In case you missed it, here is last night’s Facebook event with Shah Fazli who interviewed me all the way from Düsseldorf, Germany!

Shah Fazli

Jared Anderson, Welcome, honestly we waited for a long time for this day, what do
you want to say to the people who are following this interview live, anything
special to your fans, it’s your night, we are all here to listen?

Jared Anderson Thanks for having
me, Shah. I’d like to thank everyone for coming and for reading!

Shah Fazli Thank you, everyone will
have a chance at the end to ask or comment, for now please say something about
yourself that we may not be able to read somewhere else, something that is
different and unique about you please?

Jared Anderson Let’s see. Well,
although I have written for many years, I never actually considered myself a
horror author. I was surprised when I realized that’s what genre my work would
be put into!

Shah Fazli Oh, that is unique, why
did you choose to write horror, could you not be a romantic writer, why,
anything to do with one’s personal life, or the way he has lived his life, tell
us something please?

Jared Anderson I never intended to
write horror. In fact, when I have written in the past, I’ve specifically tried
not to write horror. It just always goes that direction. I don’t know what that
says about me, but, I try not to think about that! I’m not sure if I could write
a romance or not. One day I might have to try!

Shah Fazli Tell us a little about
the Beautiful Monster please, what is this book about, when did you start and
finish writing it, and if this is the only book you have written so
far?

Jared Anderson Beautiful Monster
is an erotic thriller, co-authored by Mimi A. Williams. We wrote it from two
perspectives–the victim and the killer. We did this because we thought it would
be interesting to portray both sides. Beautiful Monster is my only current
published novel. I am mid-way through my next, and have several more ideas in
the works when this one is complete.

Shah Fazli Thank you, why do you
think your book is a horror, what is so horrifying about it, you said about the
victim and the killer, can you take us through these two characters a little
please?

Jared Anderson To me, it is horror
because it is graphic and raw. I decided early on that I didn’t want to spare
the readers. This, to me, would have defeated the purpose, which was to tell an
honest story about something many people don’t like to look at. My publisher
rated the book five full stars for language, violence, and sex, and to buy it
from their website, readers have to prove that they’re 18 years old… so to me,
this makes it horror! The killer is a man named Sterling Bronson. He is the
psychologically uncentered result of a traumatic childhood, spent bouncing from
foster home to foster home. Brenna Carlson, the victim, is a college student,
intent on saving herself for the perfect guy. She meets Sterling, and well…
you’ll have to read the rest!

Shah Fazli Yes, it seems to be a
straightforward story, from what you are saying here, thank you, why you named
your book Beautiful Monster, did you think of another title before this
one?

Jared Anderson Yes. The title
Beautiful Monster didn’t come until the last pages of the final revisions. Until
then, it had been called “Gallery of Dolls.” The Gallery of Dolls is an
abandoned mine shaft up a canyon where Sterling hides his victims. Anyway, I
never liked that title because it sounded too much like “Valley of the Dolls” by
Jacqueline Susann. So while we were revising, there was a line in there
somewhere, I can’t remember where, that made the title “Beautiful Monster” come
to mind.

Shah Fazli Great, thank you, what
is your current work about, tell us briefly about it please, if you
may?

Jared Anderson I am working on a
novel that is currently called “The White Room” although that title may change.
The White Room was actually written before Beautiful Monster, but it was my
first work, and it shows. But I know it can be a good story, so I am going back,
and re-writing the entire novel to get it to a publishable state. The White Room
is about one of my favorite subjects since childhood: Vampires. I don’t care for
a lot of current vampire lit, so I’m writing this in an attempt to restore
vampires to their original class as monsters. In The White Room, my main
character’s older brother becomes involved with the female head vampire of an
especially rebellious and vicious faction of vampires.

Shah Fazli Tell us about a scene
where the killer in Beautiful Monster has his victim in his hands, what is he
doing to him or her, how does he kill?
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Jared Anderson Well, Sterling is a
sex criminal. So there is always rape before murder. He has a BDSM dungeon in
his basement where he takes his “dates,” urging them to try some of his toys
with the promise that he will stop as soon as the women become uncomfortable.
However, there is nothing safe, sane or consensual about the way Sterling
operates. The murders themselves are usually pretty quick. The suffering that
leads up to that point, though, is, in some cases, savage.

Shah Fazli How is doing your book,
lots of talk and good feedback from readers, what else you do to try to get
people to know about it, book readings, book signings, what?

Jared Anderson I have been
pleasantly surprised by the reviews and the sales of Beautiful Monster. It’s
doing far better than I anticipated, and I couldn’t be more happy about that. As
for marketing, it’s an ongoing process. Right now, the fastest and most
inexpensive way to market is through online media, like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
It’s also important to have a blog. Also, my publisher does a great job with
marketing. They promote the book on Barnes and Noble, Goodreads. Shelfari,
Amazon, their own website and several other places. The most important marketing
strategy however, is writing damned good books. Word of mouth still rules the
world, and if you write good books, they will find an audience.

