Mostly Human

Counting Sheep & Other Stories

A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand

D. I. Jolly - What a dick!

A little bit about me.

My name, as many of you probably don’t know, is David, David Ian Jolly, which is why I write under the name D.I. Jolly, which said Dee Eye Jolly.

I was born and raised in South Africa and fell in love with the idea of being a writer when I was around 7 years old. My parents bought a computer from a friend and it came with the game Gabriel Knight. I was probably too young for the game but that didn’t matter to me. I loved the character and decided that he was who I wanted to be when I grew up, and he was a writer. So that’s what I was going to be. Last childhood dream standing but here we are.

It’s an aspiration that although was always in the back of my mind, didn’t really take root properly as something I could really do until I finished ‘A Guy A Girl and A Voodoo Monkey Hand’ when I was 19ish. Until then I wasn’t sure that I even could write a book and from that first draft to what was eventually released there were a loooooooot of re-writes but it was a milestone for me, it showed me that I could do it. It made me a real writer in my head.

Over the course of my life so far I’ve lived in seven different counties and currently live in Germany. I have a job, because making a living just from fiction is hard and I find it much easier to write in a flat with coffee and food in me, than on the street. Not that I’ve ever actually been homeless, but I’ve got a fairly vivid imagination.

I love writing, it’s the thing that makes the most sense to me and I often find that when I’m battling with an issue internally if I start writing it out I can instantly order my thoughts and lay it out in a way that makes more sense than the swirling chaos in my head. Which is a lot like having a conversation with myself but it works so I’m not going to analyse it too much.

I enjoy sharing my work for a few reasons, one absolutely is that I’d love to get my work famous and be able to write fiction full time, but another genuinely is that I want my stuff read, I want to share my stories with as many people as possible. I did write a post on why I sell books but give away short stories and it’s linked here, but I really like knowing that a couple hundred people have read one of my stories. I’d love to see it be thousands, and it’s awesome when someone comes to me to tell me one of my stories had an effect on them, made them feel, made them think, made them re-think something they thought they knew. It’s really, really cool.

Anyway, that’s a little bit about me.

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