As one of 2011’s breakaway indie authors, John M. Davis has written 30+ stories, several of them bestsellers. Known for his pulp science fiction series Gunship, John has also received praise for his novel Wicked and his prequel novel to the motion picture REDD.
Citing authors Stephen King, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and David Drake as influences, Davis contacted Drake prior to penning his Fleet series (Drake has a science fiction series by the same name) to get Drake’s blessing. Davis also wrote Hollow Earth as “an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar” series, often citing Burroughs’ as his favorite author. In fact, strangely enough, many readers compare the work of both authors and both Davis and Burroughs share the same birthday.
Outside of writing, Davis is currently studying to become a history professor with a focus on military strategy. Having married the love of his life in 2001, Davis and his wife have 2 kids and reside just inside North Carolina – owning both a rural house dubbed “The Ponderosa” and a secluded mountain retreat.
Outside of an unhealthy 80s obsession, David enjoys reading pre-1950s fiction, is an avid doomsday prepper and podcasts on both subjects (writing and prepping) thanks to the help of his best friend “Caveman” James, who also serves as his podcast producer and “tech guy” – seen fishing in the background, catching nothing and blaming mud turtles.
Davis’ work has often been compared to the experience of reading a graphic novel – quick, exciting, on to the next. Many authors in the traditionally published community dislike Davis for this reason, along with his continual bashing of publishing the traditional way.
“It’s stupid. Who uses a lit agent and publishing company in 2021? Look, writing isn’t easy, it’s a lot of work, but it’s also not hard. Most authors fail because they are trying to pen the next Lord of the Rings or Lovecraft. I’m just trying to write things that will entertain people on a plane flight, you know? If my stories can hold your attention for a few hours then I have done my job as an author. I’ll let the haters hate on that method if they want to, they’re certainly free to do it, and instead I will focus my attention on outselling them, which I’ve been doing since 2011.”