top of page

Exclusive Interview with

Jeffrey Pipes Guice

BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

When did you start writing?

When Covid first appeared in the United States, and we were told to stay inside, I decided to use the downtime to do something positive that I’ve always wanted to do and that was to write a book.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

What makes writing your passion?

Growing up as a child, I suffered from severe ADHD, which inhibited my ability to develop a passion for reading. Because I felt less than other people I decided to focus on writing down my inner thoughts, and soon developed a passion for writing poetry and short stories.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

How long have you been writing?

I’ve only been writing for the last 2 1/2 years, so I consider myself a freshman.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

What was the feeling when you published your first book?

As a person growing up with a chip on my shoulder because of my inability to enjoy reading, I actually burst into tears of happiness when I received my first book, one that I actually wrote myself, in the mail. I then realized I can accomplish anything I set my mind, too, no matter what my limitations were.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

Are use different themes, and images that have a New Orleans slant to them, as opposed to any specific characters.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

This is an interesting question, because I actually don’t write for people to necessarily buy my books, even though I like to receive the checks. I actually write for myself, and for my friends and family, so that they can appreciate my true abilities to express myself through poetry and short stories.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

Truth be told, I’ve never actually experienced writers block up until this point. I see inspiration in so many exciting images, as well as other peoples songs in poetry.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

I realize that my only obstacle in writing is my self. In other words, I challenge myself to write something new every day. I look for the inspiration that exists all around me. My advice to new authors is to never stop writing. Challenge yourself to write something new every day.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Keep a journal about your personal thoughts and write in that journal every day of your life. Take a photograph every single day and use that photograph as inspiration to help remember your thoughts.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I try to rebook reviews, but I’m still limited on my lack of reading comprehension skills, but when I do receive a negative review, I just simply laugh to myself because I am now working on books five, six and seven. I love to write, and now I am off to the races. I love what I do and someone’s opinion of my writing, no matter what, will never hold me back.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

What is the feeling when you get a good review?

Whenever I receive a review, whether good or bad, makes me realize that they actually took the time to read some or all of the book, and I do appreciate that they took the time to even read one of my books.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes, of course! Most of my poems and short stories are written based on photographs and images, or actual situations that have occurred around me throughout most of my life.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

Most of my poems and short stories are written about situations and family members or friends that I’ve known throughout my life and growing up in New Orleans.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

When it comes to choosing an image for my front cover, I try to find an image within each book the best represents the spirit of the book itself.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

My goal in writing my poems or short stories is to reach at least one individual that I might be able to connect on a deep, personal level. Just one person. I know that sounds like a simple goal, but I really feel satisfied in knowing that I may have had a profound effect on just one other person.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

I have to admit, it cracks me up when someone actually asks me to sign one of my books. It’s a weird feeling to know that someone actually wants my autograph. Deep down inside, it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I refer to it as the imposter syndrome.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

Who is your favorite author? Why?

Hemingway, hands down. I feel a special connection to Hemingway because we are both challenged as well as alcoholics. It took me 12 years of sobriety to start writing. One can only imagine what masterpieces Hemingway would have written if he had only gotten sober years before he took his life.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

My only dream is to write more books than Walker, Percy, and then maybe I’ll start feeling like I’m a true poet or writer.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

Nope! I get better and better with each book that I write, and because I am totally self taught I feel that each book is proof of my progression.

Jeffrey Pipes Guice
BooksShelf-Interview-Icon.png

If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

Hemingway. I would love to be a sober Hemingway.