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A life of Crime Captivates

G.W. Jefferies’ Apolo Drakuvich captures the life of a petty criminal on a strange ride ranging from bizarre and senseless to utterly tragic. Revolving around parasitic journalism, media and government corruption, and a ruthless, conniving judge who milks the citizens out of millions of dollars, Apolo Drakuvich can be described as a compilation of untamed and sheer madness–captivating the readers’ attention from beginning to end. With its raw descriptions, penetrating dialogue and crisp writing, this book is like no other.

Within all the madness that so epitomizes the life of Apolo, G.W. Jeffries presents a life of regret in epic proportions. Sitting in a jail cell, Apolo reflects, “One thing is for sure, I let it all slip away…so many opportunities lost.” Apolo sadly examines the events and decisions of his life, and the paths he took and should have taken. Apolo seeks peace of mind and justice, but flashbacks of his past continuously haunt him; moreover, he seems to be victimized by a corrupt justice system everywhere he goes.

As an offender, Apolo discusses pertinent issues of today’s society, where it is next to impossible for offenders to live normal lives, despite the desire to do so. Essentially, law enforcement and authorities seem to systematically destroy the offender by placing constraints on the offender such as restrictions on where to live, GPS monitoring, registering as offenders on websites, and more.

Apolo Drakuvich is a microcosm of numerous real-life issues encompassing the wild, the bizarre, and the tragic.

 

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Welcome G.W. Jefferies to my corner of the world.

1. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be a writer / poet.

I’m a native Texan and I write contemporary and dystopian fiction.  The themes of counter-culture and dystopian views are usually included in some form in my works.  Some of my literary influences include Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Palahniuk, William S. Burroughs, George Orwell, and Kurt Vonnegut.

2. What’s currently on your Kindle / Nook / eReader?

I just bought my Kindle last week but I have some books by Vonnegut and Hunter S. Thompson.  I also have works by some indie authors: Melissa Smith, David Gaughran, Jack Wallen, etc….too many to mention.

3. What’s next up in your Netflix queue?

I have about 200 hundred movies and tv shows in the que at the moment but I think I’m going to watch the Twin Peaks tv series.  I’m in the mood to freak myself out.

4.  From the description, Apolo Drakuvich seems to be a story about the cyclic nature of a criminal life—how increased scrutiny from law enforcement and the stigma of being a criminal create a spiral that prevents any kind of normal life and in fact perpetuates further criminal activity. Is this a fair assessment? What prompted you to write such a book?

I think that is a fair assessment but I would add to the mix a corrupt justice system and now we have real chaos.  How can people expect criminals to better themselves when the system in play is just as bad as the criminal activity?  Apolo Drakuvich was written to help bring awareness to all sides of the issue.  Let’s stop and really take a look at this system.

5. You had a post on your blog last week about a badly written, poorly-rated book you found that has made fairly constant appearances on the Kindle bestsellers list. Your conclusion was, cheap sex sells. As an artist struggling for the attention of a wider audience, does it discourage you to see the bestseller lists filled with books that seem so shallow on the surface?

Cheap sex sells…this will never end.  Kudos for the authors making a few extra dollars.  It’s a little discouraging but if this is what the people want, let them have it.

6. Is it fair to say that you’ve noticed an overall theme in your work? Something that follows you from piece to piece? If so, what is it?

I only have a novella, a short story, and poetry currently published but I would say the themes are dark at the moment.  They are dystopian stories that deal with some form of corruption.  I wouldn’t say this is my overall theme for all of my works but just the theme that is available to the world…if that makes any sense.  I’m interested in character/human/individual growth and I always try to put those type of character traits into my works.

7. What message do you want the world to see in your writing?

Don’t always believe what you see or read.  Be a free thinker.

8. If you could change the world right now, what would those changes look like?

People would be free to make their own choices so the world would probably look more or less the same.  Well, I guess I would like to add…let’s play nice.

9. PC or Mac?

I use both but I write on a PC.

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My thanks to G. W. Jefferies for stopping by. You can get more information here –

Author blog/website: www.gwjefferies.com

and here –

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gwjefferies

 

 

 

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An Unexpected Visit from Indie Author G. W. Jefferies

G.W. Jefferies is the author of Apolo Drakuvich, and he’s stopped by my blog with a great interview. Enjoy!

Tell us what the book is about:

Apolo Drakuvich presents a life of regret in epic proportions. Apolo sadly examines the events and decisions of his life, and the paths he took and should have taken. Apolo seeks peace of mind and justice, but flashbacks of his past continuously haunt him; moreover, he seems to be victimized by a corrupt justice system everywhere he goes.

From being called “dork” and bullied by “Cocaine Shane” during his school days, Apolo goes through a number of life changing events. One of the most defining moments of the book, peering deeply into his character, is the scene in which Apolo states, “I wasn’t always like this. I’m a hardened, thicker skin, arrogant fool. Like all of us, past events have shaped me into the person I’m today. But I’ve gone through so much crap. This environment has changed me. The people. The stupidity.”

What is special about the main character?

Apolo Drakuvich is an anti-hero.  He’s a person with a struggling value system and he is trying to make things right.  Whether or not that is that actual right thing to do is up to the reader but Apolo tries to make things right the only way he knows how.  He’s bad but there are people far worse than he is.

What conflicts drive the story?

There is a strong inner conflict that Apolo deals with for the entire story.  He’s a small time criminal but the pressure from society has turned him into something worse.  Drakuvich can’t stand the daily life of San Pinto.  Political corruption and a parasitic media only make things poorer for Apolo.

What would you say the theme of the book is?  Apolo Drakuvich discusses pertinent issues of today’s society, where it is next to impossible for offenders to live normal lives, despite the desire to do so.

Who would be most interested in this novel?

I think anyone who is interested in criminal justice or the law would like to read this book.  It is an important story that anyone can read and get something from.  Even though Apolo is a criminal, a lot of people can relate to this character in some way.

What prompted you to write the book?

It is an important story that had to be told and Apolo Drakuvich is a work of fiction.  This story talks about a slippery slope and the treatment of criminals needs to be reexamined.  There has to be a balance of proper justice and punishment.  The punishment must fit the crime.  Lifetime registration…lifetime harassment does not help anyone, especially if it is a small crime.

When you write, how does it make you feel?

I love telling stories and  I put a lot of energy into what I write.  All of my emotions and feelings go into my works and I don’t care how small or large the project is; I put all of my efforts into it.  I want both the reader and myself to be satisfied with my writing. I like to experiment with my writing.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  I just keep moving forward and try to tell a great story.

 

What authors inspire you?  Whose books can’t you put down?

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.  I’m also a fan of Chuck Palahniuk and his works.

Have you ever read a book more than once?

I’ve read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas multiple times.

Would you like to share any other stories or books that you have written?

I’ve written a book of poetry, “The Wind Changed as I Lay Dying.”  It is a collection of eighty-nine poems that come straight from the heart. 

Who designed the cover of your book?

I design my own covers.

What are your thoughts on book trailers?

Most of them are crap.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

WRITE!

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

WRITE!

Coffee or tea?

Tea

One of your favorite quotes

“They’ll never take me alive!” – My Dad

List 3 of your all time favorite movies?

Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Rocky

List 3 More Movies:

Tombstone, The Big Lebowski, Office Space

What projects do you have planned for the future?

I’m working on several novels and I plan on self-publishing them soon.

You can buy G. W. Jefferies book here: Apolo Drakuvich

You can get more information on the author here: http://www.gwjefferies.com

 

 

 

 

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