Justin Boote/J. Boote
I was born in England but have been living in Barcelona for over 30 years. I started writing about 8 years ago, short horror stories only until I turned to novels some 3 years ago. At the time of writing I have written over 200 short stories, around 50 of which have been published in various anthologies. Currently, I have written around 15 novels, most of which have already been published. A year ago I decided to try extreme horror and to date have written 3 novellas and 2 novels under my pen name, J. Boote. No awards as yet, but working on it haha!
Six years ago, not one but two monsters came to Belton, causing widespread terror until both were eventually caught. The villagers thought they were safe again.
Until it all goes wrong.
The Tough Questions
From BOH reader Heather L.
Chili – beans or no beans? Beans!
Who’s your favorite superhero and why? Always had a soft spot for Spiderman. No idea why!
You need to hide a body - who do you call to help you? No one. Less chance of someone snitching on me!
Favorite song to belt out in the shower? Anything by Pink Floyd.
What animal would you be and why? Cat. Totally independent, always get what they want and lots of naps!
Next project (what are you currently working on)? A top secret collaboration with a friend, writing another extreme novel and editing the sequel to They Are All Monsters, my previous extreme book!
Scary movies - complete darkness or all the lights on? Darkness is cool!
Cats or dogs? Cats (ask Fat Cat about that one)
Who would you stalk? Ania Ahlborn. Such a dark, dark mind!
What inspired you to start writing? Bored a few years ago, I decided to write a short story I had in mind. Then wrote another. I showed them to a friend who liked them and suggested I write more. So I did!
How old were you when you wrote your first story? About 35.
What is your favorite book/story you wrote? Oooh, that’s tough but probably The Ghosts of Northgate. That mental hospital holds a special place so I loved writing a book set there!
Who is your current favorite author? Ania Ahlborn, Ronald Malfi.
What is your favorite genre? Probably ghostie/demonic possession.
Favorite horror movie? The Exorcist.
Favorite book of all time? Impossible to say! Maybe Stephen King’s short story collection, Skeleton Crew.
Cake - vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate. Always!
Pizza - pineapple or definitely never on a pizza? Never!
From BOH reader Derek T.
Is there a particular author that inspired you to write horror? Definitely Stephen King and Clive Barker, specifically his Books of Horror.
Are there any things required when you write?, i.e., listening to certain music? an adult beverage? complete silence? stuff like that. Just a clear head.
Skittles or Starburst? Neither!
Do you read or write anything that's not horror? Nope! Although I did toy with the idea of paranormal romance once!
How do you feel about pants? Necessary!
Dogs, cats or ferrets? Cats.
Mountains or beach? Mountains.
Does pineapple belong on pizza? It belongs nowhere!
Would you go to space? Nope.
Do you eat supper or dinner? Dinner.
Favorite ice cream? Chocolate and caramel.
Were you a good student? Nope!
Who was your childhood crush? Can’t remember!
Your favorite thing on French fries? Gravy.
From BOH reader Shannon E.
What’s something you want to learn/ get better at? Character development
Why did you decide you wanted to be an author? I was bored at home one night and had an idea for a couple of stories. Wrote them, showed them to a friend who suggested I write more. Here we are!
Is there anything you don't eat? Allergic to apples, peaches, tomatoes, cucumber. Otherwise, all good!
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? Health, peace in the world, and for my cat to not wake me at 4 in the morning hungry.
If you could have 1 hour to sit down with anyone and talk? Who would it be and what would you talk about? A few years ago I might have said Stephen King, but instead I think I’d choose Ania Ahlborn or Ronald Malfi for obvious reasons!
What makes you unique? Nothing!
What's something about you that no one else knows? As far as I’m aware nothing!
What’s Something You Want to Learn or Wish You Were Better At? Writing!
Know Any Good Jokes? Nope!
What’s Something That Bugs You? Lots of things. People, noise, my cat waking me at 4 in the morning hungry.
What’s the Most Embarrassing Thing You Can Remember That’s Happened to You? Far too many when drunk.
What’s Your Favorite Place on Earth? My bed.
Who Are the Special People in Your Life? My son, and my FB friends I’ve made over the years.
What’s Something You’re Proud of? Being scared of heights, managing to not have a heart attack while working up a very tall building!
If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be? Stephen King would be pretty cool. In his younger years, of course!
If you could have a superpower what would it be? To be able to put my cat to sleep all night.
What would you do if there was zombie apocalypse right now? Probably die. Get drunk first though.
What were you like as a child? Mischievous!
Additional from me.
What is one tip you would like to share with an aspiring author? Be patient. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Finish those short stories, build a back list of books.
Are you a pantser or plotter? Both.
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