Today's Author Interview, I am very happy to share with you, my lovely birds, because this author has become one of my favorites. He is the Author of Fix by Force, which trust me, is a book you definitely want to read!
I read & reviewed Fix by Force and you can read that review HERE.
Title: Fix by Force
Author: Jason Warne
Publisher: Westbow Press
Published: March 28th 2012
Format: Kindle & Paperback
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Spencer doesn’t have a choice.
He can't choose to be different than what he is—the son of the town's worst enemy, the weakling who can't stand up for himself, the loser without friends.
He can't change the way things are.
Or maybe he can.
These are the things Spencer believes he needs to fix his life, and that is what the steroids promise—a quick fix.
But promises can be broken and shortcuts are often treacherous, and Spencer must decide if those risks are worth the perceived rewards—if “artificial” hope is strong enough for him to be fixed, by force.
Be welcome Jason to booksbooks&morebooks. I am very ecstatic to have you here asnwering some questions. So let's get started shall we...
Can you tell us where did the inspiration come from to write 'Fix by Force'?
The initial inspiration for writing Fix by Force came years ago while I was working at a reform school. I began writing this story as a kind of lesson plan specifically for those students, since, before this story, when I suggested we read together in class, I was often met by either refusal to participate or resounding complaining. I realized that their complaints were completely merited—nothing we had on our shelves was really all that relevant to the lives they knew. Nothing fit into their reality—and the saturation of speculative fiction, while entertaining, was just not often “right” for them. So I started to write Fix by Force, and after getting eight or nine chapters into the story before changing jobs, decided to finish it as a novel, drawing from many of my own experiences to strengthen the story.
Describe yourself in three words.
Writer, “wannabe author” ;)
Describe your writing style in one sentence.
It gets to the point! ;)
Was 'Fix by Force' pure fiction or is some of it from life experience?
Well I’m not sure any fiction is pure fiction, since so much of the writer usually goes into his/her characters, and I suppose Fix by Force probably does include even more of its writer than most “fictional” stories. While most of the plots concepts are purely fictional, issues with Spencer’s steroid abuse and his experiences at the reform school are strengthened by many of my own experiences, both as a teen steroid user from ages 16-18, and as a teacher at an alternative school.
'Fix by Force' has an average rating of 4.67 (on Goodreads). Why do you think readers like Spencer's story so much?
Like most writers, I’d like to think that readers have appreciated my writing style and have been entertained and possibly enlightened by the book, but based on the feedback it has received so far, I think most readers can just easily relate to the story. They empathize and sympathize with Spencer and the story’s other characters, not necessarily due to “how” the story is written, but because of “what’s” written in it. And I do very much hope that the story “matters” to readers, not just as entertainment or even because of the topics that are supposed to matter, but because it makes them think, process, and reflect about themselves and their own lives. So while the story may be commercially seen as a book about bullying, steroid use, and reform schools, I think readers have “liked” other things about it, too—topics like: choices, relationships, and sources of hope.
Convince readers out there who have yet to read 'Fix by Force' to read it in 140 words or less.
I must admit that the “self” story-plug is still a little uncomfortable, but I’m certain some of my readers can make the case! ;)
What I can say with confidence, is that Fix by Force is fast-paced and entertaining. I meant for this book to be honest and affecting and as “real” as possible so that it can matter to readers, especially those who seek authentic, relatable voices in literature.
Favorite book of all time?
When I think about all of the books I've read and enjoyed, I always go back to, The Giver, by Lois Lowry when deciding on a favorite. It's always read as more meaningful and even more realistic than the majority of dystopian I've read, and I've easily been able to really get immersed into the story!
One author you would love to meet whether dead or alive?
I've always been very intrigued by the work of Edgar Allen Poe, and while I've been led to believe that he probably wouldn't be of sound or sober mind during our meeting, I'd still be interested in talking to him about his writing!
Are you currently working on anything? If so can you share a teeny tiny bit of what it's about?
I am working on a few things but not sure which I will finish first. I'm probably about 50 pages into a separate story (not a sequel) about Janelle, one of the main characters from, Fix by Force. I suppose the response I continue to receive about Spencer's story from Fix by Force may affect if and when I finish Janelle's story, but I'm also excited about a story I'm writing that is a “realistic” work speculative, superhuman-type fiction. I've always been intrigue by human potential as far as our mental and physical abilities are concerned, so I'm focusing on that, from a more realistic, scientifically-backed point of view.
Favorite place to read?
When I lived in Michigan, I read often at the beach on Lake Michigan. There aren't many beaches to read at around Tyler, Texas, so I normally prefer to read in bed, usually for as long as I can before falling asleep with a book on my chest. ;)
For some reason I'm not quite certain of, I'm hooked on sunflower seeds (in shell) and almost always have a bag in the house or car. It can be a sort-of gross habit, I know, but I've been popping them in my mouth since I was in little league!
Who is your favorite superhero?
I've always been a fan of Spider-man. The classic “loser” turned hero theme of Peter Parker's story is intriguing to me, and Spidey thinks a lot about personal responsibility as he battles emotions that are very human—regret, anger, frustration, revenge, fear, and even hope. Like Batmen, he's very “human” in most ways, and I think that's part of his appeal to most people.
Where & when you do you prefer to do your writing?
I recently bought a newer laptop with fast speeds and all the most current word processing programs, but whenever I feel the urge to write, I always find myself sitting in front of my decade-old desktop with the foggy screen and Windows XP! I don't know what it is about that old thing, but I always do my best writing on that computer, and it's normally done late at night—often after ten. It's just quieter then, and I feel like I'm able to really immerse myself into my writing without threat of much interruption.
Biggest pet peeve?
One of my biggest pet peeves is actually a theme in my story—bullies! Unfortunately, bullies still exist in many surprising forms long after school and well into adulthood. And while we usually get better at dealing with bullies as we age, I still struggle to understand their motives sometimes, and even if I do actually “understand” I don't always get why they don't seem to.
What do you want teenagers to take away from 'Fix by Force'?
In trying to find out who they are and who they want to be, too often young people worry more about what they think others want them to be. To me, the steroids in the story can be seen as an interchangeable vice, given that there always seems to be “something” teenagers turn to or seek out in their efforts to “fix” who they are so they can be something else—something they may even think is better. But they are forgetting about the things that are really important—those unique qualities they posses that make them special to others—things like creativity, kindness, sense of humor or their empathy for others. I'd like it if the story can encourage young readers to reflect upon those traits and what they mean to them and to the people who care about them for exactly who they are. Also, while the story does illustrate some of the damage that outside sources can do in our development and growth as people, I do hope that young readers understand something that Spencer seems to struggle with for much of the story—they always have a choice in how they respond, and they will always own the ultimate responsibility for their decisions.
Words you'd like to say to your readers and/or fans?
First, I'd just like to say, “thank you” for reading. I also want my readers and fans to know how grateful I am for the encouragement. I have always understood that this is “different” kind of story in many ways, that doesn't always nicely fit into a genre or field, and I am very grateful to readers for taking a chance on it, and sharing their reading experience with others. ;)
This is one of a kind that will just leave you reeling!
Well that's all folks ;) till next time.