Interview with Jason R. Koivu

What do your fans mean to you?
Whenever anyone reads something of mine I am extremely grateful. They've taken time out of their own lives and devoted it to something I've written. I may not be completely serious all the time, but I take time very seriously. After all, we only live so long.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The urge to pee. I have the bladder of a 5-year-old girl. I should probably give it back...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was 12, I got 100 hand-written pages into my first book when I read it over and realized I'd basically concocted a HORRENDOUS version of The Hobbit.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the sticks surrounded by fields and forest, a barn with cows, a swimming hole and family all around. The word "idyllic" comes to mind when I think back on it now. It influenced my writing in that all I wanted to write about in the early days was happy people getting along just fine without strife. As I grew up family squabbles, divorce and death warped my pristine view of the world and turned me into something a little more "normal". It improved my writing, because let's be honest, no one wants to read about happy people with no problems.
What is your writing process?
I write and then I write some more. The "process" was me convincing myself that the only way I was going to get better and get anything completed was to just keep at it everyday, whenever possible. Set a schedule and stick to it as best as you can.
Describe your desk
Lightweight and tiny, its white top is covered in piles of notes, coffee circles, and a few books. It's the antithesis of majestic, beautiful or even sturdy, but it gets the job done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein. It's about a little Pac-Man type character who goes on a journey to find his, wait for it, missing piece! Seriously though, for a kid's book it did a good job of instilling in me the importance of freedom and being content with the body you were born with. Deep stuff!
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything I read I read for pleasure. That includes research, how-to textbooks, any kind of non-fiction. I love learning. If my brain is stimulated I am entertained.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patrick O'Brian, John Steinbeck, PG Wodehouse, Jane Austen, Nathaniel Philbrick, Bill Bryson, William Faulkner, and so many more. I'm all over the place with who I like to read.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Giving away books for free works REALLY well!
Published 2016-06-18.
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Books by This Author

Tears of the Ancient and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 18,440. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Travel to new lands and visit old souls in Tears of the Ancient and Other Stories, a collection of short stories filled with demons and dragons*, betrayal and tomfoolery, a whipsmart goblin and a comedic mushroom! * It's more like an oversized lizard, if we're being honest.
Go Home, Oaxaca. You're Drunk.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,560. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(3.00 from 1 review)
A light-hearted travel journal about a couple's two month long stay in a fun part of Mexico.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,430. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The adventures of Bernard Wimple, hat man. Will a host of grandmothers, gassy pets and even stinkier babies keep him from the love of his life? "Spritzerville,...Ohio?" is reminiscent of old school fairytales with a touch of reality and a groping of humor. Recommended for grown up kids-at-heart.