Dear reader we have given James the platform to talk about him self.. As he does it so well.
I’m a proud Hartlepudlian and still call Hartlepool home. For those not well-versed in North-East geography, that places me between a ‘Smoggie’ and a ‘Mackem’. Could call me a ‘Smackem’ I suppose!? However, we tend to get called Monkey- Hangers. Look it up, it’s a great story! I’m forty-one, married to Karen and have two gorgeous kids: Grace is seven, James is three. For those who already think I’m an obnoxious prick for naming a child after myself, check out my fun facts.
In my spare time, I love sports. Particularly, football and cricket. My team is Liverpool, I tend to get to Anfield about six times a season and am praying like a religious mantis that we can win the league before my son is 80. Forget the kids being born, forget my wedding day, forget the day Greggs did two-for-one on the steak-bakes. That will be the party to end all parties! As I’m now in my forties, I find that I look at cake and crisps and my moobs grow a cup-size. Therefore, I try to keep in shape (ovoid) by going to the gym and playing 5-a-side too. However, the way things are going post-Xmas with the old ‘man tats’ I’m giving Jordan a run for her money.
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
JD: I’d love to provide a profound answer. Yet the truth is, this happened by accident. I started ranting (well swearing) on social media about my daily travel travails, gathered a loyal band of followers and the idea formed from there. A trickle of people suggested that I ought to write a book, which I initially shrugged off. The trickle grew into a veritable, slightly larger trickle. So, here I am.
KG: What gave you the idea of your latest book?
JD: As above, it was based on my daily commute by train. Over time, it occasionally became a really draining experience. I encountered some weird and wacky passengers, situations and staff. I’ve always enjoyed people-watching (although my neighbour now shuts the curtains) and started to create some characters and scenarios from there.
KG: Who is your favourite writer and why?
JD: I’m far from a bookworm but when I do occasionally read I like pure escapism. Harlan Coben is good for that.
KG: What's your favourite book?
JD: David Copperfield. Charles Dickens is a genius at creating the lovable and the loathable.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
JD: Only to the kids! No, regrettably not a big reader at all.
KG: What writing projects are you working on?
JD: This book is more than enough for a rookie author, thank you very much! Although at work, I am currently spending my time writing heavily technical Broadband and Telephone troubleshooting courses. My fingers are getting calluses from all the typing and I’m starting to get nosebleeds!
KG: What do you like most about writing?
JD: Simply making people chuckle. I enjoy thinking of new, crazy, out-of-the-box analogies, similes and metaphors that are easily relatable. Dolloping a large blob of hyperbole into the mix, as I go.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years’ time?
JD: Good question! I’d be interested to see if I am indeed still writing. Publishing a book is a ‘bucket-list’ moment. If I enjoy the experience, the quality is there and the audience enjoy it, initially I’d like to do a series of these books. Where I go from there? Who knows? It’s about the journey not the destination… quite apt, considering the book really!
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
JD: The rule/power of three.
KG: What would you say to educate and inspire young writers?
JD: Have fun. A young imagination has few limitations, be brave and express yourself.
1.It’s a family tradition to call the first-born James, in our family. My wife nearly shat herself when we had a girl!
2.My dad was in the British Army and I was born in Germany. If I had a quid for each time, I’ve been called Wolfgang, Helmut or Jurgen at school, I’d be retired by now.
3.I swear far too much. My favourites are ‘$£%^***’ and ‘@*&%$£!@’ Who doesn’t love ‘@*&%$£!@’ !?
4.My favourite smell is petrol. You can often find me loitering around Shell garages on the A1, just to get my fill.
5.There is a more famous Jim Davidson than me who is a comedian. It’s also true that I have never been referred to as racist.
6.I’m a big Liverpool fan but my favourite drink is an IPA called ‘Blue Moon’. Work that out! Damn you Man City!
7.I’m crap at compiling fun facts.
This dark debut comedy novel by James Davidson about a man slowly going mad doing the daily commute will have you chuffing with laughter.
Follow our hero as he goes off the rails, he rants, he raves, he pontificates till he is blue in the face.
Do NOT read this book in the “quiet coach” – as it will have you laughed out of it.
James Davidson is a dark but very funny writer - Kensington Gore