Jeffery Martin Botzenhart is a writer whose genres have included romance, steampunk, historical, science fiction – and more…
What is the title of your latest book?
The title of my latest book is Daybreak (Book One of the 4 part Nightfall Series). The story is set in 2035 San Francisco and revolves around Sebastian, a sixteen year old runaway who innocently accesses a sophisticated virtual reality program, which unknowingly leads to revelations of a world-wide robotic conspiracy.
What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?
For me, the writing itself comes pretty easy. It’s like sitting back in the seat at a movie theatre and watching this incredible film come to life. The most challenging part of being a writer is finding readers interested in my stories. I started out as a romance writer, but I don’t write the current popular trends which seem to be focused on billionaires, cowboys, shape-shifters, and aliens.
My stories are a mixture of contemporary, steampunk, and historical (with settings such as the Vietnam War and the days leading up to the Second World War). As for my young adult stories being published by Solstice Publishing, they focus on elements of science-fiction.
For me the most rewarding part of being a writer has been the kind comments and reviews left by those who have read and appreciated what I’ve written. They inspire me to continue on this journey as a writer.
What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?
Write the story you want to tell. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Though I am inspired by other writers, I don’t set out to retell their stories. Make your story unique.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a family drama set at a lake-side cabin in the Adirondack Mountains.
What do you like to read?
I’m pretty open to everything. When I first started reading novels I gravitated toward Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen King. But later I moved on to stories by C.S. Lewis, S.E. Hinton, and J.D. Salinger. Although I have been told that I’m a gifted romance writer, this is the genre I least read.
Where can readers find your books?
All my books are available on Amazon Kindle Reads. I also post weekly on my author page: https://www.facebook.com/jefferymartinbotzenhartwritingjourney/