Jeff Botzenhart, author of “Indestructible”, welcome to the New Writing Hangout! Tell us all about yourself and what you get up to when you aren’t writing.
I guess Clark Kent’s (aka Superman) artistic alter-ego could best describe me. From 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, I’m a mild-mannered office clerk. After 5, I become a writer and painter, when not spending time with my wife and sons. Every August and September I coach soccer for autistic and special needs kids and will start this coming spring as an assistant for a Special Olympics track team.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I think a piece of me is in every story I’ve written. In one story I loaned to a character my own experience with being bullied in high school. For the most part, though, my imagination is the driving force behind my stories. I’ve written many different genres, romance, fantasy, horror, dystopian, etc. I haven’t lived even a fraction of these, but I’ve dreamed of them. That’s what readers get from me, my dreams.
Tell us about where you live.
I live in Girard, Ohio, a small city in northeastern Ohio. It’s a great town to live in, populated by awesome people. I live on a quiet street, surrounded by nice neighbors. A few blocks away is my favorite place in town, our public library.
If you could travel anywhere in or out of this world, where would it be?
If I could travel, and someday I hope to, I would love to visit places like England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Australia, New Zealand, and Canada would also be placed I’d like to visit.
Where did you come up with the idea for your story?
For my story, Indestructible, I was inspired by my love for the stories of master storyteller, Jules Verne. And being a hopeless romantic, I had to include two star-crossed lovers in this tale.
What can we expect from you in the future?
As for the future, my next release from Solstice Publishing will be a post-apocalyptic story titled, The Edge of Night. Blending in with end of the world themes are dystopian and steampunk elements which I hope readers will find unique. After that, I’m hoping to get a techno-thriller featuring artificial intelligence, terrorism and murder to readers.
Soaring to the edge of Earth’s stratosphere, a 1912 scientific expedition traveling aboard a uniquely designed dirigible sets out for advanced observations of the moon and stars. Yet lies, hidden agendas and personal conflicts threaten the mission. Amidst all this, an unexpected love affair draws two passengers together. Daschle’s heart has been shattered by one who did not return his love for her. Irina could be his salvation as their journey takes them to the edge of Heaven and back.