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Meet Author Kimberly Black

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat featuring guest author Kimberly Black

I am a native Texan, living in the Texas Panhandle with my husband of 32 years, my two sons, my daughter-in-law, two cats, and two dogs. I’ve been writing since the fourth grade and designing houses since I was twenty. I’ve taught children’s Bible class for over twenty years and even worked for two years as one of the Children’s Ministry Directors at my church. I have one Children’s book, Pockets, published and two more in illustration stage.

My latest releases, Lydia, Woman of Purple (2nd edition) and Her Most Precious Gift, were both inspired by strong women characters from the Bible. They were both released the first week of March 2017, along with their companion Devotional Study Guides.

Book sample:  Lydia, Woman of Purple

Genre:  Historical Christian Fiction

Synopsis:  Lydia is a well respected, God-fearing merchant in the Roman colony of Philippi in first-century Greece. She is struggling with her faith and dealing with the loss of her husband and the coming-of-age of her seventeen-year-old cousin, Marcus, who she has raised as her own son.

Four strange men come to town with a message of a Messiah, and her world is changed forever. She wants nothing more than for Marcus to embrace and share her faith in Jesus Christ, but he is deeply immersed in the Roman pantheon of gods and goddesses. Her life becomes even more stressful when Lydia rescues a slave girl, healed from demons, and brings her home.

Excerpt:  He took both of her hands in his. “Beautiful spirit,” he repeated with a smile. “Your faith is remarkable.”

“Is this faith?” she asked. “I just cannot allow that man to misuse and discard the poor child any longer.”

“You love her. You cannot help it.”

“It is no more than what any other would do.”

Luke shook his head. “Nobody else would do this for her. You are saving a slave’s life. It is everything.” Luke’s eyes filled with tears. “To Daphne it is everything.”

“But is it faith?” Lydia asked. It took every ounce of her resolve not to throw herself into Luke’s arms. She held his hands tightly.

“Love is the greatest part of faith.”

Book Sample:  Her Most Precious Gift

Genre:  Historical Christian Fiction

Synopsis:  Mary lives with her siblings, Martha and Lazarus, in a small town just a few miles’ walk from Jerusalem. They have grown close after the loss of their parents and the prosperity they had once enjoyed. Mary finds herself as their last hope if she can find a suitable husband.

But after a devastating attack, Mary is left with a shattered mind that leads her to self-loathing and depression. She decides her family is better off without her. Before she can do the unthinkable, Mary is saved by an unlikely friend who urges the family to find healing in a man of God called Jesus.

Through healing, Mary finds a purpose in her life, and the strength and courage to face even her worst fear.

Excerpt:  Mary sank to her knees. Martha left her there to go speak to Tirzah and the mourners. Most of the other people had already gone home.

Mary cried. Jesus wasn’t there, and Lazarus was dead. Mary could think of nothing else.

You did not come. We needed you, and you did not come.

And now it was too late.

When did you decide to become a writer?  In the third grade, I read Little Women at least six times and decided that I had to be like Jo March when I grew up. I read every Nancy Drew and Little House book I could find.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  I have some that I have been working on for more than a year—which is ridiculous. I can usually get a rough draft out in 30-45 days, sometimes less.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I’m not nearly so worried about whether I’m writing everything precisely right the first time through. And I’m learning to focus on evoking the right feelings.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I don’t usually watch or listen to anything while I’m writing, but while I’m doing other chores, I listen to music that inspires the themes and emotions I want to achieve.

What have you written?  I have my children’s books and historical Christian fiction published. I have also written a movie blog for a few years, called Cinema Toast. I am currently working on a YA sci-fi western and a fun espionage suspense series.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  Both. I plot an outline, but when I get to a hitch, I let my characters decide where they want to go. Some of my favorite scenes have happened that way.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  Both of my sons have degrees in Graphic Design, so I have home-grown cover artists. MF: I’m jealous!

