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  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Q56PR0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Mom worked for a hospital, Dad was a cop. I had a good, normal childhood. Most people think that anyone who writes, especially someone who writes horror had to have had a messed up childhood. I didn't. Well, except that time that I was walking home and found...um....my therapist says I shouldn't talk about that.

Anyway, now I live in Birmingham. I'm married, no kids. Couple of Boston Terriers. I play guitar in a cover band and by day I work at a bank.

Q: What made you want to become a writer?

A: I always had an interest in monsters, starting with Godzilla. From that grew a fascination with all sorts of monstrous things and that infected my reading and tv watching habits. One day my mom, it was the summer after 3rd grade, handed me a book and said, "If you like scary stuff, read this." I think she was possibly hoping to scare my fascination of horror out of me. However, she handed me Pet Semetary and it was like a shot of heroin. I knew then that's what I wanted to do. So I wrote. I didn't take it seriously until the early 2000's. I have a problem with procrastination sometimes. But since then, I've been writing fairly steadily.

Q: Million dollar question, are you working on another book?

A: Ha! Million dollar? You haven't seen my sales reports! But yeah, I'm working on another one. Interestingly enough, this one isn't a horror novel, it's more in the action thriller vein. It's in the hands of beta readers. I'll make edits after that then send it of to a pro editor. I'm hoping to have it out later this year, depending on schedules for the editor and cover artist and such.

Q: What's it about?

A: I won't go too deeply into it, but basically it's about a normal, everyday guy who is struggling to get past a pretty significant trauma. He finds himself in possession of important items that an evil mastermind needs in order to complete a weapon that will kill millions of people. Chaos and chasing ensue. I hope people like it. I had fun writing it.

Q: What tactics do you have when writing? (For example: outline or just write)

A: I'm an outliner. I've tried just 'pantsing' it with earlier books and it was a horrible, horrible mess. Kind of like putting a 4 year old in the kitchen and telling them, 'Make dinner.' So yeah, I outline. And my outlines are not formal. I'll write out chapter numbers and then start filling in. I'll put down paragraphs for each number, going into detail about what I want to happen, then in the same paragraph reversing that as a new thought comes to me.

I just recently started implementing what I call 'pre-production' for each book. I'm actually doing that for the first time with the next book I'm going to write. I give myself a period of time, in this case 2 weeks, to get all the basics down. World, characters and their backgrounds, the bad guys/monsters....I have that period of time to note, outline, figure out everything I can think of that I'll need. Then when that timeframe is up, I'll start writing. It's working well so far.

Q: What was your inspiration behind The Uninvited?

A: That's a good question. Honestly, I had this idea of what the monsters looked like. I had written an earlier book (one I consider a 'training novel' where I was learning how to write novels) that had what I felt was a good reason for the monsters to exist. So I took that and applied it to this book. But at the same time, I wanted to write something like Richard Laymon...I love his books so much. They're fast, pulpy books. They're just fun reads. And most of them are pretty terrifying.

I also knew I wanted to isolate the characters. That's one of the biggest things in horror fiction, you have to isolate your good guys. So I figured what's more isolated, more claustrophobic than being trapped on a small island? Miles away from help. From there it was a simple process of having Owen trying to stay alive while the monsters tried to eat him.

Q: Who is your favorite author?

A: That's a hard question. There are so many. King, Laymon, Maberry, Ketchum, Keene. Believe it or not, I read outside the genre too. But especially for The Uninvited, I tried to channel a lot of those fun, fast reads like Laymon's and Keene's, and some of the brutality of Ketchum.

Q: Last question. Where can we find you online?

www.jonathandaniel.net is my author website. I have links on there to buy the book. You can also send me emails and - most importantly, sign up for my mailing list. Do that and I'll send you occasional newsletters about upcoming releases or when my stuff goes on sale or goes for free. I'm on Twitter also, @jdaniel_author.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 21, 2012
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This is not a book to read if you don't like gore. If you're a horror aficionado, though, it's your kind of read.

