Tell us about your book.
Rogue's Curse is a dark comedy set 2000 years after the Rapture. Doban, a nasty rogue, discovers the talisman responsible for the Rapture and it embeds itself to his skin. Now the ancient prophet who created the talisman wants it back, and he manipulates the king into launching a manhunt. And (just to sweeten the pot) Doban must turn to the only woman who ever loved him—a woman he once left to die in a tomb—for help. Rogue's Curse has tons of sex, monsters, palace politics, romance, humor and adventure.
But mainly the focus is on the relationship between Mona and Doban. What has happened in the two years since he left her to die in the tomb? How did she survive and escape? And most importantly, can they set aside their differences long enough to stop a second Rapture? At its heart, Rogue's Curse is about second chances, and whether or not we repeat past mistakes when presented the opportunity.
Bottom line: 2000 years after the Rapture, the world still sucks.
Rogue's Curse is available now as an eBook for purchase from Lyrical Press and Amazon (as well as other fine eBook distributers). You can read an excerpt at my blog.
Tell us about your favorite scene in the story, without giving too much away, of course.
My favorite scene is in Chapter Two. I'm a HUGE fan of reality TV, and especially "To Catch a Predator." That's my favorite. My protagonist, Doban, stumbles into an elaborate sting operation in Waterside Village: a quiet cottage, door propped open, lots of other horses tied to the same hitching post out front. Hmm. This was my homage to the best damn reality TV show that ever was.
What draws you to writing dark comedy/fantasy?
I want to make people laugh, and then feel ashamed of themselves for laughing. For humor, I've found the genre of fantasy and urban fantasy are the best playgrounds. Lots of comedic potential when reality can't get in the way.
Tell us a little bit about your writing process. For instance, are you a pantser or a plotter? If you’re a plotter, what method do you like to use?
Definitely a "pantser." I have an idea, a few key scenes and a vague ending in mind. I take these three elements and dump my characters into the world. They write the first draft for me. My first draft is always a big wet mess. Once I have this mess in front of me, I become a "plotter."
What are some of the writers and books that have inspired you?
Ray Bradbury is the king. The KING. When I first read the Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, I nearly wet myself. Philip K. Dick is one of my favorites and I love the sense of paranoia he injects into every novel. I'm also in love with the short stories of Stephen Crane. The Monster is outstanding. For humor, some of Shakespeare's first comedies can be hilarious.
From Comedy of Errors: "She's the kitchen wench and all grease; and I know not what use to put her to but to make a lamp of her, and run from her by her own light. I warrant her rags and the tallow in them will burn a Poland winter. if she lives till doomsday, she'll burn a week longer than the whole world" (3.2.94-99).
That cracks me up.
Tell us about yourself. Do you have any hobbies and interests outside of writing, and if so, do they ever find their way into your writing?
Video games (Xbox and PS3), lots of reality TV (I can't get enough), and chasing after my six-year old daughter. Do these three things influence my writing? Oh, yeah.
Team Angel or Team Spike? Bill or Eric? Edward or Jacob? River Tam or Buffy Summers? And why?
I don't want any of these. I want a Maenad of my very own. Maenads rock. I don't know why everyone was complaining. Those orgies looked sweet. Actually… I just think Michelle Forbes is hot, so I'll take one of her instead, please.
|This maenad's for you, Jason.|
Thank you Jason!
To learn more about Jason and Rogue's Curse, check out his links: his blog Beer and TV, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. He's also having a contest on his blog to win a copy of Rogue's Curse so be sure and check that out.