Shah Fazli We will ask you to read
a passage for us later, but we come back to yourself, do you consider yourself a
calm and quiet person, or not, what is your favourite things in life, do you
laugh a lot, or you think a lot?

Jared Anderson I am actually
incredibly introverted. I’m not comfortable in most public settings, and tend to
be a little bit aloof until a person gets to know me more. I do laugh a lot. I
do this out of nervous habit, as well as because I do have a strong sense of humor.
As for the things I love, I’m most passionate about books, music, photography.
These things just put me in the “zone.”

Shah Fazli Thank you, can you read
from Beautiful Monster for us please?

Jared Anderson This is a short
passage from Sterling’s point of view, just after killing one of his
victims…this is his interpretation of what he does: “Only I was capable of
saving her now, and that, as far as anyone could argue, may have made me worse
than all the devils and the demons, but it also, more accurately, made me better
than all the angels and gods.”

Shah Fazli Thanks, what is your
advice to new writers Jared, as a published author, before I let others to maybe
ask or comment please?

Jared Anderson I would tell a new
writer to expect to be heartbroken. That sounds negative and I don’t mean for it
to. But this is not easy. It’s worth it, but it takes a long time to get to
where you want to be. You have to desensitize yourself to the word “No.” Take it
out of your vocabulary. If you listen to that word, you will never make it very
far. So NO just doesn’t exist. Also, another piece of advice I’d give would be
to listen to other writers, learn from them, and don’t be terribly possessive of
your work. Writing is as much a job as it is art, and if you want to sell books,
you have to follow the rules. Writing is a business. A job.

Shah Fazli Tamara Thorne After you finish
your vampire novel, are you intending to stick with horror for an all-new
novel?

Jared Anderson I am planning to
stick to horror, yes. After The White Room, I have a very exciting, but very
top-secret project that I’m very excited about! It is horror.

Tamara Thorne Cool. I keep
everything top-secret too. Good luck!

Jared Anderson Thanks Tamara! I’m
stoked about it.

Tamara Thorne Do you ever go on
research trips? Haunted locales, etc., to add realism?

Jared Anderson I do. For The White
Room–and Beautiful Monster actually–I even wound up at a kink party. I am
planning to visit several local places which are allegedly haunted for the
project after The White Room. I am looking forward to that!

Tamara Thorne That’s my
favorite part of doing spooky novels. So, how did you like rooting around in the
mind of a serial killer? Energizing or terrifying?

Laura Coates Good
interview. I absolutely loved Beautiful Monster, and others that I recommended
it to have also. You and Mimi
Williams
did an amazing job. Looking forward to the sequel. I am especially
looking forward to The White Room, for I too have always had a thing for
vampires. Actually, I’m pretty much looking forward to anything you
write.

Jared Anderson Tamara – Both. It
was energizing because it’s always fun to get into a different mindset.
Terrifying because, while Sterling is fictional, he is fashioned after real life
serial killers.

Tamara Thorne And we have to
know: What does your mom think of you writing horror?

Jared Anderson Laura- Thank you so
much for your support!

Jared Anderson Tamara – Ha ha!
Actually, I forbade her to read this book. My sister wanted to read it and I
gave it to her under one condition: DO NOT SHOW IT TO MOM! Well… my sister did
show it to my mom. I got a call several weeks later. My mom was apologizing,
telling me not to be mad at my sister for allowing her to read it… then she
said, “I LOOOVED IT! I couldn’t quit reading it!”

Eugenia Lynn Worst As Jared
knows I’m a BIG fan of Beautiful Monster!!! And yes, I will read whatever you
write!!

Tamara Thorne Will there be a
sequel to Beautiful Monster?

Jared Anderson Eugenia–Thank you!
You have been a marvelous supporter!

Jared Anderson Tamara–a sequel.
We have been asked about that several times. And ultimately, the answer is…
no.

Tamara Thorne A great
interview, Jared. Thanks!

Jared Anderson Thank you all for
attending and supporting me. Remember…keep reading!

Jared Anderson Shah, thank you
very much for asking me to do this. It was a lot of fun. Given the time
difference between you and I, you must be exhausted! So thank you again for
this. It was a good time. Good luck and continued success!

Shah Fazli Thanks Jared, and
everyone for taking part, a lovely night with every one of you, if you don’t have
more questions, see you all again. http://shahsightshop.blogspot.de/2013/03/beautiful-monster-jared.html

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Comments
  1. Awesome to get this insight into your inner workings! I would love to see you try your hand at romance, one horror writer to another.

    –Julie

  2. Linda L. Bennett says:

    Thank you for posting the interview, Jared! Now I don’t feel too bad for missing the original. I found this an interesting read. Much success with your writing!

  3. Linda Anderson says:

    Very good interview, so proud of you!!! Just keep writing!!!

  4. This is a good interview, Jared. It is informative and instills interest in your writing. Best of luck. Do you mind sharing the name of your publisher?

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