An Interview with Author J.S. Frankel!

Today, I'll be interviewing YA sci-fi and fantasy author Jesse S. Frankel! Jesse is more commonly known as J.S. Frankel, and he has a flair for the fantastic which comes out in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways in his books. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Over to you, Jesse!

First, tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm Canadian, living in Japan--I've been here half my life--teach English by day and write at night. I'm married with two sons, a lovely wife, and a roof over my head. That's all I need for now....but a million dollars would be nice, too!

What books have you written, and what genre are they?

I usually write YA, as I love the genre. Some of my better known novels are the Catnip Trilogy, Mr. Taxi, Star Maps, and The Menagerie.

Tell us more about your books!

They deal with many issues young teens face, mainly finding friends, making that all-important first girlfriend, and making the hard choices teens often have to make. I usually introduce an element of the fantastic, and that serves as the starting point. It's how they handle the changes they're faced with that provides the drama.

What ages are your books for?

Most of my YA novels are for the ages of fourteen and up, but Star Maps, I feel, would be enjoyed by younger kids. There is a bit of violence, but no blood per se, and no swearing. The Catnip series, Mr. Taxi, and the upcoming Nightmare Crew trilogy features an awful lot of action, some blood, but no graphic violence. I try to keep the elements of the fantastic in without going overboard on the ultra-violence.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

From everywhere, really. From the Internet, YouTube, articles I read all sits in my admittedly eccentric mind and the story results from those elements.

How did you come up with your characters?

I wondered how a person would react in a certain situation and what they'd say and do. From there, it was a matter of setting up their personality and backstory.

When did you first start writing?

Very late, when I was forty-eight. I'm fifty-four now, but have only taken my writing more seriously over the past couple of years.

Where do you like to write?

I write at home, but will scribble notes on coffee shop napkins, as I usually teach in coffee shops. So between classes, I'll scribble away if an idea hits me!

What are some of your favorite books?

Gone South, by Robert McCammon, The Stand, by King, anything by Ray Bradbury, Inferno, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, and Lucifer's Hammer, also by Niven and Pournelle.

Do you have any advice for up-and-coming authors?

Keep writing! It's easy to get discouraged by lack of progress and I have been VERY discouraged at times, but I've never given up. Neither should you. Write, research, read, and then write some more.

Thanks for chatting with me, Jesse!

To find out more about J.S. Frankel and his books, check out these links:

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  1. This was totally lovely, and thank you!

    Jesse (J.S.) Frankel

    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for getting me out of writing a blog post this weekend ;)