Also by this author: Resolve, Bolt Action Remedy
As you all know by now, Legacy: An Anthology, which is based on the #30Author event I ran last September, has officially released. Author J.J. Hensley has donated both his time and incredible support since the beginning and I’m so happy to be hosting his interview as part of a tour that includes other contributors and an interview with yours truly. You can find out who else is participating by heading over to Velvet Morning Press. Now, time for the interview! (PS – you can buy the book here!)
1. You’ve participated in both the original #30Authors event and the anthology. What were the major differences between preparing for the two?
For the #30Authors event, I was focused on reviewing a book written by someone else. It was a complete coincidence that the book I selected to review was an anthology featuring some extremely talented authors. While writing up my thoughts on that book, I thought about how someday I would really love to have the opportunity to contribute to an anthology like that one. Then the invitation came to participate in the Legacy anthology and I was beyond thrilled. I was so excited I cranked out a draft of my story Four Days Forever the day after I received the invitation. So, honestly I didn’t prepare for the anthology as much as I dove in enthusiasm.
2. Tell us a little bit about your anthology piece. What was your inspiration?
I’m a crime fiction author, so I stayed in that genre. Most of my writing is inspired by stories that revolve around imperfect characters and some level of moral ambiguity. I think those stories best reflect real life and allow readers to better relate to the key players who act out the plot.Check out this interview with #30Authors Legacy contributor @jjhensleyauthor! Click To Tweet
3. Your anthology takes a different direction than some of the others. What was your thought process behind that?
I thought about the theme of Legacy and decided I was going to not only write a piece dealing with the dark side of legacies, but also break some established writing traditions (or legacies) by having the plot play out in reverse chronological order. In essence, the story is my way of going against the grain and the tale is a countdown to the potential destruction of a family legacy. And the truth is I kind of like the fact the story is different. The thought of a reader peacefully moving through some of these insightful and uplifting stories, then flipping a page and all the sudden some guy in Pittsburgh is dealing with a devastating shotgun blast – well… if nothing else, it tends to grab one’s attention.
4. Rumor has it you are working on a new book. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
I have another novel coming out later this year. It will serve as a sequel to both of my previous novels – Resolve and Measure Twice. I just finished another manuscript that is unrelated to my other works. It’s called Bolt Action Remedy and we’ll see where it lands for publication. It involves a former narcotics detective, heroin, the murder of a powerful business owner, a Lithuanian hit man, the sport of biathlon, and the occasional hallucination. You know… the usual stuff. 🙂