Interview with Jason Matias

What do you read for pleasure?
Oh man... I'm an epic fantasy nerd. As in- I'm reading the entire Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan for the second time. I'm on book nine at the moment (6-15-17 midnight).

However, I feel like I should be educating myself in turns. I rotate science, philosophy, and non-fiction stories into my reading (listening, I'm an Audible addict) so that I can tell myself that I'm taking care of my brain. Science Set Free, The Rise of Superman (yeah- nonfiction and worth looking into), Why Does The World Exist, The Edge of Physics, and a few self-development books are always on my mind.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Truthfully, I'm a terrible reader. I read at a glacial pace. A glacier would tease me for being slow. I'm an e-listener. In 2016, I spent more money on books on audio than I did at the movies.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
At the moment, I've never done any book marketing. You can follow my writing account on Instagram, though. @thewhiskeyruns Maybe by the time you read this it will actually​ be something and I will have an answer for you.
Describe your desk
It's a tall 5'x3' table on wheels. I live in a loft and enjoy moving my entire place around to keep it fresh. The desk is quite uncomfortable if I'm being honest, though. It's at a particular height that I can't find a stool to fit it. It has awesome drawers though! Two of them. They run the width of the desk with handles on both sides. One long drawer accessible from both sides.

This is a fun question.

On my desk is my camera and my Wacom tablet as I am a photographer. Next to them is the book "The Print" by Ansel Adams which I have never read. In the corner is a platter with a bottle of honey whiskey and a decanter that has never had alcohol in it. It was a gift that I've not found a liquor worthy of. There's a pair of steampunk motorcycle goggles with green tinted lenses that I've always meant to take a photo with by never have. There's also a paper airplane of my own father's design and a paper frog folded from ridged writing paper. They are positioned so that the frog is mounting the airplane. I'm pretty sure I'm the only person in the world who has this and for no other reason, I keep it.

I also have an eight-inch red notebook in an inconvenient leather sheath that I love. I can't get rid of it. A soda-fired pottery glass with coke in it. A mason jar 1/5th filled with pink lemonade and grocery store brand crushed red peppers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York with separated and remarried parents. So I had the opportunity to spend time "up-state" (not really, but that's what we called it) with my mother with visits to New York City, in my formative years, to spend time with my father. How has this influenced my writing- not at all.

But, I was an angry kid and as a result, I am a smoldering adult. Smoldering the way a cigarette smolders on the side of the road in a California forest during the summer months. Angry kids have only their imaginations to retreat to and I think a lot of the stories I created in my head are still warm coals waiting for a breeze.
When did you first start writing?
In high school, I started with poetry. In sophomore English class, we had to write an essay about religion; an essay I was not enthused about. So I got it in my head to write a poetic essay as a slant to the instructor. THANK YOU, MR VANDEMARK for encouraging me after that. I wrote the excessive thing called Contradiction and for whatever reason, he liked it. Butterfly wings, am I right?
What's the story behind your latest book?
One day I was sitting in an airline bar and started writing, relating, writing again. I shared it and people liked it. This was very, very surprising to me and I tried it again and again.

That was not my first time writing, I had been recording dreams for a while and I began with poetry. However, when people gave me a voice I gained the courage to put my wind into it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No one would hire me as a not-indie author. What choice did I have?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
One day, a few weeks ago, someone introduced me to Smashwords. I didn't know how to go from a few posts on social media to a platform for sharing. When I learned of this, I saw a door and ran to it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm still a little unbelieving when someone tells me that they like what I have read. So, I beam on the inside and let my resting bitch face (the man version) crack a sheepish smile.
What are you working on next?
Oh! A real plug opportunity this question is. Well, 'don't mind if I do.

I'm writing Dream Daggers & Imaginary Friends, which also will be released in volumes.
Both Dream Daggers and NakedThoughts need imagery to make the final books and the $0.99 price for the volumes that are published will go toward producing those (and toward food, essentials, and women).

In the background of all of that is The Wind Prince. The first in an epic fantasy series called: well, I don't know what yet. The Tide of Time series? This story began as a dream, too, then spiraled out of control. It's about two realities split by a god in his madness and, 3,000 years later, colliding into each other. There will be politics, magic, world building, war, gods, and a gently waxing river approaching a waterfall.

Way back on one of the back burners is another epic fantasy called LUCK. It's a brutal epic that I can't even summarize in a few sentences. Follow along with me on @thewhiskeyruns (since I don't have a website specifically​ for my writing as yet) of connect with me on Facebook and pester me with questions day and night.
Published 2017-06-16.
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Books by This Author

NakedThoughts
Series: NakedThoughts. Price: Free! Words: 6,100. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social
Naked Thoughts is a collection of vignettes written in real time with an air of nihilism and comedy and abstraction. The internal runaway train that is each Naked Thought entry takes place in locations around the world. In many ways, each is an exercise in mindfulness and a scoring of the world as I perceive it, not exactly how it is.