With his third book, Mostly Human, being released today 4th July, this is a great time to interview David Jolly and know more about what has inspired him to write Fantasy.
- Tell us a little about yourself. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Born and raised in South Africa I now live in Berlin but I’ve lived in seven different countries over the last 11 years. The world is a big beautiful place and I love seeing new things and meeting new people, and I promise there are conversations in my books that come straight out of random conversations with strangers in bars.
I have sort of always wanted to be a writer. When I was seven I played a video game called Gabriel Knight, and he was a writer and I wanted to be him. For years it was always this thing that I just said, “I’m going to be a writer when I grow up.” Then as I got older and started to realise that I did actually have some stories bouncing around my brain and began trying to write them out. Not all of them were very good but with time, practise and some blind determination, here we are.
- When did you decide you wanted to publish a book?
The first time I finished a story that was long enough. I’ve never been shy about trying to get people to read my stuff. And by some miracle it actually happened. My first book ‘A guy a girl and a voodoo monkey hand’, is actually the first book I ever wrote.
- And why Fantasy?
It started more as an interest in superheroes, then developed into a wanting for there to be more to what’s around us than what we can see. So in all my books, and stories I always try and have them take plus in our normal world, with just a few little differences.
- What inspired you to write about the story of Alex in ‘Mostly Human’?
I was driving the 3 hour drive from where I lived to go visit my mother and I started thinking about werewolves in relation to actual wolves. Who are not murdering monsters, they live in close knit family packs, they mate for life, and they protect and nurture the sick and elderly. From there I started to think about how would that werewolf interact with our world, and at that point the whole story started to unfold in my mind. Arrive at my mom’s place and started working on Mostly Human that night.
- Who was the first person reading your draft or work in progress?
The first person I sent it to was almost defiantly my best friend Reid, who is mentioned in the dedication for this book. He has a great way of just saying “Sounds really cool man, so what happens next?” whenever I send him random unfinished bits of writing.
- Do you feel you have been influenced by any other authors?
Of course, specifically I remember reading Robert Rankin’s Armageddon Trilogy and realising that it doesn’t matter how insane your idea is, if you’ve got it, run with it. And that gave me a lot of confidence early on to be able to say “Well I like the idea and the story and it doesn’t have to be everyone’s idea of a book should be.” Which as a teenager was a great comfort.
- Who should read ‘Mostly Human’?
In a perfect world? Everyone. But no it comes closest to young adult fiction. That said I do believe it branches out enough and in the right way that anyone can pick it up and enjoy it. I don’t shy away from much.
- Which was your biggest challenge, or do you think it is yet to come?
The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far is getting my work seen. Marketing a book when no one really knows you is incredibly hard. People can be very selective about what they’re willing to put the time towards reading, and so many people, myself included, gravitate towards author they know, or have been personally recommended.
- Thank you so much for this interview, David. Now this is your chance to leave any last words to your readers.
My pleasure, and thank you for giving me this space to talk about myself and my work.
Mostly Human, which is out as of the 4th of July is my pride and joy. I’ve put more work and time and effort into this book than I think both my other books combined and I love the characters so much I’m already deeply into writing the sequel. I believe it’s been worth it, and really hope and want to encourage anyone and everyone to give it a look see. It’s Kindle only at this point, but my publisher and I do hope to one day be able to go into print, all we need is enough traction with the digital version.
by D. I. Jolly
Cover Art: Tom Kyffin
Print Length: 494 pages
Published by: Tinpot Publishing
Release date: 4th July 2016
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