As I continue to interviews authors that are featured in the boxed set A Crime Collection – 5 Heart-pumping Mystery Thrillers, I’d like to introduce you to the fantastic author Simon Jenner! Simon writes the Ethan Justice thrillers that are fast-paced and full of action. Let’s get to know a bit more about Simon.
What do you love about writing? What do you hate (if anything)?
It’s definitely a love hate relationship for me. I love it when I’ve written a scene that works for me, when I feel it when I read it back, despite knowing every detail that’s coming. I also love the climax as all the stages of getting a book published are completed and it goes live. The mixture of excitement and fear are an unbelievable rush as you wait for the feedback to appear. And, of course, I love any great reviews that happen to come my way – who doesn’t! My main hates are the days when words come but they read as though a four-year-old wrote them, and also getting bogged down and losing faith in a story. This picture sums up the bad days! That being said, I’ve never enjoyed anything else as much in my life – if that isn’t mixed up, I don’t know what is.
Tell us about this series: what inspired it? What makes this series different from others?
The “Ethan Justice” series was inspired by my desire to read an action thriller whose hero is NOT a highly trained professional who can kick ass at the drop of a hat. So I came up with a hero born of circumstance – a lost soul with hidden depths that only surface under extreme conditions. I hope readers can relate to the everyman as he battles his risk-averse nature to become the man of the moment. This is part of what keeps the series different. The other factor is that readers can really get into the disturbed mind of the antagonists. They are written in the first person present tense so I could really put across what makes them tick.
Who inspires you?
My wife and son. Without them nothing would ever get written. They are my rocks and the reason I get up in the morning.
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
Hell, I don’t know! I used to see if I could shock my English teacher by writing particularly gory stuff with brains being flushed down toilets and suchlike. I must have been 16 years old at the time, when dinosaurs were still roaming the planet according to my son! Earlier than that I can’t recall.
Here’s a bit more about Simon:
I write action thrillers which will make you laugh, cringe, cry & cheer. My protagonists are capable but flawed reluctant heroes who I hope are well worth investing your time in. I am a man whose goal in life is to discover my goal in life. I live with my wife, who keeps my dream alive and whose cooking keeps my stomach tight against my trousers, and my son, a dreamer just like me. To find out more about me, please check out some of my ‘Personal Crap’ blog posts, such as ‘The 10 Most Interesting Things About Me’, ‘Selling Myself In 10 Words Or Less’ and ‘The Story of My Life in 250 Words’ on my website: http://simonjenner.com/personal-crap/ . Alternatively why not follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/simonrjenner ), ‘Like’ me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SimonJennerAuthor ), or compare books with me on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/Simon_Jenner ).
Thanks to Simon for stopping by, and I do hope you readers will download a copy of A Crime Collection – remember, it’s FREE!