About you:

I’m Jamais Jochim, the guy who knows every last fact about Spider-man and if I don’t I’ll track it down. I love bad movies, enjoy table-top gaming, and probably would drive you crazy if you weren’t ready for it.

I have ADHD but refer to it as “hyperkinesis” because it sounds like a super-power. It means that I can be disorganized to the naked eye, but in reality, I probably have a reason for the clutter and you may actually like it.

I write books that I would like. This means that the characters are those you would want to have a drink with, maybe talk about philosophy, and maybe game with. The plots involve a little humor, some romance, and maybe even some weirdness. In short: If you like 1980s movies you should enjoy them.

My books on style and management are how I’d like to do it, so expect some weirdness but it’s the kind of weirdness you can get behind. I hope you enjoy my books; I enjoyed writing them!

Me: I don’t remember much about the 80’s. And agreed on hyperkinesis.

Tell me a little about your background.

I’ve always been a writer, but have taken some weird turns. I was diagnosed with ADHD at 5, and proceeded to be a solid B student in school; I was definitely the nerd, with an interest in movies, role-playing, and animation. I studied to be a physics major, but dropped out; I was introverted and was not looking forward to having to chase down research grants. I then spent a year in the Infantry, followed by a couple of years as homeless. I went back home, then enrolled in some journalism classes. Since then, I’ve been writing off and on, and have thrown podcasting into the mix.

What do you do for fun?

Reading, casual gaming, and watching TV/movies. Preferably B-movie horror movies.

Who or what inspires you the most?

Robert Corman, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Octavia Butler, and the Monkey King. Also, D&D, Rifts, and Champions TTRPGS. As for books, Slay & Rescue, Lord of the Rings, Wild Cards, and a lot of mythology and comic books. And I guess I’d better add in BubbleGum Crisis, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Robotech. Battle Beyond the Stars, Harmageddon, Red Dwarf, Firefly, and all things Star Trek/Star Wars

Me: Ah, we can connect on the Star Wars thing. I don’t know much about Star Trek. Saw some random series but not in any particular order.

About your writing:

About your other book(s): I’ve written a book about how to design characters (Writer’s Resource: Character Design), a comic about a 1920s shaman, a group of traveling mages, and his pet wizard (Sex Percussions), a management book (Evil Mastermind Management Handbook), and a book to hep people create a comic book bible (How to Create a Comic Book Workbook). 

Do you write in other genres?

Yes (cyberpunk, western, fantasy, horror)

Tell us about one other book or series and why it’s important to you.

Sacrifices for the Balance: I’m playing around with power dynamics and the lack of importance of gender or sex.

Tattoos & Railguns: It’s just a fun story.

Writer’s Resource: Writing By The Numbers: It gives writers the information they need about writing, business, and art.

What other writers/people do you consider inspirational? If they’re authors, what about their work captures your interest?

Mark Twain gives me a sense of humor and Octavia Butler a since of the epic.  I like Wild Cards because it focuses on the interpersonal relationships of the characters.

What got you into writing?

I have stories and it allows me to express those.

What is your writing process?

Outline, research, write, Repeat the three as needed. Edit. Rewrite. More editing.

When do you consider a work complete?

When I want to toss it at the wall.

Random: (pick 2-3 per story featured – they’ll go on multiple days)

  • What animal do you most relate to?
  • Monkey: They’re curious, and are problem solvers because they’re always getting themselves into trouble.
  • What are you non-writing hobbies or interests?
  • Casual gaming, watching weird shows on TV, and history channels on Youtube.
  • If you could have dinner with anybody (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
  • Mark Twain, s it would be interesting to just talk to him.
  • How do you think your personal chances of survival are in an apocalypse? (zombie or other):
  • Pretty good considering my scout/military background, studying doom prep, and I do run a doom prep podcast.
  • What’s 1 thing you want to accomplish in your lifetime?
  • Have one of my scripts made into a movie.
  • If you could have 1 (just 1) superpower, what would it be and why? Teleportation; it would make getting to places so much easier.
  • What’s your favorite snack food?
  • Cheetos Crunchy
  • What’s your “new” as in most recent favorite movie?
  • The Adam Project (but I’ll be a Blade Runner fan)

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