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  I am most excited about my spy series! The first book is called Little Black Dress, and it will have at least two sequels and two prequels and a bonus book for super fans. I was inspired with the “what if” of Audrey Hepburn as James Bond. The story is fun, scary, and full of fashion and intrigue.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  My heroine in Little Black Dress is Evan Tyler, a fiery redhead from Texas who is out to stop a villain from destroying the world’s economy. She must infiltrate the Paris fashion scene to foil the scheme. She has a lot of spunk and depth of character.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I could see Jessica Chastain or Bryce Dallas Howard as Agent Tyler.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I have two cats, Checkers and Poe (the Black Cat), and two dogs, Paden and Archie. Archie is named after Archie Goodwin from the Nero Wolfe series of mysteries.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  I’m a control freak, so I love self-publishing. My first novel was published traditionally, and I definitely don’t regret that experience, but I don’t see myself going that route again.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  I think it’s fading fast. There are great books and terrible books in both traditional and indie publishing. I believe that it’s a lot of hard work no matter which route you take.

Are you currently reading a book or just finished one? I just finished Scott King’s The Five Day Novel, and Agatha Christie’s audio books, The Crooked House and Endless Night. Loved them all.

What do your readers mean to you?  I absolutely adore my readers. They are incredibly kind and encouraging. I always make an effort to include their suggestions whenever I can. I even try to name characters after them if they ask.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?  My website is packed with lots of information, and I have a newsletter that I send out once a month for updates. I also love to connect on social media.

There ya have it folks! For more about Kimberly, her work, and to get yourself a copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Jeffrey Wesley Landmon

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author Jeffrey Wesley Landmon

Jeffrey Wesley Landmon -also known to the many in his online circles as ”Jw Hammond”- was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An early interest in music led him to begin playing the violin in the second grade. He went on to write his first school play in the sixth grade, and has remained passionate about music and writing throughout the course of his life.

At age 20, he moved from Wisconsin, and spent the next two decades in New York City. There, he discovered David Wilkerson’s ministry, and became deeply aware of Jesus Christ. Now, as a member of ‘The Remnant’ and a host of the Holy Spirit, he is as passionate about sharing his love of the Lord, and the Good News of Salvation, with all.

Although widely praised for his imaginative creativity, Mr. Landmon has maintained his practice of sharing his varied talents and gifts, in both his music and writings, openly and free of charge. You can find more of these works by following the Links included.

As he brings more of his works to publication, it is his hope that he is able to leave a legacy that can be remembered as an honor to the Lord Jesus, one that will be shared by others as a continuing encouragement to those who are still seeking for truth.

He considers it a ‘Mission Accomplished’, of course, if his works also inspire people to Think!

Book * Suddenly Solomon – The Last Musician

Genre *Christian Fiction/ Adventure

Blurb

“When the lights go out, Mickey and her brother Virge at first think it’s just one of those things. But then, the Angel comes…and the Earthquakes begin…and the world as we know it will never be the same again. Join the adventure, as this small group of survivors discover that they solomon-coverare THE Remnant of Believers, and the last hope for those who have put off their Salvation maybe just a bit too long.”

Suddenly Solomon – The Last Musician is a high-action, hard hitting, mind-twisting, down-to-earth Christian Adventure!

Who inspires your writing?  The Holy Bible. World news. My own life experiences. Movies, Television…and of course, my fans.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  Virge Johnson is somewhat of a loner. He likes living off the land up in the mountains. He frowns on modern-day technology, and laziness. His steadfastness in his beliefs, his ability to communicate through honesty and music, make him special

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Keeping my promise to God and to myself to only write this book while sober.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?  I’ve given that a Lot of thought, haha. Will Smith. Jamie Fox. Regina King. Jasmine Guy. Gary Busey. Robert De Niro. Dwayne Johnson. Jada Pickett-Smith. Oprah. Forest Whitaker and Danny DeVito. I would have to interview child actors for the roles of Roy and Keisha.

What is your next project?  A Sequel to Suddenly Solomon. Following the adventures of “Raborn”; who was formally brutal an evil, and who went around killing and controlling. After he meets Jesus. He becomes much like the apostle Paul. Traveling around a desolated countryside trying to win souls for Christ. Action packed with strong Christian values underlined.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  Easy enough. How about an excerpt?

Scene 7 – part B

“A saint you say, dear Wendy? Have you in fact lost your mind too? This man…this, Raborn…is nothing more than a drifter, with old-fashioned ideals and old-fashioned ways. Come back to reality, we are all here in Mole City…I have provided well for all here. And in you I have placed much trust because of your wisdom. But now I question myself, with you referring to this freak as a…’Saint’?”

