Hi, I’m J. Rudolph.
I’m a 30 something…
Where are you from
I’m from Southern California
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I have been married for almost 17 years, am a mom to the coolest 11-year-old ever (and I’m the only mom that isn’t exaggerating when I say that lol), and I’ve been a nurse for 13 years.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
J: I am in the process of writing the final book of The Reanimates Trilogy. The Reanimates is a story about a woman in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. She and her neighbors are just a bunch of regular people making regular choices on surviving the end of the world.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
J: I always wrote, even when I was a kid. For the longest time I wrote to get the pieces in my life to fit together, and as a therapy tool. Words helped find the order my life didn’t have.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
J: It wasn’t until 2011 when I started writing my first fiction piece that evolved into The Complex did I start to feel like a real writer. Before it was just for me, and the therapy stories were never going to see the light of day. The Complex changed all of that!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I love love love zombie stories, but it always annoyed me that the genre was so male dominated because that meant that there was nothing out there that told the girl side. We tend to decide to check out of those long winded discussions on the model of gun, or we want to be able to have a strong emotional response to the story. Since those stores weren’t there, I wrote it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
J: I love writing in the first person point of view. I love being able to take people through the eyes of one person so not everything gets revealed too early on.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
J: In book one of The Reanimates, the CDC gives a speech about the zombies where he is talking about the body that Reanimates. The individual stories are named based on the main setting; The Complex was an apartment complex, The Highway was travelling I-15.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
J: I guess the main message is that you don’t have to be super connected to some inside track or have someone immune to survive zombies. You have to be resourceful and smart, and that’s something women come to naturally.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
J: Aside from the zombies, I would say the majority of the book is realistic. There is nothing else that deviates from the resources we currently have that could be used to make the end of the world more tolerable.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
J: Some parts, yes, totally. I’m a nurse and so is my main character, I’m a wife and mom, and so is my main character. The problem solving that is done through out the book is from many many conversations I’ve had with my husband as we waited in line at the grocery store and pharmacy and after we watched movies in a specific genre.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
J: As silly as it sounds, Charlaine Harris and her Sookie books as well as her other series was a main influence to my writing because she taught me to be bold with my style. She wrote first person point of view books and proved it was very possible to tell a story like that when most other stories are told from a third person POV.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
J: I was blessed to be a part of an indie authors group on Facebook where several authors helped me through the process of writing my stories. It would be unfair to call out one as a mentor when several people helped get me to where I am now.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
J: Right now, I am reading Interludes to Hell by David Forsyth. After that, I plan on re reading books one and two of Roth’s Divergent series before I dive into her latest release.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
J: I am a huge fan of indie authors like Shawn Chesser, David Forsyth, and Mark Tufo
Fiona: What are your current projects?
J: Currently I am working on book 3 of my trilogy which is taking all of my time right now. I’m considering a non zombie apocalypse story for my next, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
J: To name just one friend that supported me would be unfair, and couldn’t narrow it down if I tried. I suppose the co-worker collective as a whole would be the closest I could come up with.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
J: I do see writing as a career already. It’s my second job. I tell my son that with my second job I get to kill people over and over in new and inventive ways.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
J: Really, I wouldn’t change much. I might have added a little more detail here and there, but the story would have gone just the way it did.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
J: I always liked writing. I always have enough going on in my head that writing helps sort out and lets me be creative.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
J: I have excerpts of all my books up on my website at http://www.jrudolph.com
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
J: The biggest challenge I have in writing is finding the time between being a full time nurse and a full time mom. It helps that I work the night shift so on those first nights off are usually when I get the most done because I slept during the day.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
J: I don’t really have a favorite author right now. I am into indie authors as a whole though, mostly because it is awesome to find those hidden gems that you don’t expect to find until they are right there.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
J: I am so grateful for Google! There are a lot of places that I would like to visit that my stories use, but haven’t had the opportunity to see yet.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
J: I have a wonderful cover designer names Sandra Giles that did the Reanimates covers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
J: The hardest part was probably the editing phase, between having to be patient while waiting on feedback and following through with the feedback. I’m always grateful when I do follow the suggestions, it definitely makes my stories stronger.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
J: Being patient was the biggest thing I learned. Rome wasn’t built in a day after all!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
J: If I could offer any advice to other writers, it would be to have a tough skin. When you put your book out there you’re going to get all sorts of feedback, and sometimes it’s harsh feedback. Look at what it is they are saying and if it’s something that is fixable, do it, but remember, the review isn’t about you, it’s about their subjective experience with your book.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
J: Thank you to all of my readers for your awesome support! You have no idea how much it means to me to hear from you!!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
J: I like to read and to scrapbook in that little chunk of downtime that I get!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching
J: Like most anyone into the zombie genre, I love The Walking Dead. I also get a kick out of medical dramas and forensic dramas.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
J: I like all sorts of music, from blues to metal and everything in between. I love Chinese food.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
J: I probably would just be doing my other job of being a nurse then.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
Thank you so much for having me! 🙂