Today I am talking to writer Jeff Botzenhart.
I am the type of person who loves the public library. Before the pandemic hit, I was a regular at our library here in my hometown. I enjoy having a paperback or hardcover book in hand, rather than reading electronic books, which I sometimes do on my laptop.
My limited income most of the time keeps me from purchasing new books. The library always has a variety of both the classics and new releases to select.
With the libraries closed for months and stores only visited at necessary times, writing my own books and stories took over from reading. Being laid off from my office clerk job these past five months offered me plenty of time to pursue my passion for writing. In these last five months, I’ve been fortunate to have published a new book and a short story, as well as having written more short stories and novellas than I would have written in a two year timespan.
Books I generally gravitate toward tend to be science fiction and young adult stories. I am a huge fan of the Shadow Children series by author, Margaret Peterson Haddix, the many science fiction tales of author Arthur C. Clarke, and the classic tales from authors C.S. Lewis and Jules Verne.
I do also enjoy more popular works by authors such as Stephanie Meyer (Twilight), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games).
Normally, if I'm reading a series, I start from the first book and read to the last before moving on to another series or book.
As for writing, I’m largely influenced by music when inspired to write a story. The type of music and story normally match, classical music for historical tales and modern rock music for contemporary stories.
I’m also a multi-genre author, having written books and stories from a young adult science fiction series to horror to fantasy and romance. Many of my books and stories are blends of more than one genre.
There are two principles I believe with regards to the writing world. The first is that no other author is my competition. As far as I’m concerned, we are all travellers on the same journey. The second is that I refuse to make negative remarks toward any author or book. I understand fully the process of pouring my heart into a story and wanting readers to enjoy it as much as I have.
Thank you for talking to us today, Jeff. I certainly agree with that last point. I have always found other writers to be very supportive. And I have met many interesting, quirky characters, too!
You can find out more about Jeff at:
And his books at:
Daybreak, Nightfall Book One https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SB9BXG
Harvest Fever https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074JZV44F
The Wide Open https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX1NM3Z