Tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Jason and I’ve been a paperboy, pizza maker, dishwasher, restaurant manager, promotional products sales rep, chamber of commerce director, and one time BBQ champion. I’ve skated with Tony Hawk, had a babysitter with a serial killer brother, and I’m followed by rapper Chuck D on Twitter. My wife and I share a home in beautiful Southern Illinois with our son, three cats, and two dogs.
What are your go to snacks/drinks as you work?
Coffee. And more coffee.
When did you start writing?
Hmm…I wrote a lot of angsty teen poetry in high school. It wasn’t until I was in college that I wrote something that caught the attention of others. I didn’t pursue creative writing for well over a decade after that.
Why did you decide to pursue writing?
Back in 2009-2010, I decided to try my hand at writing again.
Who are some authors you look up to?
Stephen King. Hands down my favorite author. I’m also a fan of John Scalzi, Robert Jordan, and Brandon Sanderson.
What genres do you write?
Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror (under a pen name).
Are you traditional, independent, or hybrid published?
I’ve had four short stories published by small presses, but all of my novels and my short story collections are indie published. So…hybrid?
Why did you choose that publishing path?
I’m fully enmeshed in indie publishing. I love the freedom I gain from doing it all myself. That’s also the thing I hate most about it – I have to do it all myself! I do hire cover artists and work with an amazing editor (I’m looking at you Jodi!) but I decide what I’m writing, what I’m publishing, and how I’m marketing it.
What are your favorite books?
The Shining. The entire Wheel of Time series.
What do you love about writing?
Creating new and interesting stories that resonate with readers. It’s such a blast when others get lost within my worlds and love their time there.
If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
The movie Avatar was such a beautiful place. I’d love to be a Navi!
Where do you get your inspiration?
Life, dreams, common occurrences. It can be fleeting moments that produce the biggest inspiration.
What are some lessons you have learned about being an author?
As much as the act of writing is a solitary exercise, it really does take a team to make something worthwhile.
What projects are you working on?
I’m working on a fantasy trilogy I hope to start releasing soon. I’m working on an urban fantasy/fantasy trilogy with another author. I’m prepping for my newest release for my horror pen name.
Where can people find your writing?
Amazon, Nook, Apple Books, and Kobo. Or just check out my website for links.