Jason Nugent was born in Cleveland, OH in 1974. He moved to rural Southern Illinois in 1992 and lives there today with his wife, son, and mini-zoo of three cats and two dogs.
Jason is the author of three collections of dark fiction short stories: “(Almost) Average Anthology,” “Moments of Darkness,” and “The God’s Eye.”
He’s also the author of the young adult scifi novel “The Selection” for which he won the 2017 Reality Bites Book Awards “Best Author: Scifi.”
Jason has written for Sum’n Unique Magazine and game missions for an independently produced video game titled “Status Quo.”
Please help me welcome Jason Nugent to Roadie Notes……..
1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, not in fiction anyway. When I was in college I studied history and wanted to teach Medieval history.
2. This question feeds the curiosity of other authors: If writing is a full-time career for you, do you have other streams of income (i.e. editing, cover design, etc.)?
I’m not a full-time author (yet!) I work as a sales rep for a screenprinting company. Need ay t-shirts?
3. Why did you choose to write your genre?
It’s the genre I’m most comfortable with because I’ve read a lot and watched a lot.
4. What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written?
How to cut an eye out. 😉
5. What are you currently working
I’m working on the sequel to my young adult scifi novel “The Selection.” I’m fairly close to the end of the first draft.
6. What motivated the plot for either WIP or current published book?
For my novel “The Selection,” I wanted a story my teenaged son would love. I wanted him to identify with the characters and experience the world I created. The basic premise of the book was an idea I tossed around with him and my wife before I wrote a word of it.
7. What was the hardest story for you to write?
Probably the one I’m working on now. I wanted to explore more of the world I created and bring more of the characters to life. It’s been a much larger undertaking than I imagined.
8. What process do you use to plan your novels?
I’ll let the idea simmer in my head for a few days before I begin organizing it. I’ll write a loose “outline” just so I have guard rails to keep me on track when I get too far away from where I want to be.
9. Who has been your favorite character? Why?
I’d say Timo from “The Selection.” There’s so much to him that readers don’t know yet. But they will!
10. Do any of your character reflect facets of your personality?
I think so. I’m a trusting person and believe others have the best intentions. Eron, my protagonist in “The Selection” is kinda like that. Of course, people aren’t always nice and we tend to get hurt.
11. Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Not really. I use different techniques to keep the creativity flowing. I’ll use random photos or music to get inspiration and off I go!
12. If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why?
Maybe Thrillers. The action in some of those is so intense!
13. Which authors inspire you?
Stephen King. I love how his writing is accessible and scary! John Scalzi has a similar style, though with a scifi bent. I’m also inspired by some fellow authors like Aaron Hamilton, Thomas Gunther, and Brent Harris to name a few. They are so talented and make me work harder at my craft.
14. What novel would you read multiple times?
I’ve read “The Shining” a few times. Love it!
15. If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character)
Mr. Snuffleupagus. He’s real!!! Big Bird was right!
16. What is your favorite quote?
“Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.”
17. What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
Gimme a cat any day.
18. What is your favorite color?
(Almost) Average Anthology: mybook.to/almostaverage
Moments of Darkness: mybook.to/momentsofdarkness
The Selection: mybook.to/the-selection
Some of Jason Nugent’s books: