JAN SAENZ is a full-time 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.


What kind of writer are you? What do you like to write about?

I market myself as an edgy, cinematic writer. 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 draw inspiration from a broad spectrum of authors and screenwriters. Some of my favorites include Charles Bukowski, Aaron Sorkin, Alissa Nutting, Bret Easton Ellis, Paula Bomer, Roxane Gay, Diablo Cody, Adrian Lyne, Leslye Headland, Trey Parker, Chuck Palahniuk, Mel Brooks, Tina Fey, and many others.

The hunt for the perfect novel is a struggle for me. 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. Common Sense. Education of all kinds. Autism Awareness. Secular parenting. Comedy. Music. Films. HBO documentaries. NFL football. I love encouraging my kids to “stay weird.”

What are you not into?

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

One stupid thing you can’t live without?


Favorite city to visit?

New Orleans.

Favorite food?

A boiled crawfish.

Favorite way to say goodbye?

“Take it easy.”