JAN SAENZ is a writer living in North Houston with her husband and two children. 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 like to write about?

I like exploring the human condition. Unusual relationships. Unhealthy environments. I love characters that are far from perfect.

What is your goal as a writer? What is your dream?

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

What do you read? Who do you like?

I’m inspired by a broad spectrum of authors and screenwriters. Some of my favorites include Charles Bukowski, Aaron Sorkin, Alissa Nutting, Paula Bomer, Roxane Gay, Diablo Cody, Adrian Lyne, Leslye Headland, Trey Parker, Chuck Palahniuk, Mel Brooks, Tina Fey, and many others.

I swoon for satire, dark fiction, and short story collections. Paula Bomer’s Inside Madeleine, Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, Tom Perrotta’s Little Children, Tawni O’Dell’s Back Roads, Alissa Nutting’s Tampa. Also, anything featured on Emily Books—those reads are right up my alley.

50% of my book shelf is non-fiction. (The way it should be, people!) Patti Smith’s Just KidsThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Susan Sontag’s On Photography, Diablo Cody’s Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper.

On a more personal note…

What are you into?

Kindness. Education. Autism Awareness. Secular parenting. Comedy. Music. HBO documentaries.

What are you not into?

Women who put down other women. Lack of passion. Wasted potential. Humidity hair. Free weights.

What are some random facts about you?

I’m a 90s kid. You know like Kurt Loder.

I spent the majority of my academic life in theatre.

I’m a serial thrifter. Like I have a problem. A fabulous problem.

I read EVERYTHING. From literary fiction to YA to non-fiction to poetry to new adult, I read it all.

My favorite season is crawfish season. Come March, I will stab a bitch just to suck the juice out of the half-eaten crawfish in her hand, I’m sorry, I’m not proud.

My house smells like Nag Champa.

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So that’s me! Feel free to hit me up on Twitter @jan_saenz.