MADISON VAUGHN ’21
Dedicated to her brother, who had recently died of a drug overdose, the novel is a collection of 12 short stories set in rural Connecticut. It was inspired by Davis’ childhood, where she grew up on a dairy farm; The rural community holds an im- portant place in her heart.
Throughout her ten years of writing, Davis says the stories kept coming back to her, and she was finally able to come to a greater understanding about the stories, the characters, and what their voices wanted to say. “It was about paying attention to what I felt the characters would want to say if they could talk for themselves,” said Davis.
The novel has a concurring theme of the appointed hour. “We all come here with a purpose and a time for our purpose, and these stories show the characters finding and deciding what to do with their purpose,” said Davis.
She hopes the collection will attract a young audience. She finds when teaching, her students often inspire her by sharing their world views and judgements. She believes young audience. She finds when teaching, her students often inspire her by sharing their world views and judgements. She believes young readers will be able to relate to these stores.
The Appointed Hour is currently available for preorder and will be out in print Dec. 7, 2017. Davis will be doing her first reading of the novel on Dec. 12 at the Mark Twain house. Admission will be $5, one half of the money will go to the Mark Twain house and the other to a program in Eastern Connecticut for helping those who suffer from drug addictions.