Justin Woodward is an extremely nice guy I’m proud to know. Great sense of humor but also has a serious side. He loves music and played in a band for a while. Talking to him about writing it is plain to see that he is very passionate about it and has a lot to write about. If you haven’t gotten the chance to get to know him then do so please. Check out his book and let him know what you think. Please make welcome to Roadie Notes Justin Woodward….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was around eight or nine years old. I wanted to write a horror story (I was big into the Goosebumps books) and my babysitter said she would help me. We argued over whether a horror story should start out slow or with a bang.
2. How many books have you written?
I am currently working on my second novel.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
The only thing I won’t write about is what doesn’t come into my head.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m twenty-seven years old, I’m married to my wife Alison who I’ve been with for nine years (married for almost six) and we have a two-year old together named Nathan. I work for a security company which I can’t name, but my real passion is my writing.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
The Variant is my only completed book at this time and will probably always remain my favorite, in the same way that firsts sometimes do. With that said, I believe my next one will be technically much better of a book.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Ultimately, my love for reading and the way a good book makes you feel is what I think drives most of us to want to write. I’ve been interested in writing at various stages in my life, but when a friend James Goffio wrote a book, House of the Holy, I said to myself, “I could do this too!”
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I used to play in bands: guitar, bass, keyboard, whatever. I enjoyed the music scene for a while but I’ve since become pretty boring. My idea of fun included playing with my son, and seeing if I can read a couple of chapters in whatever book I’m reading.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
When I finished The Variant I made myself a semi-strong drink, sat down, and smiled.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I usually write sitting in my chair or lying on the couch. I bought a Chromebook specifically for writing but sometimes I end up writing on my iPhone. I find that I can write in just about any situation, loud noises, cartoons blaring. But I prefer silence, or ambient music with no vocals such as Boards of Canada or Tycho.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Only that I’m constantly changing, constantly improving.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
As I said earlier, I’m very boring. And yes, it is definitely my dream to write for a living. I don’t need the fame or the mansion, just want to replace the nine to five and have more time for writing.
12. Where do you live?
I live in Headland, Alabama (aka “the sticks”)
We have two cats: Izzie and Coheed. And we have a brand new puppy who we named Ellie (short for Eleven from Stranger Things)
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I find the writing itself to be therapy, but I think the actual best thing about it is when other people get to step inside your head and see what you came up with, and hopefully, they like it.
15. What is coming next for you?
I am working on a horror novel tentatively titled Tamer Animals which is a name I’m borrowing from a band called Other Lives. The book is about a group of high-school kids who go on a very deadly camping trip. That’s the most I can say about the story itself. Think Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets The Troop.
As always thank you for letting us get to know you better! I wish you all the success and happiness.
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