Short, Sharp Interview: Jochem Vandersteen

PDB: Can you pitch GUILT in 25 words or less?

Years ago, Noah Milano, son of a mobster now security specialist killed a young girl’s father. To make up for that he ends up trying to prove her stepfather is not a psycho killer.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I’m digging Trivium and Fiver Finger Deathpunch a lot lately. Also loved The Conjuring. On TV there’s not that much I like right now really.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?


PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

I would love to write a TV show in the style of The Equalizer or Stingray.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Depends for each book. I always need to do some research into firearms, martial arts and US cities.

jvds (2)PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

I can’t promote my work without them. I haven’t got an advertising budget, the only thing I can do is spread the word via social media and hope other people help spread it further.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

I’m writing the first in a new series featuring true crime writer Vance Custer who investigates crimes for people if he gets the book- and movie rights. Also, in early 2014 the new Noah Milano novella The Death Business comes out. I’m also doing bits and pieces of superhero related stuff because I love that genre.

Bio: Jochem Vandersteen blogs about PI fiction at http://sonsofspade.blogspot. com and founded the Hardboiled Collective, a group of hardboiled writers promoting the genre and their books. He also writes the Mike Dalmas and Noah Milano books and has recently started an anthology series showcasing PI fiction. He’s also a big fan of rock music and comic books, blogging about those as well.