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Author Interview: Jan Christensen

Author Interview with Jan Christensen

Author of Organized to Death.

Author Interview

Q: For the record, what is your name and what is the title of your latest book?

My name is Jan Christensen, and my latest book, my third published, is titled “Organized To Death.”

Q: Why did you write your latest book?organized-1000-pixels

I love to write mysteries, and one of my other interests is personal organization and time management. So, I combined the two, made my sleuth a professional organizer, and off I went.

Q: How did you get started writing? What is it that makes you want to be a writer?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in my early twenties. I don’t know why it took me so long to decide, but I wrote a few short stories to see how it went. I enjoyed the process, and with fits and starts, I finally got to the point where I was writing regularly and getting a lot of short stories published, and then my first novel, “Sara’s Search.” I want to write to entertain first myself, then, after it’s polished, other people.

Q: If an unpublished author asked you to give them one piece of advice, what would it be?

Write every day.

Q: If you could only publish in a single genre, what would it be? Why?

Mystery. Because it gives me a point of reference and an end to aim for.

Q: Why should readers read your book?

For the sheer fun of it. “Organized to Death” is not literary or deep. The reader might pick up a few hints about decluttering a room, and learn a medical fact or two along the way, but the purpose of my writing is always first and foremost to entertain.

Q: Who is your favorite author of all time and who is your favorite author writing now?

Jonathan Kellerman is my favorite writer of all time. If I had to do it over, I’d get a Ph.D. in psychology and write more psychological mysteries. I have studied psychology both in college and on my own over the years and still find it the most fascinating of all subjects. I hope it helps me develop my characters. Along with Mr. Kellerman right now, I have to place Diane Chamberlain as a favorite author. I just found her work a while ago, and now want to read it all.

Q: Do you think ebooks should be protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM)? Why?

I’m not protecting my fiction with DRM, but I have plans to write a non-fiction book about personal organization and time management, and I will probably use DRM for that. I think non-fiction is more apt to be used, actually stolen, by others than fiction. For fiction, I just want as many readers as I can find. Get it from the library, the used book store, borrow it, whatever. But non-fiction is going to be much harder and less fun to write for me than the fiction. Sure, still borrow it, lend it, but I don’t want people copying and pasting it into something they’ve written and call it their own.

Q: If you could improve any single aspect of yourself (physical, mental, whatever), what would it be?

Only one? LOL I’m working on losing some weight. It’s going slowly, but it’s going. Besides that, I’d like to get up earlier in the morning and go to bed earlier at night. I tend to stay up late reading.

Q: What question do you wish I had asked that I did not?

When’s my next book coming out. And the answer would be, hopefully in April!

Thank you Jan. I look forward to hearing about your next book.

Contact the Author:

Buy Organized to Death.

Bio of the Author:

Jan-in-Beach-Hat-800-pix-300x159Jan Christensen has been writing and publishing short stories, most of them mysteries, for about fifteen years. As a consequence, she’s had over fifty short stories published. All of them are listed on the “Links” page with several of them linked to the publications where they appeared.

A small press published her first novel in 2004, SARA’S SEARCH, now available in ebook format. But if you really want a signed, first edition of the print pub, there are still a few left. Contact Jan privately for details.

Her latest publications include a brand-new light novel, ORGANIZED TO DEATH, the recently published dark novel, REVELATIONS, a collection of three of her previously-published short stories, WARNING SIGNS 1, and some stand-alone short stories in a series (The Artie Crimes) in e-book format about a hapless burglar named Artie.

There’s lots more to come, so visit the site every so often for updates, or keep track of Jan by subscribing to her blog and/or newsletter, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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One Response to Author Interview: Jan Christensen

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