Daniel R. Davis

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[Originally posted on Facebook]

A writer I know has died. His name was Daniel R. Davis, and most of you, I’m sure, are unfamiliar with his work.

Daniel was taken from his wife and young daughter way too soon, and he was robbed of the career he dreamed of and deserved. I didn’t know Daniel well — I’d only met him in person a couple of times. But for years he was an integral part of the Magical Words community, someone who commented on posts and offered his insights and experiences on a variety of topics all relating to the written word, for which he had an enduring passion.

There was, from the beginning of our interactions, a quiet confidence to Daniel. He hadn’t been published yet, and he never tried to pass himself off as an expert or as someone who had met more of his goals than he actually had. But he knew — he KNEW — that one day he would be a published author, one who took no short-cuts, one who worked his tail off, knowing that he had to in order to realize his dreams and ambitions.

And yet, as dedicated as he was to his writing, he was even more devoted to his wife, Jayne, and their lovely daughter.

My thoughts are with them today, but they are also on Daniel’s creative journey. Because while his death is a tragedy, there is at least some light here as well. Daniel’s first book — actually Daniel and Jayne’s first book, WHILE YOU WERE AWAY, was published last month by Red Sage Publishing, under the name D.J. Davis. Daniel didn’t have long to enjoy this first literary success, but he did see his book published.

I believe that Daniel would want us to lend his support to Jayne as she struggles to help their daughter make sense of what has happened. But I also believe that he would want us to celebrate the craft to which he devoted so much of his admirable passion and skill.

And wouldn’t it be a fitting tribute to Daniel and his loving partnership with Jayne, to their creative vision and their determination to succeed in this crazy business, if we all went out and got a copy of WHILE YOU WERE AWAY today? Wouldn’t it be cool if we managed to push it into the top 100 on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Maybe even the top 10?  The top 5? I’ve got my copy. Go get yours.

Daniel, we all miss you. Jayne, you and your family are in our thoughts, our prayers, our hearts.

[Buy the book on Amazon here]

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11 comments to Daniel R. Davis

  • As someone who was a much more active commenter in years past, I remember Daniel quite well, although I can’t claim to actually have known him well. I’m very sorry to hear he’s no longer with us. He usually had something useful to contribute, even if it was only his own personal experience with a topic.

    While I don’t particularly care for romance–science fiction or otherwise–I’d like to wish you guys luck in pushing Daniel’s book up the Amazon best-seller lists.

  • I am sad to hear of his passing. Daniel always had useful insight into writing and although I never met him in person, I got the feeling through his posts that he was a fun intelligent person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time. He will be missed.

  • Andrea

    This is very sad news. Words seem so inadequate. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tom G

    Very sad news indeed. It’s funny how with the internet someone you never met can touch you. Thanks for posting the link to his book. I bought a copy and I hope others do as well.

  • So sorry to hear this news. I am more of a lurker than a commenter, and have never met Daniel (or indeed most of you) in person, but I’ve always enjoyed his comments. I’m glad he at least got to see his first book published. I hope it does well. I’ve just purchased my copy. My condolences to his family.

  • NewGuyDave

    De-lurking for this.

    I always thought Daniel’s comments were a mixture of insight and humor. I came across as a really positive guy. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Too soon.
    NGD

  • TwilightHero

    Oh, man.

    Commenters come and go here at MW – myself included. But Daniel was one of the regulars. Though I’d never met him, I always enjoyed his insights and sense of humour. Seeing his name as the title of this post, I assumed he’d written it and thought, it’s about time.

    And I guess it is…but I wish it wasn’t.

    My sincerest condolences to his family. Your loss is greater than ours, but we feel it too.

  • Ken

    Damn it. Just…Damn it.

    I’ll miss you Dan. My thoughts are with your family and friends.

  • I always got a lot from Daniel’s comments. I will miss him. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • quillet

    I was shocked and saddened to read this today. My heart goes out to Daniel’s family. I never had the chance to meet him in person, but through his comments here at MW he always seemed to me a warm, funny, thoughtful, kind person. We will miss him terribly.

  • Deb S

    This is truly sad news. My heart goes out to Daniel’s friends and family.