John M. Davis is an American science fiction and pulp fiction author. As of the end of 2015, he’s published 21 stories, including Atlantis, which is under his pen name (Mort Rainey). Beginning in 2011 with Gunship, John finally nailed down a best-selling book in May, 2015 with The Fleet.
Davis’ father, Paul, was a surgeon in the United States Army while his Mother was a nurse with the same Army unit. His family is of Italian descent. At an early age, Davis’ parents divorced and, along with his mother and younger brother, he moved to Pulaski, Virgina.
Following school, John’s main point of interest was the martial arts. He’s studied both Universal Kickboxing and Muay Thai Kickboxing and was the reigning Virginia State Champion in 1998 for his weight class. Davis began to fight in the sport of conventional boxing shortly after and did so competitively on the amateur level until until 2006 and professionally out of Roanoke, Virginia in 2007. Following an official retirement from organized fighting, John attended ISSA’s personal training certification program.
After the birth of his daughter, John began writing late at night and just weeks after his son was born 2 years later, he published his first novel. Gunship was met with mixed reception. While it contained many of the flaws seen with brand new authors, the book still caught fire with some of the larger online book review sites. With comparisons to Buck Rogers and Discworld, fans of Gunship began asking for more. Soon after, Glimmeria was written and from there, John became a full-time author. He’s since written plenty more, but The Fleet remains his most popular series. A spin-off of Gunship, it follows the story of Dalton James. As of late 2015, Gunship and The Fleet have combined for 80k+ download across all major platforms.
Looking ahead, Davis has hinted at several collaborations and more of a pulp fiction approach to his work. A major campaign for his new series, One Last Hero, began in December of 2015.
Davis is of Italian descent and a born again Christian. He currently lives in the mountains of Virgina with his wife Cassey and their two children, McKenzie and Dawson. They split time between a primary home in Pulaski, Virginia and a smaller home in nearby Hillsville Virginia. John’s favorite authors are Robert E. Howard and Stephen King. His pen name is inspired by Stephen King’s story, Secret Window, Secret Garden, in which Mort Rainey is a psychotic author. John is a fan of both soccer/football (Arsenal F.C.) and professional hockey (Canadians).