PuppyA.R. Davis lives in ____ with her dogs and loves to consume hot chocolate beverages. She is happily married and employed full-time, and looks forward to someday pursuing writing as a full-time career. For now, she is a non-profit foundation advocate and professional fundraiser.

A few words from the Author…

“I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until some time later, when somebody handed me the story of JK Rowling and how she overcame poverty to be successful doing what I loved doing. I didn’t exactly grow up in complete poverty or anything. I always had something to eat. But my family wasn’t exactly comfortable, if you catch my drift. Back then I thought, if I could do something like this, maybe I could help my family. Maybe we won’t be in such a crappy state all the time. Anyway, I told myself I was going to be an author and my first book was going to be a Legend of Zelda novelization. Cute, I know. I worked on that thing every day. I even told my fifth grade teacher about it. She humored me — all right, that’s not fair. I should say she encouraged me. A lot.

Cut to years later, when I’m in high school. Not a cool kid. Average kid. I wrote poems. That’s what I was known for, and that was pretty cool to me. I remember going to some assembly where the faculty is all like, “You have to plan for your future.”  I thought I already knew. They asked about college. College? I thought. I’m not smart enough for that. I put I was going to technical school at best. And I thought that was that.

Then my English teacher got involved. Mr. S. He asked me, “Why aren’t you in honors class, young lady?” I said because I didn’t think I could handle it. “You’re not going to college?” I lied and said I didn’t know. He actually went and found out what track I was signed up for and said, “You know, you can always change it.” He handed me a brochure for Young Writer’s Workshop at UNCW. I said nothing, but in my mind I felt I would disappoint him. You see, nobody in my family had ever gone to college. I always thought it was for people who were, like, pure genius. I met those types of kids in high school. I didn’t think I was ever going to be like them.

Still, I thought it would be a cool thing to do that summer. So with some Financial Aid help, I was able to go to the workshop. It was the best decision I’d ever made. I learned so much about crafting and editing and peer review. I knew that was what I wanted. So I went back to my high school counselor and told her I wanted to be on university track. I was going to UNCW.

She gave me this look like I was mental or something. She said, “Are you sure you can handle that?” I wish I could tell you I said yes. But I hesitated. I wasn’t really used to doing the hard thing, to be honest. And I still doubted myself. But I went ahead anyway. Long story short: I got in. I graduated. And here I am now, with my first book getting ready to go out into the world.”

A.R. DAVIS first picked up writing at age six after getting annoyed that the characters weren’t right in a Donkey Kong Country novelization. She loved it so much that she went on to graduate with a BFA in Creative Writing at UNCW. Visit her personal blogging site: http://pencilprofessional.com/ to learn more and connect.

  • [. . .]Brings a new perspective to the fairy tale that gives it its own voice and identity. You won’t feel like you’re reading something you’ve read before. — (5 stars) Karen Matthews
  • Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The various plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, and I liked how she put a lot of new twists on the old tale (this is clearly inspired by “Beauty and the Beast”, but it definitely has its own identity.) —  (4 stars) Jenna Brewster
  • “The Beast” by A.R Davis is an enchanting, moving novel, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of fantasy, folktale, mythology, action/romance. –(4-5 stars) Laura Clarke
  • [. . .]I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and was impressed not only with the execution, but the writing itself, and Ms. Davis’s word choices. Vivid, atmospheric, and strangely believable (for such a far-out story). — (5 stars) Claire Middleton
  • This was an excellent novel that captured my imagination from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well thought out.  The descriptions were vivid and atmospheric, and the dialogue authentic. — (4 stars) Gillian Hancock
  • [. . .]The more I read the more I got into it, and thoroughly enjoyed this world and reality A.R. Davis brought to life. The interweaving plotlines were complex, but not convoluted… and certainly not predictable! I’ve read my fair share of fairytale re-tellings and re-imaginings but this one felt wholly original on so many levels. — (4-5 stars) Sam Ryan

These are a few of my favorite things…

  • Hot chocolate
  • Warm puppies
  • Good books
  • Stores with books
  • Books on sale
  • Writing 10,000 words in one day
  • Having time to write
  • People who write
  • People who read her books