Name Jochem Vandersteen
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?
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