Interview with J.M. Swan

What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on the book “The Inept Zombie survivor”. After that one I have a couple of different stories in the pipeline. I am considering another, more serious zombie book, to get that out of my system. Right now I have not got that far in the process to know what the next book will be about.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Italian author Umberto Eco will always be a favorite of mine.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
All the projects I am working on, writing and others. That and my wife is what inspires me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to go out and enjoy the city. Have a drink or a meal, go to some exhibition or just relax in the sun.
How do you approach cover design?
What I would like to do is follow the principle “less is more.” I usually play around with a theme or a style and see if I can do something with that myself. For “The James Interlude” I got inspired from the TV-shows of the 60s.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I get my hands on, from Umberto Eco to Clive Custler.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only have one and that is a Kindle. I have no preferences for the device, as long as it gives a good approximation of a real book I am happy, and my Kindle does that.
Describe your desk
Cluttered would be the best world to describe it. It is full of coffee cups, some paper I use for drawing, a lot of pens, and of course my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in the south of Sweden. The fact it was not a city, probably forced me to use my imagination more then I otherwise would have. The imagination is the core of writing fiction so i would say it has influenced me a lot.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is not as ordered as I would like it to be. Usually I get an idea that I let rattle around in my head for some time. Most of the ideas sounds good in the beginning but after some time they show their weaknesses, so I throw them out. If the idea is good, I create the main plot in my head and then I just start writing.
Published 2015-04-23.
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Books by This Author

Poetry tango to a 5 minute beat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
“Poetry tango to a 5 minute beat” is a collection of poems I have written since 2015. They are quick, reflect me in that moment, and I tried not to get constrained by anything when I wrote them. Their form is free flowing, always with some underlying thought or idea that might, or might not be clear or obscure.
Fetița-zombie care dorea să-și facă prieteni
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: Romanian. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel
O carte pentru copii despre fetița-zombie care dorea să-și facă prieteni. În această carte o urmărim pe Enid, care întâlnește un băiat de care îi place și căruia nu vrea să îi mănânce creierul.
Den lilla zombie-flickan som ville passa in
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 490. Language: Swedish. Published: July 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel
En barnbok om en liten zombie-flicka som bara vill pass in. I denna boken får vi följa Enid som möter en pojke som hon gillar, hon vill bara inte äta upp hans hjärna.
The Little Zombie Girl Who Wanted to Fit In
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 480. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel
A children’s book about a little zombie girl who want to fit in. In this book we follow Enid who meets a boy she likes, she just does not want to eat his brain.
The James Interlude
Price: Free! Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
In the upcoming book “The Inept Zombie Survivor” our nameless hero has a friend called James. James is also a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, mostly because he refuses to acknowledge that zombies exist, no matter how intrusive they are. He is grumpy, bad tempered and sometimes argumentative with a flair for denial.