It was at this point in his life that Jason knew he wanted to write. He enjoyed the magic of being able to create a unique world full of new realities in his mind—one that nobody had ever seen before. Since then, Jason has written over 150 short stories and is currently working on two novels.
Jason has been working in information technology since 1995 and offers lectures to parents on computer and internet safety. A working author, he enjoys connecting with his readers through book signings, speaking engagements and various media venues.
Jason also creates something called “Facebook Fiction”, where he writes a short story in front of his readers. This has been hugely popular gaining him thousands of Facebook fans. You can read his stories as they develop on his Facebook Fan page.
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Over the course of over twenty years I’ve written over 150 stories. A few friends of mine convinced me to finally publish some of them, so I selected my ten favorites and Ruins of the Mind was born.
How did you come up with the title?
The title was something that I weighed a lot. A lot of my stories (and novels) have a dark side to them. I think a lot of it has to do with experiences I go through with my life and what I am drawn to in life. Also, two of the stories deal with ancient civilizations (The Ter’roc) and ancient artifacts (The Glass Pyramid), so “Ruins of the Mind” just fit.
Out of all the stories in the anthology, which one was most personal for you?
I connect with a lot of my stories. Surviving the Messengers is based on imaginary creatures that my father and sister had as children, and although I won’t go into details at the moment, Downward Spiral has a lot of me in it as well. I would have to say that Feathers in the Wind was the most personal story, especially given that I am a pilot myself and the fact that people used something that is very dear to me (flying) to kill my own people.
Which one was the most difficult to write? Why?
I would say that without a doubt Springtime Roses was the hardest, for several reasons. First, my grandmother (who I was very close to) died of breast cancer. I saw her fight a battle for over five years and it tore me up watching her die a slow and painful death. Much of the anguish in that story is actually my experiences of watching my grandmother decline. There are nights I still wake up hearing the metronomic oxygen machine.
I gave serious thought about whether I would let Rose die or live. I will tell you straight out, not all my stories have a happy ending. I don’t generally believe in happy endings, they aren’t real. However, allowing Rose to live, in a way gave me (and I hope others) hope that surviving breast cancer is possible.
Are your characters based on people you know?
Yes and no. Many of my characters are named (first name) after people I know, but their personalities are developed from others I have known or people I have observed.
What aspect of writing your book did you find the most challenging?
The most challenging part of writing short stories period (in my opinion) is being able to tell a good story that teaches something, maintaining a character that you really care about and being able to wrap up the story in an ending that doesn’t leave you wishing that more had been done. The very concept of space with the stories was my most challenging part. However, the next most challenging item would probably be the organization of stories. I wanted the book to ebb and flow, not blast people with sad stories or happy stories. So I put a lot of thought into how the stories were organized within the book.
When did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was in 6th grade where I wrote a story about a teddy bear who slowly died as ‘his’ owner slowly grew up. Yes… I think “Ted” stole my idea. (joking)
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book changes from time to time. At the moment, my favorite book is Stephen King’s – The Stand.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading two books by Dean Koontz – Watchers and Tick Tock
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Probably my best advice I can give, is don’t give up. Too many people get overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to get published. It’s not easy. But it is SO worth it when you finally do get that first book out. So keep plugging!
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
My fans… are the reason I write. I am so grateful for having such wonderful people who love my work. I am truly humbled and I look forward to bringing them more work that they enjoy as the years roll on. I strongly encourage my fans to contact me through my website and let me know if they like or don’t like any of my work. Also, if they have a bookstore or venue that they would like me to speak or attend, I welcome the opportunity.
What’s next for you?
Well, I am currently working on three novels. A horror novel titled “The Steel Van Man” as well as two books based on the stories in “Ruins of the Mind”.
Enter a world of intrigue in this anthology of short stories.
Discover a unique elderly home that offers justice to those who are unkind and uncaring of others, yet rewards those who are loving and compassionate in "The Lantern".
Shawn could never have imagined what she might find when she ventured into the storm drain near the train tracks. Follow her through her adventure in "The Ter'roc"
It’s a rainy, dreary Sunday afternoon. Howard is pleased that he has a way to occupy his son indoors by taking him to a birthday party. However, things begin to seem a bit strange as children at the party ignore his son and his day takes a turn in the direction of bizarre in "In the Shadows of a Moment".
When Jake and Gwen traveled to the airport together, they took a quick liking to each other. Read about their experiences as you are put into their shoes in this touching story about the events of American Airlines Flight 11 during the attacks of 9/11 in "Feathers in the Wind".
* The Lantern
* Feathers In The Wind
* The Glass Pyramid
* In The Shadows Of A Moment
* The Ter’roc
* Chance Don t Lose Your Head
* Springtime Roses
* The Sheadroch
* Surviving The Messengers
* Downward Spiral
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