Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jason McIntyre Interview/giveaway of BLED

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming back to the Purple Jelly Bean Chair Reviews a fantastic Author and a great friend of mine.  When I first started my purple jelly bean blog, Jason McIntyre was the first Author to give me a chance and allow me to read/review his awesome novel Thalo Blue. I had sometime before I started to blog read Jason's novella called SHED, I was very impressed.  So when I saw Jason on Goodreads I emailed him and told him how much I loved his book, our friendship took off from there. On September 18th, Jason released his second in the Dovetail Cove series which is called BLED. BLED is book 1, SHED is book 2.  Now I am not done reading yet, but I will tell you what I have read so far, is nothing short of amazing, but reading Jason's books I didn't expect anything less.
I got a chance to sit down with Jason and have an interview with him.  So without further ado, please help me welcome Jason to the Purple Jelly Bean Chair Review, Jason welcome, please have a seat in the Purple Jelly Bean Chair.

Jason McIntyre

Author of the bestsellers: ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED

Plus the #1 Kindle Suspense: THE NIGHT WALK MEN

She only wanted to leave. But he took that option from her. Now she wants it back.

Set on the same island as the reader favorite Shed, the latest literary suspense novella from bestselling author Jason McIntyre picks up the Dovetail Cove saga with this story of one lonely woman...trapped.

Tina McLeod is on the cusp of a new life. Extraordinary change is rare in her world but this newsflash means she can finally leave her small island town for good. No more pouring coffee for townsfolk in Main Street’s greasy spoon, no more living under the weight of her born-again mother. That is, until Frank Moort comes in for his usual lunch and dessert on an ordinary Friday in May.

Bled sees things turn backwards and upside down for each of them. Their encounter is prolonged and grotesque, the sort of thing splashing the covers of big city newspapers. Both are changed. And neither will come out clean on the other side.

A story about taking what’s not yours, Bled explores pushing back when you’ve been pushed too far. It paints in red the horrors from our most commonplace of surroundings: right out in the open where nothing can hide behind closed doors and shut mouths.

What is your name and where do you call home?

I'm Jason McIntyre and I reside in the Farthest Reaches of your imagination. Been there a while now. It's comfy. Cushy really. You sure you should be eating that?

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
BLED. It's about a young woman with everything to lose who comes up against a man who has nothing to lose and set against small town life in the 1970s. Was that twenty? Do I fail?

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Teeny might ask you if she can get you a refill on that coffee cup, "Warm it up for ya, darlin'?" And her cafe customer, Frank Moort, might say, "Just bring my bill. Gotta get back. Big meeting this afternoon, y'know. Lotsa important people making big decisions. BIG decisions, don't y'know."

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
BLED is indeed part of a series, one that sprang up unintentionally. It takes place in the island town of Dovetail Cove, the same place as featured in my book from last year, SHED. Yes, the titles rhyme. That was purely by accident, I swear.

But BLED isn't a sequel per se. It takes place two years before SHED, a book about two little boys facing off against their maniacal stepfather. You could call it a prequel, but both books can still stand on their own. You don't need to read one to 'get' the other.

At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Probably I knew I wanted to tell stories around eight or nine or ten. The idea of actually being a writer? I'm still not convinced that I should do that. Can anyone make money at it? You know, *other* than New York Times bestsellers?

What or who inspired you to write?
I can't get the ideas out of my head any other way. And if they don't come out, they rot other (more important) parts of said head. Yes, more rhyming. You see how messed up I am?

Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?

When you start to write a new novel, what is the process for you, do you start with a small idea and when you sit to write is that when the story starts to flow, or, before you start to write do you already have the whole story worked out?
I need to start with a fairly big, fairly complex idea if and one that I'm excited about it. If I'm going to spend months with the idea it has to be more interesting to me than anything else. I also need it centred on characters I'm going to fall for, in one way or another. I either need to hate them or love them. I can't be indifferent, even at the start, or I will give up. I'm lazy that way.

But no, I most definitely do not have the whole story worked out. If I did, there'd be no incentive to keep writing it. I'd already know where it leads.

