By AK Dale
CREWE, England – He just likes to have fun in worlds that are non-existent.
That’s the best way to be for author Shaun Jeffrey.
“I like making stuff up, and writing provides the perfect vehicle for me to be able to do so,” Jeffrey said. “First and foremost I write for myself. If someone else likes it, that’s a bonus.”
Well enough people have liked his works to allow Jeffrey the confidence to write for 20 years.
“I’ve had over fifty short stories published, two collections, three novellas and five novels,” Jeffrey, a signalling and telecommunications engineer said. “It’s extremely hard to write while having a full-time job. But you have to remain motivated and having a great support base of family and friends who like your stuff helps a lot.”
Jeffrey’s only sense of motivation comes from a “desire to succeed” and he believes that the imagination rises in making people’s gifts rise to the top.
“If you needed a degree, then I guess myself and countless other writers would not be doing what we do,” he said. “I think it’s more important to have an imagination and to be able to string together a readable sentence one word at a time.”
Those sentences have come in the form of good works that followers appreciate.
That is a great counterbalance to the negatives that come his way.
“It’s rewarding when someone enjoys what you’ve written enough to let you know, either via a review or personally,” Jeffrey said. “The most unattractive aspect is all the corruption and all the dishonest people that work within the industry. I’ve been ripped off a number of times by dishonest publishers and directors, and it really annoys the hell out of me.”
What’s not annoying is having a nice level of success where and when it comes.
“Success would be having the ability to do what you enjoy full-time,” he said. “As the saying goes, ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.’”
Jeffrey’s life also has other interesting elements to it, including his own version of Six Feet Under.
“I grew up in a house in a cemetery, so I guess I was never going to end up writing ‘cosy’ stories,” he said.
But the author does have some other topics he may hit on in the future.
“I think I’ve made a start on tackling social issues with the release of my next story, which was mentioned above, Day by Day as it’s about a subject that is currently in the news quite a bit here in the UK: grooming young girls for sex,” Jeffrey said. “I hope to write more like this because compared to my fiction, it’s based on real events and I hope that in some way, readers might learn from it/them as they are cautionary tales.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION on SHAUN JEFFREY and his WORKS,
On Twitter at: @shaunjeffrey
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