J.P. Hunt currently works for the news where he gets to tell anchors and reporters what to do during broadcasts. He's also the producer, writer, reviewer and co host of the Creepercast, a horror genre website and podcast in which he co created. When not writing creepy stories he's brainstorming script ideas and sometimes even manages to enjoy a few hours of relaxation with his Heart. He's also one of many transplanted Michiganders now residing in Central New Mexico.
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.
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.
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)!