Getting personal with Jason McIntyre

Jason McIntyre is a really amazing guy. He has one of the best personalities ever, always wants his readers to tell him what they think of his books and guaranteed to make you laugh. I love the style of his writing because it really just draws you in and makes you live the story you are reading. His characters are larger than life and some you will love and others you can’t wait to see them meet their maker. He has a great presence on social media and welcomes his friends and fans to interact with him. If you don’t know him you are missing a wonderful supportive friend. He has an amazing series that has characters that carry over from one book to the next. I really love that and to be able to see what they come up with next. He is a devoted husband and father and adores his family. If you haven’t met or read anything by him please take the time to check it all out you won’t be disappointed!

 

Please welcome Jason McIntyre to Roadie Notes………

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

It was November 7th, 1992, I remember it well. Kidding. I’ve not been that clear on specific dates since I started writing a decades-long fiction saga. I may never be able to hold another date in my head!

Truly: I’ve been writing since I was twelve or thirteen but to remember exactly when would be a challenge I’ve not the strength for. The first fiction I recall writing, with a serious intent to share, was a story about aliens landing in a young girl’s backyard. I thought it interesting to have a couple of best friends who were girls. Now, did I want to appeal to the girls in my class and make friends with them because I was cool enough to write two female protagonists? Or did I want a challenge bigger than just a couple of clichéd boy buddies, much more usual in a story about aliens and flying saucers. Was it because writing from the female perspective is much more difficult? Did I want to make it tough for myself? Not sure, but I’ve been trying to write fairly from the slant of the fairer sex ever since.

That tale, by the way, was supposed to fill the blank page on the back of the school newspaper since we had no more hard news. As if there was actually such a thing as hard news in the fourth grade! Part two was written and ready to go on the last page of the first edition of the paper when we returned after summer break. But the paper had been punted into oblivion by the school’s new principal. He had a fancy (and expensive!) desktop computer and wanted to make the newspaper himself. I was devastated. But I saved up allowance money and made photocopies of the story to share around the school. Some kids had to know how it ended. And I *had* to get it out there.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve authored four fiction novels, about a dozen long novellas and several dozen short stories available at present. More are coming all the time. Hopefully, another two novellas and a short story collection will arrive before the year is out.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

You and I were talking about this in-depth recently. I have written about this topic before, but at present—where I’m at in life and with the world in such turmoil—I have a really difficult time reading and writing about dead children. It can definitely make for powerful writing and I have gone deep into the dark with stories about it before. I’m just not capable of it right now in life.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids…

Like The Night Walk Men, I have been imbued with the lives of ten men. Unlike Sperro, Kro and Obsidion, I am married with two kiddos.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

Books are a bit like my children; I don’t have a specific favourite. Well, on some days, I do have a favourite kiddo. But maybe don’t mention that to them. Tomorrow’s a new day and we may all have the opportunity to eat our Life cereal without flipping the bowl to the ceiling and back…

Some books get closer to their original visions. And some surprise you when they become much better than your vision ever was. Others fall short, but in truth, I don’t put anything out until (or unless) it achieves something new in my view. Each story and book was/is written for a purpose. And sometimes that purpose has very little to do with how it fits into the rest of the world of literature. Sometimes it’s because I simply had to have a character who ran a falafel stand and built Lego cities.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Probably reading. I mean, come on! Getting sucked into an imaginary world where no one can disturb or disagree, where anything is possible—that’s powerful. Then, discovering I could actually architect my own worlds where I could be master and commander—that was alluring for sure. What I didn’t realize back then was: once you create the world and plop your characters in there, they pretty much do what they want. Again, like children, there are days where I shake my head at their shenanigans. “Well, there you go,” I might say to a fictionally protagonist. “You’re dead. And it’s because you were making poor choices! How you like it now, tough guy?”

