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Interview with Christian Jensen

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I would like to introduce Christian Jensen to you.  He is a horror writer and his new novel, ‘Lone Survivor’ will be out soon, published by Booktrope.  Below is my interview with him.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your upcoming book, ‘Lone Survivor’ please?

It’s about a man trying to survive the apocalypse alone. He knows groups attract too much attention and has seen them fail time and time again. He’s better off alone, doing his own thing. He’s happy, if not a little lonely. Until one day he meets Bigfoot. They start an unlikely partnership that works for them both, until Bigfoot gets bitten by a zombie and turns. Now Jim, our hero, has to fight scores of the living dead, help protect a couple of damaged women that accidentally find him, and kill zombie Bigfoot. The apocalypse can be rough.

 

Are you working on any other writing projects at the moment?

I’m always working on another project. After Lone Survivor I wrote Demonic Possession in about a week. It was a blast to write and the story just flowed. Right now I’m working on another zombie novel, Prison of the Dead.

 

You have had so many novels published. How long on average does it take you to write each one?

It depends on the book, but anywhere from one to four weeks for a first draft.

 

What is your favourite genre?  

Horror has always been my favorite genre. I love reading, writing, watching, and living it.

 

Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere. They pop into my head at the grocery store, while I’m sleeping, eating, talking to people, and pooping. Sometimes it’s a news story or something I read that twists my imagination and gets my muse really turned on. They come from all places at all times.

 

Do you find yourself having to do much research for your books? 

I try not to because that slows down my process. I try to stick to what I know, but when research is needed I always go as deep as I can into a subject. I want to sound like I know what I’m talking about, so I don’t piss off the reader.

 

Have you got any good advice for anyone wanting to write their first novel?

Read. Read every day, read more than you write. Write every single day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes or so, set a goal every single day and beat it. Take no days off. Ever. Work tirelessly and strive to create the best worlds and characters you can.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time? I don’t believe in it. When I have time to myself I read and write. That’s really all I do.

 

Can you see yourself still writing ten years from now?

I see myself writing until the day I die. I’ll hopefully write my own Eulogy. It’ll be funny and sad.

 

Who are your favourite authors and have they influenced your writing at all?

Every author I’ve ever read has influenced my writing in some way. I take a little piece of them with me when I finish their books. Some of my favorites (and only some, because this could take hours and dozens of pages) are: Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, Falkner, Poe, Collier, Dickens, Kipling, Lovecraft, I can keep going, but those are my classical influences, the old, dead guys that shaped me when I was a kid. Later in life I was introduced to Brian Keene, Johnathon Mayberry, Richard Laymon, Bryan Smith, Jack Ketchum, Wraith James White, and dozens of others. There are still plenty of authors that are influencing me, people that got started in the industry after me are influencing me.

 

Links

Christian Jensen’s blog – http://www.horrorwritingdaddy.blogspot.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChrsitanJensenAuthor?fref=ts

Twitter – @Hororwritindad

Blog Tour – ‘Set Me Free’ by Daniela Sacerdoti

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‘Set Me Free’ is Daniela Sacerdoti’s latest novel.  It was published by Black and White Publishing in paperback on the 30th April 2015 and it is also available as an eBook.  I am truly delighted to be a part of this blog tour.  Below is my review and a competition.

 

Review

Margherita’s marriage seems to be falling apart.  After trying for a baby and not having any success, Margherita and Ash decide to adopt a child.  A few years later Margherita eventually falls pregnant and is naturally over the moon.  However, her husband doesn’t seem to be very pleased with her news and is of very little support to her.

Needing a break and some time away to think things through, Margherita decides to spend the summer in Glen Avich where she can help out at her mum’s new coffee shop.  She also feels that she needs to spend time reconnecting with her adopted daughter and young son.  Glen Avich can have a very strange effect on some people and when Margherita starts working for Torcuil Ramsay at the rather neglected Ramsay Hall things begin to change.  Margherita finds that she is happy and Lara begins a new friendship with a local boy called Mal.  But there is something about him that just doesn’t add up.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Set Me Free’ from start to finish.  The prologue which was set in 1916 had me totally intrigued.  Daniela Sacerdoti writes beautifully.  I thought her descriptions of the characters and Glen Avich were wonderful.

Most of the characters were really likeable.  Margherita was just so lovely and kind.  Lara had had a very difficult time of things at the start of her life and Margherita gave her buckets full of love and lots of understanding.  Maybe Ash simply found it hard to be a proper dad, I don’t know, but he sure didn’t deserve to have Margherita as his wife.

I absolutely loved the sound of Ramsay Hall and I felt as if I was in there with the characters.  How I would love to have explored all the rooms and spend time in the library surround by all those lovely books.

Some of the cakes and biscuits which were baked for the coffee shop sounded scrumptious.

‘Set Me Free’ is a story of love, loss, hope and pastures new.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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Black and White Publishing have produced a small recipe book containing baked products which are mentioned in ‘Set Me Free’.  I was sent a copy of it with the book and it is lovely.  The recipe book is free to download from their website:-

http://www.blackandwhitepublishing.com/index.php/books/view/set_me_free

You can also get it free from Amazon:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Margheritas-Recipes-Daniela-Sacerdotis-Bestselling-ebook/dp/B00VA69C84/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429526611&sr=1-1&keywords=margherita%27s+recipes

 

Competition

Black and White Publishing have kindly offered two paperback copies of ‘Set Me Free’.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what your favourite baked products are.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open worldwide.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 18th May 2015.

The winners will be randomly chosen and notified within 7 days of the closing date and their details will be passed on to Black and White Publishing who will send the prizes out.

 

Good luck! 🙂

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