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In honor of being included in this anthology, many of the writers willingly stepped forth to let us peek inside their head with a short Q&A. Enjoy.
Jason Pere — ” Love & Supper “
- What are you working on now?
I have a number of irons in the fire at the moment. Some are further along than others but I think the second book of Purgatory, The 66th day is my priority right now. It’s the first true sequel that I have written so I holds a special place for me above and beyond the fact that it is part of the Purgatory setting. The story picks up immediately where “Calling the Reaper” left off and finally gets the characters you were introduced to in that book to delve into the wild supernatural elements of the series. “The 66th Day” sets the stage for the long awaited epic special of Death’s court. Currently the book itself is in the joyous stage of editing and all fortunes favoring it should see publication some time in 2020.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you? What is the easiest?
The hardest part of writing for me is all the stuff that you have to do as a writer but does not involve writing. Editing and formatting are a thorn in my side that I happily pay others to meddle with on my behalf. The greatest source of authorly pathos is marketing. One of the other authors in this anthology said something about the business that really struck a chord with me. He said that wiring is the author’s part time job and marketing is their full time job. I can’t reiterate how true that is and how unpleasant. I much prefer the creative and artistic side of the craft and tell folks that if I wanted to be in sales I would be in sales.
Easiest part of writing for me is the imagining. I am fortunate enough to have been gifted with a deep well of creativity and concocting a world and cast of characters in my head is a fairly trivial thing for me. Once I let an idea marinade in my psyche for long enough words pour onto the page like a bursting dam.
- If you could meet one author, living or dead, who you choose?
David Gemmell is my biggest influence so I would have adored the chance to meet him face to face. I mean I named one of my characters in “Calling the Reaper”, in his honor and as a sort of tribute to one of his most iconic creations. He’s an author who has made me cry with the power of his work. I think the thing I enjoy most about David Gemmell is his ability to introduce you to a group of characters in one chapter and then subsequently frustrate you by switching to a new set of characters in the second chapter after you’ve fallen in love with the previous batch of imagination offspring and then have you so swiftly enamored with the new cast that you are enraged when he goes back to the original bunch in the third chapter.
- If you were on death row, what would you request for a last meal?
I would want breakfast. I love the mornings and all the promise of postnatal that they bring. Dinner has such a heavy and final quality about it and those are concepts I would prefer not to think about when facing my imminent demise. Specifically I would want coffee, apple juice and water to drink then a plate of eggs benedict with asparagus to satisfy classy savory element, thick cut crispy bacon, some silver dollar pancakes drenched in butter and lightly syruped and a huge cinnamon roll that was underbanked to subtlety gooey perfection. To chase it all down I think a couple of cyanide pills would be my mint of choice as it would let me go on my own terms and escape whatever spectacle my jailors intended of making of me.
- What is your ideal writing snack?
I have a weakness for baked goods. That being said when I write, I generally like to focus only on the writing so things like music and food are only distractions for me. I like to sit and zone in so it’s just me dumping words onto the page until I meet my daily goal. If I’m feeling like I can handle something food related at my workspace during my working time then, it’s most often a cup of coffee. A frequent truth in life is when you make exceptions for coffee you are happier for it.