Author Interview of G.W. Jefferies on David Cleinman’s Works and Writings website.
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. Apolo Drakuvich is a work of fiction. This is a slippery slope and the treatment of criminals needs to be reexamined before it is too late. 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. I put a lot of energy into what I write. All of my emotions and feelings go into my works. 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 hug 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.
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.
What projects do you have planned for the future?
I’m working on several novels and I plan on self-publishing them soon.