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IWU Interview with G.W. Jefferies

The next installment in my series of interviews from the Facebook group “Indie Writers Unite” is with G.W. Jefferies. G. W. is the author of “Apolo Drakuvich“, which is the story about the life of a petty criminal whose story is summed up by a quote from his long-time crush: “He may look smart, but he really isn’t.”

Now then, for the interview:

How many books, and in which genre, have you written?
“Apolo Drakuvich” – Novella, Literary Fiction / Dystopian Fiction
“The Wind Changed As I Lay Dying” – Poetry

Who is your favorite author?
I’m a huge fan of Hunter S. Thompson and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is one of my favorite books. I really dig his style and I love the blending of truth and fiction. Thompson lived a remarkable and crazy life. It’s appealing to me the dual life of Thompson. There was the character of Hunter S. Thompson or Raul Duke and the real Thompson. Somehow he managed to bring both to life.

What is the last book you read?
“Choke” by Chuck Palahniuk – It was pretty awesome.

Do you prefer to write on a laptop or a desktop computer?
I prefer to use a desktop but I don’t mind using my laptop. I even write on a notepad. As long as I can get the story down it doesn’t really matter what system is used.

What do you most enjoy about writing?
There are some odd ideas and stories that move around in my brain and I like sharing them with anyone interested in reading or hearing about them.

What steps do you take in starting a new book?
I let the idea hang around in my head for a while before I actually start to write anything down. The next step includes plenty of notes and then an outline. After that, I just write, write and write some more.

What are you currently working on writing?
I’m finishing up a novella, “The Strange Rise of Marlon Applewood” which will be released on September 20, 2011.

What advice would you give a new writer?

How many drafts do you usually have before deciding it’s done?
It usually takes about three to four drafts before I’m satisfied with the book or project. The first draft looks absolutely terrible and I have to stop myself from throwing it away. The second draft looks a lot better and when I reach the third draft I get a wonderful feeling. Things get fine tuned in the fourth draft.

What is the most difficult challenge in putting your book together?
I waste a lot of time doing other things besides writing. Some days I’ll just watch movies or play video games and other times it’s just chores around the house. I have to tell myself to write. My book count would be at 30 by now if I hadn’t wasted so much time. Oh well…don’t be like me…write…ha ha.


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