in their veins. Davis lives in Irvine, California, where she advocates for her other passion, animal rescue.
1. Catharine says that books are never finished, only abandoned, you wrote about that subject in your blog. What are your thoughts about when is the best time to abandon your project or book?
2. You wrote: “Comic-Con is a celebration of art and a tribute to the arduous journey that made that artwork possible. The international convention has grown into far more than a trade show for comic books and costumes. It has blossomed into a rich environment used to share the creative ingenuity of every art medium.”
Talk to us about what you’ve seen and what you’ve experienced at the conventions.
What stands out and what have you seen that you would call art?
3. One of your blog posts (Would your Book Be Shelved?) was featured on News360.com. You came up with the term, “caffeinated writing,” tell us about that.
4. Talk to me about your upcoming book The Holder’s Dominion – Where can we get it and when?
So, this book has appeal for people who’ve never touched video games and the avid gamer?
What was the deciding factor or moment that prompted you to write this story?
When did your passion for the video game industry begin?
Reading the synopsis, it sounds like this book could be a message of hope and support for anyone going through grief or who have been separated from their family. It’s not just about a girl who discovers the world of gaming, it is a story about family, conflict, and tension, and how we get through tough times between friends and loves ones, is that right?
5. One of the biggest challenges new authors can have is staying focused and meeting deadlines. I heard that you used different types of project management tools while writing your novel. Tell us about these corporate tools you used (Waterfall and Scrum methods).
Synopsis for The Holder’s Dominion
Guided by Elliott and his friends, Kaylie signs on to the massively popular online game Edannair. There she discovers a world of beautiful vistas and magical creatures, where people from all over the globe step into the roles of warriors on fantastical quests. But a real-world evil threatens the players: the mysterious Holder, leader of the elite team known as Sarkmarr, is coercing his followers into traumatic offline dares known as “morphis assignments.” To save her friends, Kaylie must infiltrate Sarkmarr and survive the Holder’s tests.
Will she find the courage there to hold her real-world family together?
Product Details for The Holder’s Dominion
The Holder’s Dominion is a speculative thriller with a fantasy twist. Following a newcomer to the world of online role-playing games, it sidesteps stereotypes and reveals a tight-knit community facing a very real threat. Davis brings her own online experiences and insider knowledge to a story that engages dedicated players and non-gamers alike in Kaylie’s quest to protect the ones she loves from a power-hungry manipulator. Along the way she realizes that the problems she hoped to forget are right there in her escapist fantasy—but so are the solutions.
Title: The Holder’s Dominion
Author: Genese Davis
Genre(s): Thriller, Action/Adventure
Available Channels: Paperback and e-book—distributed through all major channels like Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Author Contact info:
Write a dialogue between two of your favorite characters. Snow White and Cinderella, Eloise and Ramona, Batman and Superman. Or think of your childhood favorites, what are they doing now? Write up fan fiction that fills in the grown up life of a character like Pipi Longstockings, Richie Rich, Bart Simpson. Do it well enough and you end up with a block buster like “Wicked”
From Dr. Michael Pinsky Professor of English at the University of South Florida.
“It’s almost a reverse lesbian relationship.” My head hurts just trying to picture what a reverse lesbian might look like.
Word of the Week:
Strictly speaking, dracontology should refer to the study of dragons, although it really means the study of lake animals unknown to science.
It derives from Greek drakon, serpent (plus –ology from a Greek ending that indicated the study of a subject). It’s a kissing cousin to the almost equally rare adjectives draconiform and dracontine, both of which refer to a thing like a dragon. (Draconian, of some law or punishment that is excessively severe, comes instead from Draco, an Athenian legislator of the seventh century BC who made Attila the Hun look like a pussycat.)
However, those enthusiasts who have an interest in this specialist branch of cryptozoology — the study of animals unknown to science — have hijacked the word for the investigation of such fabulous beasts as the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland and the serpent of Lake Memphrémagog on the Quebec-Vermont border. A site devoted to the latter claims that the word was coined by “a monk at the monastery of St Benoit-du-Lac in response to a request by Jacques Boisvert, a Quebec monster enthusiast who needed a name for the specific study of lake monsters”.
That small group of researchers who use dracontology for the study of dragons would wish that the good brother had found a less confusing term. How about cryptolacustribestiology? No? I can’t blame you — it’s almost as long as Nessie herself.