JAN SAENZ is a writer and serial thrift shopper. She has work in Paper Darts, Bending Genres, and is currently working on her third novel, a dark comedy about amateur drug dealers and the female orgasm. She has a doctorate in useless pop-culture facts.

Questions

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, Kathy Fish, 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.

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.