Interview with H Jason Schulz

What are you working on next?
A science fiction trilogy. The first book will be released this year.
Who are your favorite authors?
London, Burroughs, Vern and Tolken
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. I like spending the mornings with them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working a regular job, church and spending time with the family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just browse around mostly, but also word of mouth - I ask my friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure do. It was in college and will never see the light of day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do. It was a story about a guy being hunted in the desert. I mostly remember being proud of finishing a book. Later books like The Hobbit and A Princess of Mars really juiced up my imagination.
How do you approach cover design?
I always use public domain images. I see whats out there and then modify them using MS Paint.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sci Fi stories mostly. Although I like reading the dictionary as well - older dictionaries. It seem that new dictionaries have removed a lot of words.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my smart phone. That way I can get Nook and Kindle books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social networking seems to do well. I haven't advertised much yet.
Describe your desk
Kitchen table and an old lap top.
When did you first start writing?
In 2012 really. I had written a few things here and there in college but 2012 is when I really got going.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Three brothers travel to another dimension where they find a giant city, lost islands, space ships, civil war, super human powers and one brother falls in love!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love creating my own stories. So many time I read a story and think "I would have done this or that or ended it like so." So I started doing just that. I like good guys that are good. So I made good, good guys. So many time I find myself rooting for the bad guy that happens to be less bad the the other bad guy. I want good guys for my children read about.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Totally! With out this service I would not be able to share my stories with so many people. I like the reviews, yes, even the bad ones, because bad or good comments tell me that my stories had an impact on someone. Hopefully more good than bad...
Published 2014-04-24.
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Books by This Author

The Thing Without a Name
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Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
In this short story, there is a boy named Johnny who is a small kid that has trouble with bullies. He finds a friend that has the same problem, but this friend has a secret weapon against bullies-fear. But the weapon needs to be recharged and the only way to charge it is to be a bully...or is it?
Be A Force For Good
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Price: Free! Words: 770. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
A humorous, one act play set in a space park with characters that I hope you will find enjoyable to either play or to watch. The play is about making friends and correcting mistakes but is mainly just a fun and silly play. This one act is royalty free. I hope you enjoy!
The Tale of the Mogollon Ghost Tribe
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
In this short story a scout troop gets lost and is aided by Native Americans. Are they Ghosts or is this some sort of time travel?
Powdered Bones
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Price: Free! Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A short story about a shop owner who unknowingly buys an annoying ghost.
The Green Knight vs The Black Knight; A Video Game Adventure
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Price: Free! Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Bowen is transported into one of his favorite video games. He has to complete a level to get back before bedtime. Can he do it?
Bodyguard From The Future
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Price: Free! Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this short story a timid man gets attacked at his mother's house. Read how he travels back in time to be his own bodyguard! But can the past be changed?
A Very Weird Monday
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 610. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Rich Jones is having a very weird Monday. He almost gets hit by a truck, the whole school seems to be ignoring him and some weird kid keeps following him around. To top it all off, he finds out some very disturbing news about himself!
Ghost Laser Tag
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween
Three friends visit their local laser tag arena like they have so many times before. Tonight is different. The boys are alone in the arena - or so they thought and end up running for their lives!
This is a True Story!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This is a short story from a man who claims this to be the truth! He talks about a ceiling fan being the means of opening up a porthole to another dimension. It consists mostly of a letter that his son wrote just before entering the rift. Is it real? Who knows.
Wishing Well
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Gary didn't like going to yard sales but his wife Mary did and so reluctantly he always went. This Saturday his wife is going to find something different – something that would change their lives. Something that we all have wished for.
Princess Alleea and the Big Bug
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
When Princess Alleea loses her ball on Pondia a Prince, that has been changed into an insectickia offers to retrieve it for her in exchange for a few comforts. Read the rest in this short story.
Anthropophagus, Carrier of the Zombie Virus
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Ronald Knudson took a temp job at a mortuary only to get an unbelievable offer to travel to Europe and help organize the locals against a person responsible for a war against the zombies in America. Read how he accomplishes his task in this short story!
The Oso Prince
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Price: Free! Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Raul leads his father's army against an evil wizard and is turned into a bear! Will he ever return to his natural form? Find out in this short story.
Dr. Dan the Daredevil Dentist in , The Asteroid
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Price: Free! Words: 820. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Dr. Dan is a dentist who also happens to be a daredevil! One day Dan's astronomer friend discovers an asteroid heading for the Earth! Can Dr. Dan stop the asteroid in time?
