Our own Agent P, Perry Louie was able to catch up with author Jean Booth not to long ago and was able to get this great interview with her. That’s not all though, she graciously gave us a a copy of Zombie War, and a awesome mug to giveaway to one lucky fan. Check out the interview below:
G33K-HQ: When did you first start writing?
Jean Booth: I’ve always been writing – in a journal, for school, or just dome really depressing poetry; but I “officially” started writing in July of 2010.
G33K-HQ: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever written?
Jean Booth: My Bio. I hate talking about me. I always get the urge to say, “I’m boring. My books rock, and you should check them out, but I’m a terribly boring person.” But I don’t think that would go over too well.
G33K-HQ: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Jean Booth: I absolutely love you guys. And I’m not just saying that. Whenever someone stops and talks to me about books – it seriously makes my day. It’s an amazing surreal experience to hear how my writing has impacted your life – even in a small way. I never quite know what to say or do, but I get all blushy and love talking books with y’all. You guys make this writing life so much more fun.
G33K-HQ: What were the challenges in bringing your ideas to life?
Jean Booth: Right now I’m having difficulty writing the climatic, turning point novel for my Origins series. I know what’s supposed to happen, but the how’s to get there have been sending me for a loop. Not quite sure how to make everything happen without sounding stupid or clichéd. Also, the stress in my life greatly affects the tone and how each book is written. If I’m too stressed out in my personal life, I can’t find the energy to lift the pen for my characters. I think they hide and wait to talk to me until I’m feeling better.
G33K-HQ: Every author has a “great unwritten novel” what is yours?
Jean Booth: I’ve wanted to write an epic dragon fantasy for years. I’ve started it half a dozen times, and each time I scrap it – sending it to the back burner out of fear. Some day. Maybe.
G33K-HQ: If you had to live the rest of your life as a characters from any book which one would it be?
Jean Booth: I’d want to be Natasha, from Choice. She’s had some stuff happen to her, but in the end, she’s one of the most powerful creatures on the planet. To have her abilities and her life as it stands now, would be awesome.
G33K-HQ: Do you write by hand first, type, or dictate?
Jean Booth: I start each novel by hand writing everything. It’s always my first draft, and the first of many edits begins once I type my chicken scratch.
G33K-HQ: Cast the movie for one of your novels
Jean Booth: Since it’s National Zombie Appreciation Month, I searched for a cast for Zombie War: Sarah- Zoey Deutch Matt – Penn Badgley Mary – Julianne Moore John – Paul Rudd Frank – Misha Collins Kevin – Dave Franco Emery – Jensen Ackles Michael – Nicholas Hoult Kaitlyn – Emily Browning Mark – Colin O’Donoghue Jennifer – Mila Kunis Jessica – Scarlett Johansson Caleb – Alexander Ludwig
G33K-HQ: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Jean Booth: My mom suggested it, which had me wondering. But I didn’t realize fully that passion until I started getting into Choice. After I created the characters and plotted out the very basic ideas for their lives, they then made choices and took their own paths to get to where they needed to be. Watching the story unfurl before my eyes, and knowing I wrote it – there are no words to describe that feeling. And I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
G33K-HQ: How long does it take you to write a book?
Jean Booth: Honestly, it depends on the book. I’ve been trying to write a couple of them for a few years now – with little to show for my efforts. When the Muse and I are connecting – it takes me anywhere from two to six weeks to type up a novel.
Jean Booth: When I’m writing, I typically lock myself in my office until I realize my water has run out. By then dehydration is starting to rear it’s ugly head and I finally realize my surroundings have changed. Either the sun is setting or it’s rising – usually rising, and my muscles have stiffened to an almost painful position. I’m very sporadic when I actually start writing, but once it starts, I lose all focus on reality and can write for hours.
G33K-HQ: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Jean Booth: I must have water and M&Ms to write. I don’t like noises while writing – especially music. But I HAVE to have my snacks.
G33K-HQ: How do books get published?
Jean Booth: I’m an Independent Author and Self-Publish. I currently work with Blue Harvest Creative to do the design and editing of my books, but when it comes to publication, I use a print on demand service for paperbacks and publish on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. My publishing imprint is MoonStorm Publishing.
G33K-HQ: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Jean Booth: I am an obsessive reader and garner inspiration and ideas from the books I enjoy reading. I research things via Google and use books for reference. Typically I’ve used history books, and personal experience for most of my writing. I have a few military strategy books a Marine friend of mine gave me for research on a work-in-progress.
G33K-HQ: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Jean Booth: I wrote my first book in 2010 and I was 29.
G33K-HQ: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Jean Booth: I’m a very crafty person. I read, sew, paint, make jewelry, color, and watch loads of movies. My husband and I ride motorcycles, and I love doing that – the freedom is thrilling.
Jean Booth: My family is starting to be very supportive. For the first few years most of them were on the fence about it, but as they’ve seen how much I love it, they’ve shown support and encouragement.
G33K-HQ: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Jean Booth: I don’t suck! lol. Seriously though, I was surprised that I could do it – create a world and characters that people love.
G33K-HQ: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Jean Booth: I’ve written 7 books and been in 3 anthologies. My favorite book is Created.
G33K-HQ: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Jean Booth: Read. A lot. And write even more. Don’t be cruel to others, including writers. This is a tough business, and not all writing is going to mesh with everyone. You need to be somewhat understanding in your conversations with others, and thankful for every fan you get. Learn to market your work. Even the best story cannot be shared unless you know how to get it in someone’s hand.
G33K-HQ: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Jean Booth: I do hear from readers, fairly often – and I LOVE IT!! They talk to me about their favorite parts of the books, yell or swat at me for killing off one of their favorite characters, and nag (good naturedly) me for the next installment. Most ask me for what my inspiration was; some ask me what to expect in future books. That’s the hardest to answer without really giving things away because I honestly don’t know what to expect, except for a few main things that HAVE to happen for the story to go to where it needs to go. We talk about guns and why I picked what I picked in my zombie world. And people like to ask me about the little nuances in the books – like the stores and locations I use in the stories. They want to know if they’re right, and want to find out more about the characters. The characters are as real to them as they are to me, and they’re just as sad to see their stories end. Do you like to create books for adults? I prefer writing for adults than for teens. That way I don’t have to censor myself at all. I tend to be quite graphic in my writing and have the mouth of a sailor.
G33K-HQ: What do you think makes a good story?
Jean Booth: Character development. If I don’t have a good feel for the characters, I’m not as invested in the stories, even if they’re beautifully written. I’m too busy trying to remember who was who. If I have a good handle on who the characters are, the story is more personal and I react in a deeper level.
G33K-HQ: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Jean Booth: I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon and create a cure for asthma and allergies.
G33K-HQ: What does g33k mean to you.
Jean Booth: G33ks are people who don’t fit in with the mainstream “popular” crowd. They’re the misfits, the misunderstood, the people who laugh at fart jokes. G33k explores the “what ifs” of life. G33k is a personality, a lifestyle, the only way to truly live.
We will be setting up the giveaway at a later date. Look for more information on that to come
You can find Jean at:
Amazon Author Page –http://www.amazon.com/Jean-
Barnes & Noble –http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/