Name –Jason Drake
Age – 30
Where are you from- Originally Northern California. Currently reside in New Mexico.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m a father and husband who works as a restaurant manager. I am one of twelve adopted kids, although none of that side of the family lives here in New Mexico. I’m a mathematical mind and I love to write on a linear plane.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Currently I’m working on my next novel Gay World. It’s about a role reversal type situation where the main character has to live in a world where he’s being told that being gay is the right choice. He tries to hide the fact that he’s attracted to woman in fear that admitting he’s not gay might end his life.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As far as novel’s go, less than a year ago. I started because I was looking for a creative outlet.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When someone agreed to publish me. Honestly, I’m stilling coming to realization that I can call myself that.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Creative outlet. I’m actually a huge SF 49ers fan and they had just lost the NFC Championship game. I wanted to get my mind off of it and words just started pouring. The more I wrote, the more I wanted to write. I was in a world that wasn’t like any I’ve experienced before and I loved it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not that I’m aware of. I can’t be anybody but me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was less than a chapter in and I knew the title. It was perfect to me and in the back of my mind the whole time I was writing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That so many people are involved in themselves and what’s going on in their life that they should take a second to slow down and really pay attention.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
None. It is complete fiction.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Nope. At least I’m glad they are not!
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Any book that makes me sit down and think after words. Not that I didn’t understand, but because I want to understand even better.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
William Greenleaf was the first person I reached out to that really helped me. I’ve had a ton of help on the way, but he was the first that really made me feel I might be able to do this. (Outside of my wife, but she’s more of a reader)
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk. I went to the launch party in Albuquerque with my wife.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
No, but if you have some suggestions I’m all ears!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
As stated before, I’m working on Gay World.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Patty Geesey (My editor). She came with tons of support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I could see myself doing it as a career. Right now it’s all about taking care of my family first and foremost. So, unless something changes, it will have to be a hobby for now.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nothing at all.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Poetry in high school. With a mathematic mind, I liked to write poems in iambic pentameter or sonnets.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s very dark and edgy. Each chapter is a different character and there is an ever changing time line. Everything meshes together to slowly unfold the story as a whole.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Making sure the reader stays with me. I believe I do a good job, but I scare that the unconventional timeline might make people weary until they get into it.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Chuck Palahniuk. I like that everything isn’t always politically correct.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Actually a friend of a friend. The publisher would have provided one but I really wanted to make it the way I wanted. I had the cover idea as early as the book title.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Seeing my own mistakes, I mean, I know what I meant.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot and am still learning. You can say during this process I’ve been an open book.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write for you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. If it weren’t for my beta readers I wouldn’t have gotten here.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Outside of Dr. Suess? Goosebumps I guess.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a really big sense of humor. I tell jokes all day every day. So a lot makes me laugh. Cry? Death of loved ones. Feeling trapped in a situation I can’t control. I rarely cry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I wouldn’t mind meeting my birth parents so that I could tell them they messed up big time.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Husband and Father who was loved and there for his family.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I have SO many hobbies I’m embarrassed to name them all. I’ll just say Golfing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I will try anything comedy. I may not make it to the end but I will try ANY comedy. Other TV shows include, Game of thrones, walking dead and recently Gotham. I’m big on movies as well, but usually my go to is Shawshank Redemption.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food is nuts. I go nuts on some nuts. Pistachio, peanut, almond. I like them all. My favorite color is green and when it comes to music I’m very eclectic, I like it all.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Make movies. Directing and editing that is.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
The websites I have right now are my facebook and amazon author pages. Outside of that, nothing. Yet.