Interview with Jesse Hill

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had the unique pleasure of growing up on a large working ranch in the midst of Texas. This meant cattle drives in every element you could think of, silage seasons (hello allergies), and a broken bone or two from sleepy and cantankerous horses. Bus rides were an hour both ways and rain meant muddy roads and no school. Not that I complained, though. No school meant that I could indulge my unyielding love for literature and, later, my love for writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It would be years before I truly found my niche in the Supernatural genre. As someone who had acquired quite an obsession with various mythology, this was the ultimate playground. Which brings me to my current passion project: Blood Secrets.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have such a varying range of favorites: Tolkien, Poe, Lovecraft, Dean Koontz, Anne Bishop, Jacqueline Carey, Erin Kellison, and many others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Much of my free time is spent exploring the lovely layers of nerd-culture, whether this be through film, television, comics or traditional books, etc. I also collect coffee mugs, garden gnomes, and anything Deadpool related. And, of course, I'm quite fond of 80's Glam Metal and classic cars.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I started reading at age four but the book that had the most impact on me was Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'. It was my first experience with the fantasy genre and I remember being absolutely awed by it. If not for 'The Hobbit', I worry that it would have been years before I discovered my deep love for fantasy fiction. A travesty, really. Especially when it has been such a safe place for me over the years.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hobbit, by Tolkien: To put it simply, it saved my life in so many ways.

The Black Jewels Trilogy, by Anne Bishop: I adore this trilogy. The characters are enchanting, relatable, and altogether entertaining. Bishop's world is one that you feel compelled to delve further into.

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë: There's something incredibly fascinating about the characters in Wuthering Heights. While I'll readily admit that they're mostly ghastly, the passionate love they have for each other is their one redeeming quality. Tragedy can be beautiful and this is never more apparent than in Wuthering Heights.

Shadow Fall, by Erin Kellison: I immediately fell in love with this book before I had even finished it. Kellison creates such rich imagery that you can't help but lose yourself in the story. And I adore the strength and feisty nature of the female lead, Annabella.

The Door to December, by Dean Koontz: I don't know that I could possibly pick a favorite Koontz book, but The Door to December holds a special place in my heart as it was the first Dean Koontz book that I ever read. Since then, I've devoured everything he's ever written. As far as I'm concerned, the man is brilliant.
Published 2016-01-31.
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