outh Dakota International Bestselling Author of “Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive Dan “Tito” Davis wraps up his seven continent book signing tour in Antarctica. Davis has been promoting his book and his message of growth through adversity for the last 18 months after being released from prison. Before then Tito spent 13 years on the run from the US government as an international fugitive. Davis is one of the first, if not the only author, to do a book signing tour across all seven continents. In simple terms, Gringo is Brilliant, Life Changing and Moving.
While you were in prison you wrote “Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive” and published it when you were released. Back then did you think it would be as successful as it is, and that you would become a famous South Dakota writer?
Writing a book in prison is not easy. I had to concentrate on finding a typewriter that worked and had some ink left in the ribbon. If you wonder where all the typewriters went other than museums, they’re probably in the basement of some federal institution, penitentiary, or in the law library.
In prison, the typewriters are for the inmates to do legal work, because there are no word processors or computers in the federal prisons. Writing a book in prison is very, very difficult. I was focused on getting it written rather than thinking about how successful it would be. I had no idea that it would be a bestseller and open up so many doors for me. That wasn’t even in my mind. My goal was just to get it done.
Did you think you would embark on a seven-continent book tour?
As I said, when I was writing this book my goal was just to get it written. I had no idea that an author needs to get out there and market their book. I didn’t even know what a book tour or a book signing was – it was all new to me
In my wildest dreams, I never thought that would I do a seven-continent book tour, let alone be the first person to do it. That wasn’t even on the table, but I’m so glad I had the chance to do it. The tour was an amazing experience.
Taking your book to so many places and meeting so many of your fans must have been exciting. Can you talk a bit about that?
Most people have never met a former international fugitive. They’re fascinated about it and want to take pictures with me. It’s a lot of fun. I love talking to the people I meet while I’m on the road. They’re the reason I can travel, the reason I’m out and about. Without them, I wouldn’t be here.
Connecting with all the different readers and the people who are interested in the life I’ve led has been an amazing experience. I’m thrilled that the book was so successful and that they liked it. Without the readers, it’s just another book.