Welcome to my virtual café. I'm having a black coffee with my breakfast of waffles with berries, walnuts, and maple syrup, a breakfast I had in Venice Beach, California a few years ago while on holiday and have loved ever since. It's become my favorite breakfast. Full of sugar, another essential ingredient for writing.
Joining me today for a coffee chat is Jason Nugent, author of the young adult sci-fi series "The Forgotten Chronicles" and horror short story collections. He lives in rural Southern Illinois with his wife, son, and three cats and two dogs.
DL: Firstly, since this is a coffee chat, how do you have your coffee (or not as has been the case in some instances)? And what is your favourite time of the day to partake?
JASON: I’m a huge coffee fan! I drink at least a pot every morning usually with flavored creamer. I used to drink it black but the creamer helps cut down on the acidity.
DL: Reading is one of the sacrifices writers often make due to lack of time. My reading pile has certainly dwindled now that I spend a lot of that time writing. Your 2017 books read list is rather impressive, and as you noticed from your blog that your 2017 reading list was dominated by indie authors. Is this a case of reading more indie books due to common ground? Or have you found that indie authors are writing stories you don't find in the mainstream?
JASON: Yeah, it was interesting to note the amount of indies I read over the past year. Honestly I don’t really differentiate indie vs trad published authors in terms of quality. I enjoy great stories and they’re found whether the author has a publisher behind them or not. Many from last year were those I share common ground with and who I’ve grown to know over social media. There are amazing stories in that list!
DL: You seem to be a regular at pop culture conventions. Any tips for other authors who are venturing into this arena? And what has been your favorite con so far?
JASON: Comic Cons are excellent places to find new readers, especially those interested in SciFi and horror. Working in sales the past 17 years has prepared me to engage with the public and talk to complete strangers about my work. If you can get in on one that doesn’t cost too much, or if you can share a table with someone who’s done it before, that helps a ton. Probably my favorite Con is called PennedCon and is a benefit for Action for Autism and features close to 170 authors. Many are Romance authors but there are others like myself who don’t write romance and do well. It’s a blast hanging out with readers and meeting new authors at PennedCon.
DL: You write horror and science fiction. There is often a fine line between the two genres. "Aliens" the movie is a perfect example. I've read that if you can remove the science from sci-fi then it isn't sci-fi. "Aliens" could be classified as horror because it's monsters attacking humans and there's really no science other than it's set in space. This is also true of many of the "X-Files" episodes. I used to watch them and think, 'that was scary'. Have you found that your readers are fans of both genres? Or do you see there is a definite line drawn between the two genres? Or do you say 'to hell with genres, why do we put ourselves in a box?'
JASON: Great question! Often genres cross over and we’re put into classes because it’s easier to market the books. Most of my readers tend to enjoy some of both genres so it works for them. I do have readers that prefer my short story collections which tend to be darker instead of my SciFi novels and the same for those who like my novels. After this year is done, I’ll have a couple horror novels to add to the stack so we’ll see how that goes.
DL: And lastly, are you a biscuit or cake kind of person? And what is your favourite biscuit/cake?
JASON: Cake all day long! Chocolate, white, marbled...I’m not picky.
DL: Thanks Jason.
More About Jason
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.
He has written for Sum'n Unique Magazine and game missions for an independently produced video game titled "Status Quo."
He writes regularly on his blog almostaverageblog.wordpress.com and can be found at jasonjnugent.com.
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