Interview with Jason Arnett

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've self-published before. Back in 1999 and into 2002 I had a long run of monthly mini comics that I wrote and occasionally drew. It was a lot of work and it made me a lot of friends but alas, no career in comics.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Surprising myself that I actually know what I'm going to write. Once I have a vision of a scene or the end of the book, I can write very quickly. Sometimes the things that come out during that initial burst of wordplay are very, very surprising indeed. For instance I had no idea that a novel I was working on confronted a theme of prejudice until I wrote a particular scene. When I came out of that scene I realized I'd already laid the groundwork for the theme in the preceding 15K words. The book flew out of my fingers from there on.
What do your fans mean to you?
Anyone who likes my writing is one of my favorite people to a point. It's very satisfying to have someone read what I've written, smile and tell me they like it.
What are you working on next?
I'm shopping a novel to agents and publishers, self-publishing a batch of short stories and working on the third Evolver book. Keeping very, very busy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Heinlein, Alan Lightman and Neil Gaiman. I have a real soft spot for Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, too. I should mention that Chris Claremont, who wrote classic X-Men stories all the films are based on, was a huge influence on me, too. Then two decades later came Alan Moore when he wrote Promethea.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Money to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. If I'm up and about I have the opportunity to write something new and potentially interesting, too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job and that takes a lot of time. But at home I like watching films and TV that are well-written and acted, we have a garden that takes a lot of attention and I walk as much as I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I see them mentioned online in one of the blogs I read. Or a friend tells me about them. It's rare that I go shopping for ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, it was a group effort with a crew at work one night when I was maybe 19 or 20. One of us wrote a story about a drunken swordsman on the back of a paper bag and then another of us wrote another chapter and another and another. I have most of them around here somewhere. It's an awful story but it was fun.
What is your writing process?
Fingers on keys. I will do some plotting on my breaks at work or while I'm watching TV but most of that is fragmentary stuff. I let ideas percolate a long while before I try to write them. Which means I have an excessive backlog of stories that will keep me busy if I ever get to be a full-time writer. But basically, it's fingers on the keys and go for it.
Published 2014-04-27.
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Prospects
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mrak is a man who must work. After more than two decades of service to the Yaiax ambassador, he won't take just any job.He lives on his severance until he is convinced to take an assignment he's been warned against. This new job takes Mrak to a distant world where he must confront a spectre of the past and come to terms with the prospects of his future.