Jason, how long have you been writing?
Since I was a little kid. I’ve attached a picture of my first ever book. Â “Rorbots” circa 1986. Ha ha.
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and I still live here. Though I did serve an LDS mission in North Carolina and like to travel.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
I don’t. At least not until I’ve dissected it, and sometimes not until after I’ve started writing the book.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
James Wymore, author of the best-selling Actuator series.Â http://www.amazon.com/Actuator-Fractured-Earth-James-Wymore-ebook/dp/B00EI77VS0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1447340415&sr=1-1&keywords=actuator
What is the name of your book?
I have three, but the newest is called The Soulless Grave. It’s book two in the Age of the Infinite Trilogy.
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
Like I said it’s the second book of a trilogy, the sequel to my first book “The Lure of Fools.” It picks up right where the first book left off with the hero Jekaran captured by his arch enemy, and being taken to the capitol city to be imprisoned or possibly executed for using a magic sword. His friends are trying to find him, and his uncle, the man who raised him, embarks on a desperate quest to save him. Kairah, the other protagonist is with Jekaran. She’s unconscious and dying, and in that state has a vision of desolate waste land which will be their future if she doesn’t stop a monster called The Eater.
Is there a book trailer for your book?
Yes! My film maker friend, Bryce Wilson, directed and produced a live action movie-style trailer which is AWESOME! Â https://youtu.be/qnJQmxk01hw
Yes, it is. Do you have a favorite character, why?
In this book it’s Ezra, Jekaran’s uncle. He is a man with a criminal past who is trying hard to redeem himself in raising his nephew to have a better life. He kind of tacks his own redemption on saving Jekaran and will go to any lengths to accomplish this, even rejoining the criminal syndicate he turned his back on years ago.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I write to entertain. I want to help readers escape reality in a healthy way, and I want to make them feel for my characters and become emotionally involved in the story.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Don’t give up. Every time you’re rejected, take hard look at your manuscript and improve it. Join a writing group and ask others to beta read your work. Their feedback is more precious than gold. Also be ready to take criticism and apply it to yourself and your work.
What are your new years goals?
Lose 50 pounds? Ha ha. I’m pitching a new Middle Grade manuscript that my friend, Jon Grundvig, and I wrote. Hope to find an agent that can get us a deal with one of the big publishers in New York.
Where can we find your book?Â
Locally in Wellers Book Works, Hastings, and sometimes in Barnes and Noble. Also, any event that I attend, which I do all the time. Online Amazon is the best place for both the ebook and the physical edition, though they are available through all major online bookstores.
Also, I have a free short story audio book that anyone can stream online. It’s a prequel to the Age of the Infinite Trilogy called “The Invincible Shadow.”Â https://soundcloud.com/user969355355/the-invincible-shadow-a-prelude-to-the-soulless-grave