Bryan Davis is the author of the best-selling Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and Children of the Bard series, contemporary/fantasy blends for young people. His book, Eye of the Oracle, hit number one on the January 2007, Young Adult CBA best-seller list.
His series from Zondervan Publishers, Dragons of Starlight, released in April of 2010 with Starlighter, a unique twist on the dragons/fantasy genre that includes four books for young adults. These books have placed on a number of best-seller lists.
Related to Dragons of Starlight is Tales of Starlight, a companion series for adults. The first book, Masters & Slayers, released in September of 2010, and the second book, Third Starlighter came out in 2011. The third and final book, Exodus Rising, is scheduled to come out in the summer of 2013.
Bryan also has a mystery/suspense trilogy with Zondervan, Echoes from the Edge, that debuted in May of 2008 with Beyond the Reflection’s Edge, and the series completed with Nightmare’s Edge in May of 2009.
Bryan is also the author of several other works including The Image of a Father (AMG) and Spit and Polish for Husbands (AMG), and four books in the Arch Books series: The Story of Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation, The Day Jesus Died, The Story of the Empty Tomb (over 100,000 sold), and Jacob’s Dream.
Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S. From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.
Bryan is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. in Industrial Engineering). In high school, he was valedictorian of his class and won academic awards in English, Algebra, Advanced Math, and Science. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and voted Most Likely to Succeed.
He continues to further his writing education by attending relevant writing conferences and conventions. Although he is now a full time writer, Bryan was a computer professional for over 20 years. He lives in Western Tennessee with his wife, Susie, and their children. Bryan and Susie have homeschooled their four girls and three boys.
In this workshop I will describe the standard character types that have proven to be successful in traditional fantasy stories and why they work so well.
Friday Fiction Panel
The Hero’s Journey—Continuing Class:
Do you want to know how to write a novel from start to finish? In this class I lay out the fundamental building blocks of the “Hero’s Journey” story type and how to use it as a framework for writing a novel, especially novels in the adventure/fantasy categories. By the end of the presentation, the attendee will have gained confidence in his or her ability to start and finish a novel.
Taking Your Book on the Road
Have you thought about taking a promotional book tour? In this workshop I will provide many practical hints regarding how to promote your book in schools, homeschool groups, libraries, and bookstores. This workshop will be helpful for authors of all categories, especially fiction for youth.
How Fantasy Stories Aid Spiritual Growth
What value does fantasy have in bringing about spiritual growth? How does it affect readers? Does it affect boys and girls differently? What are the qualities of good fantasy? How can a parent tell virtuous fantasy stories from those what might be a moral detriment? Using original artwork from his readers and clips from popular fantasy films, I explore these and other questions in this informative and practical presentation.
Bryan Davis will be available for a limited number of consultations.