His past as a volunteer medical services provider has come back to "haunt" Jamie Davis.
In the best way possible.
Davis, 52, of Rising Sun, loosely bases the urban fantasy books he writes on his past experience riding the ambulance with the local fire company.
In addition to being an author, Jamie Davis is a registered nurse and works as an adjunct professor teaching at Cecil College. He's also a medical journalist and runs a podcast studio providing medical programming. He's still a member of the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun. He has served in many capacities there, including as the EMS Chief. He was the company's Provider of the Year in 2002.
His first urban fantasy series was born from his experiences on the ambulance. "Extreme Medical Services: Medical Care on the Fringes of Humanity". The second book in that series is "The Paramedic's Angel"., followed by the prequel "The Vampire and the Paramedic". Other titles in that series include "The Paramedic's Choice", "The Paramedic's Hunter", "The Paramedic's Witch", and "The Paramedic's Nemesis". "The Paramedic's Doom" is on the horizon and will be released later this month. "The medical stuff is real," he said. But the supernatural characters are pure fiction.
The books may seem very familiar to those who live locally.
"I use place names from Cecil County but it's not really Cecil County. I just use familiar place names," Jamie Davis said.
He began writing books on a dare. He said that each November has been designated as National Novel Writing month. A nurse friend dared him to write a novel. In 30 days, a few years ago, he churned out 50,000 words. The book sat for eight months. During that time, he gathered information about self-publishing. "I didn't know I was a fiction writer," he said. But his mother had saved his writing from a young age. He later discovered he had written funny, clever works from childhood.
"I was surprised at how easy it was to come up with the story," he said.
And he's keeping the writing in the family.
He enlisted help from his son, Christopher, 24, for his second series. Chris works at Cecil College in the IT department. He will graduate from the college in May and hopes to be a software developer. Jamie asked his son to assist him in the second series, because Chris is an avid video gamer. Jamie began writing in the literature/role playing game (LIT RPG) genre.
"I play some video games but I asked Chris to co-write it with me," said Jamie. Initially, Chris' role was to ensure accuracy about the gaming aspects. He later became vested in the writing process and the characters. His expanded role led Jamie to include Chris more in the writing process and credit him as co-author.
The most recent book, the fourth in the second series, "Accidental Duelist" was released on Friday. The other books include "Accidental Thief", "Accidental Warrior", and "Accidental Mage."
"Sometimes, it's stressful. I work at the college and I go to college. I'm busy. I didn't want to let him down, but I was busy," said Chris.
Chris is also getting married later this year. There are other trilogy's on the horizon for the father/son series.
"He likes it when I write him royalty checks," Jamie laughed. "The second trilogy was Chris' idea. He is more invested in it now. What he added to the story was so valuable he got writer's credit," said Jamie.
Chris admits that it's hard keeping up with his father's pace. But now, the pair are outlining future books together. "I don't think it will be what I do as a main job. But I like it as a side job," Chris said.
Their works have ranked high on best seller lists. They've reached number 80 on Amazon bestseller lists and have been ranked second in their genre. Most of their works are ebook sales. They get paid by page reads. "Kindle Unlmited is huge," said Chris.
They have two more books coming out by the beginning of June.
They will be signing books and discussing their work at Cecil Con. That event will be held April 14 in the Physical Education and Technology buildings at the Cecil College North East Campus. They'll be signing books and chatting from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
On August 18 they will be signing books and chatting at the Dover Delaware Central Library.
The books are available at Amazon.com and on the website JamieDavisBooks.com.