Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock Rocks

Author Davon Miller, age 13, at the book signing for his children’s series Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock at the South Branch Library in St. Petersburg on May 9.

Author Davon Miller, age 13, at the book signing for his children’s series Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock at the South Branch Library in St. Petersburg on May 9.

Davon Miller was born to write. According to his mother, Sandra, who read stories to him while he was still in the womb, Davon enjoyed hearing stories from an early age. He began writing and drawing when he was seven years old and wrote his first book while in elementary school.

“I started creating adventures for characters from TV shows I watched, like Barney & Friends and The Wiggles,” said Davon. “Then I decided to create my own characters to have adventures.”

One day, while in class, he happened to look up at the clock and an idea was born.

“No one had ever written about a clock in any of the children’s books I read,” said Davon. “So I decided to write one.”

At the age of 12, he published his first book, Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock: Goodnight Mr. Clock, which would become the first book in a children’s series featuring Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock.

A substitute teacher helped him contact an editor who landed the book on the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on Amazon.com.

“I always wanted to be published,” Davon said. “Miss Mobley and Mr. Verne helped make that happen.”

Now 13 years old, Davon lives in St. Petersburg and attends Bay Point Middle School in the magnet program. The second book in the series, Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock: Clockworker David, was published this year. Davon also illustrates his books.

Davon said he is always drawing and writing. His friends and family read his drafts, and his parents are strong supporters who help him promote his work. Davon has been featured in three newspapers in the Tampa Bay area, was interviewed on Bay News 9 and appeared at book signings in St. Petersburg, most recently at the South Branch Library on May 9.

What’s next for Davon?

“I’ve already started the third book in the series,” he said. “After that I want to write graphic novels.”

Davon’s books and profile can be found on Amazon.com.

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