Milton Davis poses as a chemist by day in order to pursue his true identity as a fantasy and science fiction writer in the evenings and on weekends. He is married with two children and resides in Fayetteville, GA. Meji is his first novel.
“Readers will voyage with Ndoro and Obaseki on their converging paths and will be immersed in a blend of African folklore, mythology, sorcery and history…Meji is a fantastic, mystifying bewildering journey with pulse-pounding action, vivid descriptions and moral dilemmas. ” Rawsistaz Literary Group Review, Dec. 2008
On the continent of Uhuru, in the grasslands of the Sesu, Inkosi Dingane is granted his wish. His Great Wife Shani bears him a son, an heir to his growing empire. But the ancestors have plans of their own. Shani bears him twin boys, meji, an abomination among the Sesu, but a blessing to Shani’s people, the Mawena.
Thus begins the story of two brothers destined to transform their world. One brother, Ndoro, fights for his place among the Sesu, hoping to shed the stigma of abomination. The other, Obaseki, grows to a man among the Mawena, struggling with a gift that alienates him from his family. Both brothers are forced to seek their destiny, traveling through teeming savannah, mysterious forests, haunted cliffs and torrid deserts, fulfilling a prophecy that would change them and their world forever.
Q. Where did you find the original impulse to write Meji?
MD. Meji began almost twenty years ago. I always wanted to write an epic fantasy story based on African culture. Meji is the result of that desire.
Q. Who inspired the characters of Meji
MD. No one in particular. Ndoro was somewhat influenced by Shaka Zulu, but the other characters were developed based on the storyline.
Q. Looking at the Meji now, what surprises you?
MD. I’m surprised at how the story took on a life of its own. Many of the details of the book sprang up as I wrote the novel. They revealed themselves as the characters began to interact. It was a fascinating experience.
Q. What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?
MD. The hardest part of writing is editing.
Q. Many writers describe themselves as “character” or “plot” writers. Which are you?
MD. Sometimes plot drives my stories and sometimes it’s characters. It depends on how the idea comes to me.
Q. What was the book that most influenced your life and why?
MD. As far as science fiction is concerned that would be Dune. I love that book for it’s details and originality.
Q. What are your 2 favorite books and why?
MD. My two favorite books are Dune and African Adorned.
Q. What are you currently working on?
MD. I’m currently working on MetroForce, a science fiction novel based in Atlanta. I have two books in the can waiting for printing, Meji Book Two and Changa’s Safari, both Sword and Soul Novels.
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