Kendra here: I met Jeremy in 2009 at Thrillerfest in NYC. My husband is a huge fan and has even played video games in Jeremy’s home. On our trip to the Northeast last summer, high on our list was to meet up with Jeremy for dinner. Comment for the giveaway at the end of the blog!
If my Aerosmith inspired blog post title didn’t impress you enough, here’s a quick rundown of who I am. I’ve written more than 30 novels and novellas under two names, Jeremy Robinson and Jeremy Bishop. Jeremy Robinson is published by Thomas Dunne Books, a hardcover imprint of St. Martin’s Press. Jeremy Bishop is published by 47 North, one of Amazon’s imprints. In addition to all that, I self-publish (under both names) between 3 – 5 novels or novellas per year, some with co-authors.
In 2011 I self-published my first Jeremy Bishop novel, Torment, a torturous horror novel that was far darker than anything I’d ever written before. Picture Dante’s Inferno mixed with a zombie novel on acid splattered in the blood of three hundred sacrificial bunny rabbits. During the three months it took to write the book, I became seriously stressed and a heaviness settled over me like lead blanket. When I was done, I had a #1 horror bestseller, but vowed to never go that dark again. More than that, I decided that my next Jeremy Bishop horror novel would be much more lighthearted.
To achieve this goal, I made three choices. My main character would be sarcastic. I would write in first person to fully explore that humorous personality. And my main character, whose head I would live in for several months, would be a woman. First, because in a long term relationship I prefer the company of women to men. Second, because the main character of Torment was also a woman, and…well, I literally put her through hell and needed some catharsis. Thus, Jane Harper was born.