What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

J. Steffy – Horror/Thriller

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

It is a first person diary of a serial killer who travels state to state. It is raw and uncensored, so much of it could be perceived as very risky to put in a book. However, I don’t really care what is acceptable because I’m not in it to make mainstream sales. What is taboo today will be accepted as normal tomorrow. Anyway, he didn’t realize he was a killer until in his adult life. It is like a drug addiction for him. He ends up “adopting” a child along the way, who he aims to train to follow in his footsteps. My angle is that I cannot really relax and focus long enough to read a book. I often get thrown off by them being overly descriptive. I decided to write one that allows the reader to rely a good bit on their own imagination and to pack it full of action from start to finish. I got my idea for this because these thoughts just flow naturally through me. I spent a lot of time working in a mental institution with court plea criminally insane, and in a prison with your average murders. I figured I would create a character based on everything I learned from all of these people, embellishing a bit of course.

How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

Well, I have always been a bit on the morbid side. I also used to play in a death metal band, which had extremely heinous lyrics. I decided to write a book because it something that I’ve never done before. I believe you have to try everything at least once.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I did lots of traveling along the paths in this book. Though the names and addresses are legally fiction, the streets, roads, cities and landscape are all real. You could read this book while looking at an Ariel map online to follow along. For instance, if he crosses a creek to get to a field, you can see it to help your imagination. That is one thing that sets it apart and I believe it will be fun for the reader.

Can you tell me about your Series?

No series, however it is possible I could turn it into a series someday. Never know.


What’s a typical working day like for you?

When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal? Between family and a full time job, there really is no time for writing. This has always been a hobby deterrent, as I believe it may be with many others out there. I just take whatever opportunity comes around to write as much as I can. Sometimes I can write 20 pages in one evening and sometimes it takes 2 months to write 1 page.  I just do what I can and don’t stress about it because I know it will be complete someday. I don’t believe in writing just to fill a word count or writing something that does not excite me.

Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

I have one I am working on but I cannot speculate how long it will take, with my previously mentioned writing process. Currently I am thinking the name will be GLOR.

How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

None and nope. I just think of names until one pops out at me.

Where do your ideas come from?

Personal experience, interviews with murderers, over active imagination. I avoid getting ideas from other books or TV because I wish to stay as original as possible.

Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?

I’ve only written one book so far so any genre is an experiment for me.


What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding the time.

What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?

I’ve never actually seen a book trailer.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Supporting a family

What’s the best thing about being an author?

Not sure yet. I haven’t been at it for long.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully not dying from a liver disease something.


Have you always liked to write?

Yeah, but mostly song lyrics before now.

What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Chill out. Do what you can, and don’t quit your day job.

If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?

UFC if I was in better shape.

Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

Haven’t had them yet. My first book will be released in 3 days. I have a thick skin when dealing with negativity. I’m not here to please everyone and I really expect to offend most… Reviews of any kind are welcome but troll-like criticism will be ignored. I understand that they just want to see the world burn. Perhaps I could just use them as victims in my next book.

What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?

Getting 2000 words into a story and deciding to abandon it because it isn’t going anywhere.


What are you working on now?


Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?

Probably not at this point but I think it could strike fear and concern in some.

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?

Zach… Read Diary of a Monster and you’ll see why.


What is your writing Kryptonite?

A 5 year old saying, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.”

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Both, because I believe readers want something original.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Can we go to the park?

Where can your fans find you and follow??

Look up J Steffy or Diary of a Monster on Facebook. I avoid getting involved with 8 different methods to deliver to the same people. I don’t really have time for that.


Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️