JAN SAENZ is a writer and serial thrift shopper. She has a BA in Theatre and a doctorate in useless pop-culture facts. She is currently working on her third novel.


What do you write?

Everything. Novels. Flash. Poetry. Unusual relationships. Unhealthy environments. I love character journeys that are sloppy, and happy endings that are far from perfect.

What do you read? Who do you like?

I swoon for dark fiction, satire and short story collections.

I’m inspired by a broad spectrum of authors and screenwriters. Some of my favorites include Charles Bukowski, Aaron Sorkin, Alissa Nutting, Patti Smith, Meghan Phillips, Paula Bomer, Carmen Maria Machado, Scott McClanahan, Diablo Cody, Adrian Lyne, Leslye Headland, Trey Parker, Bret Easton Ellis and many others. I also draw inspiration from niche markets such as NA and “post high school” YA.

What is your goal? What is your dream?

My goal never changes—just be a great writer. My dream is to be read. Simple as that.