“My Lord,” Wendy said softly.

“Do not call him Lord, my good sister,” said Raborn. “He is but a man. Be that an evil one.”

Wendy continued with her dialect to Gallanger, “You have no idea about whence I get my wisdom. For ten years, you have thought of me as some sort of prophet, or fortune teller. I am neither, and I ask God to forgive me for hiding from you the secret truths that I know. Have known for years, for His Spirit has spoken to me all this time…warning me of your dead heart, dead mind and dead soul. You have no concept of God. No compassion, and no hope. You live in a world void of faith, truth, and authenticity. For years now I have waited for the one God told me He would send, and that is he that you see standing before you. Raborn! A man after God’s own heart. He has been through the fire. Tried and tested, burnt and busied. He brings truth, to show the people of Mole City a way out. No longer will I pretend for you and your world of worms and treachery. It is time. Raborn has arrived. The people will be set free!”

Gallanger leaned back against the wall, holding his chin is his right hand. He stared at Raborn and then back at Wendy, then he looked to the men that were with him.

“Take them both to the Barbecue pit!”
(Jw Landmon 2016)

What one person from history would you like to meet and why?  Humm? That’s a very tough question. I want to say Jesus but, I believe I have already met Him. So, perhaps King David or his son Solomon. Maybe Isaiah or Daniel. Why? Because these men were all chosen by God, well-versed, and gifted.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?  That a lot people simply don’t read anything anymore! Nothing more than a paragraph at least.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  Traditional publishing is a blessing. Self publishing is a lot more work!

What do your fans mean to you?  Having fans makes me feel loved, respected and makes the work worth it!

My fans and their feedback are what keep me motivated. But in my heart, I desire for God himself to be my biggest ‘fan’. To be307066_10150317539969026_92456520_n pleased with the work I do for His Kingdom. That one day He will look at me and say “Well Done, My Faithful Servant.”

Tell us something unique about you.  I have a long Frankenstein type of scar on the left side of my head. It comes from surgery that I had after a car accident I was in, when I was a young boy. I had a fractured skull due to the accident. Sometimes, when people ask me about it, I just smile and tell them ~ “Oh, that’s from my lobotomy.” 🙂

Is there anything else you would like to add?  Yes. Without faith there is no hope. And without hope there is no reason.

Many thanks and blessings Jeffrey! For more about Jeffrey and his work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Jason E. Fort

Howdy my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Jason E. Fort

Jason is a police officer for a large healthcare system in South Carolina who happens to also be a writer. He is happily married and has a 13 year old son who aspires to be an officer in the Air Force. Jason has been everything from an elementary PE teacher to a bouncer, and now serves in law enforcement. He began attempting to write back in 2002 and dabbled with it off and on for years, and he finally self-published his first novel in November of 2014. Anything else you want to know about him, you might just find out later in this interview.

Book blurb: Tracking Game: Book 1 of The Hunters is a thriller about the making of hunters, the drawing of enemy lines, and the mapping out of several characters’ destinies. The landscape of America has changed, and Agents John Knox and Malik Sharif have to determine how to navigate their way through such chaos as martial law, assassins, the murders of elite officers in the military, and a powerful enemy whose source of power comes much closer to home than they imagined. A point comes where encounters with old foes and new friends force the agents to choose a side…but how do they determine which side is right?

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? I don’t use one…but if I did, it would be Carter Langston. The name just hit me.

Why do you write? I write because it helps me express emotions in story form…my entire life has been about taking in and absorbing stories, from TV, sports, comic books, novels, plays, classes, and even real police reports. I write because it gives me the chance to tell the story.

When did you decide to become a writer? When my wife was pregnant with twins, and we found out seven months into the pregnancy that she had lost one of the boys – my coping mechanism was writing. I started with poetry. The poetry was so fulfilling, and connected with so many other people that I thought I should write books. That was about 14 years ago, and I just finished my first book 2 years ago.

What genre are your books? I classify them as Christian Thrillers…but Christian Fiction will do.

