Thank you to the 14 of you who read my last hijacked blog post. I was so surprised when I saw those stats spike on JJ’s page. #Humbled. (Seriously though, it almost received as many hits as the Sugar Free Gummy Bears on Amazon.) Have you tried the maxi pad trick yet? If you haven’t […]Read more "Wife Blog Hijack 2: Chicken Curry, Boy Pee, and Not Killing Your Spouse"
Inspired by my friend and one of my favorite writers Brian Keene, I thought I should also write a post about who I am and where to start with my work if you’re not familiar with it. Jonathan Janz is the pen name for a husband/father, teacher, and author (in that order) who lives […]Read more "My Name Is Jonathan Janz, and I’m a Horror Writer"
Hello reading audience and devoted fans. I have hijacked JJ’s blog because I don’t think he is that interesting. I thought perhaps we should zhuzh things up for readers because there is only so much you can say about your own work. In addition I can provide you with helpful household hacks and crock pot […]Read more "My Name Is Monica, and I’ve Hijacked My Husband’s Blog"
My friends at Horror After Dark, led by the awesome Charlene, interviewed me a couple days ago. Their questions were phenomenal, and they brought out some stuff I’ve never talked about before, as well as some important information about new projects. You can check out the transcript right here. WOLF LAND is kicking booty, friends, […]Read more "New Interview at Horror After Dark (and More)"
Setting matters a lot to me and, I think, readers. A powerful sense of place is especially important in a story. If the reader feels like a part of the world on the page, it’s easier to get swept along with the characters and the plot. I tend to utilize physical touchstones, actual locations that mirror […]Read more "Future Novels, Settings, and a Word about SAVAGE SPECIES"
Was that a direct enough statement? I’m not a veteran convention-goer, and I’m only currently doing four or so a year. Next year, I plan to add Stokercon to my list of conventions, and I’m sure it’ll rock, but folks? Scares That Care 2 was absolutely epic. Rather than writing a novella here, I’ll give you […]Read more "Scares That Care Is the Best Convention in the World"
Howdy, friends! Here’s a new interview with me that discuss all sorts of things, including some seriously exciting stuff… Castle of Ambition: Walking the Halls of Darkness with Author Jonathan Janz.Read more "Castle of Ambition: Walking the Halls of Darkness with Author Jonathan Janz"
Okay, confession time. I’ve been putting off writing this post because these are the two guys whose work I knew the best going into the Scares That Care Weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia, and it’s really difficult for me to set aside Fan Jonathan from Professional Writer Jonathan. Then again, maybe I don’t have to. Yeah, […]Read more "Scares That Care, Part Four: Jack Ketchum and Brian Keene"
Confession time. Oversharing time. Look away in embarrassment time. But that’s why I’m here, right? To make everybody uncomfortable? I have a powerful physiological reaction to certain songs. I’ve always been extremely sensitive and incredibly susceptible to…well, everything. Certain weather makes me shiver with delight. The mere mention of a movie can transport me back […]Read more "Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” or The Song That Reduces Me to a Trembling, Weeping Mess"
I posted a few days ago about my six-year-old’s tendency to sing opera whenever things get stressful. I figured today I’d post about my three-year-old’s habit of roaring, barking, or growling at me whenever she doesn’t get her way. My wife calls her the Little Sergeant. I’ll call her the Peach, which was what I […]Read more "The Toddler Roar"