JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Terrence Davis, author of The Last Exit
The Last Exit is a sharp new look at the other side of love that we dare not speak of and reads like a blueprint on how to recover from losing love for life, relationships and one’s self. Through juxtapositions, readers will understand the path I have been on and why it is important for everyone to free themselves if love equates to the feeling of death. The Last Exit has a unique voice that unapologetically questions the meaning of love and the value we place on it.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write The Last Exit?
Terrence Davis: The inspiration came from a time when I was in a negative relationship, and I started losing love for everything and everyone. I thought I needed to write about my experiences, and I wanted people to purge themselves if they have allowed a personal relationship to become the demise of everything else.
My nephew was also my inspiration. At the age of 4, he was the one person who told me that my relationship was not what I thought it was.
JP: What sets The Last Exit apart from other books in the same genre?
TD: I think my poetry book is different because anyone can relate to my writing style and the things I discuss. I am exposing thoughts about love that people have but are either afraid to admit or not ready to deal with. I write poetry in a way that is raw but understandable. It doesn’t matter what race or gender, anyone will find themselves in my work.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to The Last Exit getting out to the public?
TD: I use my personal experiences that make the book a success. I use past and present situations as a tool when I write. Whenever I’m in social settings, I try to meet people to make connections. I also do private parties where people will ask me to read my poetry and discuss my book.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish The Last Exit?
TD: My writing process is pretty simple. I need to be inspired or moved. It could be as simple as listening to music or having a thought pop into my head and that spark fuels me in writing. If I tried to sit down and write, it wouldn’t work and /i am committed to only putting out work that I am proud of and I believe in. I started the book in 2009, but I wrote the majority of the book in about three months this year.
JP: What’s next for Terrence Davis?
TD: I am co-writing a book with another author as well as I am writing my first novel and the follow-up to The Last Exit will be another poetry book called EDIT.
I want to be a writer where people feel like they can always relate to me and find a voice through my personal experiences.