My friend Em Shotwell and I decided to put on a charity auction called Literary Love for Louisiana to help raise funds for the flood victims there. We had so many fantastic authors, editors and publishers donate critiques, coaching sessions and books. J.P. Sloan had a very special reason for donating.
I had a very personal reason for donating to the Louisiana Charity Auction…Baton Rouge is my hometown. I was born there, grew up there, went to college there…spent the first 18 years of my life in Baton Rouge before embarking on the adventure of adulthood. When the news reached me of this auction, I jumped on board immediately, since I’m so far away from Louisiana now, and so few this far out are even aware of the magnitude of damage down there.
2) What was it like seeing the place you grew up, and where family members still live, swamped by water?
Absolutely surreal. I’m no stranger to flooding, nor is Southern Louisiana. The rivers that swelled to inundate the region are all notorious for limited flooding, but never on this scale. So many houses that were overtaken weren’t in established “flood zones”, and thus had no flood insurance. Nor am I a stranger to massive weather-related disasters. I was a resident of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2002, and my family rode out the storm in Baton Rouge, which was on higher ground and generally considered a safer locale. But the videos of the widespread water in the Baton Rouge and Denham Springs areas, with bass boats criss-crossing the streets I used to ride my bike on? Harrowing.
3) What drives you as a writer?
Hmm…how do I say “a pathological need for attention” without sounding overly histrionic? Mostly I want to entertain, to transport people into new worlds, to immerse them into an experience in such a way that the real world fades away entirely. Any time I score an emotional reaction from a reader, I fist-pump.
4) Tell us about your current stories/what you have coming up soon?
My latest release is a horror/western, YEA THOUGH I WALK. It’s a cranial, moody paranormal thriller in the Old West pitting vampires versus wendigo. In December, THE CURSE MANDATE, Book 3 of the Dark Choir series will be released upon the world, and I’ve just wrapped edits on Book 4, “The Dark Interest”. My immediate plans are to finish the six book Dark Choir series before embarking on a new super-setting.
J.P. Sloan is a speculative fiction author … primarily of urban fantasy, horror and several shades between. His writing explores the strangeness in that which is familiar, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, or only hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed.
A Louisiana native, Sloan relocated to the vineyards and cow pastures of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina, where he lives with his wife and son. During the day he commutes to the city of Baltimore, a setting which inspires much of his writing.
In his spare time, Sloan enjoys wine-making and homebrewing, and is a certified beer judge.