Interview with Jason Phillips

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in grade 9 English class. The story was about a group of bank robbers who used a computer virus to steal money from the bank.

Think along the lines of the movies: Office Space...Superman 3...
I called the story "The Matrix" (no affiliation to the film)
What is your writing process?
I start with a general idea, then I make it up as I go along.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe it was The Island Of Blue Dolphins By: Scott O'dell. It was one of the first books that I had ever read in school that I can remember, I was 10 years old at the time.
I was the only student in my class to get 100% on the test, it might have something to do with the fact that I automatically visualize whatever it is I'm reading (at least when it comes to stories)

As far as an impact...well it was the only 100% I ever got an exam in my entire academic career...lol
How do you approach cover design?
First of all, I really need to work on my graphic design skills...but overall I try and summarize the plot of the story in a single image or so, easier said then done sometimes.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Science fiction would be my best bet....it offers hope for the future.
Being an amputee I have always wanted one of those mind-controlled robotic legs, I think that would be really cool.
and sci-fi is a way for me to explore all the possibilities that currently don't exist.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly science and technology articles.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung tablet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have not tried any. So I guess I won't know until I try.
Describe your desk
Messy, unorganized, scattered.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I find the culture here could be a little more laid back.
When did you first start writing?
Off an on through out the last 20 or so years of my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think indie publishing is a great way to access high caliber content that otherwise would not be so easily accessible to the public.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think that because I'm given the opportunity to translate the world and characters in my head onto paper, it allows me to fully explore my imagination.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything, they are my motivation for writing even more. To know that my stories are enjoyed by people other then myself is truly a wonderful experience.
What are you working on next?
We shall wait and see. (Honestly, I have no idea yet)
Published 2014-02-28.
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