Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Deliverer by Jason Morrow

Welcome to Author Jason Morrow

Jason D. Morrow graduated with a degree in journalism in 2009 and has worked for various publications since then. A writer and educator, Jason is married and currently teaches English in Gwangju, South Korea.

Facebook: Facebook.com/stuhoc
Blog: jasondmorrow.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/jasondmorrow

Interview
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am currently writing the second book of the Marenon series and it should be out by February 2012. I’ll then wrap up the trilogy, hopefully releasing it in May or June of 2012. That’s what I’m putting all of my writing focus into right now, but I have a lot of other ideas that I can’t wait to get started on. Something I’ve been thinking about is sort of a dystopia bounty hunter series, and there’s another fantasy series that I think would be a lot of fun to write.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
My wife took me out to dinner. It was really special. This was my first book to follow through completely because it’s something I really believe in and have truly enjoyed writing. We actually celebrate a lot of aspects of it. First draft: go out and celebrate. Editing finished: go out and celebrate. First sale: go out and celebrate. Actually seeing people buying and enjoying your book is a fantastic feeling.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Ever since I could string words together I was trying to make stories. As a child, I never thought life itself was interesting enough. By writing stories I was able to create worlds and make things happen in a way that would surprise and delight people. I was encouraged greatly throughout my life to continue writing. When I was frustrated I always had people like my parents and now my wife to tell me that I should keep going with it to see how it turns out. I am satisfied with the result every time.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t be lazy. It’s so easy to not write. You can have all the best ideas in the world, but if you aren’t writing them down, then they will remain ideas. Do your best to get your work out there. When you’ve finished your first draft, edit, edit, edit. Then give it to someone who’s actually good at editing, and let them edit. Then edit it again. Doing all that can be a hassle, but it’s part of the writing process. If you’re lazy and don’t go through the steps, it will never get done.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I think every writer puts his or her self into most of their characters. I believe I identify most with the character Julian from my book. Julian is often faced with difficult choices, and he doesn’t always make the best ones. He wants to do right, but he doesn’t always go about it the best way. I think I can see that in myself. There’s that little bit of selfishness that makes me do the right thing, but in my own way.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I actually just discovered The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and I started reading it. It’s fantastic! Then I look online and see that there’s a movie coming out? I’m pretty stoked about that one. It will be interesting to see how they do with it.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
My schedule is kind of weird since I teach English in South Korea and I work in the afternoon. I usually wake up around 8 a.m. and grab some breakfast. Between 8 and 12, I’m writing my next book, answering emails, calling family, it varies. From 1-2 p.m. I’m getting ready for work, eating lunch, helping my wife pack up for school and then we take an hour bus ride. We teach from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and hop on the bus and go to the gym next to our apartment and work out for about 40 minutes. Then we wind down until about midnight or 1 a.m. and start it all again. It’s quite a full day for us, everyday.

Print or Ebook?
Back home in the states, I generally prefer the print version of a book. Here in South Korea it’s next to impossible to find a book that you want, so we bought Nooks from Barnes&Noble and it has been wonderful. We get all our book in one place.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Does paying off my student loans count? That’s a must for sure. Other than that I would probably go with my wife to look for a house.

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Inside reading or watching some movies with my wife. Of course, I’m always more productive with my writing when there is absolutely nothing else to do.

The Deliverer: Book One in the Marenon Chronicles

After a series of strange events, Silas Ainsley realizes that he is not a normal seventeen-year-old. In his journey to escape from two mysterious headhunters, Silas discovers his life and death are key to saving an entire world, called Marenon, from darkness and destruction. The only way to get to Marenon is to die, and Silas has just arrived.

Giveaway Details
1 paperback copy open to US only
2 ebooks open Internationally
Ends 1/30/12

WINNERS:
Paperback: Cheryl Schurmeier
Ebook: Maegan Morin & Lindsay Galloway