Being Bad: A Short Story

| March 25, 2016


BEING BAD: A Short Story

A short story about Guilt, Love and Murder by award winning author J.J. Jarrett.

Being Bad is a hard hitting story. It starts dark and powerful and finishes real. There is pain, love, lessons and true raw emotion in between. Be ready – you aren’t going to want to put it down.


What inspired Being Bad?

Jarrett: In Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, about 3/4 through the book Cal decides he is just like Catherine (his mother) just bad or evil. After reading that It stuck with me. I would just think about Cal. I would also see a lot of people on T.V. and some around me making bad choices and making excuses. I sat down and wrote the words: He’s a bad mother fucker. A few weeks later I had Being Bad.

You mentioned Steinbeck does he influence your writing?

Jarrett: Anything you read influences your writing. The stuff I really like influences it more than the stuff I don’t like, but it all influences the way I write. If I hate almost everything another author does I may still find one thing I like. I also learn a bunch of what not to do.

Who are your favorite authors?

Classics: Steinbeck, Faulkner, Jack London. I think it is important to read classics. I also like Charles Bukowski and the famous beat author Jack Kerouac.

I like Elmore Leonard and Stephen King they should both probably be considered classics already. Dennis Lehanne is my other favorite.

What about you? Do you like to read your own work?

Jarrett: Yes. Usually I remember writing it thinking it was going to turn out totally different.

Do you have others you are going to self publish?

Jarrett: Yes. I enter most of my stories into national and international writing contest. The majority of these contest require that the story has never been published (including self published).

as the results come out on these other stories I will start releasing them……

BEING BAD is first to be published simply because it is probably my DARKEST and MOST EXPLICIT there are very few contest for a story like it. Enjoy.


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