Jack Wallen is a new friend of mine. He he lives very close to me like just miles apart and how I had never met him before now I don’t know. He is funny and smart and I have enjoyed talking to him and getting to know him better. I have not read anything by him yet but have one of his books on my tbr pile. If you haven’t met him get to know him and support him. So now I would like to introduce you to Jack Wallen.
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I wrote my first story back in the 80s. I was in high school and it was intended to be an updated version of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Of course, that never saw the light of day…mostly because it depended upon the music of The Tubes and that simply wasn’t going to happen.
Countless unpublished stories later and I first released a book on Amazon in 2007. That was Shero and KDP was just coming out of beta.
2. How many books have you written?
I am about to publish my thirtieth novel.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I won’t write erotica or straight-up romance. But then, most of that which I write isn’t “straight-up” anything. I am a huge fan of crossing the genre streams.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I was born in the sixties. I’m married to a lovely woman and have three-step children and four cats. I am a full-time writer who also writes about technology (I’m a one-time programmer and Linux guru). I’m also a book narrator. I’ve been recording audiobooks since the late nineties. When not at a desk, I run, mountain bike, and mostly act like a clown who’s lost his nose and floppy shoes.
One of these days, I’ll find them. Oh yes, I will.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
It boils down to either Hell’s Muse or my soon to be released Lament. I am very fond of Hell’s Muse because it was my reaction to the publication industry at the time of writing. It also wound up becoming a series I very much enjoy writing…because I can truly allow myself to venture into very dark and disturbing realms. Lament is my first cyberpunk novel…a genre I fell in love with back when Gibson wrote Neuromancer.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
It wasn’t until I read Clive Barker’s Imajica that I realized how much joy could be found in reading and that I could extend my artistry through the written word. I was a professional actor (still am actually) for over twenty years, so having a creative outlet has always been a must.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Run, mountain bike, eat, spend time with my adorable wife, play with our cats, record Zombie Radio, plot my world domination, practice being a mad scientist…the list goes on and on and on.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Start the next book immediately. That’s my tradition. I don’t take time off from writing.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I write at night, in bed, with my laptop. I’ve always found the darkness and silence of nighttime to be highly conducive to writing dark and twisty fiction. Who knows if there be spooks and specters in the shadows egging me on.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
No. The journey of a writer is a natural progression, so I fully understand everything I’ve written to this point is me heading to where I’m meant to be as an artist. So I wouldn’t change a thing.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I won’t lie – fame and fortune is the goal for every author (whether we want to admit it or not). I would also like to be considered a paragon of horror fiction or even create my own genre – or “jenre” as it were.
12. Where do you live?
Louisville, KY. But most would say I generally live in my head.
Four cats and a bunch of fish.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The journey. I love the artistic process more than anything.
Check out my blog (where I also publish my video blog, Jack Verse, on http://www.jackwallen.com. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, check out my Amazon Author Page, or listen to me on Zombie Radio.
Jack, as always thank you for letting us get to know you better. I wish you loads of happiness and success!
As always thank you so much for letting us get to know you better. I wish you much happiness and success.