Lloyd Jeffries enjoys dark comedies, philosophy, clever turns of phrase, religious studies and thought experiments involving the esoteric and legendary. A decorated veteran of numerous conflicts, he served in the U.S. military and has practiced Emergency, Trauma and Wilderness medicine for more than twenty years. He hides out in Florida with his family and Buck the Wonder Dog.
What inspired you to write thrilling novels?
I wanted to write a novel that thrilled, that inspired thought, and that questioned everything while doing so in a meaningful and compelling way. I believe the thrill comes from the reader, and it’s my job to place them in the scene, to inspire emotion, to squeeze out a tear, or laugh, or sensation of having one’s mind blown.
As a child I was frequently alone and escaped into my imagination for hours and hours. I thrilled in this and discovered I had a knack for it.
There’s a saying, “God, please save me from your followers.” I echo that sentiment because I think religious people often use religion as a ploy for their own ambitions. To hold that against them would be to rage against the nature of Man. I respect all religions and believe they are sacred constructs, not because they bring one closer to God, which so often they don’t, but because they inspire a single human to do better, to think about others, to show love, compassion, empathy, to cast off greed, envy, lust, and jealousy. Religion is a way post pointing to something better, and I love the idea of introspection in the name of improving the Earth, starting with oneself.