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Eat falafel and build Lego cities. Um. Only one of those statements is true. When the kiddos were small, one of them got a Lego truck for a birthday gift. He was two young to really build it on his own yet so Daddy helped out. He fell in love with the pieces and was instantly transported back to my own childhood and remembered what I loved about building those little worlds. It is a more physical version of storytelling, really. We have a rather elaborate town built now, and both my kiddos enjoy that with their old man.

Truth be told: writing is fun for me. It’s not *only* fun. Sometimes, it’s excruciating. But, for the most part, I sit down to do it each day because I love it. It’s part of me and it’s what I do.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I smoke one cigarette and drink a bottle of Dom Perignon. Oh wait, that was Paul Sheldon.

I tell one person that I’ve finished and then I go out—rain or shine, snow or heat—and take a long walk. Later, there is usually whisky or a martini. I toast to the ingenuity of the survivors in the tale. And I lament those who didn’t make it. I also celebrate my hard-fought completion…but mourn the end of the writing of that world. It’s a bit like losing your virginity every time a story’s over. I’ll never get to write that one again for the first time.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I have a studio I built for painting, writing, getting away from the world. I also have a cabin in the woods, by a lake. These places make for excellent muses. In terms of music, I mix it up. Often, I start pounding out words on the keyboard with a playlist, but realize it has ended and I’ve been working in silence for an hour or more. That’s when I know it’s going well—the world disappears for a time. I guess it’s similar to good reading, huh?

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Not sure if I would dare change this…but I am unlike others. I don’t want to write series that never seem to end. For me, that dulls the knife. Each time I set out to begin a story, I want it to be unlike other things I’ve written. The voice and the approach will always be similar, but I don’t have any interest in repeating topics much. That formula of finding what ‘works’ and duplicating it has no draw for me.

I always say, I have about a dozen decent books in me. Then I’m done.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Hey—I’m the most famous writer my kids know! In terms of writing, my dream would be to keep doing it, keep getting better, keep figuring out new ways to tell stories. To keep entertaining myself as I do it.

12. What’s the worst piece of writing advice you ever got?

“Change your style, change your content. Change.” Sure, edits are fine, adjustments and advice are always needed. But readers or other writers who tell you to change who you are as a writer should be the only thing you ignore without any consideration. Every other kind of advice should be given at least a moment of consideration.

13. Now, tell us the best!

“Get your stories out there, any way you can.”

14. What’s the one thing you would want an aspiring writer to take away from your personal path to publication?

There is no one right way. What was the Robert Frost poem, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.”

And Fleetwood Mac also sang, “You can go your own way.” My advice is, look to others for inspiration, but not a recipe. No one will ever duplicate the same level of success as another by copying them.

15. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Two things, really: the adventure inherent in the process of sitting down to make up lies which share the truth of human misery and human beauty. It is unbelievably scary to bleed on the page and then go share that honesty with strangers and family and friends. But it’s exciting too!

And there’s also the connectivity to other people, readers, new friends, and other storytellers—all of us united by that blood on the page, by our absolute and uncompromising love for telling stories and being told stories.

16. What is coming next for you?

The giant, behemoth continuation and conclusion of the Dovetail Cove books. I like to joke that it’s ‘the series that’s not a series’. Ten novels and novellas within the same universe. An underlying set of characters and over-arching story arcs hold it (somewhat) together, but each book is its own. Beginning, middle, end, unique lead characters, new situation, no need to read them in order. No need to read them all.

That said, I have two shorter ones left to finish and put out — then all my energy will be focused on book ten which is the monster that brings back many of the surviving favourite characters to (hopefully) tie it all together.

17. Where can we read your blog? Buy your books? Connect with you on facebook? On Twitter? Your website?

http://www.thefarthestreaches com > The Farthest Reaches is my author website and blog. All news and links to my books from all retailers can be found here.

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJasonMcIntyre

http://www.amazon.com/Jason-McIntyre/e/B0049YW78G > My books at Amazon

 

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