Interview with Jasper Vandoo

What kind of experience has writing Red Dawn Rising been for you?
Writing the Dead Path Chronicles: Red Dawn Rising has been gratifying in many ways. It’s my first novel, and having spent seven years writing it, I realize that with a lot of hard work and determination I can achieve whatever I set out to accomplish. In the beginning, I just had few vague thoughts. But as time went on, a story grew out of them. Months turned into years, and I found myself not just telling a simple story but creating an epic with numerous complicated story lines, something of cinematic scope proportion, that would thrust readers into an all-encompassing fantasy/horror world. Having the opportunity to create a world peopled with dynamic characters that come into conflict with one another and ultimately cause this world to erupt into chaos has been a great privilege for me. I enjoy having that sort of control, as if I get the chance to play God for a moment and decide others’ destinies. All in all, the whole experience has been a giant roller coaster ride, and it has been a lot of fun.
Were there difficult times, and was there any doubt in your mind to whether you would finish the novel?
There were times when the development and writing process went pretty slowly. It often seemed kind of tedious as I wouldn’t accomplish anything for days. But the ideas would always eventually work themselves through and I’d get back into the groove of writing. This is all part of the writing process. Very few writers can pull off a whole manuscript in six months. Even successful writers can spend years working on a book. Ultimately there are no short cuts; the story will come out in its right time. You have to put in many hours of hard work. I learned to take it all in stride.
How do you approach cover design?
A cover design is very important to me. It tells the story in it self. What I decide to go on the cover has to depict a scene out of my book. Generally the scene has to attract the reader and get them to read that all important first chapter. I browse many stock photos before I choose the final cover. I may even look at over 7,000 images before I make my decision. Good color is important. I would pick about three that really emphasize what I'm looking for and the one that seems more powerful - I would go with that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are Lord of the rings trilogy and the hobbit as well as Bram Stokers Dracula. I also enjoy the chronicles of Narnia books. The reason is because I'm a fan of fantasy, and I think Tolkien and Lewis did it best. I love those old fantasy stories. And as for Bram Stokers Dracula, I think this is a great old classic and I think the character Dracula is very unique. Here we have a character that is tormented by his loss and renounces god and inflicts his pain upon others by taking their souls. I think its a very powerful story and I think this is one of very few books that will live forever.
Other than the ‘Dead Path Chronicles’ series, are there any other projects you are waiting to work on?
Yes, indeed. I have several other novels that I am waiting to write. Some are fantasy, and some are completely out of my comfort zone, which means they are of an entirely different genre that requires research and a lot of hard work. I normally don’t write anything other than fantasy, horror or paranormal, so this will definitely be challenging. I will prove to myself that I am capable of writing drama. I even want to branch out into science fiction. I have a book in mind; its working title is the Crimson Moon Chronicles.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My choice is reading from my computer. I just download the book using the kindle apt.
Describe your desk
My desk is very cluttered with papers and printed books, as well as a thesaurus and dictionary at my side. I have a laptop to my left and in front of me is a 24 inch wide screen monitor.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
All my life I've lived in the city of Toronto, Canada. I think its a great place to live. I would walk into the near by book stores and browse through books, sit down enjoying my Starbucks Coffee reading and relaxing. And I go to some nice restaurants enjoying my meals. At home I like watching the news; getting informed of whats going on in the world. That's pretty much what I fancy.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 2001. I was bored and wanted a hobby. I always loved stories; whether they were books or watching movies. As I began writing I discovered I had a talent. One thing lead to another and it became a very important part of my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got tired of trying to find a main publisher. Tired of the rejections. And with the popularity of self publishing now a days, I settled for that.
Published 2014-03-28.
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