Monday, 10 April 2017

Meet a Writer Monday Presents...

...J S Frankel

1. Tell me about your book, Beginnings, and where you got your inspiration for it?

I’ve always written YA Fantasy, but had never done a novel about the classic monsters, such as werewolves, vampires or zombies, and the market is glutted with them. One day I was lamenting that fact to my wife, and she said “Why not do all of them?” Voila…serendipity ruled! I started on the novel the next day, and a month later had it finished.

2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

Great question! Actually, I would not go with the ‘Flavour of the Month’ actor, as people would say “Come on, him playing this role?” So I’d go with an unknown who could act and who physically met the description and personality of Paul Wiseman, the main character.

3. Have you ever danced in the rain?

Yes, I did. I caught a cold. Not doing that again!

4. If you could have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Anything Italian, preferably lasagne or pizza. Those are my two comfort foods (among many).

5. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?

 About three days, when I went on a short vacation with my family. If I don’t write, I suffer withdrawal symptoms. Yeah, really!

6. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

The original cast of Star Trek, but no red shirts. They’re cannon fodder. I can’t see them realistically coming to save me.

7. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which would you give up and why?

Probably my sense of smell. I never had much of it to begin with, and I wouldn’t really miss it. I would, however, miss sight and hearing, as we are all visual creatures. As well, I love listening to music, so there it is.

8. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

The future. The past has passed, but the future and its possibilities excites me.

9. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?

I want to succeed in bringing my stories to life in order to entertain others, to inspire them if I can. There are always stories to tell, and I figure, why not me? Why can’t I do it? That’s why I write.

10. How would you survive a Zombie apocalypse?

Stock up on Twinkies and call Woody Harrelson.

11. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

I write YA Fantasy. It has an immediacy to it, a freshness. With the younger set, the decisions they make seem important at the time, although in the fullness of time, they may turn out to be not very important at all. That’s what I want to explore. Life is a series of firsts—first fight, first win, first kiss….first love. I want to explore all of those things in my novels.

12. Have you ever considered collaborating with another writer? If Yes who, if no why not?

No, I haven’t, and here’s why. Everyone has their own vision, good or bad, right or wrong, of how a book should go. They have their own style, their own way, and unless the other writer shares the same mind-set, your vision will end up being diluted.

13. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

Not really, no. I tend to write a lot during the day, around five to six thousand words. Not all of it is quality, of course, but getting my thoughts down. Once it’s time to edit, then I have at it, usually the next day when I pick up the writing process again.

14. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes, I do. If you have an eye-catching cover, it will capture the attention of the reader. Granted, you have to write a good book as well, but a good cover does help.

15. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

They’re reviews, opinions. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. If the review is good, I use it not to stroke my own ego, but to improve. If it’s bad—and I’ve had a few stinkers—then I use twice over to improve. That should be the goal of every writer, to improve the next time around.


Being an orphan is no fun. Having no friends isn’t much fun, either. When Paul Wiseman, seventeen, runs away from an orphanage to try his luck on the mean streets of New York, he finds himself trapped and almost beaten to death one night.

Rescued by a vampire named Angela, Paul goes to her small house in upstate New York where he meets her friends—Ooze, a sentient water being, Sandstorm, who uses his sandy body to blind his opponents, and CF—short for Cannon Fodder—a zombie.

The four of them become the Nightmare Crew—beings created by a scientist to fight against the lawless elements of the city. In joining them, Paul finds a family, friendship and maybe even love.

However, the company that allowed the creation of these beings wants them back, and they’ll stop at nothing to retrieve what they believe to be their property. It soon comes down to a battle between those born and those created…and it’s up to Paul to fight for the only family he’s ever known.


About J.S

J.S. Frankel was born in Toronto, Canada, a good number of years ago and managed to scrape through the University of Toronto with a BA in English Literature. In 1988 he moved to Japan and started teaching ESL to anyone who would listen to him. In 1997, he married the charming Akiko Koike and their union produced two sons, Kai and Ray. J.S. Frankel makes his home in Osaka where he teaches English by day and writes by night until the wee hours of the morning.



  1. Thank you so much for this interview! It was an honor to be interviewed by you!!

    --J.S. Frankel