Interview with Je' Czaja

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet! I was in first grade and it was about a boy who saved the mushroom planet, whose people were dying from lack of sulfur. He returned with his hen, which laid eggs (containing sulfur) and saved the mushroom people. Science fiction for beginning readers, I guess. I wrote Little Smarties Comics, which is six funny stories with the theme: Critical thinking for Beginning Readers-because contrary to popular opinion, little kids can think before they can read well.
What do you read for pleasure?
Philosophy, history, science, biographies, archaeology...
And I find humor in all of them.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I am an artist, I approach cover design in a creative trance. Just kidding. The idea comes to me from a scene in the book and the type, colors and whole thing has to work together to communicate with people who, let's face it, are busy with their own lives.
What are your favorite authors, and why?
Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams-very intelligent AND funny. Let's not forget Dr Seuss!
It is a marvelous thing to make a person think AND laugh in the same sentence.
Many books have changed me, such as Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, Phillips' Your God is Too Small and C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.
Describe your desk
I describe my desk as proof of Je's Law of Attraction of Horizontal Surfaces.
Basically, any horizontal surface attracts junk. Test it at your house.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up wild on a New England farm and wrote two books about it: The Magic Barn (One and Two)
Tomboy Sawyer.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when grouchy old Mrs. Stevens passed out lined paper and pencils and said, "Write!
No, not like that, try again-your B's are backward."
What's the story behind your latest book?
We all have a rough week now and then, but probably not as rough as they had on the island of Tua, when they were attacked by a giant boar then hit by a tsunami which subsequently awakened the cave-dwelling serpent of chaos.

(As the Sparks Fly Upward)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Same as everyone else. Intake and output; coffee and...you know-output.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making art experiments. How do you spend your time?
Published 2015-08-24.
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Books by This Author

The Man in the Long Black Coat
You set the price! Words: 12,910. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » Occult
What happens when five laymen form an exorcism team? You'd be amazed what comes out of the woodwork. Based on true stories.
As the Sparks Fly Upward
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,780. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Just like us, the Tuans, who live on a stone age island in Polynesia, have a rough week now and then. Just like us, they mostly just think about what's for lunch, but the week they were attacked by a giant boar, devastated by an earthquake and a tsunami which then woke up the serpent under the mountain...well, that was a rough week...during which they still found time to wonder what was for lunch.
Why I am an X-Christian Zionist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,680. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion and politics, Essay » Political
Christian Zionism, or the unconditional support for everything Israel, is a movement passionately followed by about 30 million Americans. The author was one of them, but has come to believe after years of study that they are being deceived for political purposes and worse, that they are partly responsible for morally reprehensible acts contrary to Christianity. Many references.