Welcome Stuart Jaffe to Wednesday Wonders
Here are the answers to most of your questions. Enjoy!
And Thank you Stuart! I’m sure we will enjoy all of your answers. I love learning new things about fellow authors.
Everyone Please welcome Stuart Jaffe to Wednesday Wonders!
Many people don’t like the name they were given at birth. Do you like your given name? If not, what would you rather have been named?
The family story is that I was supposed to be named Samuel after some relative, but my Mom refused. In the early ’70s, Samuel was considered an older generation name (like Edith or Coswell). How they came to Stuart as a compromise I don’t know, and while Samuel is regaining popularity, I’m very happy with what I got.
Is there a routine you go through before you begin writing?
I try to write every morning. The routine changes with each book. Right now I stretch out on the office couch with my right leg up on pillows (I had knee surgery recently) and a laptop on my left leg. One of our five cats usually curls up on the pillow as well. I read over the outline to figure out where I’m going, and I try not to get up until the writing is done.
What do you like to read?
I’m a very eclectic reader both fiction and non-fiction. My first loves were science fiction and fantasy. Then came horror. Then literature. But I’ll go for anything good. Westerns, military, thrillers and mysteries, dramas, comedies. It’s all good. My least favorite is romance, but I’ve read a few of the big titles (like The Thorn Birds) and enjoyed them, so maybe I’ll delve more into that genre down the road.
Do you have a favorite author?
All time favorite, without a doubt, is John Steinbeck. The endings of both Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden blew me away. Made me realize just how powerful a final sentence can be.
Does it have to be quiet when you write or do you like background noise? TV, music, etc.
Quiet. Shhhh. Whisper if you must talk. In the summer, when my son is out of school, I often have to go to the library to work just to get some quiet.
Beach or mountains?
What inspires you?
Everything. So much that when I decided to do a blog, that became the topic. I blog about what inspires/influences my stories.
Doesn’t matter who we are, man, woman, child, all of us get freaked out by something. Spiders, mice, snakes, bugs, geese, etc. What freaks you out?
My wife is a biologist, so I’ve learned to love all kinds of critters (we’ve had snakes and tarantulas and such in our house many times). What unnerves me is the bump in the night that has no explanation.
What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
On the fun side, I was a cameraman at my local morning news station. On the ugly side, I spent a summer cleaning out an industrial basement filled with mildew-covered silk screen, stale beer cans, and other nasty surprises. Come to think of it, memories of that job can freak me out.
I read on another blog, that a writer was working on 10 novels at once. Confusing! Do you work on one or multiple novels at a time?
I’ve tried to write more than one thing at a time. Miserable failure. I’ve learned to accept that my mind likes to focus all its attention on one story. Finish that and move on. However, that only goes for the creation of the story — the rough draft. So, I can (and do) have other books going in various stages of production (revisions, beta reading, copy editing, etc).
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Play guitar (I’m big into the blues), movies, video games, reading.
And last question…Do you have anything new coming out that you’d like to share with us?
Two items: First, I’ve recently released The Way of the Brother Gods which is the third (and final, for now) book in The Malja Chronicles. This post-apocalyptic fantasy series, which began with The Way of the Black Beast, has been my most successful to date, and I had a lot of fun concluding the story lines with this installment.
I’m also very excited to release “Southern Bound.” This is the first in my Max Porter paranormal-mystery series. Max and his wife have moved to North Carolina to start a better life. Soon, Max learns that his office is being haunted by the ghost of a 1940s detective who needs help to solve his final case. Filled with fascinating true history as well as a lot of paranormal fun, this book was a blast to write and I can’t wait to have readers sink into it.
The Malja Chronicles — a post-apocalyptic fantasy series: Consists of
The Way of the Black Beast
The Way of the Sword and Gun
The Way of the Brother Gods
After The Crash — a sci-fi survival story
You can find Stuart at the following places
And Stuart is also Co-Host of The Eclectic Review Podcast
Stuart, once again I want to thank you for being a part of the Wednesday Wonders. I hope you have a great week!