An InterviewPlease welcome friend and author, D J Swykert... ... to my blog today. Hi David, and thanks very much for making time in your busy schedule to be here. So, tell me what is your latest release? DS Lebo, released in June 2020 which I edited and co-wrote...
DJ Swykert is a fiction writer and former 911 operator living in North Carolina. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Coe Review, Sand Canyon Review, Zodiac Review, The Newer York, Barbaric Yawp and Bull
Physicist turned pool boy Jack Joseph led a life of romance, addiction, and entropy, filled with the temptations of drink, drugs, and sex, broken with the miseries of ruined relationships, and balanced on the needle of false hope.
I did enjoy this story. It was definitely out of my normal reading choices and while a lot of bad things happen, it is the world of drugs, it was nice to see some positive for these characters.
When I tell you that that the story spans only a few weeks of Jack’s life, you’ll understand that I spent most of the time inside Jack’s head. And I learned quite a lot about the mind of an addict in the process. Although his lifestyle was not to be admired, it made perfect sense. All in all, an unusual and fascinating read.
The story is a really good police procedural that takes a look into the forensic side of the investigation too. A really good balance of crime, personal life and the effects of doing the job can have. Not for the faint hearted.
Felton was a pit boss, worked a copper mining crew in the number six shaft at the Mohawk Mine. The mine bosses liked Felton. His crews produced more good ore then the rest, the men worked like devils for him, some because they loved him, some because they feared him.
The Pool Boy’s Beatitude appears to be a deep examination of life, addiction, and a general introspection of how mere existence can become so very complicated.
DJ Swykert is a fiction writer and wolf expert living in the Cincinnati area. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Coe Review, Monarch Review, the Newer York, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull.
I write fiction because I can tell my story exactly the way I want it told, not as it actually happened. I like endings that resolve the conflict, nothing just hanging out there.
I’m pretty straight forward as a person and a writer. I’m a former 911 operator, and in 911 you don’t have the luxury of a lot of pondering, you need to get to the essence of a problem in a hurry.
The relationship between wolves and human beings is very ancient. We shared similar survival techniques; living in organized societies for protection and hunting in packs.
I believe in a Universal Consciousness, a Super-Consciousness that unites all thoughts within a single framework of understanding that goes beyond mere language or writing.
Three-Fingered Jack Davis was both character and plot driven to give maximum impact. There is action right the way through the book, and we see all the characters develop as we read too.
Will Jack go to prison? Who will he end up with, or will he end up alone? You will need to read to find out.
When an alcoholic, young pool cleaner is struggling to hide the extent of his addiction from his wife while sleeping with multiple clients, he learns that his wife wants a divorce and he needs to figure out housing for himself. Follow his struggles as he gets a DUI, sent to jail and has to determine what his life choices will be to move forward. Filled with drama!
A thinking readers’ romance novel, The Pool Boy’s Beatitude creates a character you long to hate and makes you love him.
Alas! Poor Yuki
"Sweat Street: Justice in the Street"
Sweat Street is a gritty narrative that draws the reader in from the get-go. One minute you’re bouncing along on the rap-poem that opens the book, the next you’re holding your breath over Yuki, her rough-edged life and the dangers all around her. When she witnesses a killing and the bad cops have her on the run, she goes into hiding with a most unusual companion, and the two surprise one another (and themselves) with their degrees of involvement and the goodness at their centers. The story’s not for the faint of heart; it’s compelling, raw writing you can’t easily put down, nor easily forget.
- Donna D. Vitucci
A Love for Wolves Movitated Her Life
"Maggie Elizabeth Harrington"
This is a wonderful book, and I loved it! It has a second book in this series coming out soon! I have a special love and connection to wolves, and I strongly identified with this character Maggie. I think it's such a tragedy that wolves in the past (late 1800s to early 1900s) have been killed off simply because of a bad rep. The truth is not one healthy wolf has ever killed a human. Maggie finds some wolf pups during the time when a bounty was put out for killing wolves for a reward. It's the beginning of her role as wolf-protector as a young teen. It's a beautifully written book, and the description told from the protagonist's point of view is vivid and lyrical. I can't wait for the next one. Check it out.
Detroit Dirty Fiction experience that will have you scratching right along ...
"Three Fingered Jack Davis"
DJ Swykert has given us another dark, at times poignant, at times raw to the bone, Detroit Dirty Fiction experience that will have you scratching right along with the addicts he so adeptly brings to life.
Swykert tells it like it is. He pulls no punches as he drags you into the hard hitting, nail biting, fight for life occurring daily on the mean streets of Michigan's toughest city. DJ Swykert's brilliant, "no quarter given", look at the lives of real people fighting for their piece of the American pie is bound to move you in so many ways ... it rattled my bones and I'm from Compton. JBB
Diswater blonde with a gun...
"The Death of Anyone"
If you've read a Swykert novel, you'll know what to expect: vivid characters, great dialogue, and raw, titillating material. The author's experience around police matters is obvious; the story's details are authentic and believable.
Detroit detective, Bonnie Benham is driven powerfully to track down a brutal child rapist/murderer, all the while struggling with her own demons, and the effects of lost love.
There's not a boring moment in the book, very fast-paced, no sag in the middle. Highly recommended!
"The Pool Boy Beatitude"
Wow! This book is so good! I couldn't put it down.
Jack is an alcoholic. He disappoints everybody around him, especially his wife. She has had enough, and she wants a divorce. He finds himself homeless, penniless, and in dire need of a drink. He has hit bottom and can only go up, and forward. He finds himself facing a chance to rise up from the life he has known. Not one but two chances, both in different directions. But first he has to pay the price of his constant alcoholic state. What path does he choose?
This is such a good story. You'll find yourself cheering him on, hoping he makes good choices. Don't miss this one. It's so worth the time it takes to read it. Great job.
"Children of the Enemy"
Children of the Enemy zips along at a quick clip due to a visually graphic, tension-filled plot that kept me turning "just one more page."
But it's the juicy characters that make the book sizzle. So many bad guys are featured that I found myself rooting for the least barbaric among them. Even the few good guys are willing to bend their morals and the law.
A bit of sex; a cast of miscreants motivated by greed, power, and vendettas; and a whole lot of violence--readers who like their novels roughed up and riddled with grittiness, will find it all in Children of the Enemy.
A Story that Won't Let you Go
This is a story that won’t let you go. The hard lives these people live in a tiny mining town at the turn of the century is depicted very well. You can see everything clearly in your mind movie as you read the book. The book title was misleading. There were no alpha wolves in the story – just one wolf. If the author meant to portray two men as alphas, I didn’t find that. There were times the story was overwritten with repeated phrases and past memories. The ending was satisfying. I’d read a sequel.
Romance in Bits and Bites
Voices of men propel these stories and flash fictions, and that’s a welcome perspective when it comes to romance. The title, Nude Swimming, is apt as the tales and, yes, the narrators’ voices flow over the reader like water; the women’s voices are even a tad subdued as if our ears are under water.
The tales criss-cross a range of time periods, from World War of the past and into the present of smart phone fascination. They amuse, they subdue, they talk blithely of sex and alcohol, as much as they render a mirror to the miscommunication in relationships. They are commentary. They are an escape.