Name Jochem Vandersteen

Age 41

Where are you from The Netherlands

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I work in IT, am married, have a kid and love crime, horror, superheroes. I live in a small dutch village.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Right now I haven’t got a new release but am working on some short stories, including a horror story featuring Harvey Banks from my Deadline book: https://www.amazon.com/Deadline-Jochem-Vandersteen-ebook/dp/B007AFM2SQ

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid but published my first work online at Pulpanddagger.net and Thrillingdetective.com. I’ve just always loved thinking up stories, living other lives through fiction. At some point I wanted to share those lives.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I guess when the stories mentioned were published.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

After reading Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane I wanted to write my own modern PI novel. Patrick Kenzie was a PI I could identify with because of his age and the music he liked. I set out to create a PI that would be even more relevant to younger readers. That became White Knight Syndrome, featuring Noah Milano, son of a gangster, now security specialist. Always looking for redemption…

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I am a huge fan of Elmore Leonard’s idea to leave out the parts people skip. I combine that with Robert B. Parker’s and Richard Stark’s style.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I’m not sure where I heard the phrase ‘white knight syndrome’ but it fit Noah Milano’s character and what he sets out to do.

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I write to entertain. If there’s a message in there it is about sticking to your guns, protect the weak and try not to be a jerk.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

All fiction, all the time.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I was most influenced by the writers I mentioned but especially Gone Baby Gone. For the Harvey Banks stuff the TV show X-files was important as well as the Hellblazer comics.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I think Nathan Gottlieb writes some cool PI fiction, as do SW Lauden, Todd Robinson, Steve Ulfelder. I also dig the horror work of Josh Reynolds.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

All the writers out there who have been friendly to me.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No, my IT job is my career. Writing is me having fun.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nah. Happy with how it, Out To Get You, turned out.

 

 
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

All my work can be found at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Jochem+Vandersteen&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Jochem+Vandersteen&sort=relevancerank

I write several series, Mike Dalmas (vigilante/action), Harvey Banks (horror), Vance Custer (PI) and Noah Milano (PI).

 

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did some of them myself, some were done by fellow writer Keith Dixon.

 

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

Deadline would star Jonathan Banks as Harvey Banks (he’s the reason for that name) .

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Marvel Comics, the Untold Story by Sean Howe, a fascinating book about the history of Marvel. It’s way more fun to read than you might think.

I’m also reading a cool crime novel, Iron Goddess by Dharma Kelleher for review purposes. It’s got a cool biker chick for a hero.

 

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I’m into comics and rock music which I also review. And of course I love to hang out with my kid.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Most superhero and horror shows currently airing.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I blog about crime fiction at http://sonsofspade.blogspot.com

 

Amazon author link: http://www.amazon.com/Jochem-van-der-Steen/e/B00570XLC2

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