Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and a Taste of Exquisite Darkness

Fall Fantasy Interview Series: #11

Today is the last interview with author Jason Pere on his new release 'Calling the Reaper', conducted by Virginia Carraway Stark. These are just so much fun.

1. What frustrates you? In writing, in life, in love - what drives you crazy?

In writing, never enough time to write. I feel like a fiction junkie sometimes. If I am away from a keyboard for too long and don’t get a fix of creative expression, I become quite ornery and start scratching at the walls. In life, why did they make it so hard and where is the instruction manual? In love, those times where you just need to be a punching bag for the people you love because they just need something to hit. Luckily, I’m a scrappy little guy who is pretty well put-together and I don’t break so easy. What drives me crazy? I passed the town line for Crazy so long ago I don’t remember what I was driving - probably some kind of responsible, boring, economy car. Also, the two miserable felines that allow me to dwell within their kingdom surely have a role in my dementia.

2. What is the hardest part about writing for you? Do you think other writers share this problem?

I would say knowing where the lines you cannot cross are. I like to push boundaries and give readers things that they have not seen before. This often means going into some pretty dark places, and I am afraid that some of the things I write may be too taboo for the mainstream.

I’m sure that other writers have the same issue. If you want to write and attract readers, then I think you ether need to execute stories that are classically formulaic but done better than most other authors on the market, or you need to provide readers with a completely new experience. If you are going to try and explore new territory, pushing boundaries and comfort zones is a requisite on ingenuity.

3. If you were given $100,000 right now, how would it affect your writing? Would it give you more time or less if you had a big wad of cash to spend?

Oh, so much more time at first. I could quit my day job and then produce tons of material…that nobody would read and were ultimately unmarketable, so I would then be forced to try and get my old job back only to find that the position had been filled and I'd have to desperately try and get multiple minimum wage jobs to make ends meet and watch as my life became nothing more than a never-ending repetition of sleep, work, sleep, work, sleep and then I never get to write anything ever again, ever. So…I think you can keep the $100,000 for now.

4. What has been the biggest surprise you have had as a result of your writing? Was it a landmine or a revelation?

I am not a classically trained author and yet the response to virtually all of my work that I have shared is overwhelmingly positive. You hear that, kids? Drop out of school, its ok. Who needs that higher education jibber jabber? You can be a writer just like me.

5. If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jellybeans, what would you do?

First I would put in a call to Little Bunny FooFoo and cash in a favor. One time I helped the Foofur disappear a hotel room of dead field mice after she came down off a Peter “Oxy” Cottontail bender. LB FooFoo could arrange a meeting for me with one Mr. Bugs Bunny because they play squash together twice a month. I would then offer to take care of Mr. Bugs’ “Elmer Fudd” problem if he could arrange an introduction with the one and only Easter Bunny. If there is anyone who can move some heavy weight in jelly beans it is that Rabbit. And I am using the term Rabbit in the not-racist, politically correct way.

6. Who would win a fight between spider-man and batman?

Gambit, Cajun who knows his way around a deck of cards, no contest. Next Question!

7. If you could get rid of one state in America, which one would it be and why?

Connecticut because I like the idea of living in a Sovereign Nation where we could establish a proper Aristocracy.

8. What song best describes your work ethic when it comes to your writing?

Clearly it is Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Oh, Rick Roll! Seriously I think it would likely be Mindtraveler by the Swedish Folkmetal group Falconer. To me that song is the anthem for introspective creativity.

9. A penguin walks through the door right now. He is wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

The only possible thing that could be said in such a scenario. “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

10. How would you rate your communication skills? How would people communicate in a perfect world?

My communication skillz is are very good lots and I knowz whatz people is be sayinz when they speak words to my earz place. When Iz talkingz I is do a strong not badz jobs of makinz people know what is be the wordz my mouth are do to make.

In a perfect world people would communicate without the need for speech. They would simply understand what others required with flawless, intuitive interpolation.

11. If you were a kitchen utensil, what utensil would you be? Why?

Like a salad fork, or maybe a dinner fork. But that is a long way to go so maybe like one of those little shrimp forks or perhaps something that is not even a fork…like a ladle.

12. How do you think your writing affects your readers? How do you feel about that?

I would like to think that my stories stay with a reader because they cause the reader to feel some deep emotion. If I were to try and convey a single emotional concept with my writing, I would say “Bittersweet”. I think we are better able to appreciate joy and levity when it is contrasted with tragedy and sorrow. All sunshine and no rain clouds denies us a frame of reference and ability to appreciate the unclouded day.

You can grab your copy of Jason Pere's tragically brilliant new Fantasy novel, 'Calling the Reaper', here.