Interview with fantasy author Davidson Haworth

Today’s guest is fantasy author and Dr. Who aficionado
Davidson L. Haworth. He’s focused on his newest novel, The Defenders of Prali which will be releasing later this year.

Davidson L. Haworth was born in San Jose,
California on October 29, 1969 where he also formed his writing interests at
the age of six. Raised by his father he searched for an outlet to explore new
ideas and it is at a young age that he began to write short stories, and at the
age of seven he began writing screenplays to be performed at Sherman Oaks
Elementary school where he attended school in San Jose, California. Eventually
Davidson would begin traveling to England where he would discover castles,
knights, and crusader history. From that day forward Davidson was catapulted
into the realm of history and fantasy and eventually he would combine the two
in his writings and become the father of historical fantasy.

While the interest in history and fantasy piqued his interest Davidson
began reading legendary greats like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Those two
authors together with his Roman Catholic upbringing brought new ideas together
with some of the classics to form stories that are heroic in nature and moral
in content.

Davidson L. Haworth enjoys meeting old friends and new friends, because
he believes there are no such things as strangers, only friends he hasn’t met
yet. In his fervor to speak to people from around the world and at home
Davidson has traveled the world on international book tours to speak about the
genre of fantasy, writing, and history. He has spoken at the prestigious
Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia), Taras Shevchenko National
University of Kyiv (Kyiv, Ukraine), Tula State Leo Tolstoy Pedagogical
University (Tula, Russia), Socrates Foreign Language Center (Sergiev Posad,
Russia), and several American Councils in Europe. In the United States Davidson
speaks the same subjects at comic book, anime, and fantasy conventions. He is
also considered an expert in Doctor Who, an iconic British TV show. Davidson
lives with his wife and two children in San Jose, California.

Welcome, Davidson. Please tell us about your
current release.
Defenders of Prali
is the fourth and final book in the Prali
series. It takes place in the times of the Crusades in Italy where a gate to
the underworld has been exposed, and it is up to five brave heroes to destroy
the evil coming from within and save the worldly inhabitants from such
creatures as a dragon, wizard, and vampires. It is historical fantasy and so
many of the locations in the book actually exist and some historical figures
are in the book as well. If you enjoy Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, you will enjoy
this book for sure.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have been
writing this series since its inception in 2009 and have continued to expand on
its universe, but the time has come to end it and move on to other subjects
within the realm of the fantasy genre. The series includes: The Dragon of Prali, The Wizard of Prali, and The Vampires of Prali.
Excerpt from The Defenders of Prali:
The shaking
becomes like an earthquake within the cave. Mary rising from her comfortable
position, her heart begins to pound with fear, and her body feeling the
hesitance to make a move against the dragon. She moves her slender body against
the balcony wall, crouching into position, taking her bow into her hand, and
placing an arrow in the bow. Mary realizes she needs to see if the dragon had
entered, she knows the advantage of surprise belonged to her, but is Bernard
ready to take on the challenge? Will they both hesitate? Mary finally decides
to peer over the balcony; she needs to see for herself. Mary finally looks over
the wall and only feeling the shaking of the cave. Surprisingly the altar is
still with the look of serenity surrounding it. No dragon to be seen as Mary
scratches her head in confusion. No dragon but plenty of rumbling of the ground
to go around. Then like a lightning strike of surprise as a loud growl heard in
the direction of the main large entrance.
What exciting story are you working on next?
Currently I
am involved in writing a book filled with short fantasy and science fiction
stories. I have always wanted to do a little sci-fi and this gives me the
chance to dabble a bit.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first
began when I was six years of age and I wrote a screenplay, but to say when I
was considered a writer it would have to have happened right out of college
when I was hired to write fantasy character details for a publisher.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work
day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
I write full time and I do my best to stay disciplined. I usually start
my day around 8:00am and check e-mails and other correspondence. Noon time I
jog with my beagle Heston and then have lunch. The rest of the day is spent
writing until the evening hours. That is the usual schedule, but sometimes
personal life gets into the mix and I deviate from the norms.
What would you say is your interesting writing
Getting too emotional while writing, especially when I kill off a
character and tears run down my cheek.
As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
I wanted to
play professional football for the Oakland Raiders. I thought it could happen
in High School where I averaged two touchdowns a game as a tight end, but to no
Anything additional you want to share with the
Yes, come
and join me on Facebook or any other internet outlet. Check out my events and
come over to see me live and in person. I always enjoy meeting new friends and
talking comic books, sports, books, and just about anything else under the sun.
Upcoming Events:
March 7-9, 2014 – Guest
at Wizard World Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
April 12-13, 2014 –
Author Guest at San Jose Fantasy Faire (San Jose, CA)
May 17-18, 2014 – Guest
at Big WOW! ComicFest (San Jose, CA)


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