Partisan – An interview with Justin Bohardt

Roisin Spragg

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

I am a classically trained composer and harpsichordist.

 

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

There were the classics: Frankenstein, the Hobbit, the Chronicles of Prydain, Narnia, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Brave New World, and so on, and then some modern masters like Crichton’s novels, the Dark Tower series, and the original Uplift trilogy.

 

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

Partisan came from an abiding fondness for the original Red Dawn movie and the miniseries V- basically resistance stories in general- in addition to being inspired by nonfiction accounts of irregular fighters, partisans, and resistance-members during World War II.

 

 

Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

I have written eighteen novels, and I have at least thirty more ideas, sequels, companion pieces, etc. So, no is the short answer to the question.

 

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

It’s quite simple: five pages a day, every day. That has been a recent development- within the past three years- and is probably why I am writing four novels per year now instead of one every few years.

 

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

Nothing will sell without a solid marketing scheme and a robust social media presence. You cannot just throw your book out into the world and wait for it to find its audience.

 

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

Treat writing like a job, even if you have a “real job.” Clock in and get your daily work done.

 

 

What are you reading now?

Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku, the illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Relic (a re-read), and Dark Genesis. I tend to bounce around a bit as I read.

 

 

What’s your next step?

I’m currently trying to get representation for some of my non-self-published novels and working on selling a few short stories.

 

Follow Justin Bohardt on Twitter: @gggeflat

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