KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
JS: When I was a child my parents couldn’t afford to buy me any toys so the only thing I had to play with was a pen. Well, not quite the only thing.
KG: What gave you the idea for your latest book?
JS: Eating raw steak while watching a cooking show hosted by a zombie-like celebrity chef who can’t be named (like so many things in my life) for legal reasons.
KG: Who is your favourite writer?
JS: Russel H. Greenan.
Greenan is - like me - highly influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, and he combines wit, erudition, and tight plots with great writing. He terrifies you one moment and has you laughing out loud the next.
He's so inventive it's impossible to pigeonhole any of his novels into a single genre.
These are the qualities you'll find in my novel ‘Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse.’
KG: What's your favourite book?
JS: It Happened In Boston by Russel H. Greenan. (See above!)
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
JS: Yes, I read all the time.
I’m currently reading Darla Etienne Hogan’s book of short stories – ‘Demise and other Macabre Endings.’ I’m most impressed by the way he creates a world with a few deft sentences then turns that world upside down before you know it. He’s a master of the short story.
I’m also reading Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk. It has much in common with CCZA – it’s an outrageous idea worked through to its logical conclusion with a lot of laughs along the way. I’m very much enjoying it.
KG: What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
JS: The sequel to CCZA.
I’ve also got a couple of other ideas but I’m keeping them under my hat for the time being – the world isn’t yet ready to hear about them. It’d cause too much shock and confusion if I were to release those dangerous ideas of mine into the public domain right now.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years time?
JS: In Monaco or some other tax haven on the balcony of an exclusive villa overlooking the Mediterranean with a glass of something suitably alcoholic in my hand and a gorgeous pouting secretary hanging on my every word as I dictate my latest Magnum Opus to her.
KG: What do you like most about writing?
JS: Making myself and others laugh, and listening to the plaudits from my many adoring fans.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
JS: I wouldn’t – there’s enough competition out there already.
KG: What would you say to inspire young writers?
JS: Get fucking writing!
© Kensington Gore Publishing 2016
1.Paradoxically, nothing I do outside of writing is fun. My life is deadly, and I do mean deadly, serious.
2.I never smile.
3.I used to move corpses around a morgue for a living.
4.The quality of my life was hugely improved when the Magic Rock Brewery opened up a new bar within a 5 minute walk of my house.
5.I am Huddersfield’s number one fan.
6.No-one knows my real age, not even me.
7.My lucky number isn’t 7.
The third book Thatchenstein, in Jack Strange's trilogy of strange horror & parody is to be published by KGHH Publishing on Friday the 29th of September 2017 -
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