Interview with Jennifer Hudock

I recently had the opportunity to interview an up and coming author and force within the podcast community, Jennifer Hudock.

Q: Who is Jennifer Hudock?

Jennifer Hudock is a dark entity from the 9th dimension who was sent here to record data on human behavior so the Old Ones can formulate an effective destruction strategy. In all seriousness, I am a writer, poet, podcaster and editor just trying to get my work out to as many people as I can.

Q: Tell us about the Dark Journeys collection.

The Dark Journeys Short Story collection is a batch of short stories I have tried to have traditionally published over the course of the last five years, to no avail. The first ten stories in the collection have all been either rejected repeatedly, or published in small, nonpaying markets during that time frame.

Q: What can readers expect from these stories?

The unexpected. There are zombies, faeries, ghosts, robots, murderers… It’s a mix-bag of dark fantasy and horror fiction with more emphasis on the horror genre.

Q: Why sell the stories separately rather than as a single volume and do you plan to do so in the future?

Selling them separately is something of an experiment. I figured if I could give a wide variety of people a handful of samples, they might be more inclined to check out more of my work, especially my podcast novel, Goblin Market, which I am currently giving away for free on my website and iTunes. I am planning to combine twelve stories at the end of the journey into one volume and sell it as a short fiction anthology with a bonus short story that most people I know haven’t read yet, even though it was published in a George Romero inspired print anthology.

Q: Will there be any surprises for those who are already familiar with the collection?

I like to hope so. All of the stories are very different from one another, since they cross genres, and I have high hopes that each one is unique enough to surprise readers.

Q: How long have you been writing and in which genres?

I have been writing for about twenty-four years. I started writing little horror and romantic stories when i was eleven years old and never stopped. I prefer to write in dark fantasy and horror, but have been known to dabble in science fiction as well.

Q: Are there any real life experiences that have influenced your writing?

Absolutely. Every life experience is fodder for the muse. I went through a lot of dark and twisted things as a child that probably warped my mind a little, and every time I write something it’s like beating my inner-demons into submission.

Q: Why did you choose to go the self-publishing route?

I was a little frustrated and jaded with the traditional market for awhile. I tried to get my work published for years, with little luck and I watched a friend of mine go through some hardship with so-called traditional publishing that made me want to take a few things into my own hands. Does that mean I wouldn’t like to traditionally publish a novel at some point? No way! But I do feel like I have a little more control and creative freedom when it comes to putting my work out there.

Q: You’ve been releasing ‘The Goblin Market’; an original, dark fantasy novel, as a podcast. Can you tell us a little about that?

Goblin Market is a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who discovers who she really is after she’s drawn into the faerie realm by the Goblin King, who poisoned her younger sister. It was inspired by the Christina Rossetti poem of the same name. It is currently available as a free download on my website and iTunes, but I am also working on edits so I can put together a print and electronic edition for sale. I’ve also had some people talk to me briefly about turning it into a graphic novel, but there is nothing concrete yet.

Q: What made you decide to begin podcasting your stories? And,

I love listening to people tell stories. Even more than that, I love to tell stories, so when I discovered podcasting in 2009, I was intrigued by the idea of recording my own stories and getting them out to more people.

Q: What impact do you think it’s had on the number of readers you’ve reached?

Goblin Market was just sitting on my flash drive collecting space dust before I started podcasting. At the time I had no expectations as to how it would fare out in the audio world. I just wanted to get it out there so I felt like I was doing something proactive. Because of the generosity of the podcast community, through word of mouth and exchanging promos, it’s gotten a lot of downloads even though I have yet to upload it to podiobooks.com.

Q: Do you find there’s a great deal of competition among creative types to get their work noticed?

I think creative types are inherently competitive, but on the other hand, many of us tend to be very insecure. We sort of thrive on one another’s support and feedback in a way that tones down the competition to a comfortable level. Networking with other creators has been a huge inspiration, which actually prompted my fiance and I to start a creator’s community called The Creative Alliance. Our goal with that community was to draw creative types of every ilk together in one place, and provide support, encouragement and inspiration to one another in hopes that as a community we could move forward and make a major impact on the creative world as a group.

Surprisingly, it has worked out much the way we envisioned when we first started talking about it, which is a beautiful thing. We work together as a group to help promote each other, critique each other, brainstorm together and support one another. The power of community is incredible, and I would love to see more people get actively involved.

Q: (Is there anything else you want readers to know?)

I am currently piecing together and editing two fiction anthologies: From the Dark Side and Farrago, that will be released electronically later in 2010 on Smashwords and Amazon, and if they go over well, there are also plans to put them into print.

From the Dark Side was an idea I cooked up with Patrick Pillars to get the creative community together in one place where they could showcase their work and get word out about their other endeavors. Once published, it will sell for about $4.99 and all proceeds will be donated to the Letters and Light organization, which is a youth creative writing program affiliated with NaNoWriMo.

Farrago was an idea my fiance, James Melzer, and I came up with to help raise money to fund my friend Michael Bekemeyer’s film project. He was talking about turning his screenplay into a film one afternoon, noodling over how much money he would need to actually do it, and a little frustrated at the prospects. We asked people if they would be interested in contributing to an anthology to help raise some funds, and the response was overwhelming. It just goes to show what kind of community we are all a part of, and it’s amazing.
You can follow Jennifer at any of the following

Official website: http://jennybeans.net
Real TV Addict: http://www.realtvaddict.com/author/jhudock/
Vivastic: http://www.vivastic.com/author/jhudock/
Nice Dwells: http://www.nicedwells.com/author/jhudock/
Twirlit: http://www.twirlit.com/author/jenh/
The Creative Alliance: http://tca.spruz.com/


1 Response to “Interview with Jennifer Hudock”

  1. June 16, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Good interview! I knew she was spying, but I was afraid to ask..

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