Connect with Justine
Justine Davis was born during an Iowa blizzard. In response, she’s been a West Coaster since before she was a year old, and intends to stay that way. She has a history of staying, starting her first full time job right out of school–
“Excuse me? There was that brief sojourn at a concrete plant where they made, among other things, burial vaults. The reasons for and mechanics of which I could have gone my entire life without knowing.” Ew. Yes. May we proceed now? Where were we? Ah, staying. Justine spent twenty one years at that first job. Was married to her first and only husband also for twenty one years. Lived in their first house for seventeen years. Has lived in her current house in the Pacific Northwest for twelve. Is it dedication, inertia, laziness, or–
“Laziness?? Do you have any idea how much junk you accumulate in that amount of time? How many dumpsters we filled moving? Think I want to do that again? Not a chance.”
Right. Now then. You’ve had two lengthy careers. Again, dedication, inertia, or laziness?
“Laziness again? You try working two full time jobs. Graveyard shift at the PD. Home and to bed by 9am. Up at 2pm. (yes, that’s five hours sleep) Write until 9pm. Get ready for night job. Lather, rinse, repeat. For six years, I did both. Hmpf. Lazy indeed.”
All right, all right, no need to get snarky. So, which job did/do you hate more?
“Sheesh. Neither. I’ve been wonderfully fortunate to have two jobs I’ve loved. Some people never get one. My time in law enforcement was many things, exciting, nerve wracking, and irritating, but most importantly never, ever boring. It was fascinating enough that I didn’t think about writing seriously for several years. I kept a journal, and wrote long letters, collected quotes, mentally rewrote movies and TV shows, and still made up those stories in my head, but never dreamed of actually writing for publication. I was having too much fun helping to catch bad guys, and being continually amazed at the situations people get themselves into. And eventually I walked away with a wealth of background and story ideas, and knowing some truly great people who work very hard to keep all of us safe. I’m proud to have been one of them. But writing is my life now. It’s the greatest joy I have, to tell the stories that live in my head. (not to mention clearing out some of these people – they say writer’s block is when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you. Mine never shut up!) ”
Has your writing career gone as planned?
“Um...plan? The extent of my plan was I wanted to sell a book by the time I was thirty. I didn’t quite make it, but it was close enough. After that, it was all pretty much seat of the pants stuff. I know writers who have actual plans, X books in X number of years, be on radio or TV by book number X, hit the USA today list by book X, then the NYT list by book number X. While I’ve done all of those except for the last, it certainly hasn’t been because I planned it that way.”
Now that you’re back on the grid, as they say, can readers expect to hear from you?
"Absolutely. They’ll probably even get some grovelling about my lengthy absence, if they want it. Because despite my dropping off that grid, they’ve stayed with me, buying books and wanting more."
The Big Easy with Dennis Quaid