David William Kirby


I have written my whole life; seriously, I have a file of rejection letters a foot thick to prove it. My English was poor after leaving school so I understand why. I spend my spare time writing and re-writing/editing and putting my life's work online. You can find 40 years worth of novels, plays, poetry and essays published at Scribd:


During the recent period of uploading I have managed to edit and deal with the poor grammar that held me back when I was younger. I am proud of my work and so far the 27.000 readers I've had to date agree with me.; I wish more people would pay to read my work but I don't write to be paid; I do it because I enjoy immersing myself in creativity. If others enjoy or learn anything from what I've created it's a bonus.

We've all been spoilt by free content availably on-line so I understand why people don't want to be bothered paying for something they expect to be free. It would be nice if I could earn something but, as I've said, it's not why I write.

The underbelly of life and some of life's loosers interest me. Having experienced difficulties in the past I have an intuitive understanding of depravation (whether it be poor housing or homelessness or habitual behaviour); this combined with my psychological training helps to get into my character's minds and explain what drives them. I have an intrest in the unusual and history; or odd historical events. Hence one day I may write about a drug addicted cab driver who has a transexual as a partner and the next about ghosts.

The first book I wrote 'Before Now and After' was started when I was a wayward 15 year old at one of those Stonehenge Free festivals back in the early 70s. I still own the two foolscrap tombs filled with my longhand scrawl. As the sound of Hawkwind filled the hash stained air and rain fell across the field of tents and flags the words just spilled onto the page.

It ended up being written backward with the last section being written first, and the first section written last and the narrative is like a teenagers bedroom wall, here's a splash of occultism, there a flash of music and a whole load of other interest thrown into the mix.

The publishing industry never got to appreciate the talent and only saw the crazy grammer and bad puctuation; thank the lord for internet publishing.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have to be INSPIRED to write. I've tried sitting there and forcing it but that does not work with me. I may not write a thing for a month and then a dream, a chance snippet of gossip, anything can get my brain milling over. Then I write my plan, normally in one or two hours, the whole story in little bits and pieces will come out. I will spend a few days thinking about the characters (starting with the main and then working out the others) and then the work begins. Once I have the plan I basically have the whole story and just need to write it in a narrative form. Editing is my most hated chore because I'm not good at it and I will revisit something sometime after I thought it was all as good as it could be and notice a spelling mistake. That pisses me off.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest I have a good library and think it's important to give them my time, I've read virtually every book in the local one and now go to the main one if I need to read. I read books like food when I was younger and would have three on the go all at once sometimes. Today I write more then I read.
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Where to find David William Kirby online

Where to buy in print


What's My Name
You set the price! Words: 14,170. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A mysterious man is discovered wanderiing through the streets dirty and confused. He finds himself in police custody and begins a journey through a legal system which confounds and abuses him. Any one of us could be remanded for 'Medical reports' and shut away behind bars without support or advice. This short story exposes a system which can suck you in and NEVER spit you out again.
A Devil Among Us
You set the price! Words: 20,400. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
A man is released from prison having been wrongly convicted and tries to make sense of the past. Only one woman, a probation officer, actually believes he may be innocent.
Price: Free! Words: 19,640. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Plays » Gay & Lesbian
A Play The story of a late night London taxi driver, Zero 7, and his life among the clip joints, prostitutes and killers of Soho.
The Rose Garden
Price: Free! Words: 23,730. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Screenplays » Drama
The story of a man who changes his life only to find his choices are questoned.
Uther and the Secret of the Dragon
You set the price! Words: 41,150. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Screenplays » History
A screen-play set in the neolithic period following a boy and his guardian's magical education and enlightenment.
A Sense of Freedom
You set the price! Words: 47,460. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Criminology
The true story of a single mother's descent into criminality.
Before Now and After
You set the price! Words: 66,260. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
This author's first book written when he was just 15 years, It follows the history of the mythical 'Tetragramatton' (The supposed true name of GOD translated as Yehova in the King James Bible). Set in three distinct sections the narrative begins in a mythical island, onto Imperial Rome and then through to modern times. A masterpiece of esoteric knowledge.
The Gift
Price: Free! Words: 11,590. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
A horror story for modern times
Free edition of Boy Out in Africa and Lady Mandrax
Price: Free! Words: 92,180. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Two free books as an introduction to the author. The first the true story of a gay teenager growing up in 1970s South Africa, the second a dark love story set in a 1960s brothel. Adult themes and sexual references.
You set the price! Words: 65,160. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Brenda Sullivan is a woman with a history she's not proud of. As she approaches her forties, lonely and childless, she thinks her life will never amount to much. She has an amazing story to tell but no-one to tell it too and thinks no-one would believe her anyway. Then a chance meeting on a train changes her life forever.
The Killing Moon
You set the price! Words: 86,550. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
A woman's life, from her teens in a Nazi death camp to her later work as a killer for Mossad. Focusing on her romance with another inmate who she meets unexpectedly later in life this story reveals how fate seems to have a path set for us all.

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