Sassy's X-Mas Bash - Jonathan Janz! Interview and Giveaway!

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Title: Night Terrors (Savage Species #1)
Author: Jonathan Janz
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing

"Peaceful Valley is about to become a slaughterhouse! "

Jesse thinks he s caught a break when he, the girl of his dreams, and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and the three young people as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth. A species so ferocious that Peaceful Valley is about to be plunged into a nightmare of bloodshed and damnation.

Hello Jonathan! I’m so excited to have you stop by the blog today! Let’s start, shall we?

That sounds awesome, Talina! :) 

#1. When did you start writing? 

If I trace it all the way back, I think the genesis was when I was a little kid. I was an only child to a single mother, and I spent a lot of time on my own. To fill that time I thought up movie plots. I had scenes planned out, concept art, all sorts of stuff. So my storytelling bug started early (probably around age seven or eight). 

I didn’t get serious about writing until my thirties, and it wasn’t until I finished my grad work and gave up coaching (I’m still a teacher, but I was also a varsity basketball and varsity track coach for a number of years) that I devoted the requisite time to becoming an honest-to-goodness writer. 

#2. What inspired you to write the genre horror? 

My house was nestled between an old, spooky graveyard and a deep, dark forest. There was also an insane neighbor next door, so that added some more flavor. These elements combined with the aforementioned spare time are probably most responsible for my horror love. Plus, my mom always watched shows like IN SEARCH OF… and THE TWILIGHT ZONE, so that probably cinched the deal further. 

#3. Do you have any writing rituals to get you motivated to write? 

I do have a routine, but my motivation is very consistent and intrinsic. I simply don’t give myself any outs. I schedule a time to write, and I write. I tell myself I need to get three thousand words, and I get three thousand words. 
As far as rituals, I do enjoy drinking coffee, sitting in my favorite chair by an upstairs window, and playing baroque classical music on my CD player. 

#4. What is your favorite thing about the holidays? 

It sounds clichéd, but I simply love being with my family. My wife and kids mean everything to me, so spending extra time with them is an amazing opportunity. Other than that, I love the extra writing time. I can get over thirty thousand words written over Winter Break. During our last Winter Break, I wrote a novella called EXORCIST ROAD, and this year I’ll be finishing a novel during that time. 

#5. If you weren't an author, what would you be?
Well, I’m also a teacher, so I guess I should say that. I truly love working with young people, and I’m very thankful for my day job. 

#6. Do you have any upcoming projects you want your readers to know about? 

Absolutely! In addition to the aforementioned EXORCIST ROAD, which is available now and drawing rave reviews, I have a novel coming in January called THE NIGHTMARE GIRL. It’s a story of which I’m very proud, and one I hope all of you read. 

Once again,  thank you so much for being a part of this holiday bash! Have a wonderful holiday!

Thanks for letting me stop by, Talina! 

Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.” 

In 2013 Samhain Horror published his novel of vampirism and human sacrifice The Darkest Lullaby, as well as his serialized horror novel Savage Species. Of Savage Species Publishers Weekly said, "Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror—Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows—will find much to relish." Jonathan's Kindle Worlds novel Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows marked his first foray into the superhero/action genre. His vampire western Dust Devils was released to critical acclaim this February, and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) will be published in July 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories. 

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. 

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