Author, J. Rudolph graciously took time to answer questions about the characters, and inspiration behind her latest horror novel, The Complex part of the Reanimates series.
The Complex is available NOW from Winlock Press, Amazon and major online booksellers.
Francis Xavier: What is the first line from The Complex?
J. Rudolph: A significant earthquake rocked the small islands that made up the country of Japan.
FX: What inspired The Reanimates series?
JR: In reading other books on the zombie apocalypse I began to wonder what the other people would be experiencing. Most of the books were centered around the one person that was immune to the whole thing, or they were a part of the military elite. There are a lot of people who would be fighting for survival that were neither, so The Reanimates was born.
FX: Three words to describe your writing?
JR: Relatable, Human, Realistic.
FX: Which part of The Complex challenged you the most?
JR: It was very important to me that I had a strong female character leading the story, but creating balance between being strong without being emasculating was a definite challenge.
FX: Who is CaIi Anglin and which of the characters in The Complex do you most identify with?
JR: Cali Anglin is the main character of the book and the one that I relate to the most. Like Cali, I am a night shift nurse, with a husband who is my best friend, and a son that I adore. Cali responds to a lot of things the way I would, but not all.
FX: What did you learn about yourself as a writer while working on The Complex?
JR: The thing I learned the most about myself in this journey is that as long as I have my family everything else is small stuff. The whole world can fall away and as long as we are together we can get through it.
FX: What elements make for good horror fiction?
JR: To me, the most important thing in horror fiction is suspension of disbelief. If you have the most horrific monsters but can’t create a story where people leave their yeah rights at the door then you have nothing.
FX: What are your thoughts on genre blending in works of fiction?
JR: When it comes to genre blending, as long as the blend is important to the storyline then go for it. For instance, look at the Sookie Stackhouse series. There was a lot of genre blending involved but the story needed it. Blending just for blending’s sake never works. Be true to the world you are creating.
FX: Where can my readers find more about you and your work online?
JR: I’m all over the internet. There is Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and my site, http://www.jrudolph.com
1. Favorite horror writer? Del Toro
2. Favorite movie? What Dreams May Come
3. What scares you? Losing my family
4. What’s one word you overuse? What’s that thing that I say? Oh, “thing” lol
5. Favorite place to write? Oversized beanbag chair
6. Title of your first published work? The Complex
7. What book do you wish you wrote? The Giver
8. What are you currently reading? Swan Song, for the hundredth time lol
9. Coffee or tea? Neither, I’m a Monster girl!
10. Favorite color? Black
11. Beer or wine? Neither there, either.