Jon Schafer (Born February 21st, 1965) is an artist, a writer and used to design amusement parks, casinos and family entertainment centers as well as owning his own architectural design firm.
He loves to write and has traveled around the world so he uses a lot of his life’s experience in the background of his books.
He served in the Marine Corps and, while he would never do it again in a million years, cherishes every minute and memory of that time.
His first book, Dead Air, is number one of a four book Zombie apocalypse series, with book two, Dead Calm, also on sale. Dead Weight, book three of The Dead Series, is in production and will be out soon. His other book, Immigrant Song, takes a hard look at illegal immigration but with a twist. All his books are Indie written, edited, promoted and produced so he takes full responsibility for all errors and corrects them.
He is a Master Diver and Dive Master through PADI, so to be near some of the best diving in the world he currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He relies on his readers to tell him how they liked his work and doesn’t have family and friends flesh out his reviews.
What inspires you to write?
After the housing market crashed and my business closed, I had a lot of free time on my hands. I’ve always been artistically inclined so I tried my hand at writing. It seems to have paid off since I’m now in the top one-hundred horror authors on Amazon.com and usually stay between #41 and #51.
Tell us about your writing process.
Sometimes an idea comes to me from something someone says or even a line from a song. It kind of expands into a full blown idea that won’t leave me alone until I get it written. I know the beginning and end of everything right there and then so I start writing, the middle part just fills itself in. I’m sure it’s all there to begin with though because I’ll write a section that I have no idea why I did but then tie it in 3-4 chapters later.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ve been known to cuss them out when they go off in a direction I hadn’t planned.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t quit. I have every rejection letter ever sent me hanging on the walls of my office. They only motivate me to do better and better. Join every free promotion site out there and keep your information updated. There are author sites where others can read your work and give you feedback on what to improve.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After receiving numerous rejections from the mainstream publishing companies, an agent suggested I self-publish and switch from writing about subjects such as illegal immigration and the Gaza strip to horror. He assured me that this genre would at the very least get my name established. Boy, did it ever. I have always loved the zombie moves put out by George Romero so I decided to go in that direction. What started out as one book quickly evolved into a four book series though, and now Dead Calm, the next in The Dead Series is out, Dead Weight is in production, and of course the last book will be titled Dead End.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks and self-publishing without a doubt. The old school publishers in New York are shaking in their boots. As they should be. They can no longer control what gets read.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Horror, military, romance, humor/satire, thriller, action/adventure
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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