Jay Kerk – Author Interview

Hello Readers

So recently i came across a book via book sirens “A Predator and A Psychopath” When i picked up the book i thought it is just another psychological thriller. But what came ahead just totally blew my mind away. I was so awe struck. And i wanted to do something extra for this special book and hence i decided to interview the author.

Before moving on to the author, Lets get a glimpse to his book :


After Jason is committed to a mental institution, he begins to uncover things he never knew before or things his mind shut out to protect him. He finds himself questioning what’s real and what’s not. What happened to his wife, Lisa? Where is Lea? Why can’t he remember what happened?

Meanwhile, Jerry is dangerous and unpredictable. He envisions a world where boundaries are broken down and he is free to enforce his narcissistic belief that he has a divine mission.

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So Lets see how the interview went :

Let us start with some details about you as an individual and as a writer.

I am a 32 years old, married since 4 years and I have two dogs. This is my debut novel and I am preparing the next one now.

Tell us a little about how this book came to be. How did this idea start, with an image or a concept or a dilemma or an inspiration?

Started with an inspiration from watching The disappearance of Madeleine Mccan combined with scandals from Airbnb owners

What special knowledge or research was required to write this book?

I trained as a medical doctor, yet I had to dig in the psychology and thinking pattern of a psychopath. As for the predator, the preparation was really tough, I had to read interviews and clinical files to understand the nature.

What research method has been more effective for you?

Clinical interviews were the best insight.

What attracted you to this particular genre? Why this genre? Tell us your favorite books you read in this genre?

I read a lot of thriller and dystopia and I always try to adjust the ending to be a more devastating one. And I noticed that nobody dared to tap the mind of a psychopath or the predator, we always see these people serving the plot and we are never inside their mind.

The story has a lot of questions unanswered like where is Mathew? So these were deliberately left unanswered or they never had any answers in reality as well.

These are deliberately unanswered. It was our team’s decision to remove a full part about after the current ending.

This book was very graphic and true. Do you think that may make the readers not choose this book ?

Yes. This is an issue, but on the bright side, avid readers are bored with the cliché endings where the neighbor and calm friend is usually the culprit.

What made you choose to become an author?

It is my passion since a young age. I am big fan of big writers like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Dickens…

Tell us about your future projects and how soon we should be expecting them?

The next project will be soon announced, in 3 weeks, and the launch will be 1st of April.

What was the greatest challenge you went through in your journey of publishing?

Not easy to choose one challenge. Scams followed by learning social media advertising.

What do you think are common traps for aspiring writers?

The procrastination and self doubt.

What will you advise young writers trying to build up their presence as an author?

Seek help and prepare for the market. Write for the reader and not your self.

What message would you like to send to your younger writing self?

Publish and don’t be afraid from the mistakes.

Before signing off Choose between the two

1. Netflix or books?
2. Mountains or Beaches?
3. Coffee or Tea?
4. Outdoors or Indoors?
5. Hardcover or Paperbacks?
6. Physical book or Kindle?
7. Pizza or Salad?

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