More About the Author
Interview with the author:
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.