- File Size: 1223 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Publication Date: December 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006Q56PR0
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Uninvited Kindle Edition
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More About 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story started out good with nice set up and description, went to great when the action started and then proceeded to just drag on and on at the end. Read morePublished 7 months ago by TRH
Very fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Wish there was some resolution, I felt ideas just hanging at the end.Published 11 months ago by KATRINA
What a great book. My kind of book that had me so into it I just kept reading till I finished. Heart stopping at every turn
I highly recommend this book if it is the kind... Read more
Okay, I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll leave at this -- great book.Published 16 months ago by WesBHM
Suspenseful from the beginning. I really enjoyed it and think you will too, check Amazon, it may be a free read for you.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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The only reason I gave it two stars is because the suspense level remained fairly high. I hated that the author never explained the souce of the virus...or whatever it was. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I truly enjoyed this book. The suspense of wondering what was to happen next really bad my mind reeling. I had a hard time putting the book down. I would read it all over again.Published on January 1, 2014 by Stephanie