Originally sent to newsletter subscribers on October 27, 2014.
I have something super awesome to share with you today. Normally I only do interviews once a month, but I just couldn’t hold onto this one. My absolute favoritest author ever, Jonathan Maberry, offered himself up for the Three Questions! How could I pass that opportunity up?? If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading his technothriller Joe Ledger series or Rot & Ruin, his YA series. So here we go. Thanks again, Jonathan!
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m in the middle of the busiest year of my career. I’m juggling a whole lot of projects –and different kinds—of projects. Here’s a quick peek at that….
What is one thing you struggle with?
Time management is the only real struggle. Right now having all these projects is a bit like juggling chainsaws. But it’s also one hell of a lot of fun. After all, I get to play in the weird little playground of my imagination all day long and get paid for it. So, since I’m a working professional writer, I don’t let myself get bitchy or too insanely stressed about things. I’m always analyzing my process to look for ways to improve. After all, there are faster writers among my circle of friends, like Kevin J. Anderson, Nancy Holder, and Rachel Caine.
Oddly, since moving to sunny Southern California last year, I’ve been getting much more done in less time…and turning out my best work.
What book are you reading right now?
I’m always reading a few. One on audio (DEADLINE by John Sandford), a graphic novel collection (EMPIRE OF THE DEAD by George Romero), some nonfiction books (on electromagnetic pulses, remote viewing, and wilderness survival –research for my next thriller), and a bedside book (a bio-thriller DEADOUT by Jon McGoran).
On Halloween week, though, I always reread the same two books: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury and I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson. I was incredibly lucky to get to know both men when I was a young teen, and they gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received on how to be a good and successful writer. They also gave me signed first editions of those books. I have those locked safely away, but I buy new copies of each book every year, read them, then donate them to a different local library.
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes horror, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction and suspense for adults and teens. His novels include PREDATOR ONE, CODE ZERO, ROT & RUIN, FALL OF NIGHT, GHOST ROAD BLUES, PATIENT ZERO, and many others. Several of Jonathan’s novels are in development for movies or TV including V-WARS, EXTINCTION MACHINE, ROT & RUIN and DEAD OF NIGHT. He’s the editor/co‐author of V‐WARS, a vampire‐themed anthology; and is editor for a series of all-original X-FILES anthologies, the YA anthology SCARY OUT THERE, and the dark fantasy anthology OUT OF TUNE. His V-WARS books have been developed as a board game. He is a popular featured expert on History Channel shows like ZOMBIES: A LIVING HISTORY and MONSTERS, MYTH AND LEGEND. Since 1978 he’s sold more than 1200 magazine feature articles, 3000 columns, two plays, greeting cards, song lyrics, and poetry. His comics include V-WARS, ROT & RUIN, CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA, BAD BLOOD, MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN and MARVEL UNIVERSE VS THE AVENGERS. He lives in Del Mar, California with his wife, Sara Jo and their dog, Rosie. www.jonathanmaberry.com