Horsing Around With New Mexico Cowboys
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
A few short cowboy tales from a ranch under the San Francisco Peaks of New mexico.
Rumpel
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,000. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
In this short story a young Indian girl is tricked by a little magical man to give up her first born child unless she can guess his name.
The Princess and the Wizard
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
A princess comes to the aid of a few animals who in turn help her when she is kidnapped by a vile wizard.
The Last Flight of the Space Freighter Beanstalk
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Price: Free! Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
The young Captain Jack buys some emeralds that open a doorway to another universe where he encounters a Gargantuan!
D.D.S.aves the World
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Price: Free! Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Dentists save the world! With some help from a time traveling government agent...
The Governors of the Solar System
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In this short story Dan, who is the Warlord of the Americas, is rescued by aliens from Saturn and learns the fate of the human race.
An Old Man's Decision
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 700. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A short humorous story about an old man, a princess and a frog.
The Three Little Heotians
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
A Science Fiction version of a favorite children's story.
The Strange Tale of the Blood Stone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A short story from a friend who had a most unusual night at work.
Numerous Narritives
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,530. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
A collection of 25 of my short stories including Halloween stories, Christmas stories, Ghost stories, Science fiction, and so much more! These short stories will entertain and delight you. Easy to read and suitable for all ages. I'm sure you will enjoy them!
Thanks For The Ride Kid!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A short story about a teen unknowingly gives a ride to an escaped prisoner.
This Is Why You Can't Drive!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 930. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A short humorous story about a two brothers that make their way home in a snow storm.
Silver Dagger
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Duke Lance Stalwart turned pirate after Duke Harrence declares war on the galaxy. But when Princess Mara is found in an isopod, Lance embarks on a quest to return her to the Queen and foil Duke Harrence's design to conquer the galaxy.
She Doesn't Know She's Beautiful
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Price: Free! Words: 550. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2012. Category: Screenplays » Short
A short, funny monologue about a pretty girl who breaks up with a guy because she thinks he is too good for her.
The Dritzi Fly Incident Aboard the Cargo Ship Andromeda 4272
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 670. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A Science Fiction version of an old campfire classic!
The Great Balducci
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Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Short
A funny scene about a juggler without props.
Gisela river Monster
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 760. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
I became a river monster!
Sasquach Auto Service
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,080. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
My wife and her friend get help from an unlikely place.
Muuyaw Taavo: My Encounter with the Clarkdale Ghost Rabbit
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Near Clarkdale Arizona stands the Tuzigoot ruins which happens to also be the home of a poltergeist.
Journal Of An Oobax Cowboy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
The year is 4011 and a young graduate keeps a journal as he completes his internship at one of the vast American oobax ranches.
My Stay In The Jerome Grand Hotel
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A brief tale about a very strange stay in an old Arizona hotel.
A Ghost Named Echo
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A ghost story from Jerome Arizona.
Instant Message Breakup
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Price: Free! Words: 580. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Short
A humorous scene that takes place online and on stage.
The Luna Document
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
I found a strange, handwritten document in an old book. The story it relays is equally as strange.
A Civil Quarrel
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Price: Free! Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Short
A scene about a grandfather telling his grandsons a scary story with an humorous ending.
A Fork in the Road
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Price: Free! Words: 600. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A freaky drive through the desert!
How I Quit Smoking (Through Prayer)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
A description of how I was able to finally quit smoking. I experienced a true miracle through Faith in the Savior.
The Old Lady That Tends the Graveyard.
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A ghostly tale about an old lady and her dead friends!
The Troll and the Maiden
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A maiden and a prince are taken prisoner by the king of the trolls and how she and the prince escape.
The Princess and the Christmas Tree
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A short story explaining the first Christmas tree.
Caution! Pupaphobia
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Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A frightening encounter with a toy vacuum.
My Dad Is Santa?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
A heart warming Christmas story about a Dad that becomes Santa for a season
The Boy Who Designed Robots
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Darren's love for designing robots saves his family from the dreaded Oobax.
The Monster in the Box
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
A short monster story. Oooo! Scary!
Why I Slept Through Halloween
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
A funny Halloween story.
The Ghost in the Top Hat
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Based on an actual ghost story.
Ghost in the Airlock
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A scary short ghost story set in space.
Santa's Little Red Spaceship
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
A short story about Santa Claus.
Never Ask Your Uncle For A Vampire Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2010. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A short vampire story.
The Three Space Ships
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Three brothers try to get their starships past a space pirate.
The Mansion House Musicians
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Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Four animals scare some would-be burglars.
Ghost Hand
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2010. Category: Essay » Literature
The night I scared myself stupid!