Interview with Thomas J. Mason

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am still a computer geek. Despite being retired, I fix neighbors', family's and friends' computers. My computer is constantly being upgraded. The greater the complexity, the greater chance of failure. Right now, the computer I use for editing video is at it's simplest and it's most powerful. Project files are on one RAID array, temporary files are on a separate drive and composed video files are written to a second RAID array. Now I have no excuse not to edit my backlogged family videos.
When my computer is up and running, as it is now, I sing Irish and Scottish traditional music and accompany myself on my Irish flat drum, a bodhrán.
How do you approach cover design?
First: What is the concept of the book? What is the effect the author wants to create?
Second: What image do I have in mind that will convey the essence of the book?
Third: How do I fit the Title and Author's Name into or around the cover image.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and Francis Scott Card's Ender series.
They are speculative fiction and the authors are able to stretch their imaginations while writing and mine while reading.
Published 2016-10-04.
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Books by This Author

OMG! I Sound Like a Christian!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,670. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / General
After disassociating from the Christian Church as a child, I find myself coming, through my own experiences, to the same message that Jesus taught, that we should love one another as God loves us.
Save Your Sex Life - Avoid Prostate Surgery
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 13,110. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Men's sexuality
Why Avoid Prostate Surgery? Three words: Impotence. Incontinence. Sterility. My first Urologist told me that after the prostate surgery I had finally agreed to accept, I would be IMPOTENT and INCONTINENT. I practically ran out of his office. I had enjoyed having a sex life and, since I was two or so years old, I have enjoyed the freedom of not having to wear a diaper. I was freaked out.
The HORRIBLE Truth About Reincarnation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,020. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
The HORRIBLE Truth About Reincarnation is that we do come back. Death is not an escape. The Near Death Experience that I had this lifetime showed me that God is with us always and we are already with God, wherever we are. As God’s children we are always welcome to come Home for a visit, but God did not create us as individuals, with self-determinism, to hang around Heaven all day.
You Too Can Survive Cancer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
God gave you life to have a life. You took a body to have a life. My idea is to give you a positive pep talk so you will realize the importance of maintaining a positive attitude while dealing with cancer. Cancer can make you feel helpless, but I want to tell you, as someone who has cancer, stage four prostate cancer, metastasized to my bones, that there is something you can do about it.
Connecting To God The Healing Path A Cancer Survivor’s Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
This book is not a medical report. I am not a doctor, medical or otherwise. I am a cancer survivor (touch wood, cross fingers, utter prayer that my survivor status continues). This book is a report of the things I learned because I had cancer. These are the three steps to health: connect to God for strength, take personal responsibility for your body and your life, then handle the physical.