Based in South Carolina, Jay Wilburn is an American author who you might recognise for his book, Loose Ends: A Zombie Novel. He has also published a range of shorter works, such as novellas and short stories, in a variety of anthologies. His work focuses primarily on horror, but he has also branched into other genres such as steampunk and paranormal. In addition to this creative work, Jay also writes columns for Dark Eclipse and Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.
1) What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool, and why do you think that about it?
In addition to my own constant efforts at writing, I write reviews for Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. I gives me a chance to see other work and establishes a bar for my own writing that I need to top. I believe I serve other writers and readers through that column.
2) How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?
I dared to enter a writing contest and came in third. I published other pieces and started to believe I could be a writer. I challenged myself to try styles that were once alien to me. Before long, other people believed I was a writer too and they haven’t discovered I’m still figuring this out.
3) What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of, and why are you proud?
I’m a teacher. I believe I do an excellent job of serving families and students. I believe it helps me be a better parent.
4) What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice, and how would they miss it?
I’m naturally introverted. I put on a good show, but I’m happy to be on my own banging out words for a story.
5) If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be and why would you change it?
I would remove the personal insult people feel when others disagree or believe differently from them. I think all sides of most arguments have guilt in this.
6) If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?
Get used to the grind and sacrifice that comes with striving for things that matter so you will stick with your dreams instead of settling for something easier and more empty.
7) What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet, and why haven’t you done it?
I would like to make a living solely from writing. I’m striving for it. There is far more rough edge that needs to be scoured off my craft before I can convince the world and myself that that is an option.
8) What is something that you have sworn to never do again, and why won’t you repeat it?
I don’t want to go back to school for more degrees. The squeeze isn’t worth the juice for me anymore and that’s not what I want to be doing when my body decides to stop breathing.
9) If you could break one personal habit, what would it be and why would you break it?
My tendency to find the negative in most situations. I’ve made it work for me in handling disappointment or pain, but it makes others more unhappy around me. I don’t like that about myself.
10) If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be and why?
Other languages. There is a lot to be discovered outside our own cultures and a lot of good can be done, if we speak each other’s languages.
11) Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?
My novel Loose Ends: A Zombie novel with Hazardous Press is moving into wider release. I’m working on a time travel horror novel that is turning out better than I expected. I’m in a number of anthologies including a couple disturbing tales in Face Paint with Rainstorm Press and in Lucha Gore: Scares from the Squared Circle with Cruentus Libra Press both coming soon.
Next Week: Alexander S. Brown