For today's post I got something really special. I came across Jason Hein's book of poetry Poems of Varsian Lore and enjoyed what I found. Being a fan of fiction fantasy and poetry myself, this proved to be a great find. I enjoyed each poem's back story as it set the mood for the adventure to come. I found his writing to be very original and a breath of fresh air. The intriguing story-lines kept me hooked for what I was about to read. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I have. As a avid writer myself, I love getting into the brains of other authors and learning about their craft and way of thinking.
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself not many people know?
A: Well, my poetry in my book, "Inspired Poetry" is the window to my soul. If you really want to know me, that book is me, in a sense. What most people, that know me, don't realize is a lot of this poetry is real. Even the poetry in, "Poems of the Varsian kingdom," though it's fantasy based. These things happened in my mind and I actually formed real relationships with the world, it's characters, it's events. Naturally, this is a little extreme, but that is the genesis of my world.
Poet Jason Hein
Q: How did you decide to start writing?
A: I wrote my first short story when I was 5 years old or so. I watched a movie about a young girl who wrote a story. I can't even remember what movie now, but it peeked my interest. Once I tried it I was hooked! I loved creating and living out the adventures in my head. As these imaginations took on a life of their own I began to consolidate it into the Varsian Kingdom. Poetry came easy and seemed a suitable method to construct the lore of my world.
Q: What motivates or inspires you?
A: In a word, freedom. The ability to create and do anything is a more enticing thought to me than anything. I've always felt as though I didn't belong in this modern world. I longed for adventure, and writing allows me a method to experience adventure, hopefully bringing some well entertained fans along with me on the ride.
Q: What do you feel your strong points are? Weaknesses?
A: Personally, I feel like my imagination could go on without limit. It's a bit of a task to get a vivid and accurate portrayal on paper at times. I know what is going on in the story. I live in the story and poetry as I write. So, at times my writing needs some clarifying edits to get the full vision across to the readers.
Q: What authors do you admire?
A: In spite of the fact my first two books are poetry, the authors that have influenced me the most are authors of fantasy such as J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis. Lewis Carol and the Jabberwocky also captured my imagination.
Q: Why poetry?
A: Poetry is like emotion put into verse for me. It flows out of my head and onto paper as easy as water flows down a steep mountain slope. There is little better, to me, than a good poem. Because of this I was inspired and intrigued by the idea of not just writing a poetry book, but using poetry to build the history and lore behind my world, The Varsian Kingdom.
Q: If you were to jump into another genre what would it be and why?
A: I have a solid set of books already planned in the fantasy genre, but further into the future I actually would like to write some science fiction. A neat idea I came up with was to, sometime in the future, write a series of books of the Varsian Kingdom thousands of years into the future.
Q: What are your goals and future projects?
A: The Varsian Kingdom Series, as I have it currently planned, will have at least five or six novels, another historical book of poetry, as well as a book or two of short stories and fables of the Varsian Kingdom. Once these are done I'd love to move on to a trilogy of Science fiction.
Q: Do you pull from real life experiences?
A: At times, yes. Some of my stories are from my own experience and some are actually based on historical accounts. Altering them into a fantasy genre, however, they are hardly recognizable to anyone who knows the original story.
Q: Use one word to describe you. One word to describe your writing.
A: Me? Daydreamer. My writing? Freedom.
Q: What would you want readers to get or learn from your writing?
A: My hope is that my writing will provide good clean literature that is entertaining and has a backbone of good solid morals for kids to learn as they read.
Q: If your writing could change one thing in the world what would it be?
A: If I could have it change one thing, I would have it change the feeling of hopelessness and confinement. I want my writing to present hope and freedom to people. Hope for tomorrow and freedom to enjoy life.
Q: How would you like your work to be remembered?
A: I would love my work to be remembered right up there beside epic stories like Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Star Wars... etc... I want it to be remembered as a world in and of itself that is as vast as reality...or even more vast. A never ending avenue for adventure.
Q: What advice can you give to new authors or poets?
A: If you want to write, my advice is start by reading. Remember, though, every moment you read is a moment you are not writing. Find a genre that you love.
Q: If you had to pick one genre to read, what would it be?
A: Usually that is the genre you want to write in. Read a few books to get an idea for a style you like. (Not content ideas) Then day dream...day dream to your hearts content. When your head gets so full that you can't keep track of anything start taking notes. When your notes get so cluttered and you are having to start a small library on your computer...it's time to start writing. This will give your story and poetry a good solid foundation to sit on. From that point, just let it flow and live out that dream.
Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to reading more of your future releases.
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