Topher Hoffman: Hey Jackson, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. I really enjoyed your book, and I thought it was pretty impressive the way it played out.
I have never read the type of story like you wrote in Paradise, Maine. How does it feel to be responsible for the introduction of splatterpunk to somebody who hasn’t read the genre before?
Jackson R. Thomas: That’s cool. Welcome to a brave new world, my friend. Consider Paradise to be a gateway drug. Once you dig into some Edward Lee or the works of Spector & Skipp, you will get the real deal.
TH: What about your family? Have you introduced your family to your books, and if so what type of feedback do they give you? Did any of them disown you afterwards?
JRT: My mom ain’t gonna see this. She wouldn’t be surprised, but I think we’re both better off if she sticks to cookbooks and biographies.
TH: You are now getting some pretty good reviews on your book. How do you deal with
the negative reviews? Do you use it as constructive criticism or do you write that person into your next book?
JRT: It is what it is. I didn’t plan on being here. If they like it, cool. If they don’t, cool.
TH: Before you start writing, do you have to go through any pre-writing routines that you do before you begin a writing session?
JRT: A cigarette and coffee. Then it’s time to roll.
TH: When getting into writing, everyone receives advice in some fashion or the other. If you could give your younger writing self any advice, what would it be?
JRT: None. I think I’m where I should be.
TH: Thanks for those, now moving onto the book, Paradise, Maine. Are any of the characters based off of somebody that you know? Please don’t say that The Watcher
is, because that guy freaks me out.
JRT: I worked with someone named, Vanis. She was a housekeeper. I thought the name was unique. I have no idea if she was into photography. I also had a friend that dated a guy named Zebulun. He claimed to be an outdoorsman, but he didn’t look the type. More like a guy who’d get eaten by the outside world. So, there are those two. As for the Watcher…he could represent a lot of things. The world is unpredictable. It’s also what we make it. Toss that together with a little carnage and maybe you get this guy.
TH: I did a quick Google maps search on Paradise, Maine. Did you know that there is a campground called Paradise Park? Were you ever there?
JRT: No, I haven’t. I thought Paradise was the perfect name for this little town.
TH: In Paradise, Maine there were a lot of violent scenes. What was the most challenging part of writing them?
JRT: Being honest. If you’re going to be brutal, you can’t be soft. The challenge is always writing it as you think it might actually happen, regardless of what happens. If it scares people-good. Sometimes, you swing and miss, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.
TH: Now that the book is almost released, what’s next on your plate? What’s the next project that you will be working on and do you have any sneak peeks?
JRT: I’m doing another draft for the follow-up to my first book, The Beast of Brenton Woods. This one is titled Rise. I don’t know when it will be out.
TH: The final question about your book. Are there any characters that you wish you would have written into the book just so you could write them out Jackson Thomas style?
JRT: In the jobs, I’ve had, that list is long. I plan to get to each and every one of them.
TH: Lastly, Is there anything at all that you would like to share with the readers?
JRT: Don’t get comfortable. There’s always another monster around the corner.
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