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. In addition to writing poetry and flash fiction, 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, Patti Smith, Susan Sontag, Paula Bomer, Carmen Maria Machado, Diablo Cody, Adrian Lyne, Leslye Headland, Trey Parker, Bret Easton Ellis and many others. I also draw inspiration from smaller niche markets such as NA and “post high school” YA.