Interview with Jeff Fuell

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The earliest ones that come to mind were the Peanuts gang comics, which were written by Charles M. Schulz. Even though they were comics they struck me as very grown-up, very different from other comics at the time. The characters were very defined. A person could look at any member of the Peanuts gang and say "that's me." Later on as I got older I started reading more books, but Peanuts definitely had an impact on me. I still have somewhere over a hundred of them stored in some boxes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to read books by my favorite authors, and then anything else that might catch my eye. I have pretty much read all of Stephen King's books. I have read all of the books by Dan Brown and countless books by various other authors. I really cannot pinpoint a favorite genre that I have. As long as the story is interesting and well written I can lose myself in almost anything.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in various areas around Texas. I really cannot say that it influenced my writing in any general way. Although, my book "The Goatman" is based on a place that used to exist on the outskirts of Corpus Christi. It was an old, abandoned area that looked as if it might have at one time been a ranch or resort or something similar. Legend had it that a creature that was half man and half goat lived there. My book is somewhat autobiographical in the sense that not only is the story told in first person, but some of the places and characters in it are based in reality.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was either nineteen or twenty. I remember reading my first Stephen King book - Night Shift. It is his first collection of short stories. Shortly after reading that book I started getting some ideas of my own and started writing short stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My next book is called "Titan." It is about a super hero that I invented. His name is Gaius Richards, but the people of Earth know him as the hero "Titan." His father is mortal and his mother is Gaia. The Earth is where he draws his vast strength, plus his ability to fly. In Olympian years he is a few hundred years old, but he is considered a teenager and his age would translate to sixteen years-old. Now that he is in his teenage years he wants to connect with his mortal heritage and starts attending high school under a secret identity. The story is very much influenced by my love of the classic comic books that I grew up with. There is also quite a good deal of both action and humor.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The freedom and joy of taking my imagination and giving life to it through the power of writing. Some of the greatest times in my life have been sitting behind a computer and letting my imagination run away with me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book called "Immaculate: The Second Coming of the Christ." It is about the return of Jesus Christ being born into the world again. While the story deals with religion, it is also an action story mixed with romance. A certain person is trying to hunt down and kill the mother of Christ before He can be born while another person is trying to protect her. While they are on the run they fall in love with each other, he telling her that he has loved her ever since she was a little girl and he escorted her father's soul to Heaven when he died while she was with him. That is really all I want to say about it right now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King is at the top of the list. Dan Brown is another. I have also read countless other authors throughout the years, some of which are Dean Koontz, John Saul,John Grisham, Paul Zindel, Lawrence Sanders, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Neil Simon and William Shakespeare. I am also a rabid comic book fan and own over one hundred and thirty thousand of them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tend to involve myself in random drama projects. I also spend a good amount of time reading, exercising, listening to music, going to movies and playing around online. Guitar and percussion are both enjoyable hobbies.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was called "Memories." It was about a person talking in first person saying that he was the embodiment of evil that had been around since the dawn of time. Some of the people throughout history that he had been know as were Genghis Khan, Napoleon and Adolf Hitler. He ends it saying that most people probably know him best as Jack the Ripper.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that anything good can happen, maybe something even life changing.
Published 2013-10-26.
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