What draws you to this genre? The existence of evil in this world is undeniable. But there is also so much evidence of good; especially if you know where to look. I was raised in a Christian home, and I think that has helped me deal with whatever bad things have come my way; because if you have hope, you can make it through anything. And in Christianity, and the true story of Jesus Christ, His truth and light are the hope for all mankind. Pretty ultimate happy ending if you ask me.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? I am averaging right at six months per book. I began writing Misguided, my first book, as an untitled assassin story in May of 2014. My fourth book, Tracking Game, is slated to be on Amazon by June 28 this year.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? The perfect idea for my first novel came to me while I was at work on night shift one night. The police officers and the security officers work closely with one another, and one security officer was cleaning out old confiscated knives from a file cabinet near the metal detector in the ER. The officer holds up this small plastic bag and asks, “Why’s this in here? It’s not a weapon.” I grab the bag and take out the small gold cross and ponder for a moment. With the lightbulb dinging in my mind’s ears, I say, “Nope – but it could be a calling card.”

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I write when I feel emotionally ready, and when I have a spare moment. It could be any time of day, but when I first started, I was a full time night shifter, so on my nights off, I wrote.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I have become more open to new ideas and new stories. I have realized some of those phrases I may abuse and use more than twice in a story, and I am getting better at catching them on my own. I am getting more comfortable with the idea of even writing science fiction, and not just thrillers. Stay with me and follow my work; you’ll see.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? No, but sometimes I will have Facebook pulled up while I write. If I see something politically charging, sometimes it will even motivate me to fit that politically charged event or theme in my story. Politics invoke emotion in a lot of people. I am an emotional guy, and I like reading other authors who take your emotions for a ride.

What have you written? Several poems over the years, a lot of beginnings to action/thriller novels (all of which I will re-visit at some point), four complete novels currently available on Amazon and in a couple of independent bookstores.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I plot out my entire book in an outline, but in more or less a form similar in appearance to a detailed Table of Contents. I start out with a one liner for a particular chapter, then I expound on that until I have a brief paragraph for each chapter. Then I expand those paragraphs into entire chapters. This is the method I have developed, and it works for me.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? I designed my first original three book covers. But I had a sequential artist (Caleb Rivera) design the artwork to embed into the template of the cover for the special edition of my third book. It has gotten a lot of compliments from friends and readers, so I will continue to use his comic book style on the covers.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? Just buying my own domain two days ago, I have noticed a spike in my Twitter followers, readers of blog posts, and even sales. The domain being named directly after me I think has helped.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Write, write, and write some more. If you want to wrestle with the traditional publishing world, be confident and just do it. If you are more like me, stubborn as a bull, and don’t want anyone deciding how you want YOUR book, then go total Indie. It really is a matter of preference. My brothers told me I should have been more patient and submit my work to a few more traditional publishers and agents. That’s not how it worked out, but I have learned so much, and I am happy doing things my way. If I were in this to get rich and nothing else, I don’t think it would be very fulfilling.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? My main character is John Knox. When you first meet him, he is a federal agent for the FBI. He is a good old fashioned Southern Christian country music-loving, sharp shooting football fan like yours truly, so there is a huge part of him that is completely ordinary. But his ability to solve crimes, protect the innocent, discern the enemy, and his skills with a pistol make him extraordinary. His wit, his charm, his good looks, his southern hospitality…and his faults. His stubbornness, his temper, his occasional quick judgement, his occasional close-mindedness, are all part of his character that make him totally relatable. What makes him special is that he is a version of me….the ultimate version, but nonetheless, a version of me available to the world.

Where do your ideas come from? Years of TV, movies, video games, reading novels…I create cornucopia stories. I don’t think there is any truly original story, completely made from scratch, except the Holy Bible and history. Oh, yes, I almost forgot – I use historical events to influence certain scenes in my books as well. I believe the crafting of the story is the trick.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Knowing just how long I want my story to be; that is something I struggled with this last go-round. Tracking Game is about 8000 words shorter than any of my previous books. But I swear there’s more action. Time will tell (and so will my fans).

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Although what I mentioned above was a small hurdle, I think my biggest challenge this time was deciding exactly when I wanted certain story lines to converge. In the end, I was quite satisfied; I hope my fans feel the same way.

Which writers inspire you? I have never heard an author more passionate about his work than Ted Dekker. His love for God and how he channels it into his writing is inspirational. Stephen King also inspires me, because he seems to be so connected to his work (which really explains a lot doesn’t it?). Nelson DeMille inspires me to include humor and wit in my action-packed stories; he is really good at it. And Brad Thor and his research into the military and political world is just awesome.

