Interviewed by LG Surgeson &
Clara Euphemista Cropper & Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard The Goblin aka as ‘The Amazing Bazooka Sisters’
Give us your name & any known aliases
Janine R. Pestel.
Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters
Born in a small town. Interested in science fiction and horror my whole life. LOVE to use my imagination.
Tell us about your current work
Most of my work is in the Supernatural Thriller genre, although I do write some horror and science fiction. My main series, at the moment, is the “Father Gunter, Demon Hunter” series, a supernatural thriller series about a former priest (with an attitude) who, along with his newly found friend Robert (a coroner), hunts demons. The title of the first book in the series is “The Bucktown Babies” (if anyone is “squeamish” about things like this, NO, the babies are NOT the demons), and since I am published by Creativia, it is only available on Amazon. I also am the author of “The Mons Connection”, a science fiction novella having to do with Egypt and aliens, and four short horror stories – “Harry”, “The Visit”, “The Servants”, and “Infected”, all of which are also in my compilation “Infected and Other Short Stories”. I also have one short story that would fall under the genre of Children’s books – “Wait at the Rainbow Bridge”. I wrote that one to help anyone, child or adult, deal with the passing of a beloved pet.
Have you got anything else out at the moment?
I started writing in January of 2016, and had self-published four short stories, one compilation of short stories, one novella and one novel. Now that I am proudly published by Creativia, they are re-publishing my work, so at this time, only “The Bucktown Babies” has been published by them. The next one up is “The Mons Connection”, but I am doing a little bit of a re-write on that, to change it from present tense to past tense, before they publish it. I am about to submit the second “Father Gunter, Demon Hunter” book to Creativia, so I’m hoping they will like it, and it will be out shortly.
We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?
I am also the operations manager for my husband’s electrical contracting business (he also writes, by the way), and I own a small company that manufactures and sells scented candles, wax melts and spray air fresheners.
Who’s your writing hero and why?
Without a doubt, that would have to be Stephen King, because his writing is brilliant, and he is so prolific.
If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?
I never really thought about that, but I guess it would be “The Shining”, mainly because I love the story.
Tell us about your writing rituals
I don’t really have a “writing ritual”. I mostly write between the hours of 3pm – 6pm. Sometimes, I don’t even start writing until 7 or 8 pm, and sometimes I’ll start writing in the morning, and go all day. However, I am trying to discipline myself to write between 3pm – 6pm, mostly for the sake of being able to organize my time better, since I do also have to run my candle business and help my husband with his business.
When did you first realise you had a story to tell?
I guess that would have been when I first tried my hand at writing back in 1974. I got about halfway through the story, and realized I had no real idea where I was going with it, so I just stopped, and never started again until 2016.
Do you ever get irritated with your own main characters?
No. At least, not yet, anyway.
What makes you feel like a real author?
Seeing my books for sale on Amazon, doing book signings, and sitting in front of my computer, getting deep into writing my book.
What do your family think of your writing – be honest!
It was a surprise to me, but my family and friends are all very supportive of my writing. Some of them even tell me to get back in front of my computer and start writing, if they see me away from it.
What job did you want when you were 7 or 8 years old?
Believe it, or not, when I was 7 or 8, I actually wanted to be an astronomer, at Yerkes Observatory. I have no idea why I wanted to work at Yerkes Observatory instead of Palomar, or any other, but, that was what I wanted.
Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?
Without a doubt…Cult Hero.
Now take a deep breath! I’m going to hand you over to Clara and Pudding, who are going to take it from here – brace yourself, they’re easily amused.
Are you posh or wot?
I’m posh as heck! Actually…no, not posh at all.
What’s the longest word you can spell wiv out checkin’?
‘ave you ever been harrested?
What da’ya wan’ on ya grave-stone?
“She was born a few centuries ago…and we’re STILL waitin’ for her”
‘ave you ever used a gazunda?
Nope…don’t even own one.
What’s your favourite pie fillin’?
How do ya’ like it?
Lots of different ways.
Can ya sing and what songs do ya know?
Can’t sing, and trust me…you wouldn’t want to hear me try.
What about folk dancin’ ‘ave you ever tried it and did you get injurered?
Actually, I can’t dance, either.
‘Do you ‘ave a party piece & what is it?
I guess the closest thing I would have to a party piece would be to drink a bottle of beer, then sit there and giggle for two hours.
Would you like some of these apples…. what aren’t stolen, honest?
Only if they’re Granny Smith Apples
Do you have a fab’lous hat?
Yes, I do.
What’d be worse one twelve foot mole, or twelve moles with only one foot?
One twelve foot mole, because it will get around better than twelve moles with one foot.
If someone gives you an empty collander, what do you do wiv it?
Put spaghetti in it.
What’s your plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse?
Kill, kill, kill, kill…oh, and kill.
The shameless plugs
Follow Janine R. Pestel here:
Amazon author page: http://amazon.com/author/janinepestel
youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnoSFpvYWsJyGErtRzscPrw
And buy her books here: