Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Seven Threads: A Book of Short Stories by Jason Atkinson Giveaway & Interview

Book Details:

Book Title: Seven Threads: A Book of Short Stories
Author: Jason Atkinson
Category: Adult Fiction, 151 pages
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: July 4 , 2017
Tour dates: July 10 to 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, Seven Threads offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.

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Meet the Author:

Jason Atkinson lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. With a love of writing, this is his 3rd book, but first book in the fiction category. Short stories are easy to digest, and yet, this book still provides all the joys for the long haul reader. Jason write for everyone in mind when creating this piece and hopes you will enjoy it as much as he did when writing it.

Interview Q&A

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Q: Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

A: For my stories, inspiration comes from life. Not just my life, but also the lives of those people we see on TV, in movies, and from our neighbors. We all have a story to tell and each story is a little different. I just took these particular stories to the next level by weaving a thread of goodness in them so that no matter what the situation, an ending we all want is an ending we can see and feel on the pages of this book.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

A: Certainly. There have been a few times where writers block has crept up on me and tried to shut me down for a while. I am still unaware of how it shows up, but getting past it has been getting easier and easier. For me, it has revolved around what I do in my life outside of writing, whether it is the people I speak to, things I watch, other things I read etc.

I can be a visual learner at times; so being able to watch a show or movie, and then translate that in my words has helped me tremendously with overcoming what to say or how to say it on paper. Just as other books have helped me see the ways in which other writers describe situations has helped me when tackling my own descriptive behaviors. Short stories can be a challenge though because of a word limitation – but I thoroughly enjoy the challenge and have found it to be my favorite approach to writing.

Q: Do you write every day?

A: I would love to say yes, I write everyday and for hours on end! Sadly though, this is not the case. I do make it a goal to write something, even if only a few hundred words at a time, but this can be a challenge with being a husband, father, full time employee and trying to have a social life somewhere in there too.

Q: How do you balance your time when writing?

A: The balancing act used to be easy for me. Once upon a time it was just my wife and I, but now, I have a toddler running around that I cannot bear to say away from because of how precious he is to me. I struggle sometimes pulling myself away so I can write, but I know that if I don’t I will fall behind, or worse, just lose interest in the story I am working on. I have to stay committed. So I make sure at least 3 or 4 times per week I am solely devoting myself to approximately 1,000 words per session. At least then I can say I did something that would help my progress.

Q: What advice would you give budding writers?

A: To be a writer, you simply need to write. Worrying about quality in the beginning is pointless and a waste of valuable energy. Success comes in many forms, and yes, a paycheck is one of those although it is not the most important.

Success for writers comes when you personally feel satisfied with what you are and have done. It doesn’t matter the genre or how long something is. If you can stand by what you wrote and feel proud of finishing it – then you are successful.

Just sit down, and do it. You’ll be very happy when you complete your first piece. Even if after looking back you realize it might have been awful – that was your first step towards a better writer and storyteller. So what are you waiting for?

Q: There are plenty of fiction books out there, what makes yours so special?

A: I realize that in this great big world that there are those that read a lot, and those that only read small portions. This book stands apart because it fits both audiences. My book of short stories is split into parts. Each story has parts that make up the entire story. If a reader wishes to read an entire story at once, they can. If another reader wants to digest smaller sections without getting lost – they can! It’s great.

Plus, my stories are just fun to read and have twists and turns all their own. Each story is unique so you are bound to find a few favorites to read over and over again.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

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