Lamon Reviews Blog Interview with Jeff Schanz

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This weeks Lamon Reviews interviews author Jeff Schanz

This week I had fun corresponding with author Jeff Schanz. Jeff is not only an author, but also a professional animator that has had a hand in 16 years worth of movies, video games, and even some theme park attractions. A self proclaimed hopeless nerd, obsessed sports fan, socially clueless, somewhat introverted, and devoted to his family. I am unbelievably happy to share our recent interview with Lamon Reviews readers. His latest novel is A Vampyre’s Daughter available today on Amazon.

What did Lamon Reviews learn from our interview with Jeff Schanz?

LR: Describe a typical writing day.

JS:  With many indie authors, we have to balance a day job and our writing as well.  In my case, I’m a remote animator (work from home office), so I usually get up early to work on my animation, then try to write for an hour during lunch, then again around dinnertime until it’s time for bed.  In some case, I spend time with my GF, then get back up late at night to get an hour or two of writing in.

LR: Describe your writing space.

  JS:  It’s a home office, decorated with posters from the movies and games I animated.  Superhero pictures, Star Wars pictures, books, a couch, and a TV.  Kind of a man-cave.  With two dogs sleeping on the floor or the couch, too.

LR: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

  JS:  I like the idea of having books be readable on their own, or if the reader really wants more, then I can continue the series.  In essence, I like the leave the door open, but not make further reading required to enjoy the story.  Unfortunately, I do have a 3 part series (not out yet) that is entirely dependent on reading all 3, but that’s the only one I ever plan that way.

LR: What does literary success look like to you?

 JS:  Having an audience that is looking forward to more books from me.  Preferably being able to do this fulltime, if at all possible.If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

LR: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

  JS:  Considering I’ve been editing some of my older works recently, I am painfully aware of my differences of younger-self writing.  Lots of technical writing details I’d like to convey.  Editing my more recent WIP is so much easier.

LR: How do you come up with the titles to your books?

  JS:  Good question, and never the same answer.  “Vampyre” came from a curious thought, and the title came before the story.  With others, I toss around thoughts and names until something either sticks, or rings.  Sometimes it’s a painful, brain-racking experience.

LR: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

  JS:  When I’m in the mood, I like to write with scented candles.  Also, my rough WIPs look funny with a lot of colored bars highlighting words and phrases.  I categorize things as yellow=needs work, purple=needs to be rewritten, blue=needs to be removed or replaced completely, red=check consistency, green=saved place, red words=alternate phrase.

LR: Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

  JS:  Yep.  On Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Bookbub, LibraryThing, Bookrix, and you can even send me an email from my website.  Always glad to say Hi or answer a question.

LR: When did you start writing?

  JS:  Somewhere around 11.  I thought it would be way cool to write a story about my Dungeons & Dragons character.  Got 60 pages in before I realized I had no clue what my story was about.  But the bug to write stuck with me.  Finished my first real short story in high school, and took writing classes in college.  I revived the interest every so often, but I didn’t push myself into a serious novel until a few years ago while I was going through a divorce and needed a world to immerse myself in as a distraction.  Haven’t stopped since.

LR: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

JS:  It should be fun experience, for sure, but there are times when you need to treat it like a professional job,  mainly when you’re editing.  Be thorough, painstakingly detail oriented, cruel to yourself, make decisions and stick by them.  When a reader sees author errors, they have less reason to buy what the author is selling (metaphorically).  Give them nothing to find.

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We would like to thank Jeff Schanz for his time and wonderful interview. Don’t forget to check out his latest novel and author website for future novels. Follow Jeff on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads to stay up-to-date on his works. Read the latest novel by Jeff Schanz titled A Vampyre’s Daughter, available on Amazon. Show love for your favorite authors by purchasing and supporting them. What did you enjoy from todays interview? Leave a comment below and let us know.

3 Comments

    1. Your interview was great. I think readers will enjoy reading and learning a little about what makes writers tick, and getting a little advice for novice writers. Your time and in-depth answers are much apreciated. We’re looking forward to your next work.

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      1. I’ll update you as soon as I can. I always update readers on my social media sites. 🙂
        Feel free to hit me up for any further questions or follow ups if you ever wish. Good luck to the blog!

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