Author Rebecca Davis was recently highlighted in the Winston-Salem Journal for her novel Amidst This Fading Light published by SFK Press. Read on.

Check out some highlights from the article below:

“Amidst This Fading Light,” her debut novel, is loosely based on the 1929 Christmas Day massacre of the Lawson family. Charlie Lawson, a Germanton farmer, killed six of his seven children then killed himself, a story that is known widely among an older generation of Stokes County residents. Davis spent time researching the murders, using some of the facts to jump off into a fictional story that pays homage to her love of Southern Gothic literature. The book won a contest from SFK Press, an independent publisher based in Atlanta, Ga., resulting in its publication.

Q: How would you describe your art?
Answer: My first novel, “Amidst This Fading Light,” is something like Southern Gothic but for a contemporary audience. I strive to write detailed prose that shows something about what it means to be human. I also want to write something that is interesting and a good read.

Q: Who has influenced your art?
Answer: My style is influenced by Southern Gothic writers, like William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. When it comes to characters and subjects, I’m inspired by my friends and family, as well as history and places that I see. One of the things that makes a writer a writer is her ability to see the little details that create our world and render them in prose.

To read the full article, visit the official Winston-Salem Journal website.

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