Author Interview: Janiera A. Eldridge
Janiera enjoys feeding her book addiction when she not
writing. Writing is therapeutic to her during her struggles
with Fibromyalgia. Being unable to work a normal 9-5 is what
encouraged her to write full time. She is also a book blogger
at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd
with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is
freelance writing in the entertainment industry. When trying to
relax she likes a huge yard sale on a Saturday morning,
rainy days to read by and nacho cheese is her kryptonite.
Soul Sisters is her debut novel.
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When did you first realize you
wanted to be an Author?
I developed mono when I was in college and writing was
what I did to keep my mind off of the pain. Mid-way through
my first book I got this feeling like yeah, this is what I need to
be doing! I was consumed with it and could not write enough.
What would you say is your
interesting quirk that only
happens when you are writing?
I know a lot of authors listen to music while their writing but
I’m really different. I will turn on the T V low in the
background so my mind doesn’t wander around. It helps me
focus on my writing. Music is so distracting to me because I
want to sing a long or dance.
What was one of the most
surprising things you learned in
writing your books?
I learned that it was extremely hard for me to write outside of
my comfort zone. Once I did, however, it felt so good to be
able to reach outside of myself and write something
extremely honest no matter how brutal or raw it is. I’m now a
point where I can write boldly and I didn’t expect for that to
be a challenge but it was.
Where did you get ideas for your
I get ideas for my books from life in general. Horror is reality
manipulated, sometimes only a little bit. I find inspiration from
manipulating the terms of reality and showing the scary side
of life in my horror books. I also watch a lot of Investigation
Discovery channel, which always has a horror story playing.
Real-life crime shows have really inspired my writing.
Out of all the books you have
written which is your favorite and
Good Ghost Gone Bad is definitely my favorite book to date.
It’s dark, gritty, raw and I really learned a lot about myself
while writing it. My fans seem to really feel that because a lot
of people have told me it’s their favorite book as well.
What do you think makes a good
I think whenever you connect and fall in love (or loath) the
characters in a book, it’s a good story. If I can’t connect with
the characters the world building or situation doesn’t mean
much. I believe the characters of a book vital to keeping a
Who are some of your favorite
So many! Dean Koontz, Kathryn Stockett, Stephen King,
Anne Rice, Rusty Fisher,R.L.Stine,Dennis Lehane, and Stephanie
If you could pick one actor to
play a character in your book in
the movie version, who would it
I would choose Lauren Valez to play Brianna in Good Ghost
Gone Bad. She is a wonderful Hispanic actress and so
Who are some of the people that
influenced your love of writing?
Definitely my parents. T hey had me reading since I was a
little girl. T he more I read and the older I got, the desire to
tell my own stories just grew and grew!
What kind of TV shows do you
like and do you find that as a
Horror Writer that you gravitate
toward the shows that create
Definitely. My favorite T V show is American Horror Story. My
second favorite is the T he Walking Dead. I find myself drawn
to shows that create complex and twisted stories.
I really enjoyed the new show Hannibal as well
Do Natural or Unnatural
circumstances create horror,
such as serial killers (natural) or
zombies (unnatural) make a
scarier story? Which do you
I adore unnatural stories that feature zombies, monsters etc,
but I always prefer a natural horror story. T he scariest thing
we face everyday is reality because the human race is so
Does every horror book contain a
certain amount of gore?
I don’t think every horror book needs gore. T here is so
much room to create scares without gore. I, however, do
have gore in my books because I think it adds to the horror
experience. I’ve read really creepy ghost stories that did not
have gore though.
If you had one piece of advice for
an aspiring Artist what would it
Write your story the way you want to write it! Don’t doubt
yourself as you write either. T he more confident you are in
your writing , the more others will be as well.
What would you like to say to
friends and family of Authors (not
just your own)?
Writing can be a lonely art. Believing and being there for an
author makes all the difference in the world when writing
one’s book. Writing takes a lot of time so, don’t feel like
we’re rejecting you. We need you more than ever!
Is there anything else you want
to share with your readers?
I’m so excited about an upcoming book signing I will be at
exclusively for indie authors, called the Indie book fest 2013.
It takes place in Orlando on August 3, 2013.
A $20 ticket will get you lunch with the authors, swag bags
panel sessions and more! I really hope to meet a lot of my
readers and discover some new ones.
You can buy your ticket on the website:
http://indiebookfest.blogspot.com/. Hope to see you there.
T here’s a lonely, speckled with red and only containing a bit
of black lettering, Coca-Cola can just a few feet away from a
bright yellow and made out of cheap plastic slide. I take what
would be a deep breath (if I had any air to trap in my lungs)
close my eyes and press down on my thoughts. My fingers
are squeezed tightly into a closed fist and the strain I put on
my thoughts is so heavy it would have signaled a brain
hemorrhage….. if I was alive. Opening my eyes I realize the
can has only rolled a few inches. A few inches! Stupid,
fucking can. I try to kick it once again, but my spirit runs
through it in the form of a hollow, sweeping mist, and it rolls
nowhere. T he moonlight is so beautiful when I catch it out of
the corner of my eye beaming down on the big, lush maple
tree I was left to die under. Dread spreads throughout my
entire spirit while I yearn to replace it with complete peace.
T he leaves sway ever so slightly in the wind from side to
side in a fluid but short motion remaining forever beautiful
but forever a nightmare for me. You probably want to know
how I died. After all, who watches those television murder
mysteries with the corny reenactments to hear about the
victim’s past? No one, people watch it to see just how
depraved people can get. T hey want to know how far
someone will go to inflict pain and punishment on another
human being. People want to know why one killer shoots
their victims and the other bludgeons them to death. Is it the
blood they like to see oozing out of a person when they
bash their head in or is it the instantaneousness firing of a
gun and shattering someone’s entire life that some killers
are after? No one’s ever surprised anymore at the depth at
which some people’s depravity sinks.