It is no secret that I love Jeff Menapace’s writing nor that I think he is an amazing guy. He is definitely one of the reasons I fell in love with the Indie world. The Bad Games series is the first 3 books I read by him and I couldn’t put them down. I have begged and pleaded that he needed to write another in this series and I’m so thrilled that he has, of course it’s not out yet but I will be reading it as soon as it hits Amazon. I can not even imagine where he will take this next but I’m so ready for it. He has written horror, creepy, suspense, post apocalyptic and everything in between. He is amazingly talented and I’m so proud to call him my friend. I have also read everything he has written that I could find. I can honestly say that if you haven’t read anything by him you need to immediately! No passing go, no collecting $200….just get a book and read it! Remember to leave a review they truly help authors more than you realize. Please help me in welcoming Jeff Menapace back to Roadie Notes……..
1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?
The fourth Bad Games book, Bad Games: Malevolent, will be out later this summer. Also currently working on follow-ups to Wildlife and Numb.
2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?
Gillian Flynn. I love her dark mind and would love to pick it. She’s also easy on the eyes.
3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?
Yeesh—there have been quite a few things. I’m not too comfortable mentioning them, but what I can tell you is that I’m outlining a project based on a particularly unusual exchange I had with a fan that escalated into some creepy shit.
4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?
I don’t dread any of it. I love everything about writing. I’d be lying, however, if I didn’t say that when I’m road blocked on a scene, I tend to get very irritable. Ask my wife Kelly—she’ll confirm the hell out of that.
5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them
Nah. My imagination was already pretty f*cked up. No room for allies, I guess.
6. Do you go to conventions? If not why?
No. I don’t know why, to be honest. Maybe if one came near me and it was worth my while I might.
7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?
Hmmm…I don’t remember. I remember my first short story was published fairly quickly to a small magazine for contributor copies. I was over the moon.
8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?
No way. I worked way too hard to establish the little following I have. I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?
All the time. And I have. The results weren’t so great though. I was/am extremely proud of the books (Side Effects, Cling) but reader reviews are somewhat lukewarm for them, and sales on them are modest. Oh well…
10. Any new additions to the family?
11. What is coming up next for you?
Well, like I mentioned before, Bad Games 4 is coming out later this summer, and follow-ups to Wildlife and Numb are in the works. Of course I’m always crossing my fingers that the first three Bad Games books get financing to put them on the big screen. They’ve already been optioned for film, but the guy who optioned them just signed on to direct the new Amityville Horror film (kudos, Daniel!) so he might have his hands full for a bit lol.
12. Do you do release parties? Do you think they work?
No, I don’t. Not sure if they work or not. I usually do a short, exclusive sale to all my newsletter subscribers though.
13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?
Yes, a few. Fortunately, they did go away, and I’m now stalker-free.
14. Do you still have a “day job” ? If so what do you do?
I do odd jobs here and there. Usually pet-sitting. I always have time for animals.
15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?
My process is kinda all over the place at times. I usually start with an idea and a brief outline, but as the story gets going and the characters become more fleshed out, things tend to take on a life of their own. Very rarely will a story turn out the way I initially intended.
16. Is there a book you want to make a sequel to you haven’t yet?
Other than the ones I mentioned, I started a sequel for Side Effects that I have put on hold for now. I really liked that book and the characters, but I think it was too much of a slow burn thriller. I may release an updated version in the future, and then proceed with the sequel.
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