Author Interview: Jason Winn

Jason Winn

Jason Winn

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Experience the gripping adventures of Axel Nash in No Graves for Heroes. If you’re a fan of journeying to the stars in thrilling space operas, this is the series you’ve been waiting for!

An aging veteran of the first Solar War, Axel is reduced to living in the shadows to avoid arrest by the war crimes commission for a crime he didn’t commit. To get by, he lives as a scoundrel for hire. But when an old friend calls for a favor, Axel must overcome old injuries and remember the hero he once was.

Paired with a synthetic woman, he will journey in a beat up cruiser to a playground for the rich. Their mission? Find the missing kids of a powerful family. Failure would mean destroying the chance to repair relations with long estranged American allies. Or, let his country continue its downward spiral.

A civil war looms in the background as Brazilian spies and Russian gangsters emerge from the shadows. Axel is starting to wish he never came out of retirement. Now, he can only hope to make it out alive.

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • Wake up at the ass crack of dawn and go deep sea fishing (never done that, always wanted to do it). Breakfast at a greasy spoon diner, overlooking a Caribbean port. Going to get my newest suit fitted by a British tailor from Savile Row (we’re going to assume he has a shop in the little mythical town I’m staying in). Spend some time catching up on movies or shows I never get to watch. The pre-dinner hours will be drinks with Barbara Broccoli and Kathleen Kennedy so I can voice my displeasure in the way they are handling their IPs. They will take copious notes, apologize profusely and then beg me to write scripts for both James Bond and Star Wars. And, and, and, Dan and Dave from GoT have to be there and listen to my Hitler-like rant on how they destroyed one of the greatest TV shows in history. I may have to have a B12 IV hooked up to me to give me enough energy to get through that. Fuck it, a few rails of cocaine for me to get my energy up. I’ve never done that stuff, so we’re going to give it a try on my “perfect day.” We might have to conference George RR Martin in so I can give him my opinion of his work ethic. We’ll just play that one by ear. Stephen King will high five me after every salient point, shouting “that’s God damn, right, Jason.” With contracts for scripts signed, we’re off to dinner at a steak and seafood joint on the water. Obviously the prospective female cast members of my upcoming movies will have to be there to impress me with their sultry looks. Then we round out the day with me breaking the fucking bank at the local high stakes casino, while smoking harmless, custom blended cigarettes and firing down martinis one after the other. The women all swoon with awe at my gambling prowess.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • I love both. But, if you had a gun to my head – coffee.
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • Every spare hour of every day, I’m at the keyboard. I am constantly scribbling down notes on any one of a dozen notebooks throughout the house or on my phone.
  • Name 5 books that aren’t yours but people should read.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • around 20
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Cyberpunk/Space Opera
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • Modern Fantasy
  • 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.
    • Yes. I process them with a bottle of red wine. This helps to even out the highs and lows.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Yes.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • Axel Nash
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • Ouch………. **sniff*** **holds trembling chin up high*** I’m…uh….I’m not there yet, but thanks for asking.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • Full time writer, part of the lexicon of your respective genre, people listen to you when you have something to say.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • 1
  • What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
    • Dragon…smoker? That’s a Harry Potter thing, right?
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Write more books.
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • The next James Bond actor. Or, the smuggler/scoundrel in one of the upcoming Star Wars trilogies.
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • Indie. Trad is a disaster right now. They are a dinosaur industry, which has devolved on recycling established properties, or household name authors. The only person that should be doing Trad is someone with an excellent story and zero money for editing, covers and promotion.

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