Interview with David Francis Jeffery

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I couldn't find anyone, either here in Australia, or overseas, who was interested in publishing my work. I had no other choice but to go independent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has allowed me to publish all my manuscripts and put them out there for others to assess, rather than letting them rust in a filing cabinet in the garage.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm not altogether sure there is any joy in writing. It's something I can't give up and I've tried. At least four or five times. I mean, really tried but I just can't stop. It's my only addiction. That doesn't mean I enjoy anything about it. Actually, that's not entirely true; i enjoy having finished something and actually having something to hand on paper.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jack Kerouac; Charles Bukowski; DH Lawrence; Patrick White; Stephen King; Henry Rollins; Celine; Norman Mailer; Sylvia Plath; Clementine Ford; Janet Turner Hospital; Moan Lisa.
What do your fans mean to you?
As I'm not entirely sure I have actual 'fans' - as opposed to curious onlookers - I don't really know. It would be gratifying to know someone likes my stuff enough to read all of it but I'll keep doing it regardless of any 'fans' so, I'm not dependent on them; let's put it that way.
What are you working on next?
A three book series that is a mix of poetry, prose, photos, drawings and ephemera.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ummm....I'm an adult?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, looking after my daughter, spending time with my wife, cleaning the house, doing the dishes, washing clothes, going to the toilet, cooking food, shopping, paying bills, trying to get some exercise, seeing the occasional friend, drinking coffee/wine/beer, sleeping.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Exclusively on Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. Some outer space thing I wrote when I was nine.
What is your writing process?
Looking at a blank piece of paper for a very long time until it isn't blank anymore.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Can't say as I do.
How do you approach cover design?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm always a bit dubious about a question like this. I don't really trust anyone who can name, off the top of their heads, their five favourite anything. To me, that suggests that you've given up looking any further than what you have now. Says the man who names no current authors in his 'favourite authors' question. Still, I can't say as I have five favourite books. Any book I'm reading is probably my favourite at that time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up, mostly, in a place called Geelong. All of my books - for the greater part - are set there, much like Stephen King does with Maine. Unlike him though, I don't make up any place names. Everything I mention in my books is a real place and/or setting in Geelong.
Published 2017-04-30.
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Books by This Author

A Numbing Wind
Price: Free! Words: 1,080. Language: Australian English. Published: July 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
A book of new, short poems, most of them barely stretching to three lines long.
The 12th Of April
Price: Free! Words: 1,820. Language: Australian English. Published: April 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
An exercise in collaboration, with my favourite Australian band.
The Man In The Floating House
Price: Free! Words: 21,120. Language: Australian English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
Number 3 in the Particlism Novel series. A man leaves his family to live alone and contemplates why.
You're Going To Laugh At This
Price: Free! Words: 4,300. Language: Australian English. Published: November 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
(4.00 from 1 review)
A bunch of old stuff that's been rejected, combined with some new stuff from this year.
Minor Diversons
Price: Free! Words: 30,410. Language: Australian English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mashups
First book in my new experimental style that I am calling particlism. Inspired by Cubist artwork.
Letters to the Sunday Age
Price: Free! Words: 32,400. Language: Australian English. Published: January 4, 2016. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Letters to the editor of the Sunday Age from the period 2007 - 2015.
The Light Beside The Reading Chair Is Weeping
Price: Free! Words: 6,160. Language: Australian English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
An exercise in longform poetry. Some poems are longer than others but all of them I have attempted to go further than I usually do.
Falling Houses On A Tightrope Journey
Price: Free! Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
All new poems; the majority of which were written in 2014, between February and October.
Price: Free! Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
A bunch of stuff that's been rejected; rescued and given another life.
The Cardboard Writings
Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
(4.00 from 1 review)
Short poems and prose written on the lids of take away containers, from the restaurant I used to work at.
Another 50 Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 640. Language: Australian English. Published: February 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Not the traditional Japanese system, these are a system of my own devising.
The Host
Price: Free! Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature
An experiment in automatic writing, sleep deprivation and how much coffee one human can consume in one sitting. It turns out that the answer to that, is quite a lot. All mistakes left in. This is the complete, unedited manuscript.
Reporting From The Bombsite
Price: Free! Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
Selected poems from 1999 up to and including 2013, though be warned, they are not in that order.
The Anti Book
Price: Free! Words: 8,800. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
A book of bits especially written to break all the rules of what a book should be.
Price: Free! Words: 8,770. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2013. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Twenty explorations of hate and love, from the point of view of a man well versed in both.
The Unfulfilled
Price: Free! Words: 33,150. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Religious
Exploring the links between the Bible, alcoholism, friendship, love, hate, writing, guilt and redemption.
50 Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 790. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Not the traditional Japanese Haiku system, these are a system of my own devising.
There Is No Truth To The Rumour
Price: Free! Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Modern Fables for a modern age. A timely reminder that not all fables will remain timeless.
Price: Free! Words: 17,600. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The book to read when you don't have time to read a book. Flip open to any page and wile away those few minutes you have spare.