Interview with Jason J. Humphreys

What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read science fiction. A number of my favourite authors are Arthur C. Clarke, Robert J. Sawyer, Larry Niven, Frank Herbert, and Julie Czerneda.
Who are your favorite authors?
In addition to the ones I mentioned earlier, I enjoy reading the poetic works of Margaret Atwood, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Robert Service, Coleridge, Longfellow, and the like.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small rural community of Nicholsville, NS. I think I appreciated the quiet and serenity of the place the most. There were a number of spots I could walk to and turn inward, and that ability to reflect without distraction was wonderful.
When did you first start writing?
I would say my first foray into writing poetry was in Grade 10 English. We had a poetry assignment where we had to write ten poems with different themes and under different genres. I found a great deal of joy doing that. So, from that point, I started writing a few poems every so often. My Grade 12 English teacher actually encouraged me to think about publishing my poems. I didn't at that time, but here I am doing it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creative release - sheer creative release - period.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really just wanted to share my soul with the world (and possibly make a few extra dollars on the side - that's really a secondary consideration).
What is your writing process?
I will read a few poems, at times, to get the creative juices flowing. Many times, I will take a long drive through the Valley, or stop at a favourite café or two of mine to pick up the buzzing of life. That seems to help a lot.
How do you approach cover design?
I currently use a free third-party site, and it has served me well so far. I really try to capture the feeling behind the title with the images I use. It does take time to get the right image, the right font, the right composition.
What are you working on next?
My next book of poetry, entitled Sparks May Fly and Other Inspirations, which will be available by the end of 2019.
Published 2019-01-09.
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Books by This Author

Sparks May Fly
Pre-release—available December 31, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: Canadian English. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
The author's third collection of poetry highlights emotion, pure and vivid.
On Second Thought
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This recent collection of the author's poetry captures the innate hunger within to contemplate truth, separate fact from fiction, to view truth as supremely precious. It also focuses on those inner struggles that are common to many. These poems drive home the need to develop critical thinking ability, not to be swayed by the majority view when it goes against established higher principles.
The River Down the Road: Selected Poems
Price: Free! Words: 5,280. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This collection of the author's earlier poems contain his love of the natural world, his concern over prevailing attitudes, and his reflections on the people and places that have impacted him. Revealed throughout is the desire to get to the heart of matters large and small, to strip away façade, and to move readers to their core.