Interview with Jean Zahn

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town nestled between two large cities. So I imagined my characters growing up in a small town as well, and having access to a big city. It's almost like living in a big city because all the conveniences really aren't that far away, but at the same time, living in a small town where everyone knows you and it's really safe.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My motivation really came from reading indie authors'. I generally read zombie and apocalyptic books (and I mean a lot of them) so I already have a list of my favorite authors. I've always had quite an imagination and I feel storytelling is a way to release good energy and entertain people at the same time.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I won't know until I sell some books. However, I did use another self-publishing company and they wanted me to change some of my story. They also wanted to put my story up for their "studio". I was told they can't submit all stories for studio consideration, so of course I thought my story was special. When I wouldn't change my story then they weren't so interested. I did not publish with them instead I scoured the net for the best prices and quality. It seems to me from my exhausting research no one is going to be able to match the quality of smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story I ever read was The Outsiders. I can still remember the character Ponyboy Curtis (I'm pretty sure, it's been a long time) and then I followed that up with Salem's Lot. So yeah, really different books and these books were eons ago. Both stories pack a punch and leave you with memories that you won't forget. It's powerful storytelling at its best. Stories that can last a lifetime and leave a mark on someone.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Mark Tufo books because he takes his everyday hero and puts him in other stories, it's genius.
John O'Brien books were great because his main character is a family man, and the plot is exciting. (really great)
Arthur T Bradley--The Survivalist series just read them and you'll know why there so good.
James Cook-Surviving the Dead series just really great, loved the series
Arisen Series good good stuff!
So apparently I love to read a different type of genre then I am currently writing about.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My choice is Kindle Fire, but I would like the newer one. My current Kindle was a present, so yeah!
Published 2015-01-02.
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