Meet J.N. Chaney.
Welcome! Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.
J.N. Chaney has a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and fancies himself quite the Super Mario Bros. fan. He migrates often, but was last seen in Avon Park, FL. Any sightings should be reported, as they are rare.
Social media links:
My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jnchaney
My website: http://www.jnchaney.com
My Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/JN-Chaney/e/B00W2ZAK7E
An invasion of fifth dimensional creatures has begun. You can pick only one weapon and one other object to take with you as you fight or flee. What do you pick?
That’s a tough one. How do you fight something like that? I’d probably assume I was doomed and just take off running with a bag of food and some water in the microscopic hope that I could live long enough to survive this new Hell that has befallen us. Either that, or I’d bring my Nintendo Switch and just kick back and have some fun while I wait to die.
Genetic engineering and dystopia seem to go hand in hand as a current trend. What do you like and dislike about each topic?
Genetic engineering is something I try to include in most of my books, but it was especially prevalent in my dystopian series, The Variant Saga. I view genetic engineering the same way I do most scientific advances. It can be used for both good and evil, depending on the person who wields it. The same is true of something like atomic energy. On the one hand, you have a bomb capable of wiping out New York City. On the other, one of the most plentiful sources of energy ever conceived. With genetic engineering, you could create the perfect human, cure all diseases and disabilities, and even bring humanity into a new era of happiness. At the same time, you could create an army of superhumans or develop a biological weapon. I think that’s why people find it so fascinating. Not only is it so open to possibilities, but most of them could actually happen.
Did you ever find yourself struggling with your main characters – such as they just wouldn’t do what you wanted or expected?
That happens sometimes, but it’s never a struggle. More of a journey of discovery. By the 50% mark of the first book, I know exactly who my character is and what he would do in a situation. After that, the trick is to simply throw some problems at your hero and see what happens. If they’re worth writing about, chances are they’ll find a way to overcome it and naturally create an interesting and fun story along the way.
Anthologies. Series. You’ve done it all. Do you prefer one over the rest or do you have an equal enjoyment of all three?
This really depends on the type of story you want to tell. For me, I’ve mostly done series, but every once in a while I’ll get an idea for a short story or a novella. When that happens, you have to write it out the way it demands. If you try to stretch an idea into a 4 book series when it should only be a short story, you’re probably asking for trouble. The reverse is equally true. I have several ideas for both series as well as standalones, and I’m equally excited to dive into all of them.
What is your favorite part of being a writer and creating your writing identity?
For me, there are several highlights to writing and releasing a book. The first is the beginning. Just sitting down and writing the opening chapter is a thrill, because you’re creating something brand new and it’s all still fresh. That’s probably my absolute favorite part of the writing process. The next would be the ending, because that’s when the stakes are at their highest and everything is on the line—it’s all coming together and you’re the first person to see it happen. The last highlight is the release—the moment you get to share your story with the world and learn if everyone else feels the same way you do about it. Writing isn’t just about you sitting alone in your room anymore. It’s about getting online and seeing readers talk about the book afterwards. They make posts, leave reviews, tweet, and blog about your story, giving their take on what you just poured your heart and soul into. If you’re lucky, they’ll see the same beauty you saw in it. Good or bad, that part is always a nail biter.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?
There’s no greater magic in the world than reading. It allows us to experience other worlds and perspectives we never would have in our day-to-day lives. For that reason, I hope you’ll keep on reading for as long as you can, no matter how life treats you or tries to get in the way. Pick up a book and play pretend, if only for a little while. If that book happens to be one of mine, then I hope it treats you well and gives you a tale worthy of your time.