I’m super excited to share this interview as Genese Davis’ book sounds awesome! I’m not a gamer myself but can get uber excited about chicks kicking butt of course and a book with strong female characters is always a read to look forward to. My thanks to Genese for being on and allowing me to share about herself and The Holder’s Dominion.
Please tell me about yourself -
I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where my interest for equestrianism and flying glider planes blossomed. College whisked me away into fashion and finance before my writing career began. It was in Austin Texas where I completed my bachelor’s degree in English—go Longhorns!
However, I ventured into the world of MMO gaming as an adult and discovered a passion for in-game community, especially in raiding teams. Working with industry professionals, I gained a deep understanding of video games and their artists, lore, culture, and development, and experienced more serious gaming while playing with competitive guilds in Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft. I didn’t grow up in or around the video game industry, or around video game players, so I know how it feels to wonder why our friends, family, and loved ones seem “glued” to their electronics. And that’s part of the reason I’m so passionate to share all that I’ve discovered in the video game industry. It is not simply a set of pixels your children, spouses, or friends are staring at when they play games. It’s actually a whole spectrum of invention, discovery, and ingenuity. Players are discovering artwork, storylines, history, skill sets, challenges, and collaboration of individuals on a planetary scale.
What is something about you that no one knows? -
Two of my deepest fears are swimming in the ocean and drowning. And I don’t tell anyone about it because I can barely admit it to myself. The beach is one of my most beloved places, but as soon as I dip my toes in the water, I’m terrified. I’ll put on a smile though and suit up in an imaginary coat of armor and force myself to play in the ocean. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll force myself to even boogie board or surf one day.
Equestrian, gamer, pilot, author have you done it all or do you still have must do items, if so what are they? -
There’s always more “must do” items, for sure! I’d like to open a pet rescue center. My hand goes up anytime someone asks about pet-care or animal rescue. I’ve had pets all my life and I believe that animals are more than just residents in our home—they are family. Other goals include expanding TheGamerInYou.com community. This movement was created to represent all people who like any kind of game, and for the word “gamer” to be a universally positive term for everyone. I believe that gaming can encourage ingenuity and healthy social connections.
What are you reading now? –
The City & The City by China Mieville
Some favorite books and authors -
From the classics I’d have to say, Oscar Wilde and Emily Bronte. And from more modern writers, I’d have to say Jean M. Auel, Juliet Marillier, and China Mieville are very inspiring.
Was your own gaming experience the inspiration for The Holder’s Dominion? –
Yes, absolutely. Like Kaylie, (the protagonist in The Holder’s Dominion) I came to gaming pretty late in life. Since learning the industry and experiencing the benefits of video games, I’ve been on a mission to write for gamers and non-gamers alike about the unpredictable and influential ways that video games change us. The inspiration behind writing it came from wanting to create a basis for family and friends of gamers to understand them and their world. I imagine we all have relatives who wonder, “Are video games a waste of time?” “Why does my spouse play video games into the night?” A parent might ask, “Why does my child want to play a video game instead of go outside and play?” The Holder’s Dominion reveals online gaming in an easy-to-follow and riveting setting that marries pre video game generations to current video game enthusiasts. This book is also a message of hope and support for anyone going through grief or who have been separated from their family.
Who designed the cover for The Holder’s Dominion, does is look the way you had envisioned? –
I absolutely love this cover. The incredibly talented artist, Fabio Barretta Zungrone, designed the cover art. He is a world-renowned painter from Italy, who has created highly detailed, award-wining artwork. Zungrone imparts his passion and dedication into every aspect of his art, and he constantly strives to discover new methods with innovative tools. I had very little to do with The Holder’s Dominion cover art design. My publisher wanted a video game artist veteran and Zungrone’s concepts and designs flew off the page. He brought out Kaylie’s personal struggle by painting her between two worlds while still incorporating the omnipresence of the Holder. He is truly gifted—a great talent of our time.
What future works do we have to look forward to from you? -
An array of exciting projects have opened for me: screenplays for a webseries at www.YouTube.com/AuthorGeneseDavis, along with my second novel, and new media for www.TheGamerInYou.com are all in production as we speak!
Thank you so much for having me. It’d be my pleasure to connect with you guys! Find me at www.GeneseDavis.com and we can connect on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, too! I’d love to hear from you. After all, we’re only a message away. Talk soon.
Sincerely, Genese Davis
The Holder’s Dominion can be purchased in paperback or e-book at www.BeaversPondBooks.com, and also through distributors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore. Check out the novel at www.TheHoldersDominion.com
Genese Davis is an American author and video game promoter. Her novel, The Holder’s Dominion, will debut on March 1st, 2013.
Genese Davis grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At age twelve she got her first job at a dressage equestrian center, where she cleaned stalls and water tanks and exercised clients’ horses. She soon fell in love with the art of dressage and show jumping. Davis saved up five hundred dollars and purchased a rambunctious Norwegian Fjord that no one dared ride but her. After months of training she began competing throughout the state and, against all odds, the pair won many first-place ribbons and trophies in the horse trials competition called Eventing. Davis used her knowledge and experience to teach others and became a riding instructor at seventeen.
In addition to horses, piloting aircraft became another of her early passions. Davis says that flying is in her blood (her father and grandfather flew aircraft), and she studied voraciously at a summer aircraft program, learning aeronautics at a rapid rate. She won the highest honor attainable in the program by being the first to solo and obtained her student pilot’s license at fourteen.
Davis has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, with minors in theatre and Spanish. Her favorite college highlights include studying abroad in Costa Rica for university business credit, performing in plays, and studying playwriting. After graduating, Davis worked as a financial institution manager before becoming an author and video game promoter. She never expected to become an avid video game enthusiast. She ventured into the world of MMO gaming as an adult and discovered a passion for in-game community, especially in raiding teams. Working with industry professionals, she gained a deep understanding of video games and their artists, lore, culture, and development. She experienced more serious gaming while playing with competitive guilds in Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft and cracked the top 100 in the world for her class in the latter. Davis received the Server-first Legendary Achievement in September 2011—an extremely prestigious gaming award. She has experience co-founding new raids, leading raids as an officer who organized and developed strategies for fights, and working as a liaison between new players and raid leaders. This experience naturally led her to create the Dark Iron Raiding Alumni, a group that gives players from all over the world an exciting way to stay connected whether they are past, present, or future gamers. That gaming experience laid the foundation for her first novel, The Holder’s Dominion, which hits shelves on March 1st.
Davis is also the owner of The Gamer in You, an online movement offering new meaning to the word ‘gamer.’ As an avid supporter of artists and their craft, Davis has a keen affection for all types of artistry, especially theatre, filmmaking, music, photography, and art-gallery openings. She lives in Irvine, California, where she advocates for her other passion, animal rescue, and writes for independent film. Her motto is Lark your life!