Interview: Jasper T. Scott
Bio: Jasper T. Scott is the author of more than seven novels, written across various genres. He has been writing for more than seven years, but his abiding passion has always been to write science fiction and fantasy. As an avid fan of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, Jasper Scott aspires to create his own worlds to someday capture the hearts and minds of his readers as thoroughly as these franchises have. Jasper writes his books from a sunny paradise and offers his sincerest apologies and regrets for his long absence from the rat race, but to all the noble warriors who venture out daily into the wintry cold on their way to work or school, he sends his regards: you are braver than he.
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Links To Purchase Your Books, if available
Dark Space (Space Opera/Sci-Fi Adventure): http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Spaceebook/ dp/B00CGOSBT U/ref=sr_1_3? s=books&ie=UT F8&qid=1366907909&sr=1- 3&keywords=Dark+Space
Escape (Sci-Fi Adventure/Horror): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/309255
Mrythdom (Sci-Fi Fantasy/Romance): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/309270
When did you first realize you wanted to be an author? I realized I wanted to be an author when I was 19. I was on vacation, giving my life and future a hard look, wondering what to do with myself. Partly, the decision was influenced by a repetitive stress injury which made my traditional computer skills (graphic design) almost useless for a job.
What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing? I can stop eating. If I’m absorbed in what I’m doing, I just forget to eat.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books? I learned that I’m actually good at it, and that planning and outlining a novel can actually make it worse.
Where did you get ideas for your books? I get ideas from other books, movies, and T V. I also get ideas from talking to my genius brother who’s always up to date on the leading edges of science.
Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why? Tough call. I’ve written to date almost 10 books (most under another name), and at least one of them I’ll probably never publish, but I’d say my favorite is Dark Space, the latest book. The why–because it’s short but fun, it’s the kind of book I’d love to read, and it’s the most professional one to date.
What people do you think will love your book the most? YA mostly–a male audience between 12 and 35, possibly also a female audience between 12 and 18 (but only the ones who like some boy stuff).
What do you think makes a good story? Characters. I’ve written rigorously-plotted novels. I threw one of them in the trash. The problem is, if events are driving your story, no one gets emotionally invested. Characters have to drive the story. Period.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Nora Roberts, Francine Rivers, Dean R. Koontz.
If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be? Probably Hugh Jackman.
Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing? My brother, my parents, my wife . . . and all of my favorite writers. Oh, and let’s not forget George Lucas.
Is this book considered a dark sci-fi book such as aliens or other decimate the earth or something lighter like ET? Sci-fi doesn’t necessarily mean aliens but it is a good example of the genres extreme polarities. Aliens, yes, though you won’t see them in this book. The main story is a human one. Aliens feature in the backstory and the future sequels.
What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a sci-fi writer that you gravitate toward sci-fi movies and television such as Lost in Space or Stargate? Stargate Atlantis, yes, but the original Stargate is very cheesy. Battlestar Galactica was also great inspiration. What else? Star Wars, of course. I do gravitate toward these movies and tv shows, but my interests are very broad. I even watch Pretty Little Liars with my wife!
Sci-fi is often grouped with the fantasy and paranormal genres; do you find a close connection between them? Yes, I do, but there’s very little connection to them and hard sci-fi, which I do not write.
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring author what would it be? Write, read, don’t be sensitive to critiques–learn from them!– and don’t think writing is all you have to do. (Nowadays you better be an editor, a self-promoter, a cover designers, etc. and if you’re not all of those, find others to help you who are!) Last of all, have a lot of patience.
What would you like to say to friends and family of authors (not just your own)? Be supportive, but make sure authors are realistic, too. Starting authors should not quit their day jobs or studies unless they’re already famous! Make sure you have other options, because for most, writing is a long haul to success.
What projects do you have up and coming? Dark Space 2!
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers? Be happy. Life isn’t going to make you happy; you have to be happy in spite of life. Focus on the positive.
Excerpt from Dark Space
Desperate, Ethan raked blind laser fire over the target brackets. Nothing happened. An instant later, the hailfire exploded in four separate directions, and Ethan felt a stab of fear. Sweat trickled into his left eye and he swiped at it with the back of one hand, blinking to clear his vision. The smaller warheads flared to life and boosted after the enemy fighters.
“They’re too close!”
Ethan could hear a tremor in Gina’s voice. “Give me a
second!” he said, switching fire to the warhead arcing
closest to Gina. He hit it with a lucky shot, and the resultant
explosion tore into the nearest enemy fighter, drawing
flames and debris from its thruster pods. Gina’s fighter
rocked in the shockwave. T hen the other three warheads
found their marks, and the remaining two enemy fighters
exploded in blinding fireballs. Ethan heard Gina scream, and
then her comm cut off in static. “Gina!”
The static hissed on and Ethan felt a horrible chill creeping
down his spine.
Frek! His heart pounding, Ethan checked his scopes, but
they’d fuzzed out due to the proximity of the explosions. He
flew through the expanding fireballs and ignored the sound
of debris pelting his fighter. His forward shields quickly
dropped into the red, and he feared what that meant for
Gina. “Gina!” he tried again.
Then he saw her, one of her three engines still glowing, the
other two flickering. Her starboard stabilizer fins had been
knocked off, and he could see her cockpit canopy was
striated with fractures. “Gina, for Immortals’ sake, answer
A moment later her voice came back to him, but she
sounded weak. “I’m alive. Took a hit through my canopy. My
suit’s pissing air.”
“Krak, how badly are you injured?”
“Not much blood, but breathing hurts like a motherfrekker.
Maybe a few broken ribs.”
“Fly back to the Defiant. I’ll cover you.”
“I’ll never make it, not on half thrust. . . . Too many enemy
Ethan gritted his teeth. “Well, frek it! You’re just gonna give
up and die?”
Ethan watched the hull of the Valiant growing large before
them. In his periphery he spotted the Defiant’s beam
cannons opening up as the cruiser made her first pass on
the Valiant’s port hangar. Eight blue dymium beams shot out,
drawing rippling waves from the hangar’s shields.
A few seconds later, Ethan saw nova fighters tearing out of
the massive carrier’s launch tubes.
“Are those our novas coming from the Valiant?” Gina asked.
Ethan shook his head. “We don’t have anyone left on board.
We took everyone except for the sentinels with us.”
“So those are enemy novas. Frek!”
Ethan had no reply for that. By now Brondi had overwhelmed
the six sentinels in the concourse between the carrier’s
ventral hangars and he was taking control of the ship
—including its considerable compliment of nova fighters and
interceptors. Gina’s right. We won’t make it back to the
No one will.