Interview with Michael Jasper

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Short answer: I'm kind of a control freak.

Long answer: I had three novels and a story collection published by two different small presses, and while I was happy with the results from those four books, the grind of submitting and waiting waiting waiting (did I mention that I'm impatient?) and never hearing back from 75% of the people I'd sent my work, I got fed up.

I did some research and saw that the learning curve wasn't terrible for creating ebook versions of my other novels, so I created UnWrecked Press (number of employees: 1) and started ebooking. I love the control I have over my covers, descriptions, and layouts. And if I come across some new ebook tricks, it's a snap (well, more or less) to update all of my novels and story collections with new stuff, or if I need to make some edits.

Luckily I retained the ebook rights to three of those four books, so I could publish the electronic versions here at Smashwords.

Watch this space for MORE new ebooks from me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Short answer: My sanity.

Long answer: The greatest joy of writing is creating something out of nothing, and watching it grow each day as I add to it. I've been doing this since 1995, and I've tried to quit, really. But I can't.

And when I don't write, or when I'm not working on some sort of creative endeavor -- whether it's a novel, a screenplay, a comic script, or even tweaks to my website -- I go a little nuts. I get antsy. I feel like I'm not pursuing my dream, and that I'm just taking up space and wasting time.

Trust me, it's not pretty.

So the world is much better off if I write.
Published 2013-08-22.
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Books by This Author

A Gathering of Doorways
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 94,760. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
What would you do if your child was lost, and—even though you’d never admit this to anyone—it was all your fault? How would you react? Would you be a hero or a coward? And just how would you get your innocent child out of this situation? These are all questions Gil Anderson faces when his five-year-old son goes missing somewhere in the dark trees at the edge of the family farm.
Finders, Inc.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,760. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Hank Johnson and Bim Mayer have spent the past two decades successfully solving mysteries and—almost miraculously, in many instances—finding missing people in the remote mountain town of Boone, North Carolina. Until now. The first book in an all new mystery series (with hints of the paranormal)!
Unassisted Living
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,620. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Retirement: it’s not just for the elderly. Thirty-six-year-old JB lives to inspire the old folks at Whispering Pines Rest Home. He listens to their stories, encourages them to get some fresh air, and makes sure they aren’t just sitting around waiting for the end to come. But he’s not a doctor, not a therapist. He’s a resident of Whispering Pines, too.
Contagious Magic
Series: Contagious Magic. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 236,670. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Magic: more contagious than the common cold... Kelley and Jeroan get infected by magic one cold and snowy morning, and soon find themselves fighting for their lives, using their new-found magic skills. Contagious Magic collects A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, A Wild Epidemic of Magic, and A Lasting Cure for Magic.
A Lasting Cure for Magic
Series: Contagious Magic, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,130. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Picking up two minutes after the shocking and unnerving ending to A Wild Epidemic of Magic, this book finds Kelley and Jeroan stranded in Dubuque, Iowa, just after their parents—and all the Sorcerers they met in the past two months—were whisked away by the vengeful Druid. Kelley and Jeroan now must work together, for the first time in their lives. The conclusion to the Contagious Magic trilogy.
A Wild Epidemic of Magic
Series: Contagious Magic, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 82,830. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Picking up two months after the explosive ending to A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, Jeroan is now at Dr. Azure’s magical training center while Kelley is stuck in Dubuque. When people they care about start disappearing, and people they didn’t think they should care about—like Dr. Azure—get attacked by rogue Blood Sorcerers, Jeroan and Kelley must act before this growing epidemic of magic turns deadly.
The Last Sorcerer
Series: Contagious Magic. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,660. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
An old man sleeping in a cardboard box in snowy Chicago holds the secret of sorcery in his head. But thanks to the damage done to him by using magic decades ago, he doesn't realize it. But when two teens try to jump him in an alley, the magic Words come back to him. And soon Chicago has a sudden outbreak of magic on its hands... An earlier version of A Sudden Outbreak of Magic (also an ebook)
The City of All-Worlds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,600. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Bartolamus the Sorcerer is dying, and his apprentice approaches his bedside with a silver whistle in his right hand and a tarnished bell in his left. The wizard shares his history and his plans for one last quest, and the worldview of his young apprentice shifts violently as a result. Learn more about the weird City of All-Worlds and the portal at its center in this fantasy novelette.
Family, Pack
Series: Family Pack. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,090. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » General
Some family curses are worth passing on... Tommy Roling does everything humanly possible to raise his infant daughter Corinne the right way. But when you’re half a year out of high school, you’re flat broke, and you have to deal with losing control of yourself every full moon — well, being a perfect dad becomes quite a struggle.
A Sudden Outbreak of Magic
Series: Contagious Magic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 82,430. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Kelley Strickland and her family just moved to Dubuque, Iowa, after some trouble in Chicago. One cold morning in November, Kelley gets "infected" by magic after reading aloud from a small leatherbound book she finds. Soon Kelley and Jeroan must face a power-hungry Sorcerer who wants to rid the world of what he calls "renegade" magic-users. A novel about power, growing up, and responsibility.
Redemption, Drawing Near
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,270. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
"There were armed soldiers in Father Joshua’s church again." An aging priest in the near future becomes one of the first humans allowed to interact with the alien Wannoshay -- creatures whose ships have crash-landed on the Great Plains of America and Canada. Father Joshua finds his faith tested as well as his own beliefs about humanity. Part of The Wannoshay Cycle (also an ebook).
Formatting Comics for the Kindle and Nook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Images and Ebooks
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Digital publishing, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Formatting comics and image-heavy eBooks can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating task. Every e-reader on the market has a different screen size, meaning that as a creator/publisher, you have to format your comic multiple times. This how-to guide covers how to assemble your comic pages or other images for Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook. Now updated for the new Nook Touch Reader!
The All Nations Team
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,250. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The All Nations Team tells the story of the first fully integrated, "post-racial" baseball team, very loosely based on an actual team that played in the years before World War I. Haunted by the ghost of their white, former head coach, George must hold the All Nations together, or he'll miss his chance to reunite with his estranged family. If he doesn't score this final run, he loses everything.
The Prodigal Sons
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,560. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
At 30, William Koopman knows he needs to move out of the family farm house, where he still lives with his parents and grandmother. But his wife escapes first. A week after she leaves him, William's shiftless younger brother returns home. As rain pelts the family farm all season, William must go after Marcy, keep from killing his brother, and save the farm - and maybe himself - in the process.
Heart's Revenge
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,030. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A haunted romance. Off the rough coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks, Ella tracks down one man -- the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Her goal is to ID his shipwreck off the coast of Ocracoke Island, but she and her divemaster discover much more than that. They find mystery, adventure, and even romance as they struggle to stay alive against long-dead pirates, including Blackbeard's headless ghost.
The Wannoshay Cycle
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 108,810. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In a near future filled with violence from terrorists and suicide cultists, the Wannoshay aliens crash-land on the Great Plains of America and Canada. A handful of humans who made early contact with the Wannoshay converge on the aliens' mother ship to stand up for the oppressed aliens' rights. Once there, however, they soon learn that the aliens, just like humans, are not without guilt, either.
Gunning for the Buddha
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,030. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Gunning for the Buddha collects fifteen stories that range from near-future science fiction to historical dark fantasy and contemporary horror, touching on a range of genres in the process. All but two of the stories were previously published in magazines such as Asimov's, Strange Horizons, and Writers of the Future. Take a look at the stories that Publishers Weekly called "evocative and vivid."