Introducing Author J.T. Schaad
This week I am pleased to introduce a chilling writer, J.T. Schaad. J.T.s books are not for the faint-hearted. He writes in the style of Thomas Harris (whose work I absolutely love) and the scenes are graphic and scary. I could not put down Black Rose from the moment I picked it up. You can read my review here. I warn you, if you choose to read the book, it’ll leave a mark on you. Evil can lurk anywhere – maybe even closer than you think? On a lighter note, J.T. and I have something in common – we are both musicians and songwriters. It’s always nice to connect with someone who is into the same things you are.
J.T. Schaad Interview
Where do you write? What’s your creative space like?
I write in my office at home most of the time. In the office I have my desktop pc (I don’t do laptops, keep feeling like It’s gonna break lol) and it is also my music room. I”ve got my guitars, my bass guitars, amps and so forth. It’s my own little world in there.
What is your favorite writing tool?
For drafts I strongly prefer my pc, because I type fast and can usually keep up with my brain when I’m in hyperdrive plowing through a story. For outlines I use spiral notebook paper. For song lyrics I use yellow legal pads.
What movie star would you pick as one of the characters in your book and why?
I think that Ed O’Neill from the early 90’s would be perfect as Frank Adams. He just has that sort of realism to him. Always been a big fan of his since I was a kid.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you realize that dream?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and a musician. I realized my dream of writing when I was 9 years old. I had a story idea that came to mind out of the blue. I searched and searched to find this idea in a book so I could read it. Finally I just decided to do it on my own. I became hooked on it. I always say that beyond being an artist, I am a fan first. I write mostly so I can read the story. When I get an idea it’s like seeing a preview at the movies for something that looks awesome. I get an idea that grabs me and I realize I have to read this book. But I have to write it first lol
Explain your creative process. Pantser? Outliner?
For my novels I start with an outline. I find it way easier to use an outline when you are tackling something as big as a novel. I outline the entire story chapter by chapter. Then when I write the prose I just have to fill in the blanks basically. If I didn’t do this I would go nuts because I would do nothing but rewrites. Nothing more frustrating then getting a great idea of where the story should go, but realizing that for this to happen you have to rewrite the past 100 pages.
If you could only have one mode of transportation what would it be, a horse or a bicycle? Why?
I like bicycles. They are fun to ride and they almost become a part of your body. Plus you are in control. With a horse, you never have full control.
Do you dream about your stories? Ever written about a dream?
I don’t dream about them. At least I don’t think I do. I say that because my dreams never make any logical sense after I wake up.
What were you like in high school? Class clown? Nerd? Cheerleader type?
In high school I was kind of a loner. I always felt more comfortable with my fictional characters then the real world. I hid in the back of the room and read. Then I went home and played guitar and wrote. That was high school for me.
What’s your favorite theme park? Why? (If you’ve never been, which one would you like to visit and why?)
I’ve never had a chance to go to one. It would have to be one with a horror theme. That would be like a huge crazy haunted house type of thing. I think that would be wicked sweet.
Are you a reader? What types of books do you like best? What author(s)?
I love reading. Always have since I was 5. I read a variety, but horror/thrillers have always been my faves. I’ve always been a huge fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, R L Stine, Poe, James Patterson, right now I love the Dexter novels by Jeff Lindsay. Those are awesome.
Thank you, J.T. for being my guest this week. Readers, you can connect with J.T. and his works at the links listed below. How about leaving him a comment here to let him know you read his interview and support him? Thanks for stopping by!
Here’s a little more information from J.T. regarding his current works in progress.
I am currently working on a vampire series. The first book is entitled Blood Born. It should be finished soon.
I currently am working on a werewolf series, and a few paranormal series. One will focus on a town and the strange inhabitants and history. One series will focus on a paranormal investigative team.
So I have many many ideas running around in my head.
I also have many short stories I am working on also. These are great to relax with between novels.
J.T. Schaad Author Bio
I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old and I still feel as passionate about it today as I did then. It is an amazing feeling when you find something like this that you truly love. I’ve been lucky to find several passions in the arts. In addition to writing, I am a musician, songwriter, and a budding film maker.
I’m the author of the Black Rose series and The Blood Born series (coming soon)
GET BLACK ROSE HERE!