For this week’s installment of my FB IWU group’s neverending blog tour, I interrogated indie author GW Jefferies, whose intense writing at first will make you ask, what on earth does happy-go-lucky-paranormal-romance-Lizzy have in common with Dark-Writer-GW’s gritty exploration of the dark corners and shadowy figures of our society? The answer is simple: we both strive to see life and people from the inside out rather than accepting the face value of anything or anyone, and it shows in our ability to breathe life into our stories and characters and make them and their motivations real.
In his novella, Apolo Drakuvich, GW tears away the mysterious curtain shrouding our criminal justice system to reveal the man trapped in it and show his struggles to find himself and his place in society. GW’s short story, Undead In The Head, takes us into the mind of a man who’s recently died. (For those who have read my short story Mind Cafe, you’ll find more commonality in how we manage to portray the mind of the living dead.) Both of GW’s stories display the everyday struggle of men who are trying to find themselves and their way in a world that isn’t really receptive to them.
Maybe like … indie authors? Ha! Read on for GW’s interrogation!
GW Jefferies offerings:
Undead In The Head, short story, May 2011
Apolo Drakuvich, novella, February 2011 (On sale for a limited time via Amazon for .99). This novella enjoys stellar reviews on Amazon – click the title to check it out!
The Wind Changed As I Lay Dying, poetry collection, January 2011
About GW Jefferies
Tell me what readers should know about G.W. Jefferies, the man behind the books.
I write dystopian and contemporary fiction and poetry. It’s important for me that the reader gets something out of the books that I write. I want them to be a part of the story and experience the characters thoughts and feelings.
What inspires you to write?
I feel there is a need and desire to get these stories out of my head. There are some messages and feelings that are expressed best when I write.
If you had a perfect writing outfit, what would it be?
A t-shirt and jeans works for me.
How do you define success as a writer?
Having a following of my work would define success as a writer.
Does your family read your books?
You bet they do. They support and encourage me to write more and they enjoy the works I put out.
What’s the #1 piece of advice you’d like to give other indie authors?
Don’t ever give up and be persistent.
What’s the hardest part of writing a novel, in your opinion?
The hardest part is finding the time to write. I have a full time job that eats away my energy.
In your novella, Apolo Drakuvich, and your short story, Undead in The Head, you seem to deal with issues of self-discovery by individuals who experience challenges being accepted by society as a whole. What inspires you to write on such a difficult topic?
Self-discovery and being accepted or understanding society are big themes that I use in my stories. A characters understanding of oneself is just as important as their interactions with other characters. I like to go deep into a character and poke around to see why a person is or is not accepted by society. It makes an interesting story.
Your novella and short story are what I’d call, barely fiction, in that they reflect reality enough that they’re plausible. They’re gripping, engaging, and gritty. Apolo Drakuvich in particular seems to bring to light systemic problems in our criminal justice system, which I found fascinating, since we as a culture rarely see beyond what’s portrayed in Law and Order! What was the impetus for writing Apolo Drakuvich in particular, and do you hope to change the flawed system?
Apolo Drakuvich is a work of fiction but I do believe it is very possible for similar situations that Apolo faces could happen in the near future. It’s a problem that will not be solved easily and I hope Apolo Drakuvich brings the subject of these problems in the criminal justice system.
You’ve released a novella, short story, and poetry collection, which is a very nice bouquet and offers readers variety. Do you choose what to write or does your writer’s Muse tell you what to write?
I go through different moods when it comes to writing. Some days I have these little spurts of ideas that I turn into poetry and other days I feel like writing a short story. Whatever I write, I put my time and energy to make sure the work is of high quality and value.
What’s your next project?
I’m working on a novel that should be released later this year.
What’s the story’s main message?
What is reality? Do you accept what you see before your eyes?
Who is/are the main characters?
Tim is the main character of the story. He experiences strange events that lead him to believe that he has come back from the dead.
Which character do you admire from this book?
I’m a fan of the shadowy characters in the story. I like the mystery behind them.
Which character would creep you out if you met him/her in person?
I think just about every character in the story would creep me out. Ha ha.
What regret – if any – do you have about writing this story?
I wouldn’t say this is a regret, but I wouldn’t mind turning this story in to a novella or novel.
What’s the story’s main message?
Apolo Drakuvich discusses pertinent issues of today’s society, where it is next to impossible for offenders to live normal lives, despite the desire to do so.
Who is/are the main characters?
Apolo Drakuvich and Hawk are the two main characters. The two don’t meet until the end of the story but Apolo’s hatred towards Hawk is apparent right at the start of the story.
Which character surprised you when you wrote him/her?
I’m happy the way the character Apolo turned out in the book. I wanted to show a tortured soul in a society that didn’t accept him and that can be seen throughout the book.
If you could be stranded on a desert island with one of your characters from this novel, which one and why?
It would have to be Jose. He is the only decent character in the book. The rest of the characters have too many issues to want to deal with on a long term basis.
Which one would you definitely NOT want to be stranded with and why?
I wouldn’t want to be stranded with Hawk. He’d probably stab me in the back for some coconuts.
Where can we find your books?
Barnes and Noble: Apolo Drakuvich
Where can we find you?
Apolo website (with free first chapter)