Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and freelancer for Marvel Comics. His novels include 'Extinction Machine', 'Fire & Ash', 'Patient Zero' and many others. His award-winning teen novel, 'Rot & Ruin', is now in development for film. He is the editor of 'V-Wars', an award-winning vampire anthology. Since 1978 he’s sold more than 1200 magazine feature articles, 3000 columns, plays, greeting cards, song lyrics, and poetry. He is the founder of the Writers Coffeehouse, and co-founder of The Liars Club. Jonathan currently lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Sara Jo, but they’ll be moving to San Diego this fall.
For what age audience do you write?
I write for a variety of different audiences and in different genres. My 'Rot & Ruin' series is a post-apocalyptic adventure for teens; my 'Joe Ledger' novels are science-based action thrillers for adults; my 'Dead of Night' stories are zombie tales for adults; my 'Pine Deep Trilogy' is classic horror for adults; and I’ve written nonfiction books on topics ranging from martial arts to folklore. I also write comics, some of which are for all readers, while others are for adults. It’s even crazier with my short stories. I’ve written over forty of them so far and most of them are in different genres, including western, mysteries, historical mysteries, science fiction, horror, Gothic, comedy, adult adventure, children’s fantasy, thrillers and more.
Henry: Wow, you are a triple-threat - the Da Vinci of fiction!
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest release is 'Extinction Machine' (St. Martin’s Griffin), a weird science thriller. It's the fifth in my Joe Ledger series and deals with a new arms race that develops based on technologies reverse-engineered from crashed UFOs. Lots of action, lots of snarky humor. Then in August, Simon & Schuster will release 'Fire & Ash', the fourth and final book of my 'Rot & Ruin' series. Over the course of four books we explored what it would be like to grow up fourteen years after the zombie apocalypse drove humanity to the brink of extinction. These novels aren’t about chomping entrails; they’re about the value of human life and an exploration of who we are as human beings.
Henry: Between 'Extinction Machine' and Transformers', there's a lot of re-use of alien technology going on. I think I'll write a sci-fi legal thriller about aliens visiting Earth to file lawsuits for intellectual property infringement - 'Men In Black' meets 'The Firm'.
What do you hope readers will get from reading that book?
With 'Extinction Machine', I wanted to start some conversations about whether we’re alone in the universe and what that might mean. But the book also opens other cans of worms, ranging from the cult of secrecy inside the Department of Defense –why it’s bad and why it’s good; as well as some existential questions about what we’re willing to do in the name of freedom. Hard questions, but so far I’ve had some wonderful conversations with people of all political leanings.
Read the rest of this interview at Henry Herz's blog on fantasy and science fiction books for kids.