Interview with David Jolly – ‘Mostly Human’ Book Release6 min read

With his third book, Mostly Human, being released today 4th July, this is a great time to interview David Jolly and know more about what has inspired him to write Fantasy.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Born and raised in South Africa I now live in Berlin but I’ve lived in seven different countries over the last 11 years. The world is a big beautiful place and I love seeing new things and meeting new people, and I promise there are conversations in my books that come straight out of random conversations with strangers in bars.

I have sort of always wanted to be a writer. When I was seven I played a video game called Gabriel Knight, and he was a writer and I wanted to be him. For years it was always this thing that I just said, “I’m going to be a writer when I grow up.” Then as I got older and started to realise that I did actually have some stories bouncing around my brain and began trying to write them out. Not all of them were very good but with time, practise and some blind determination, here we are.


  1. When did you decide you wanted to publish a book?

The first time I finished a story that was long enough. I’ve never been shy about trying to get people to read my stuff. And by some miracle it actually happened. My first book ‘A guy a girl and a voodoo monkey hand’, is actually the first book I ever wrote.


  1. And why Fantasy?

It started more as an interest in superheroes, then developed into a wanting for there to be more to what’s around us than what we can see. So in all my books, and stories I always try and have them take plus in our normal world, with just a few little differences.


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  1. What inspired you to write about the story of Alex in ‘Mostly Human’?

I was driving the 3 hour drive from where I lived to go visit my mother and I started thinking about werewolves in relation to actual wolves. Who are not murdering monsters, they live in close knit family packs, they mate for life, and they protect and nurture the sick and elderly. From there I started to think about how would that werewolf interact with our world, and at that point the whole story started to unfold in my mind.  Arrive at my mom’s place and started working on Mostly Human that night.


  1. Who was the first person reading your draft or work in progress?

The first person I sent it to was almost defiantly my best friend Reid, who is mentioned in the dedication for this book. He has a great way of just saying “Sounds really cool man, so what happens next?” whenever I send him random unfinished bits of writing.


  1. Do you feel you have been influenced by any other authors?

Of course, specifically I remember reading Robert Rankin’s Armageddon Trilogy and realising that it doesn’t matter how insane your idea is, if you’ve got it, run with it. And that gave me a lot of confidence early on to be able to say “Well I like the idea and the story and it doesn’t have to be everyone’s idea of a book should be.” Which as a teenager was a great comfort.


  1. Who should read ‘Mostly Human’?

In a perfect world? Everyone. But no it comes closest to young adult fiction. That said I do believe it branches out enough and in the right way that anyone can pick it up and enjoy it. I don’t shy away from much.


  1. Which was your biggest challenge, or do you think it is yet to come?

The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far is getting my work seen. Marketing a book when no one really knows you is incredibly hard. People can be very selective about what they’re willing to put the time towards reading, and so many people, myself included, gravitate towards author they know, or have been personally recommended.


  1. Thank you so much for this interview, David. Now this is your chance to leave any last words to your readers.

My pleasure, and thank you for giving me this space to talk about myself and my work.

Mostly Human, which is out as of the 4th of July is my pride and joy. I’ve put more work and time and effort into this book than I think both my other books combined and I love the characters so much I’m already deeply into writing the sequel. I believe it’s been worth it, and really hope and want to encourage anyone and everyone to give it a look see.  It’s Kindle only at this point, but my publisher and I do hope to one day be able to go into print, all we need is enough traction with the digital version.


D I Jolly Mostly HumanMostly Human
by D. I. Jolly
Cover Art: Tom Kyffin
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 494 pages
Published by: Tinpot Publishing
Release date: 4th July 2016


Alex Harris is a world famous rock star, lead singer of the Internationally acclaimed band The Waterdogs. But Alex is no ordinary rocker, he has a secret that he and his family have painstakingly kept since Alex was ten years old.

This is the story of him, and his life, growing up with his parents and his elder sister Annabel whilst coming to grips with a strange condition.

Follow them as this Journey twists and turns its’ way through tragedies, heartbreak, intrigue and into the clutches of organised crime.

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About the author


Born and raised in Durban South Africa I started traveling of my own free will at 19. Since then I’ve lived in seven different countries around the world and currently 30 years old and living in Berlin, Germany. I’ve written three books so far, the latest to be released is Mostly Human, which I actually write second but since so much time has been put into polishing it to make it perfect it’s been released third. I’m also currently working on the sequel, with no desire to ever stop spending time with these characters. For awhile I also worked as a journalist/review for a gaming website which was a new and interesting new way for me to use my skills for writing. My life long goal is to be able to write full time and be able to support myself that way. In fact I often make the joke that if I can just sell a million copies of my books I’ll be fine. But in reality, there are over 7 billion people alive, so why not. If you want to stay in the loop, or send my a message, ask a question, hurl abuse, you can find me on my writers page on Facebook at the link below. I am also on twitter but mostly for personal use, but that’s linked as well.


  1. Nica on July 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

    This is a very interesting post and actually the whole blog is really COOL! Thanks for sharing this I will definitely read other articles in this blog.

  2. Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching on July 5, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Woo hoo! I live just outside of Durban, well more like 2 hours but hey, it’s a small world. Sounds like my kind of book, I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan and love to hear about other authors in that genre.

    • D.I Jolly on July 7, 2016 at 11:44 am

      I grew up in Kloof, and spent many a holiday and weekend in Ballito to be a bit more specific. I really hope you like the book

  3. Style With Tina on July 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Great article post! It was interesting to hear more about the author’s life story. I especially like the South Africa/Berlin part. That’s a big move!

  4. Ana De Jesus on July 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    YA fiction is one of my favourite genres and I love the sound of mostly human, its great that he created a story and followed his dreams.

  5. Fenrile on July 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    You always chose intersting and inspiring authors for your interviews and they are so well done. You know how to ask good questions to pique our interest and I love reading your interviews about authors. David Jolly is inspiring and despite the fact that I prefer more mature content than YA, I’m really interested now to know more about this one. The synposis and the description of his work caught me. An author who became a writter from videogame, who likes superheroes and who put some dialogues in his book from strangers discussions in bars where he traveled already piqued me. I can’t wait to discover more authors and their work through your interviews !
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  6. Jessica on July 6, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I do love fantasy genre. I need to check some of his books. 🙂 I love how genuine he is in responding with the questions.
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  7. Tiina A on July 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

    It’s always interesting to read about writers and how they started, got their inspirations, chose that genre etc. Great interview! I think we all should follow our dreams in this life, and make it our own.
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  8. Dreammerin on July 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Great questions and great answers. It’s always very interesting to know more about the author! Inspirational post! Thanks for that!
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  9. Sonnie on July 7, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I admire people who have productive brains. He just needed 3 hours (while driving) to develop a concept and a storyline for his book. Awesome!
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  10. janella on July 8, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Your blog is so unique! and the interview was very detailed too!

  11. Louisa on July 10, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Seems like an interesting read. I don’t read fantasy much but the background on this makes for a great intro.
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