Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1981. Much of my childhood was spent captivating friends and adults alike with storytelling and short stories. I was first published in a popular children’s magazine when I was 9 years old.
In my early twenties, I attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, with a major in Computer Sciences. And before moving back to Pennsylvania in 2005, I collaborated on several stage productions: including the widely popular “Uncle Phil’s Diner”.
So far, I have two books out: Sammy Reynolds for Mayor and Desperate Shadows. Next year, I will be releasing 3 other titles: The Garden of Ages, Snapshot Finish, and All Things Unwanted.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is Desperate Shadows. Most of the storyline in Desperate Shadows was manufactured in the creativity of my mind. But the disdain that Brockton has for anyone they find to be different, in any way; is something that my wife and I have experienced for much of our lives.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
While I’m not sure if they would be classified as unusual or not, compared to other writers; I have two things that clearly define my ritualistic daily routine: The first being that I write all over the house (which is why I absolutely love my laptop), and the second is that my desk must never be changed or organized by anyone else. During certain parts of the writing process, I will routinely rearrange my workspace–depending on the mood of the story–but only I can do this, or my brain becomes somewhat clouded.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Much of the inspiration comes from my favorite Authors: Stephen King and Michael Crichton. And as far as the style of writing is concerned, I have always fancied the classical writings of Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson.
What are you working on now?
Currently, having recently finished Desperate Shadows; I am taking a month off of writing for relaxation and book promotion. However, in January, I’ll continue writing The Garden of Ages, set for release in April of next year– (I already have penned the first chapter).
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I actually have two that work best for me. My Official Facebook Page and my website JasonBlairBooks.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you love writing, keep at it! At first, it may seem that very few people are interested; but if you persevere, and have great passion for writing, then you’ll make it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“You know, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” — Marty McFly; Back to the Future
What are you reading now?
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next year, 2014, is already full. I have 3 books coming out; the first of which, set for realease in April is entitled The Garden of Ages.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
David Copperfield by Charles Dickesn, Timeline by Michael Crichton, and the Bible
Author Websites and Profiles
Jason Blair Website