Interview with Jenna Moquin


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

One day I was driving by a community pool and it was raining. I saw a lifeguard walking inside the building, and had an idea about a lifeguard being alone on a rainy day where something creepy happens. Then I saw the writing contest prompt for Zombie Summer Vacation and thought it would make a great story.

2) What made you decide to enter this contest?

I'm a big fan of zombie stories (The Walking Dead, Zombieland, anything by George Romero) but had never written one before, and wanted to take a shot at it.

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

Stephen King, because he writes compelling characters I can really relate to. Toni Morrison, because she doesn't hold back and sugarcoat things. Shirley Jackson creates fantastic settings and moods, and Ray Bradbury's writing is beautiful and poetic even when he's writing about horrible things happening.

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

The Ex, by Freida McFadden, my favorite indie author. It was a fun read, with lots of twists.

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

Just keep writing. It's a new world for authors these days. You no longer have to have connections and money, or agents and managers to get your story published. There are many great resources like Support Indie Authors, Bookfunnel, and social media to help you promote yourself. And from what I've heard from fellow writers, many agencies require you to do your own promotion anyway.