I’m a scientist and writer working out of Canada. In my spare time I paint, draw, and annotate my copy of the Necronomicon in case there’s something I’ve missed.
Q: Do you often include animals in your stories? What role do they play?
A: I hadn’t really noticed before, but yes I often do include animals in my stories. I suppose animals have always been a big part of my life, so it makes sense that they have found their way into my fiction. As for the role they play in my writing, I think having characters interact with animals (positively or negatively) is fertile ground for character building. Harming or helping an animal in a narrative carries serious emotional weight. Beyond that, I’m interested in themes relating to human beings’ interaction with and/or separation from the natural world. I think I’m often aiming for the animals in my writing to be emblematic of a broader sense of nature.
Jeanette Gonzalez lives on a mountain top surrounded in redwoods and sea air from a not-so-distant California coast. She shares her home with her husband, three children, and a slew of imaginary people who run her life when it’s not spent raising kids, eating, or sleeping. She studied English Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Q: Where do you do your creative work?
A: Sketching can be done anywhere, except maybe on particularly shaky vehicles. For more polished pieces however, I’m chained to my desk and very reliant on my 27″ iMac and wacom tablet.
Q: Duckbilled platypus – result of divine distraction, or alternate universe crossover?
A: Divine distraction–how else can you explain how freaking confused those things are?
Formerly, Jarod taught English at a University in Ohio. Currently, he works to raise money for a wide range of college scholarships. He writes about education by day and ghosts, monsters, and magic by night. He lives in Central Ohio with his wife and two rescued pups.