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 […]
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Let’s begin with this: if you’re not reading Tim Waggoner by now, you need to be. One of the most versatile, literate, and entertaining authors in speculative fiction, Tim has been an influence on me for several years. He’s an author from whom I strive to learn and a man I deeply admire. And today, […]
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The title of this post says it all, but I’ll go ahead and share the full quote since it made me so happy: “One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade. Janz is one of my new favorites.” –Brian Keene The above words were penned by one of […]
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Sometimes you just have to see for yourself. Back in 2012 and early 2013, I remember hearing a lot about a baseball player named Mike Trout. Being a Cubs fan (see: suffering), I didn’t get many chances to watch the Angels since they play late at night, and for me that’s prime writing time. But my […]
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Mornin’, all! Your old friend JJ here, comin’ atcha from my crib. One daughter’s in pre-school at the moment; my wife and son are on a mini-date (I lost any gangsta vibe with the semi-colon, didn’t I?). I’m getting ready to take my middle child (also a super incredible daughter) to my favorite bookstore, a […]
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A confession: I love lists. When I was an adolescent, one of the few books I would actually read (and read and read and read) was THE BOOK OF LISTS. I eventually branched out to THE BOOK OF LISTS TWO, which only fed the list-crazy beast inside of me. I never checked out THE BOOK […]
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You can always tell when I’m up against a deadline by the scarcity of my blog posts. Sorry about that, but the book I’m currently editing turned out to be a whopper (nearly 160,000 words), and I’ve been working like crazy to downsize it, to shape it, and of course to enhance it. It’s happening, […]
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My new novel THE NIGHTMARE GIRL is available everywhere, friends, and I hope you check it out. Here’s the cover: And here’s the synopsis: Playing with fire has never been more dangerous. When family man Joe Crawford confronts a young mother abusing her toddler, he has no idea of the chain reaction he’s setting in motion. […]
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I don’t think I’ve ever used a semi-colon in a blog post title, and you know what? It felt good. Darn good. Liberating. A gleeful punctuational rebellion aimed at the new establishment’s anti-semi-colon prejudice. THEY CAN’T KEEP US DOWN!!!! *blinks, glances around* Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, what I’d like to […]
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Hey, friends. Daughters are in the bathtub. Son is styling his post-shower hair like Wolverine. Wife is folding laundry. I be bloggin’. And getting excited about THE NIGHTMARE GIRL, which is hurtling toward you next week. Some are calling it my best novel yet, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Add […]
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