TIH 092: Stephen Graham Jones on Werewolves, Mongrels and Common Writing Mistakes

TIH 092 Stephen Graham Jones on Werewolves, Mongrels and Common Writing Mistakes

In this podcast Stephen Graham Jones talks about his brand new werewolf novel, Mongrels, common writing mistakes, self-doubt and much more.

About Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six collections. He really likes werewolves and slashers. Favorite novels change daily, but Valis and Love Medicine and Lonesome Dove and It and The Things They Carried are all usually up there somewhere. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado. It’s a big change from the West Texas he grew up in. He’s married with a couple kids, and probably one too many trucks.

Show notes

  • [03:15] Interview start/most important lessons in last year/working with a new publicist
  • [08:50] Inspirations for Mongrels/great advice on writer’s block
  • [13:00] Jesse Lawrence, via Patreon, asks about long drives and being horror movie stranded in real life
  • [20:05] Dual POV impetus
  • [26:15] Published Vs Unpublished stories ratio
  • [30:50] Seeing projects through to completion
  • [34:00] One year of not publishing a novel and lessons from new Literary Agent, BJ Robbins.
  • [43:10] Most common mistakes from new writers
  • [44:50] Self-doubt
  • [49:30] Financial impact on not publishing a novel for a year/Thomas Joyce, via Patreon, asks about quitting the day job and teaching writing courses online
  • [53:30] Thomas Joyce, via Patreon, asks if Stephen has discovered the secret to writing a good rom-com novel
  • [54:00] Mongrels and Near Dark connection
  • [59:50] Werewolf tropes

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  1. That’s quite a story about the bathroom in Utah. Wow. What do you think happened? Head wound? Beating? Murder? I knew the POV question would come up. LOL. Love the observation on novels, and feeling “lucky” like you’ve stumbled across something. True on self worth and shelves, I don’t have an anthology out this year, and I feel that weird twang of guilt and remorse at not having anything coming out. Love The Howling. Loved Red Moon.

    • Mark N on May 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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    Loved this episode. It’s like you guys are prescient, answering the questions I have and calming the doubts I’m experiencing at the moment, and at the same time almost always introduce me to new approaches – and new items for the shopping list. Yeah, I got Mongrels but now I need to track down Red Moon. I was sure we were seeing a werewolf renaissance a few years back with Ginger Snaps and Dog Soldiers but all of that seemed to peter out and be eclipsed (MDW pun?) by the wave of zombies.

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