Interview with David Gift

What do you read for pleasure?
The Holy Bible K.J.V., Sci-fi, Romance and as a kid Choose Your Own Adventure
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like Google Play Books on my smartphone and Adobe Digital Editions on my laptop. Also, Kindle Fire recently.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
All my social media cites: Snapchat, Instagtam, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, my WordPress Blog, and my website Plus email.
Describe your desk
Lol my desk is my lap. If I have to do a lot of typing I'll go to the dinning room table. But otherwise I do all my work sitting wherever.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had did some research on what it costs to get published. And with my financial situation I couldn't afford to go that route anytime soon. So I was talking about my book to a business man and he suggested I go the eBook route since it is a short book. Around that same time a buddy from college had just published a book and I thought it was an eBook. So then I started doing some more research on how to publish an eBook. Because I knew it was basically a PDF document that you could hyper link to. And I came across Smashwords and now I'm a published indie author. Amen.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Without JESUS and Smashwords I wouldn't have been able to get my book out so soon to the world sitting on the shelves of all these major retailers. Thank YOU JESUS! Thank you! lol Amen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy many aspects of writing. Typing has always been a passion. As well as writing with pen or pencil. I enjoy that initial idea moment. Then the brain storming and development of the project. Editing is a labor of love. Finally completing any piece is a blessing. And sharing it with people who are moved by it is the best feeling ever.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the reason I write. My goal is to help people. I've realized they may come sooner or later. Whatever the LORD'S will is. My job is to create and publish so that it is available and accessible. Right now my fans are few, but they mean the most because this is the beginning of the David Gift Light Musick Movement.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a great conversation with my Mom. She said something that made me think to myself, wow that would be a good song title, movie title, or book title. So, 2 years ago she mentioned that it would be a hot day in December before something happened. And I already wanted to write a fiction book. So, I just went with it and started brain storming. I wanted the story to really connect to Tampa, where I grew up, by referencing specific local things. And I wanted it to have some humor, romance, friendship, family, and wisdom elements. 2 years later my debut novel "A Hot Day In December" is published! To GOD be the glory! Amen.
What are you working on next?
We just released the "Royal" Album and it is live in iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon Music and others. Also available at,, YouTube and free to download at Thanks for listening!
Published 2018-09-05.
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Books by This Author

A Hot Day In December
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,010. Language: American English. Published: June 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
A story about a young artist trying to navigate his way through life in Tampa Florida and fulfill his dreams. Only it's not easy to endure. With the help of family and friends maybe he can overcome the wiles of temptation. In the process, hearts are broken and trust is betrayed. But joy still comes in the morning.
The Prisoner's Guide to Doing Time
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / General
If you’re reading this you’re either in prison, going to prison, been to prison or curious about prison. Regardless, welcome to “The Chain Gang.” I’m about to give my personal experiences, testimony, do’s & don’ts and the purpose of any confinement whether county, state, or federal from my opinion.