When you enter into the world of Jay Hartlove, be prepared to make a dark connection.
Now, that’s not to say that there’s something personally sinister about Jay. You’d be hard pressed to find a more engaging, affable or introspective person than the author of the supernatural thriller The Chosen and its upcoming sequel Daughter’s Cell.
This man cooked me dinner, for gosh sakes. His wife and kids seem to think he’s wonderful. And he also was nice enough to let me spend a pleasant, July evening under the stars in his most excellent backyard.
So, it’s definitely not a personal darkness that’s on display in his pulse-pounding fiction. Writing which in its depth invokes past masters like Crichton, Benchley and Straub. No, the dark connections that you will find in Hartlove’s world comes from understanding what it takes to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Namely, equal portions of great plot, fascinating characters, on-point research and literary insight.
Jay’s expertise isn’t just in the words, but also in how to keep the words flowing. His instructional seminar, “So You Want to Write a Novel,” is full of down-to-earth encouragement for those who labor in the book-writing wilderness. Jay’s been generous enough to let his guidance appear with this article and I highly recommend that all aspiring and achieving authors add his very salient thoughts to their arsenals.
Along the way, check out also the connections that Jay makes to history, to horror, to learning the business of writing and why the story of Snow White is a whole lot darker than you ever knew.
But don’t take my word for it. Now’s the time to listen for yourself…
Intro and The Chosen:
Chosen research, Daughter’s Cell, 21st Century writing
Writing as a process, Tell a friend, “Kill Your Darlings”
Snow White and the Mirror’s Revenge
Closing thoughts, “There are No Names at Midnight”
From the Author’s Website: Jay Hartlove has been writing professionally for 30 years. His writing has been published in games, newspapers, magazines, legal white papers and online articles. His hobby is religious scholarship, and he blogs on spirituality. Jay exhaustively researches the facts before he inserts his fantastical explanations. He sees the world as already filled with scary coincidences waiting to be discovered. He describes his writing as, “Dark connections revealed.” You can read about the research that goes into his books at jaywrites.com.
- Jay’s Rules (PDF Document): From BayCon 2012 seminar-Property of Jay Hartlove, 2012, all rights reserved, reproduced with permission