When you write, do you write from start to finish, or in the middle, or at the end first?
Start to finish. So far I've never written anything out of order. I do reserve the right to try that sometime. Since I have written so many out-of-sequence narrative structures, it might prove easier for me.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Always. No, I'm not telling who.

Seriously, I don't write based on any one person. I think characters and experiences add to a collective 'stew' of ideas and particulars and when I write, I draw from that, borrowing willy-nilly whatever suits the character or plot movement best.

What books have most influenced your writing most and why?
Good ones. I don't have a lot of time for extremely populist fiction. Some of it is very good, and popular for a reason. Some of it is popular because it's been marketing really well.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I like meeting all individuals who have had the tenacity to put pen to paper and craft something, a story, a book, a series. I have tremendous respect for writers who produce work and try to find a way to get it read. I would love to meet any people who are in that camp!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Ebooks! There's no doubt of the tactile beauty of a lovely book, cover art, even the smell of the pages. But this new opportunity for inexpensive, readily available books that I can carry with me in a stack of digital hundreds, well, it makes me giddy.

Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes! The best ones are rereads. The two (presently available) works of Jeffrey Eugenides and those of Paolo Coehlo come to mind.
I always strive to craft books that readers will want to read again. If my readership did that regularly, I'd consider the book a success.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
The Shawshank Redemption. The novella is good. But the movie is epic.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (electronic/paperback/hardcover)?
I'm writing at the moment so I'm not reading anything. Never the twain shall meet, as they say.

Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
If there's something I would change then I change it before I let people read it. If I mature over the next fifteen years and re-read some of my books from this period, I may cringe. Who knows? But I'll try to answer a question like this better at that time.

Who designed the cover of your book?
I did.

Do you have a book trailer? What are your thoughts on book trailers?
Yes! I like good book trailers. Some I've seen have all the dollars and design behind them of a huge Hollywood blockbuster film. Others are shorter, more teasing, and, frankly, better. I don't want to know the whole plot, just get a sense of the book. The blurb should tell me if it's the kind of book I would read.

What is the best advice that you can give to aspiring writers?
Let people read your work -- as many as are willing. Then listen to what they say. You don't need to agree with it -- in fact you may hardly ever agree -- but listen anyway. It will help. Somehow, organically, even if it's your next story, having feedback will help you.

Do you or have you written/write under a pen name?
I haven't!

Cats or dogs?
Neither. No time.

Where can your readers follow you?
My blog: My facebook page: My Goodreads author page: Twitter:!/JasonCMcIntyre

Print, ebook or both?
For now, ebooks. Print coming soon!

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world. I hope you share this interview with your friends. Nattie
Thank YOU so much, Nattie! You are so welcome Jason, congrats on your new release!!!! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and chat with me. :)

Ok so Jason and I were talking and to help him and 50 lucky readers as well, the giveaway this time is going to be a little different. For the first 50 readers to purchase Jason's book new book BLED on Amazon will receive the second in the series SHED for free, that's right peeps FREE, now BLED is on sale over at Amazon for a bargin price of 99. cents. Yup 99 cents, you can't beat that price.  So if you want your copy of BLED, hop on over to Amazon and get your copy. Now to make it easy here is the link all of Jason's books are on sale right now for 99cents.  HURRAY :)  Now when you make your purchase please when Amazon emails you your reciept of the purchase, you have to forward that to Jason, jason ( @ ) so he knows you have purchased it and he will send you SHED, this is very important. Enjoy everyone, I know I did. 

About the Author
Jason McIntyre has lived and worked in varied places across the globe. His writing also meanders from the pastoral to the garish, from the fantastical to the morbid. Vibrant characters and vivid surroundings stay with him and coalesce into novels and stories. Before his time as an editor, writer and communications professional, he spent several years as a graphic designer and commercial artist.

McIntyre's writing has been called darkly noir and sophisticated, styled after the likes of Chuck Palahniuk but with the pacing and mass appeal of Stephen King. The books tackle the family life subject matter of Jonathan Franzen but also eerie discoveries one might find in a Ray Bradbury story or those of Rod Serling.

Jason McIntyre’s books include the #1 Kindle Suspense, The Night Walk Men, Bestsellers On The Gathering Storm and Shed, plus the multi-layered coming-of-age literary suspense Thalo Blue.

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