Interview with Jane Jago


1) Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

I like the idea of standing expectations on their heads, and when faced with the idea of zombies on holiday...

I found myself wondering how it would be if I could find some nobility in zombies.

And zombie puppies and kittens.

Why not?

After all it isn’t too often that Zombies get to be the heroes.

2) What made you decide to enter this contest?

I like writing short stories, and I like prompts. The discipline is good for any writer. So if a competition features a prompt that excites me I have a go.

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

It will have to be a short list of favourites, as I must have a hundred favourite books. So. In no particular order as the annoying people on television say.

JD Robb. Her In Death series is the one where I buy the books when they come out. I think it is the blend of a deep love story and a lot of action that gets me.

Guy Gavriel Kay. The master of complex and emotionally charged fantasy. His Tigana is probably my favourite book ever.

Terry Pratchett. If I have to explain why we can never be friends.

Georgette Heyer’s regency romps started my adult reading life an have never lost their charm.

And too many more...

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

This year I think the favourite so far is The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh. This is, in my opinion, the most successful taking up of one author’s baton by another. These books perfectly follow Dorothy L. Sayers Lord Peter Winsey stories. And they are cracking good reads.

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

Just write it. Don’t listen to people who tell you not to write. But. When you have written give it to somebody you trust and ask their honest opinion. If they say it’s shite have a think about how you can improve. Oh. And. Edit. Edit. Edit.