The main character is Owen Thompson, a store manager who's rewarded for his work with a trip to a tropical island belonging to the owner of his company. He and other high-performing store employees show up expecting a week of killer parties and good times. For Owen, it's also a chance to face some inner demons from his wife's tragic death in the tsunami that devastated Thailand.

Unfortunately for Owen, personal growth has to take a back seat when he wakes up hung over the first morning and walks into a monster chewing on the body of one of the workers. From there on, Owen and two other survivors are forced to run and fight for their lives from the creatures while trying to figure out how to get off the (extremely isolated) island.

There is a similarity to zombies in the way the creatures are presented: They eat humans, they used to be human, and they lose all vestiges of their former personalities once created. They aren't slow or decaying, however. They're fast, strong and viciously intelligent. It shows in the way they handle their "food."

I could wish that the course of Owen's and Jessica's relationship hadn't been so easily predicted; with the early scenes that set up another of his acquaintances as a love interest, it was clear the author couldn't allow Owen and Jessica to walk off into the sunset together. But I have to admit that the way Owen ended their relationship was unexpected.

The book's ending was sufficiently difficult, and although the author glossed over a few details I would have liked explained more -- in particular, the exact cause of the transformation to monsters -- this was a good, entertaining horror read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By matsteman on February 15, 2013
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If your standards for horror books are moderate to high, don't read this book.

I just finished the book and have no idea to what the title refers. I don't think it's some deep meaning--I think its title is meant to sound "cool". If it does have a significant meaning, it's never explained in the book.

The book needed a better editor. Can I write any better? No, but in addition to spelling mistakes, much of the narrative is clunky and repetitive.

Warning--MINOR spoilers: The monsters in this book are former humans. You never find out exactly why the humans turn into monsters. I think the author came up with a silly idea, and because he couldn't explain it, he decided to ignore a definitive explanation entirely.

Here's a plot summary. Guy travels to island. People turn into monsters. He runs to the woods. He runs to the house. He runs to the woods. He runs to the house. He runs to the beach...And so on.

I didn't care too much for the characters. Their actions were oftentimes dopey. The monsters were nonsensical. And the book leaves too much hanging. Not in a clever, make-you-think-way. It's more like the author has as much clue as to what's going on as the reader does. So, I guess I should give this book one star--but I'll give it 2 since I've read worse.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By azgrad VINE VOICE on July 24, 2012
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I'm a fan of horror novels but not of zombie stories in particular. That being said this novel is definitely suspenseful but for me it was also lacking in a few areas. Much of the plot revolves around the main characters running back and forth across the island fighting off the monsters. It's very repetitive. And even given the horror they're experiencing the main players are not really empathetic at all. But my biggest complaint is that there is no real explanation for WHY the horror is occurring. If you like graphic gore than you'll probably enjoy this story. More background and character development, though, would add to the story, as would a less predictable ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cherri M. Barber, RN on April 7, 2013
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And perhaps should have. The descriptions were so lengthy I found myself skimming paragraphs until something of significance occurred. The characters spent more time running in endless attempts to find a way off the island with the lead character constantly remembering his dead wife it made Gilligan look like a genius. Fiction aside there needs to be some measure of probability to events and there were so many times in this book I found myself disgusted that I was still reading it. As a short story taking out all the fluff it would be worth reading. I cannot recommend this book to anyone, I'm sorry, it was just that long winded. I finished reading the book because I felt compelled to finish it, but it wasn't easy. This was found under zombie apocalypse novels, this is NOT a zombie read. I would classify it as horror. Read at your own risk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Pearce on March 1, 2013
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Entertaining enough, but a melange of horror cliches and half-baked character development. Goofy storyline tied with wildly illogical events. If this were filmed, it would be a straight to DVD schlockfest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2013
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There is no context for the story, no framing of the characters, interaction is infantile and the descriptors are ridiculous in length and again, do not fit the context of the story. Simply put, people do not communicate with each other the way the author writes the character interactions. I read anything and everything usually finishing 3-5 books per week, I could not force myself to finish it. About as scary as "Scary Movie" and written at a 2nd grade level. See Monster run, run monster run. Man. First time I have ever returned a book. DON'T WASTE THE .99!!
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