Monday, June 20, 2016

Interview with Jason Luthor, author of 'Floor 21'

Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level he has spent several years pursuing a PhD in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history.

His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronciles of Narnia are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?
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About the Book:

The last of humanity is trapped at the top of an isolated apartment tower with no memory of how they got there or why. All travel beneath Floor 21 is forbidden, and nobody can ever recall seeing the ground floor. Beneath Floor 21, a sickness known as the Creep infests that halls of the Tower. A biological mass that grows stronger in reaction to people’s fear and anger, the Creep prey’s on people
by causing them to hallucinate until they’re in a state of panicking, before finally growing strong enough to lash out and consume them. Only a small team known as Scavengers are allowed to go beneath Floor 21 to pillage the lower levels in search of food and supplies.

Jackie is a brilliant young girl that lives far above the infection and who rarely has to worry about facing any harm. However, her intense curiosity drives her to investigate the bottom floors and the Creep. To deal with her own anxiety and insecurities, she documents her experiences on a personal recorder as she explores the secrets of the Tower. During the course of her investigation, Jackie will find herself at odds with Tower Authority, which safeguards what remains of humanity, as she attempts to determine what created the Creep, how humanity became trapped at the top of the Tower, and whether anyone knows if escape is even possible.

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  • Floor 21 is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I’ve always been inspired to write. I spent all year in sixth grade writing on a DOS based writing processor in the school library about Robin Hood. It was a terrible story, but at the time, I loved it. I guess I’d say Disney inspired me to write. Their stories were always so engaging to me as a child.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

12 years old, following a creative writing assignment given to us in 6th grade. Never stopped after that.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No, unless I’m doing a movie critique. I believe watching film for inspiration, or reading for inspiration, is a process that should be done by absorbing the material in full. Stopping to take notes interrupts that experience. You’ll remember the scenes that stand out and inspire you.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?
I started when I was 12, so it was a pretty early passion for me.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I am a full time writer and editor. Some of my income comes from book sales, and other comes from magazine articles, blog posts, ghost writing, and editing services I offer.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1.      Always write the scenes that inspired your book in the first place, the ones that occur to you while you’re taking a shower, when you can see every action and hear every word perfectly.
2.      Get your work critiqued and combine critiques with reading of current literature in your genre. Come up with your style as a combination of all these factors.
3.      Edit vigorously. Your first ten drafts may be terrible, but it’s okay. Perfect the voices of your characters and get rid of scenes that drag down the pace of your story. Don’t be afraid to leave stuff on the cutting room floor.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

I think everyone does. Life gets busy. You can’t be on top of writing all the time.

What hours do you write best?

Definitely night time. Nothing more exasperating than wanting to go to sleep at eleven at night, hearing a song that inspires a scene, then putting off rest to write until four in the morning. It’s also pretty fulfilling.

How often do you write?

Five to six days a week, easily.

Are you an avid reader?

I was in my childhood, but not much now. I draw much inspiration from games and film, although I read popular works in the sci fi genre just to keep myself sharp.

What are you reading now?

I am actually re-reading “Into Thin Air,” the story of a failed expedition up Mt. Everest. Riveting reading.

What are you currently working on?

Book 2 of the Floor 21 series just released after what felt like a year of writing. Currently, I am writing Book 3, and am about 25% through.

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