1. Hi J.H.! Tell me a little about yourself- where are you from and what are your favorite things to do in your spare time (aside from writing)?
I work from home, so I split my time with writing and spending time with my girls. I try to write at least 4 hours a day. Sometimes that generates a lot, sometimes, hardly anything. But I’m grateful, I know a lot of writers struggle to find time throughout the week, let alone in a day.
I spend a lot of time with my girls, we go to the parks almost every day. And the house is really set up for them, from playroom, reading area, their own area with Netflix & Nintendo, trampoline, pool, go-karts, piano and whatever else we can cram into their lives. So in my spare time, I try to fill it with entertainment, read a book, watch TV or play video games, I’m a self-confessed junkie of it all. Although, I don’t catch to much flack for reading. The great thing is my girls are now starting to really get into Mario games which allows me to spend time with them and play.
2. Many people often have at least one person who impacted them as they grew up, was there such a person like that for you? And if so, how did they make an impact on you as a person?
I have two, but we’ll talk about the positive one. I always loved to write, as far back as I can remember. But the only thing I can recall from people reading my little stories, is having to fix grammar and spelling. It wasn’t until grade seven that my teacher, Miss Iwanowicz, started to ask me about my work, my characters, my reasoning behind it. She really liked my work and pushed me to make it better. And at the end of the year when they give out awards to the school kids for different categories, she walked up and announced my name for creative writing. Everyone was surprised, the students, the teachers, even me. That was the first, and the last award I will ever care about when it comes to my writing. Sometimes it only takes one encouraging voice, and it can unleash a universe of ideas upon the world.
3. Most authors are avid readers; would you say you are as well? Have you always been a reader or is there a story behind what you got you interested in books that you'd be willing to share with us?
I love reading, but I’m a slow reader, I don’t know why, but I just am. I also invest heavily into the book I’m reading, and it takes up a lot of my time even when I’m not reading it. I expand on it, alter it, play it in my head over and over. I start wondering about other stories within the book, a lot of “what ifs”. Getting into a book for me, means my brain is focused solely on that book and since I’m a slow reader, it takes away a lot of valuable time. I also have a great fear of lifting ideas or styles from what I’m reading, so I don’t do it while I’m writing my books. I mean, I will read the label on how to cook something, or to put something together, but not books. When I’m done writing, I will take the time to read a bunch of books, I’ve already got seven books I want to read once I finish up ‘My Boyfriend is a Monster 2’.
As far as when I started to read.
My childhood was not ideal, don’t get me wrong, I know there were kids that had it worse, but mine was still really shitty. So as early as I could, I would latch onto anything that took me away to another world, whether it be a couple hours in a movie or a game. But you could stay even longer in a book, that was a world that was easy to escape to. And the world I enjoyed going to the most, was ‘Treasure Island’.
4. Your recent novel, My Boyfriend is a Monster, is meant to be somewhat humorous right? Tell me a little on how you came up with the concept for it.
I always have thought I was funny, even when no one else did. I love laughing, I love making other people laugh. I did stand up for a bit when I was a little younger. I loved doing comedy skits with friends. But it’s an awesome thing to make people laugh from reading a book. And it’s as hard as hell. It is one thing to think of something funny, and then try to put it into words so other people can understand whatever the hell it is that you think is so funny.
The concept came to me a while back. Over the years I have written a lot of things. Mostly outlines, but ‘My Boyfriend is a Monster’ was born out of that plethora of vampire Movies/Books/Television era of a few years back. To make a book with Monsters, that aren’t vampires (or werewolves) that was gruesome and funny at the same time. And that morphed into creating my own monsters that would become popular enough to stand with Vampires and Werewolves. It was more of a challenge to myself and then like all the other outlines and ideas, it was shelved. I then got really sick and had to cut back on work and was mostly confined to my home. Then it got worse and I was living in a hospital. So with all that time, I decided I was going to write my book. But I started to write a book about a little boy stuck in a hospital and it began to creep me out. So I went back to ‘My Boyfriend is a Monster’ since it was the most detailed and plotted story I had. I finished the book (rough copy) before my surgery, so if I was going to die, at least I wrote a book before I bit the big one.
5. You mentioned to me that you tend to write a lot and end up having to trim down your first drafts in order to get the novel in shape, how does that feel having to cut so much out?
Like I’m an idiot. I get it into my head that each chapter is not enough. The conversation is not enough. The number of people getting killed is not enough. So I add and I add until I’ve got a word count that rivals an epic fantasy book. I don’t think that I mind cutting the words, I just start thinking about the time I could’ve saved by not writing so much. Seriously, if I didn’t write so much, I’d be on ‘My Boyfriend is a Monster 6’ by now. But I’m getting better, I’m learning.
6. Is there another job you have aside from writing and if so, can you tell me a little about it?
I am in a position in my life that allows me to write, do my podcasts and take care of my family. And I am very, very grateful for it.
7. What is one thing you'd like to see the world do more of? Why?
Be a little more Star Trek the Next Generation and little less Mad Max Fury Road. Fury Road was an awesome movie, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Now Star Trek, the strive to better one self, Holodecks, Replicators – that is the shit!
Q7 Corner: Author Interviews
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