Ebony Dawn Davis has been a writer since she was 8. Now more than 30 years later, she is getting notoriety for her inimitable voice in “A Period of Time” a story about Emerald Dixon, a painfully shy Black woman who has her book turned into a movie and Richard Demarco a Hollywood playboy who has been in a slump of bad movies lately.
To fans of romantic novels the shy girl and the womanizing male seems like a cliché premise but Davis said it’s not a romance.
“I don’t like the term romance because romances have become tainted. No “50 Shades of Grey” or “The Zanes.” It’s a love story,” she said.
A love story is not just a derivative of a romance, in Davis’ opinion. In an unorthodox example of a true love story, Davis says her favorite love story is “Rocky.” Explaining Rocky and Adriane is her favorite love story, “Rocky couldn’t do anything without Adriane on his side.
“His heart wasn’t in fighting until she told him to fight and win. It’s a fairytale. Who doesn’t like a fairy tale? I’m fascinated with stories about individuals who seem to be cool on the outside but are dealing with serious stuff on the inside,” she said.
Consequently, Davis said her stories are extremely hard for her to write. While most writers stop writing because of writer’s block, the failing in the synapses to come up with the next scene or even the next line, Davis said her block comes from somewhere else.
“I get into parts of the story where I don’t approve of the way the characters go about things, I hated how they handled the situation, but I just had to write out what’s in my imagination.”
“A Period in Time” almost wasn’t made until a fateful talk with someone dear to her allowed her to set her story free, she said. “My professor said just write it, it might help someone.”
She realized her stories were bigger than just her they were put there in her mind to be told. “It’s not my story it’s their story,” she said. While she is happy that the story is out there and is thankful the book did well enough that she could quit her job, she said, “I don’t know if I can write a sequel emotionally.”
Both “A Period in Time” and her new book “Flaming Blue” took a year to write between 2002 to 2004. Over the next 10 years she said she grew as a writer and fine-tuned them. Davis said she is still riding the wave from “A Period in Time” and will release “Flaming Blue,” a far more dramatic story, about an Oprah like figure.
“It’s the emancipation of the prodigy,” she said, admitting this story took longer to write.
“She gets emancipated and not the emancipated that you think,” ?she said.
There are more stories that are coming out soon, she said.
“Technically including the first two I have four. It’s written but I want to spend a year on that and do a four book series.” Fans of her books can go to http://www.edavis27.com to order her books.
(J.L. Martello contributed to this article.)
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