What is the current book you are promoting? Tracking Game…it’s the first book of a new mini-series called The Hunters. It will be out by the end of June. And Knox Mission fans will be glad to know that it is directly related to the John Knox universe.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? The next story that I already began work on (the ‘paragraph’ outline is finished, and I wrote two short chapters to start things off) is called Dead Memories. The only teaser I will give fans is it starts where Book 1 of The Knox Mission (Misguided) left off. Misguided ended in a morgue in a local hospital in South Carolina. Let’s just say Book 1 of The Brady Chronicles begins in a morgue in a local hospital in South Carolina.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Although John Knox is my favorite character I’ve created thus far, and he makes a strong showing in Tracking Game – he is not the star that shines in this one. In Tracking Game, a man who my fans have met before who used to be called The Arbiter – Naseem Sarraf – is my favorite character in this story. I enjoy seeing his thoughts play out on the page, and developing his entire family history was pretty fun as well.

Who is your least favorite character and why? A minor character who I purposely designed to be annoying. He’s a brown-noser who replaces the late Special Agent in Charge, Jones McCoy, in John Knox’s Detroit Field Office. He really is slimy, and spineless, and just an all-around twerp.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? I took a couple of college courses in English when I was at Erskine. The essay writing didn’t help me so much…but I loved the Free-write sessions. I have paid for enough education, thanks. I will learn from others, and be open to criticism and feedback. That will be my education.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend? All I can say is that if I hadn’t read a short snippet of On Writing by Stephen King, I never would have finished my first novel.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?

Tracking Game Cast:

John Knox – Philip Winchester

Malik Sharif – Taye Diggs

Captain Barbara Wayne – Jada Pinkett Smith

Naseem Sarraf – Oded Fehr

Terry Mitchell – Michael Keaton

Mirana Sarraf – Mozahn Mamo

Director Walter Marks – Kevin Spacey

What is your next project? Gonna challenge myself a bit here; I plan to take a break from John Knox and special assigned assassins and focus on a lead female character. Readers who have read Book 2 in the Knox Mission will know Zhana Eruska Brechka. Zhana is a former victim of human trafficking who was taken from her home country of Belarus by the Russian mafia. The book series, A Girl Called Zhana, will follow Zhana in her new life as a fugitive from justice, in a new United States where half the country is about to be overrun by radical Muslims. When I say this story will be challenging for me to write, that is an understatement.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I’m going to go outside of the book world and enter the video game arena. Few fictional characters have appealed to me as much as the tragic character of the Assassin from Assassin’s Creed 2, Ezio Auditore. In the cinematic story-telling between levels of gameplay, the player is shown Ezio’s emotional reaction as his father and two brothers are hanged in the town square in a city in Italy for crimes they didn’t commit. I can easily relate to Ezio because I am very close to my dad and two younger brothers. Ezio’s spunk and charm with the ladies is amusing, his sense of humor is contagious, and his Italian accent is on the money.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? Since most people would think I would say Jesus Christ for this one, I am going a different route. Let’s go with George Washington. Think just a moment about the strong character and personality of this man. This is a man whose peers chose him to lead American colonists in a war against the most powerful country in the world at the time. You’ve gotta figure he was an impressive man indeed. Why would I want to meet him? Perhaps I could tell him all the really stupid mistakes future presidents make, and he could come up with a job description for his future compatriots to follow closely. Who am I kidding? I don’t have it any more figured out than half of those guys…I would just want to meet him to say I did.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? Let’s depart from the script and just say the world would be a better place if everyone had their own lifetime supply of pepperoni pizza, New York style. If you never run out of that stuff, everyone will be happy. Come on – who’s with me?

Who inspires your writing? My son inspired my earliest poetry. My family to this day still inspires me to write poems. My story ideas and their themes honestly come from ideas inspired by God’s word. But I guess if you get right down to it, my father has inspired me to chase my dream and be the best fiction writer I can be.

Where do you come up with your stories? I’ve found that my best ideas for action sequences have come from the shower or while driving in my truck.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? Here are the boys…Toby and Cooper. They are Cavalier King Charles1 Spaniels, and they have brought much joy to our household.

Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite? My favorite author is Ted Dekker. My favorite book by Ted is called Saint, and oddly enough it is about a man who has been brainwashed by evil characters to assassinate the President. But divine providence and intervention have something to say about it.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? Not right off the shelf in a store…but at the local library. The first time I went to the local library and saw two of my books on the shelf, right next to the likes of Vince Flynn, I had to take it and just go sit down and read a few pages. It was surreal. The first time I held the book in my hands from the first cardboard box it came in was a joy in itself. The best part is – nobody can ever take that away from me.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? If you put the effort into your work, and enjoy the journey, you will be rewarded. It may not be with money – but I can honestly say that my writing has given me great purpose, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Do you have a favorite car or truck model? I have always been partial to the mid 1980’s Lamborghini Countach from the Cannon Ball Run movies. I had a whole line of them posted on the inside of my closet doors growing up.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? I promised myself after the first one I wrote in my first book, I would try to avoid that kind of scene. It is hard not to go where the mind has gone before, so yes – I was more than a little self-conscious.

What are some of your favorite books and why? Saint, by Ted Dekker – the action and supernatural touch is amazing.

American Assassin – you meet Vince Flynn’s main series character for the first time (well, it’s actually a prequel/origin story).

Misguided, by ME…hehe – because when I wrote the closing assassination scenes towards the end of the book, I swear to you the words came out across the keyboard faster than I could type, and at one moment, when the assassin reaches the pinnacle of a light display on a large stage and drops down to the imam below, and then has to outrun a stadium filled with college students – I was sweating.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? As I said in a previous question, I think it is mostly a matter of personal preference. I think your potential to hit the big time is equal if your craft is already good enough. But I also think if you are in it for the right reasons (the joy of writing and telling a good story), and are willing to perfect the craft along the way, the money will come eventually anyway.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? I would say there is a stigma to self-publishing. However, I think it is like anything else trendy to talk about in society. Generalizing is easy to do, and yes there are authors out there who just throw some words together and say, ha! I wrote a story, and it sucks, due to lack of effort, lack of talent, lack of time, whatever. So there are bad authors, just like there are bad cops, and bad presidents, and bad preachers. But you can’t judge one whole group by a few bad apples. The world would be an awfully boring place if we weren’t all unique. So look for the uniqueness that appeals to you.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I am reading Extreme Measures, by Vince Flynn; Fire Arrow, by Franklin Allen Leib; and The Lobby, by a fellow indie author, Jase Rosenberg.

What do your fans mean to you? There is nothing more rewarding to me than getting to talk to someone who wants more of my stories. When I have seen a review by someone I don’t know and it just sings praises about characters that I have created, it makes me pump my fist like Tiger Woods. When friends and family say, ‘Hurry up and finish the next one’, I know I’ve done something right. I will take fan support and love over money…but if some of the love and support could just turn into money that would be really helpful.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others? I would recommend the Circle Series by Ted Dekker; the four titles in the series are Black, Red, White, and Green. It takes place in both the modern day, as well as several hundred years into the future. It is more supernatural than sci-fi, but it is very spiritual. And the entire book can help someone see the purpose and importance of having hope in one’s life. It relies and alludes to a faith that is basically a parallel to Christianity, but it is absolutely fascinating…and may even force you to shed a tear.

Tell us something unique about you. I sang in the college choir for four years; second bass my freshman year, baritone my sophomore year, and second tenor junior and senior year. I got to sing some solos, and got the chance to sing in cathedrals in Germany and Austria.

I also was a cheerleader in college, and I had to lift free weights just to get strong enough to pick the girls up over my head. If it weren’t for that, I might not be as big as I am today (6’2”, 265).

Is there anything else you would like to add? I just appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this interview, both for the sake of Mercedes Fox, and myself. I want to be one of the most transparent authors out there, because I never got along well with elitists. I am who I am and that’s all that I am – as Popeye would say. I hope these words find all readers well, and if you ever want to pick up a good thriller that also makes you reflect – on your life; on today’s world; on good and evil – then find out more about The Knox Mission and the John Knox universe.

How can readers discover more about you and your work? The most comprehensive contents that describe my writing, both blog posts and novels, and some poetry, is at my author website. www.jason-e-fort.com. See more ways to find me below. I am very personable, and will correspond with anyone.

Thanks so much Jason for coming by! For more about Jason and his work, follow the links below:

 

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