Who are you?
My name is Daley James Francis.
What are you?
I’m a Professional Word Monkey AKA Freelance Writer and Indie Author. I write books, write/make films and write all kinds of things for many lovely clients.
Where are you from?
I am from a small town in the East Midlands called Oakham. I moved to Leicester when I was 20 and (apart from a year in Australia) lived there until I moved to Loughborough with my wife in 2013, aged 32.
What inspired you to write?
My brother was always writing stories, and I followed his lead. I always loved films, books, comics, short stories and TV, and it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do. I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to turn it into a career.
Who inspired/inspires you to write?
My biggest inspirations are: Shane Black, Martin McDonagh, Roald Dahl, Shane Meadows, John Carpenter, Stanley Kubrick, Noel Gallagher, Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Edgar Wright, Elmore Leonard and many, many more.
Tell us about your writing style.
I would say my writing style is pacy, quick-witted and with a dash of melancholy. I’m a cynic who is reaching for the hopeful and the uplifting, and sometimes my characters get there, other times they don’t.
When it comes to client work, my writing style can be adapted to suit the needs of the business. I pride myself on being able to take a potentially difficult subject matter and make it relatable. There’s no such thing as a ‘boring’ subject in my mind. You’ve just got to find the angle that will enable it to connect.
Tell us about your books.
I like to dip my toes into everything, which means that my books have no common throughline. My first was a romantic comedy told from the male perspective. The second was a kids book. The third was a drama/comedy about small town reputations and masculinity. My fourth novel is a crime comedy set in 1997. I go where the next story grabs and drags me.
What is an “indie author”?
An indie author is a writer who is 100% self-published. I write, produce and market all of my books, aided by awesome collaborators, who design my book covers and edit/proofread my work. Anybody who wants to become an indie author should always seek out a professional editor. Without them, you’re doing the bookworld a disservice by putting out substandard work. You don’t have to be traditionally published to be “legit”, but you need to treat readers, and the book market, with the respect it deserves.
What does the future hold for you?
I’m gonna be a busy boy, writing books, making films and writing for clients. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and I won’t stop until you kill me or make me J.K. Rowling levels of rich. Saying that, I’d still have a pen in my hand even if I was laying on a beach all day every day.