Interview with J.P. Hunt

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the middle of your right hand, that is to say Central Michigan. It wasn't easy growing up in the middle of a hand but somehow I managed it. The influence to my writing actually came from my grandmother who introduced me to some of the greatest classical writing ever. It didn't take long for me to realize I wanted to be just like those writers. What I'm sure I can attribute to where I grew up is that it's a very liberal state and teachers where quick to help cultivate my writing skills, despite my penchant for creepy stuff.
When did you first start writing?
I like to claim I was born with a pencil in my hand. But, truth is, long before I could hold a pencil I was telling stories. It's a fond family memory that during 'show and tell' in kindergarten I would tell of my fathers great, oft times bionic, exploits. I also remember using action figures to teach the true story of George Washington's voyage along the Delaware (I believe it included vampires and werewolves). After that the writing part of it just seemed logical. One such collection of early writings is available here called Fright.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book (Fright) is the combined collection of a creepy, thought provoking, horror themed newspaper (rag) that I would type up every month on ditto paper and distribute to my poor classmates in High School. This year is the 25th anniversary of it and I thought I'd spread some nostalgia by releasing it again in digital format. Obviously the writing and the story telling I will be offering in future books will be better. But it's fun to reminisce.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After almost a half century of life I'd come to the realization that I can go on no longer without admitting I am a writer who needs his stories to be read. Thankfully technology today has made it possible for me to spread my brand of insanity all over the world with little cost to myself and others. Not that I wouldn't accept a publishing deal if offered, it's nice to have control over everything!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As of today that question remains to be answered. Although currently I can say I've learned a lot through the publishing process with Smashwords and thank them for being here to learn from and help me get my materials out there.
What are you working on next?
I have two works of fiction in progress... 1) A currently untitled zombie genre novel in which an unlikely group of people from all over the U.S. somehow find each other and band together to survive the apocalypse. 2) Nostalgia Freaks: A new collection of stories of monsters through the decades that promises fun flashbacks and dark humor.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors to date are Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Piers Anthony, Stephen King, and I am especially fond of Dean Koontz's 'Odd Thomas' series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides working a real job I spend most of time dreaming up new stories, writing scripts, or watching and reviewing horror movies for my genre related website Creepercast.,com. Sometimes, often while in the midst of dreaming up more stories, I get to spend time with my wonderful, amazing, and beautiful fiance and step-son. She somehow puts up with my the insistent monsters in my head that want their stories to be told and he helps me keep my imagination young,
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do not actually remember the first story I wrote. I know I started out emulating some of my favorite authors. I vaguely remember writing an Alfred Hitchcock Presents/Twilight Zone-esque original Star Trek adventure based on the idea of infinity somewhere around age 10 but have no idea if I ever finished it or what may have happened too it. The first story I remember was a fantasy story called "Final Battle" which was about a warrior looking down upon a shattered battle field contemplating what it was all for. I was probably 12.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not remember the first story I read that had an impact on me. I do remember Stephen King having a huge influence on me at age 16. A very influential story that seriously impacted my writing style was suggested to me by a publisher around the same time in my life. I had offered up a story called "...and it rained" (available at retailers in Shadows: a collection of stories and poetry) which was a hopeless end of the world story. The publisher suggested Harlan Ellison's 'I Have No Mouth but Still I Scream" and it strongly influenced the several re-writes and subsequent last published version of the story.
Published 2013-12-19.
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Books by This Author

Shadows: A Collection of Poetry and Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,290. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The contents herein are mere shadows of greater haunts, creatures, and fears that are re-assembled into a larger, more menacing, manifestation. But mostly this book is just full of fun stories and situations that came spilling out of the labyrinth inside my head.
Fright Volume 1, Issue 1 through 4
Price: Free! Words: 17,150. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Welcome to another bend in my labyrinth. What you have here in your here is the beginning of a journey you are unlikely to forget. Some of you may have even already been down this road (and already have an idea of what’s in store.) but most are first timers (oh boy, fresh meat!) so I promise to not be kind. For as the familiar few will tell you, this is an old story (although totally improved)!