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 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, Paula Bomer, Carmen Maria Machado, Diablo Cody, Adrian Lyne, Leslye Headland, Trey Parker, Bret Easton Ellis, Mel Brooks, Tina Fey and many others.

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

On a more personal note…
What are you into?

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

What are you not into?

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

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. (Check me out at Hoardhouse Vintage)

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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