David J Grunter
About David J Grunter, in his own words
He is often described as eccentric, funny, loyal, intelligent, passionate and witty by friends and family.
David's love for reading started early in his life and he kicked off with Stephen King.
"Salem's Lot was my first and I nearly died! The nightmares was crazy. Even had a dream about my girlfriend at the time, knocking on my bedroom window, needless to say, I dumped her the next day."
He told us he was only 15 years old then and didn't do himself any favours, as he then took on The Tommy Knockers. He later found other authors he enjoyed, such as Dean Koontz, Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe.
He is also a loving father to a boy and a girl. His response on why he became a writer, "I wasn't a great husband or boyfriend, so I realised I had to to put my focus on the two things I am good at: writing and being a father".
When he is not writing, he loves watching cricket, but believes that T20 isn't a real sport. "You know, there are only two types of people. People who likes cricket and people who are wrong."
He writes a bit of poetry and recently started writing songs too.
I asked David what his favourite quote is, and this was his reply,
"We are only poets because we failed at being the poem."
"Wow. Who said that?" I asked.
"I was hoping you wouldn't ask. It's a bit vain to call it my favourite quote, as it's my own."
About David J Grunter, in the words of others!
'Passionate, sincere, emotional, humorous and witty... A non conforming, philosophical free thinker, a Rebel with a cause. A true King of hearts... A man that'll leave you captivated, long after the conversation has ended, the book has been put down' - Lee-Anne Stroebel
'David is an excellent author. I met David on social media, we just clicked, maybe because we like to write in the same genre, and like me, he doesn't like to be put in little boxes. He likes to think outside the box, his work is astonishing. David is funny, eccentric, but also true to himself and stands up for what he believes. He is an amazing author and a friend' - Santi Kruger
'David is weird! No, the weirdest, a night walker like a zombie. Eats like an obese child; but stays thin. Weird, eccentric and not very neat. He has more talent than he realises and really can do anything he puts his mind on. He really is a strange person. But he has a good heart' - Marie van Niekerk
'I'm so angry with Jakkals, or David J Grunter. I am not a reader and he has me reading! I started out reading his poetry, the his Afrikaans short stories, then his columns and finally, I'm a Killer. I was up for a whole night, because I couldn't put the book down. He is without a doubt the strangest person I know, but also one of the best people. He doesn't even know how good he actually is. I see a prosperous future for David' - Not a reader
'David, oh David. What a weirdo. Have you heard him sing? Despite the fact that he can write (we all know that already), he plays the guitar and has started writing his own songs. He reminds of Bob Dylan or even Anton Goosen. I do believe he can do anything he wants and be very successful. It's a shame that he is only seeing his own potential now. Wishing you luck my friend' - DVDJ
David's book, 'I'm a Killer' will be available late-spring/early-summer 2019.
David J Grunter featured in blog interview
(From another website - reproduced with permission)
We have a special treat for you today. The up and coming South African author, David J Grunter, has given us an exclusive interview. David's first novel, I'm a Killer, will soon be available world wide.
Let's see what he has to say about his book and other interesting information.
Q: David, firstly introduce yourself.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I'll tell you when I'm all done growing up. Haha. Yes, I spent most of my life in White River.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: Uhhhm, I never really wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a cricket player, then a rock star, then a lawyer. I did however always wanted to write a story, but being a writer was never part of my dream. Now it's all I want to do.
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: I'm a Killer took about four months. I didn't know anything about the industry when I started and I am sure it will take longer now.
Q: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
A: For some reason I write better at night. When I'm in full writing mode, I'll start working around eight PM and work till the sun comes up. Usually a bit more than that.
Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: Difficult to say, ask my fans, haha. I think my point of view is always unique. I try and keep things simple and going forward. I don't plot a story from start to finish. I start off with an idea and give myself freedom to be creative behind the keyboard. I try to make the endings a WTF moment and usually I do get that kind of responses.
Q: How do books get published?
A: That was a very difficult process for me. I didn't know what to do with my manuscript after I wrote it. Took me almost a year to get to the right people. I always tell people, the easiest part of being a writer, is writing. Especially for a guy like me, who doesn't know much about technology. Caveman.
Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: Ideas are all around us and having an over active imagination helps. I like to talk to people when I'm looking for information, rather than reading up, but Google does help out from time to time.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
A: I like spending time with my children. I play the guitar, not well, but I like it. I'm and huge cricket fan, so I spend a lot of time watching the gentleman's game. Of course reading.
Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: They love it. But never trust those close to you, they're biased.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: I did a lot of crime statistics research and was dumbstruck about the amount of crimes that goes unsolved in South Africa. Also how many cases gets lost in court, because of incompetent police officers.
Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: This is my first full novel. I have however written a few short stories. I'm a Killer is my baby. I will always like this one the most, even if I do write something better. (Which I doubt.)
Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: Yeah, don't do it. Haha. It's a very cut throat industry, there's a reason only two percent of writers makes it. You have to be able to listen. Most of us are very hard headed and we don't listen to criticise. You have to be able to let go of your ego and ask yourself one question. Is your manuscript the best it can be? If you can make a good move, don't do it. Wait for a great move.
If you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? If you don't, fake it till you make it.
Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: My few fans love my work. I get asked a lot of questions. Especially with my short stories. I like to end on open endings and have heard, "Is there a part two coming?" many times. I always say, if the reader doesn't have any questions, I didn't do a proper job.
Q: Do you like to create books for adults?
A: I haven't thought of it as such. The people who read my stuff, are people from all ages. The younger generation adults will definitely enjoy my work the most.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Firstly, the main characters should be likable and relatable to the reader. Secondly there has to be something mysterious, something to keep them guessing all the time. It should never be predictable!
Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A: That changed so much. I think professional cricketer was my biggest dream.
Q: What are your greatest accomplishment? Other than writing.
A: I can drink a beer in under a minute. Haha. My children.
Q: What's your goal as a writer?
A: To be a successful and reach many people. I would love to get to a point where, I'm a Killer becomes a Hollywood sensation.
Q: Who's your favourite authors and where do you get inspiration from?
A: Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dean Koontz. I also like reading classics, but I don't get to reading enough. My writing inspiration comes from my fans who believe in me. Also because the best revenge is a life well lived.
Q: How old were you, when you read your first proper novel and what was it?
A: I was in grade nine, around 15. I won't ever forget this, because of the nightmares. Salem's Lot was my first, followed by The Tommyknockers. That was me hooked on Stephen King. My favourite will always be, Bag of Bones.
Q: What other hidden talents do you have?
A: I'm great at stuffing up my love life. Haha. I wouldn't call it a talent, but I write pretty decent songs. Although I'm still very new at doing that. Before I had so many problems with my body, I use to have quite a lot of ball skills.
Q: Tell us about your book?
A: It's not like something you have read. I don't think so anyway. It's called I'm a Killer, so that does give a lot away, but it was never intended to be a surprise.
Winston Lee Dennis, is an 40 year old criminal defence lawyer, bored with his life.
He became a superstar after winning a case, that was supposed to be a slam dunk for the state, back when he was in his early 30's.
He got divorced soon after and has been living alone ever since. Parties and women was getting old and not filling the void.
So he kills someone. Just to see if he could get away with it. Getting away with murder is hard, especially when you fall in love with the lead investigator on the case.
To add to his troubles, a religiously driven serial killer starts to target someone close to him. He begins getting vivid nightmares and even has a few hallucinations where he meets the angel of death.
Can he and his best friend, Tim West, get to, The Messiah, before he rips them all apart?
You can count on a few twists and turns along the way and a look of utter disbelief, as you close it.
Q: Why should anyone buy it?
A: You won't be disappointed. Not all will be saved, but all will be touched.
Q: Anything else you want to tell your fans?
A: Keep on keeping on and thanks for the support you guys. I love you all and thank you for believing in me.
Ladies, David has asked me not to mention this, but he is single and quite a handsome fellow.
Look out for David J Grunter's, I'm a Killer. Available soon!
“We loved with a love that was more than a love”
Edgar Allan Poe
'This book is proof of life. A new start. Finally something I am actually good at. They say the best revenge is success.'
'You know what they say, aim for the moon and you may just be lucky and hit a star.'