An interview with Author J.Z. Foster
I had the distinct privelege to interview Author J.Z. Foster. I decided to forgo the Journalism 101 questions in favor of specific questions about his writing and him as a writer. If you would like the basic interview stuff for reference, pop over to pophorror.com to read their excellent Q&A with J.Z. We will wait.
Are we ready to proceed? Excellent.
BT: Hi JZ. I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me. I’m going to step away from the basic interview Q&A since you have already been interviewed by others. Let’s discuss some more in-depth subjects.
Your video blog has a video where you talk briefly about working in a dungeon. You are surely the envy of all horror writers in areas where a basement dungeon is not an option. So, do you find the haphazard dungeon set up particularly inspiring or do you envision the dungeon being redone in a specificly inspiring fashion down the road?
JZ: My writing domain changes, just as all things do. I am constantly readjusting things to better find focus and inspiration through geometrical placement. I mean, a poster of Pennywise definitely has a taste of inspiring flavor when I’m thinking.
BT: That is a really interesting thought process… and a little creepy.
Speaking of creepy, JZ, in your novel Witch Hunter: Into the Outside, you eschew the pop-modern use of “good witch and bad witch” that is so prevelant in urban fiction today. You instead embrace the origins of the terms witch and warlock. I personally love this. So, what prompted this brilliant but daring move?
JZ: I am, and always have been, interested in origins and terrors from the past. I’ve also never been particularly fond of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels for anything, as few things in the world are black and white. Mighty and righteous people can perform greatly sinful acts, and likewise, terribly evil people can be that way for understandable reasons.
I also dislike the idea that magick is anything but a dangerous and uncontrollable force that risks your soul when you play with it.
BT: I definitely like the way you think on that. Modernizing classic themes is a rare art. And speaking of themes, you are styled as an Urban Fiction writer, but your upcoming release THE WICKED ONES is full on horror. Why have you crossed over?
JZ: In truth, I’d bill Witch Hunter as a horror / comedy, but that’s not what the market calls it. I’m also great believer in listening to the whispers in my ear. Characters talk to me. Richard spoke to me and when I wrote it down, his story came out funny. Daniel Tanner, the main character in The Wicked Ones, likewise spoke to me and his story was far more tragic.
I’m more of a hapless victim held at gunpoint than a director with control!
BT: I have heard similar perspectives from other talented writers. I’m not really surprised that is your experience as well. The characters in Witch Hunter definitely came across as having their own voices.
Okay, tell me then, do you envision yourself or your writing going down the dark path to writing extreme horror in the future?
JZ: I don’t believe I’ll ever write extreme horror, as it’s a style of writing that likes to lay out everything to be exposed. I can understand the attraction, but to me, sometimes it’s more terrifying to keep things in the dark and to allow the readers to fill in the gaps.
That said, there are certainly extreme moments in some of my books.
BT: Oh, that there are! Most certainly.
So, JZ, tell me something about yourself or your writing that you would like to share that an interviewer hasn’t asked you yet.
JZ: Something I’m interested to see is how people connect the dots in my books a few years from now. I have been sewing threads in each story that connects them to each other and give hints to what’s to come down the road. Typically, they are things I expect the reader to go right over, and perhaps they’d only ever pick it up in a reread after they’re several books into the series.
I hope to take Witch Hunter down a long path, and I have arches planned for my next two books, The Wicked Ones: Children of the Lost, and Mind Wreck: Shadow Games.
All these stories tie together like a knot, but can also be read individually.
BT: Now you definitely have my interest! A very delightful creative choice, there, JZ. I really enjoy when authors do this. Bentley Little has little tie ins with his books as well. It’s like a bonus puzzle to find them.
Now that you have captivated us with these juicy tidbits, I would like to post a list of where and how fans and interested readers can follow or interact with you. Is that okay?
JZ: Sure! I love fan interaction and try to keep in contact with everyone.
- They can write to Richard, the witch hunter, at his own personal email BoogeymanComes4U@gmail.com , and he will respond.
- My facebook page is where I do most my interactions, Facebook.com/JZFosterAuthor
- My webpage keeps my blog, JZFoster.com
- I’m also on twitter with JZFosterAuthor
BT: JZ, thank you again for your time. I’m really looking forward to WICKED ONES. Now, I’m off to email Richard and see if he has heard from Wight!
You can also find JZ’s books and keep up with his new releases via his Amazon Page