David William Kirby

Biography

I have written my whole life; seriously, You can find 40 years worth of novels, plays, poetry and essays published at my website:

www.thedogbreathspublishing.weebly.com

and scribd:

http://www.scribd.com/D%20W%20K%20The%20Dogbreaths%20Publishing

For some reason, possibly because I grew up in a house with three strong women, most of my novels feature women as their main character. In 'Wailing on the While' there are two girls (the feisty Kay and the dozy Carol) who battle an assortment of oversexed boys and devious men and emerge with dignity. The character Kay is based on the real person, a typical Essex girl who knows how to fight and regularly puts the men around her to shame. The second main character,Carol, is also based on a girl I squatted with back in the 70's and her sad life is all there; exposed in the pages of the book.

In 'Lady Mandrax' the main character is a black girl with piercing green eyes, called Mandy.Of course I'm not black or a girl so the character is based on a really good friend who is a beautiful person and a good story teller. Some of Mandy's experiences are based on the tales my friend relayed on long summer nights over open bottles and oceans of wine.

In 'Dana' the main character is an ex-alcoholic Irish lady. I grew up around lots of Irish people and I've based her on a woman my mother used to drink with. Myriam from 'Killers Moon' is another strong woman who is fighting her past and trying to be happy. It's something I think most of us have to do; especially in England where class and gender politics feature so heavily. If you reach my age and have never known grief or homelessness then you are very lucky.

The men I write about seem to be damaged in lots of ways and I guess there is a little of me in all of them. Being a vulnerable young person with no adult support I can understand my behavior and I hope the readers of 'Boy out in Africa' and 'Wailing on the While' (which are both semi-autobiographical) will do so too. Looking back at my promiscuity as a young teenager makes me a little sad. I guess early experience of sex would make anyone open for exploitation and so I can see my behavior as a direct result of that.

I make no excuses for my writing, some people find honest discussion of sexual activity tasteless, but it's a reflection of the life I've led. Drugs have featured heavily in my life but I don't think they have destroyed it; quite the opposite. Like Keith Richard, the only problems I had with drugs were legal ones. I don't drink alcohol and consequently feel fitter that most people of a similar age. I left school two years early because it was too violent (read Wailing on the While) and was almost illiterate aged 16. Over the years I've worked hard to make my spelling and grammar better and have used positive thinking to break down the walls that lack of ability created.

We can all take our lives back by thinking positively and doing it.

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 39.000 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 spoiled by free content on-line so I understand why people don't want to be bothered paying for something they previously got for free. It would be nice if I could earn something but, as I've said, it's not why I write.

Because I have battled against class and snobbery all my life this subject interests me. Having experienced difficulties in the past I have an intuitive understanding of deprivation (whether it be poor housing or homelessness or habitual behavior). When combined with my psychological training I'm able to get into my character's minds and explain what drives them. I'm also fascinated by the unusual and the unusual in history; or odd historical events. Hence one day I may write about a drug addicted cab driver who has a trans-sexual as a partner (DRIVER) and the next about ghosts in the Middle Ages (Malediction).

My first book '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 70's. I still own the two foolscrap tombs filled with my longhand scrawl which I treasure. As the sound of Hawkwind filled the hash tainted air and rain fell across the field of tents and flags the story just spilled onto the page.

It ended up being written backward with the last section written first, and the first section written last. 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. During my recent rewrite I have made it scan better and it is definitely something I can be proud of today.

The publishing industry never understood where I was coming from and only saw the crazy grammar; all I can say now is thank the lord for internet publishing and sites like Smashwords.

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


Books

The Meditations of Thomas Sandoski
Price: Free! Words: 55,710. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A man lies dying in a Warsaw sewer having been shot during the Ghetto Uprising. He uses meditation and astral travel to cope with the pain and loss of recent events. A story about two lovers and their families who suffer at the hands of evil men but never lose their ability to give and receive love.
The Wailing on the While
You set the price! Words: 79,700. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Three school kids, two girls and a boy, run away from violence at home and school only to find the world a dangerous place. A nostalgic view of 1970's Essex where the reader is transported into an alternate reality giddy with excess and sexual tension. Sex, LSD and Jimi Hendrix provide the backdrop to this kitchen-sink drama; an adult story every teenager should read.
What's My Name
You set the price! Words: 14,800. 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: 20,640. 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.
DRIVER
Price: Free! Words: 19,770. 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: 23,820. 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
Price: Free! Words: 41,630. 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
(5.00)
The true story of a single mother's descent into criminality.
Before Now and After
Price: Free! Words: 66,380. 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.
Dana
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,230. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Brenda Sullivan is a woman with a history which she does not discuss. 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 to and thinks no-one would believe her anyway. Then a chance meeting on a train changes her life forever.
Killers Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,550. 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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