"I want to offend my readers. I want them to fall in love, to lose their minds, to think and feel and dream. If they're not shellshocked and hungry by the final page, I haven't done my job."
Whether it's a modern-day fairytale or hardcore science fiction, Jake Vander Ark attacks every story with brutal realism and down-to-earth characters. No subject is taboo. Truth is paramount.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago influenced the experimental quirks of his stories, while his pursuits in Hollywood hammered the importance of traditional storytelling. This unique fusion of structure and innovation gave life to the most beautiful girl in the world in THE ACCIDENTAL SIREN, the gritty morality tale of LIGHTHOUSE NIGHTS, the cryptic prologue of THE BRANDYWINE PROPHET, and the mind-melting climax of THE DAY I WORE PURPLE.
When Jake isn't writing, he's building rustic furniture for his small business, engaging with his readers online, and livin' it up with his wife and dogs. For writing tips, politically-incorrect rants, or TV show recommendations, check out his blog at JakeVanderArk.com.
on March 20, 2014 :
Put the Cat In the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen
By Jake Vander Ark is a great little guide book. With 20 important and helpful tips that are clearly explained, this free book is a must have for any author, whether as a new learning tool or a refresher.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 14, 2012 :
This book is SO incredibly helpful! It's simple, straightforward and easy to understand without talking down to you. I love that this practical, non-fiction book on writing is somehow also witty and hilarious. Vander Ark confronts common issues that people run into all the time when trying to write, and I've never read a writing book that explained things so well. This book is perfect for beginning writing all the way up to advanced. After reading this, I will buy every book Vander Ark ever writes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)