Getting personal with Jeremy Hepler
Native to the Texas Panhandle, Jeremy Hepler now lives in a small rural community in central Texas with his wife Tricia and son Noah. Throughout his life, he has worked jobs ranging from welder’s hand to health care assistant, but writing has always been his passion.
Jeremy is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA) and is currently working on his second novel, Demigod Dreams. In the last five years, he has had twenty-four short stories published in various small and professional markets, and in 2014, he placed second in the Panhandle Professional Writers Short Story Competition.
Please help me welcome Jeremy Hepler to Roadie Notes………
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I wrote a lot of poetry as a teen and my first short story around 20. My first novel didn’t come out of me until I was around 33.
2. How many books have you written?
I’ve written two books. The first was never picked up by anyone (I’ll probably rework it someday because I love the bones of it), and the second, but first to be published, is The Boulevard Monster.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
The only thing is the rape or mutilation of babies and small children.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 39, married for almost twenty years to my best friend Tricia who teaches English. We have one son, Noah, who’s kicking fourth grade’s ass right now. I quit my job as a home health care assistant when Noah was born and became a stay-at-home dad so that he and Tricia and I could spend the summers and holidays together while he’s young. Currently, I write, car pool, help with lesson plans and grading and homework, do the laundry, the shopping, and on and on. I love it.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
The Boulevard Monster!
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My love of reading combined with my rampant imagination.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Besides playing with my son, I like to—as crazy as it sounds to some people—do yard work. Garden. Plant. Mow. Water. The works.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I don’t have any specific traditions, but after I finished The Boulevard Monster I went outside and sat on our porch swing for about thirty minutes, drinking a beer and thinking about the characters I’d let go. Maybe I’ll do it again after I finish my next novel and start a tradition.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I write in a bedroom set up as an office at the back of our house,and I enjoy writing both absolute quiet or while blasting music. It just depends on my mood that day. (Or who else is in the house.J)
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
No, not really change. I just want to continue to grow and improve upon it.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream, like most authors’ dreams I suppose, is to be an international best-selling author and to be able to support my family with my writing.
12. Where do you live?
I grew up in the small town of Borger, Texas, in the Texas panhandle. Now I live in central Texas in a small rural community west of Waco called China Spring.
We have three chickens: Balke, Crisp, and Shell-Bee.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The therapeutic effect it has on my day. Days when I write I feel less stressed and anxious, more hopeful and alive, than on days when I don’t.
15. What is coming next for you?
I’m currently working on a novel tentatively titled Demigod Dreams. It’s a coming-of-age horror novel about four friends who capture and enslave a creature that has the power to turn them into gods, maybe.
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