Interview with Jason MyersDecember, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
JM: Profoundly chaotic yet devastingly interesting and beautifully absurd.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
JM: I will outwork anyone to get better at my medium.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
JM: I honestly don't think there is a perfect hapiness. You wake up each day and take an inventory of where you're heading, and if you like the what you see, then you're happy at least until the next day.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
JM: Not becoming a better storyteller.
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
JM: Eugene O' Neil.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
JM: My wonderful mother.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
JM: Um. And, I mean...
SS: What do you regret most?
JM: Don't know where to start with that one.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
JM: Just being a better writer.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
JM: Having a book deal with Simon Pulse and getting literary representation with the best agent, Gary Heidt.
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
JM: A fly on the wall when Thomas Jefferson wrote the draft of the constitution.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
JM: My lamb chop sideburns and tattoos.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
JM: Tyler Durden.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
JM: People who agree with me just to agree.
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
JM: Writing novels.
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
JM: Understanding. Ambition. Compassion.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
JM: Bret Easton Ellis. Chuck Palahniuk. Joan Didion. Cormac McCarthy.
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
JM: Less Than Zero. Fight Club. Play it as it Lays. The Alphabet Man. The Mission.
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
JM: Fight Club.
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
JM: Don't get caught up with the first draft not being the exact way you want it. The rewrites is when the true magic happens!
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
JM: Couldn't put the book down.
SS: What were your previous occupations?
JM: Construction worker. Factory worker. Shipping and recieving manager. Student.
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
JM: Finding a way to make my stories better.
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
JM: Union High School in La Porte City, Iowa.
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
JM: Frank Sinatra and my favorite band is The Replacements.
SS: What is your favorite movie?
JM: Buffalo '66.
SS: What is your favorite television show?
JM: The Charlie Rose Show.
SS: What is your birthdate?
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