In tune with people's stories. #interview with @themanicheans

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We're pleased to introduce

J.K. Pitcairn

Author of

32 Seconds

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Lightening Round

Cat person, dog person or 'other'?

Definitely a cat person.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke! Diet coke to be exact.

Netflix or cable?


Serious Round

Authors often put themselves into their characters. Which of your characters is most like you and why?

My main female character is definitely a projection of me. Her fears and doubts were mine when I was her age. Her struggles were my struggles. Obviously, I've added a lot of fictional elements too. But at the core, Julie Jones is me. I find it very cathartic to put myself into my characters. Helps me fight demons and find answers to questions I've been asking myself for many years.

Do you have a muse?

Yes. My muse helps me people watch. I am very in tune with listening to people's stories, and using their experiences as part of my characters' development. My muse also makes me watch shows I would never watch, so I can draw inspiration from them too. My muse forces me to read, she keeps me awake, and feeds my dreams. She's the voice in my head that never shuts up!

Wacky Question

You've been handed the mic to sing at America's Got Talent (or Britain)... what song do you sing?

A song I really like is Chandelier by Sia. It works perfectly with the theme of 32 Seconds. I don't know if I could pull it off, but as a kid I wanted to be a singer - my voice wasn't that bad until I hit puberty. I can't sing for too long before my vocal chords give up. That issue runs in the family. It's okay, because my voice is pretty loud when I write.

Author Bio

Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood—authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father’s opinion that “writing does not pay the bills.

Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.