Author Interview: Jason P. Hein

Jason P. Hein

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The long awaited prequel to The Varsian Kingdom Series!In a timeless age and a once perfect world, corruption has decimated the lands of Varsia. The higher races have abandoned the mortals and left them at the cruel mercy of Azrael, a fallen varsa from the original creation.When a young man is conceived with a dark omen upon his birth, Azrael thinks him to be the prophecied one to fulfill the unholy Dusk Holder’s Prophecies. Instead, this boy proves to be the most formidable enemy the dark varsa has ever met.With the wisdom of the naiads, the strength of the dragons, and the courage of the highlanders, Ravenbane Darkfire will challenge the world’s most evil creation. Azrael, The Evil One.

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
    • Ideally Arise to Fall, since it’s the first in a 4 book series. The Legacy of Ravenbane is a great book and can be a stand alone novel, but there are aspects of it that make a lot more sense if the original 4 book series has been read first.
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • My perfect day would be arriving in Ireland for the first time, getting to study the language and the culture, and then using those studies to start writing a book series about medieval Ireland.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Coffee! Definitely coffee!
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • Coffee, silence, and a dark room. For whatever reason I love writing in the dark and complete silence is best for me. Sometimes I will listen to music, but with no lyrics. Usually just silence, though. Once I’ve got that all set, I just write. There isn’t a lot of routine to my writing, sadly. Working it in around life can get hectic!
  • Name 5 books that aren’t yours but people should read.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • Not as many as you would think! Every time I read I have this constant nagging voice in my head. “You could be writing!” This year, so far, I’ve read a grand total of 7 books.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Medieval Fantasy
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • I would love to write a thriller, but they seem like a hard thing to write! Maybe a space thriller with a deep romance subplot.
  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
    • I do read my book reviews, and getting a less than pleasant review could certainly be a hard pill to swallow. So far I’ve been lucky not to have any that were hard to take, but I always figured that I can’t (and won’t) please everyone. The people who like my books are going to be more like-minded with me, and those are the types of readers I want to appeal to anyways. As for Amazon vs. Goodreads I do feel like the Amazon reviews probably effect potential purchases more than Goodreads. All in all, though, I don’t see them as too vastly different.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • I’ve been blessed with a family that has done a fair job at supporting me. Not everyone can say that, sadly. I’m in the middle of the options, I’d say. My family doesn’t go nuts over my writing, buy and share my books, etc… but they always encourage me in my writing and don’t discourage.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • Bim Bitibinksky is a very interesting character and was a ton of fun to write! He appears in almost every work I’ve published, but always in a very different position. His character is slowly revealed through 5 different books before the reader truly finds out his backstory.
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • Well, I’m technically still a part-time writer since I still have a normal job. I do put in a lot of time to my writing, though, and I’ve been at it for at least 12 years.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • Making a living on my writing without the need for a regular day job would be great, but ultimately if people read and enjoy my books I count that as a success.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • Wow… I don’t know that I could even count! I can confidently say I have dozens. Probably close to 50.
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Marketing is probably the trickiest part of being an author for me. It’s a fine line between being a “pushy buy my book” type and someone who is too passive. Real engagements with readers is the best way, but that can be draining. You can only have a real relationship with so many people before you just can’t handle any more! It’s an important part, nonetheless. Finding blogs and readers who will review and share your books is a great option too. There are always paid advertisements, but be very careful with which ones you pick! All in all, it’s a learn as you go and then re-learn with the next book because some of this stuff changes way too fast.
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • If I wasn’t an author and could pick any profession in the world I would be a history/language historian focusing on the Irish history and language.
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • I self publish, mostly to avoid the strict demands on book length, content, and other such requirements a publisher might impose. Once my story is written I want to keep it the way it is. I know publishers would probably hand me a list of things they want me to alter and that’s never appealed to me.

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