Jason Parent is a very intelligent man. He has an amazing sense of humor that I love. I alway love to read his stories. They have characters that are well-rounded and full of descriptions that will make you feel like you are in the story. If you haven’t had the chance to read something by him make sure you do! His sense of adventure and his zest for life make him and his stories irresistible. He will make you laugh, cry and then be mad that the story is over. That is one of the highest compliments I can give an author. If you haven’t met Jason please take a moment and introduce yourself and get to know this amazing man. Read his books and leave a review. Please welcome Jason Parent to Roadie Notes…
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Do dirty limericks count? I was about nine, and it was a wonderful fantasy tale with an adjective or adverb nearly every other word.
2. How many books have you written?
I’ve written eight novels (four on the way), my newly released short story collection, Wrathbone and Other Stories, two novellas, and many more short stories and novelettes appearing in various anthologies and collections, like the Bad Apples books. And… there’s some other stuff out there, too.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
There’s nothing I wouldn’t allude to if it was important to the story I wanted to tell. But I would have a hard time describing sexual assaults against a child. Other than that, nothing’s taboo. Well, maybe where the doctor shoved his finger the last time I saw him… too soon. And it was at Wal-Mart.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 23 years-old, married to Jessica Alba, have no kids (though not from lack of trying), and am so rich, I never have to work a day in my life.
My dreams are so lively! My real life… not so much. 38, no wife, no kids, and I negotiate contracts by day, consult lawyers by lunch and nights, and try to squeeze in writing wherever I can, which Is probably why I don’t have a wife or kids. Well, that or the fact I’m hung like the Grinch’s heart before it grew three times that one Christmas in Whoville, which I hear is also nice in the summer.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That’s a tough question. I keep trying to challenge myself and write outside my comfort zone. In that respect, I am most proud of Wrathbone, a first-person, Poe-inspired tale of historical horror based on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the events that followed for his guest that night, Major Henry Rathbone. I am also quite pleased with my novella, Unseemly. There are things I’d love to change about What Hides Within, but the story is dark and clever. And Seeing Evil has depth and range beyond anything I’d written prior to it, investing me so much in the characters that I’ve already written a sequel I hadn’t originally intended. “Dia de los Muertos” from Bad Apples 2, “Eleanor” from Dead Roses and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, and “Revenge is a Dish” from Wrathbone and Other Stories round out my favorites.
But if I were forced to choose one and only one right now, I’d pick Wrathbone from my published work. But, as they say, the best is yet to come!
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Mr. Poe, then Mr. King. I’d spent so much time in the worlds they created that I began to wonder if I had enough imagination to create my own. Strangely, in those early teen years, every story I imagined ended up being X-rated—daydreaming in school was awkward.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Fun? What’s that? I love to travel but rarely go anywhere. I suspect that’ll change… someday.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Switch back to the one I’m editing, or writing simultaneously, or promoting, or reading. I don’t celebrate after I type “The End,” because as every author knows, that’s only the beginning.
When I sell it to a publisher or upon release, I’m up for any kind of celebration!
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I prefer to write in complete silence. It’s almost like I disappear into my head and see the story playing out as I write it on the page. Once I get a rhythm, I don’t like to be distracted.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Oh yeah, definitely. I think I am 100 times better than I was when I started, but I’m not so sure if I could write a piece as surreally infectious and intelligently refined as, say, Laird Barron, but like Mr. Barron and any other true author who writes for the love of writing, I’m always trying to hone my craft. Hopefully, I’ll get to that next level and continue to grow from there.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I’d rather be critically acclaimed than famous. The number of people who read my work isn’t nearly as important as whether those who take a chance on my books find enjoyment in reading them.
I do, however, wish to see one of my books made into a movie—and a good movie, or at least one that is so campy-cheesy that it earns the “So Bad, It’s Good” title. I love to see and hear others’ interpretations of my work, as reading is entirely a personal endeavor. Each reader gives weight to different themes and language, takes from the novel what he or she will and tosses the rest. I would love to see another’s vision of my work on the big screen and, hopefully, enjoyed.
Of course, I’d still want to hear “the book was better.”
12. Where do you live?
I live in Southeastern, Massachusetts. It’s kinda boring here. But we do get the honor of explaining to people from outside New England what coffee milk is.
Hells yes! The love of my life, an adorable Corgi named Calypso. But I like all animals and have had a wide range of pets.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Unbiased readers who read my work and reach out to tell me so. Makes me feel like I accomplished something…positive? Fulfilling? I’m not sure. Maybe I’m just an egomaniac who feeds on praise.
15. What is coming next for you?
With Comet Press, I just released Wrathbone and Other Stories on October 3. I will be doing a number of upcoming conventions and events, it being Halloween month and all, and promoting my collection in the meager ways I know how. Some time early next year (I believe), I will have my first science fiction novel, People of the Sun, published from Mirror Matter Press. Don’t worry, my horror fans, it’s as dark as everything else I write. I suspect another novel or two will come out next year as well.
I would like to thank you, Becky, for having me on Roadie Notes and sharing me with your readers. It’s been a pleasure!
Mr. Parent, as always thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better! I wish you much happiness and continued success!!
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Synopsis of stories in Wrathbone:
Guests of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris attend a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. On that fateful night, a great man falls, but he is not alone. For Henry and Clara, the night is only the beginning of lives wrought with jealousy, madness, and horror.
The Only Good Lawyer
Bradley is a savvy defense attorney with no scruples. Under his representation, many a guilty man has gone free. But when a voodoo priest takes the stand, Bradley soon discovers that he, too, is on trial, and the punishment for guilt may be more than he could bear.
Dorian loves himself, and why wouldn’t he? Every guy wants to be him, and every girl wants to be with him. He would trade all he has to make his looks last forever, but bargaining with the devil may leave him short a soul.
For the Birds
Nev’s best friend is his parrot. In fact, it’s his only friend… and his only ally when his home is invaded.
Revenge is a Dish
Maurice has landed a dream job, chef for a rich couple on their yacht. The wife has carnal desires for him. Maurice has some carnal desires of his own.