About Jason Komito:
Jason grew up in New City, NY, about twenty minutes north of Manhattan, exit 10 off the Palisades Parkway if you know the area. Jason has written countless press releases, bios and commercials during his ten year tenure as the Director of Marketing and Promotions for two of the biggest sports talk radio stations in Atlanta and St. Louis. An avid reader, a week doesn’t slip by without Jason burning through at least two books. Some of Jason’s favorite fantasy writers include David Eddings, Raymond Feist and Elizabeth Haydon. Daniel Silva, Steve Berry, Robert Ludlum and countless other thriller writers who have the ability to keep him on the edge of his seat also earn a top spot in his library. When he’s not writing or concocting the idea for Sapphyre’s next adventure in the soon-to-be epic series, you may very well spot him at his home in California enjoying a glass of wine in his backyard with his trusty lab, Ivy, sitting beside him.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy novel but I waited until I had a unique perspective on a hero. There’s more than one hero in my book, but the idea of a Runestar and a Seeker is what led to me finally putting pen to paper. As far as inspiration for writing goes, mine comes from actually writing. When I sit down and start to write, the ideas then flow and what I really enjoy is that I don’t know exactly where the story is going to go. I think it is the not knowing that keeps me going.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write a few sentences or a paragraph as an outline and I do it chapter by chapter. I may write one sentence about what is going to happen and it’s very broad. I like to create as I go so sometimes what I think will be a short chapter can turn into 20 pages in no time. I let the story create itself.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I absolutely talk to my characters while I’m writing. Everyone has a particular voice in my head- what they look like, sound like, accents, etc.
What advice would you give other writers?
There is so much that I’ve learned over the last few years after publishing my first book and working on book 2. From marketing to editing to the publication process- it’s really tough to put it all down. I did write a pretty detailed article on my website that seems to have helped a few people understand the process.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published through Smashwords first who distributed the book to a list of distributors including Barnes and Noble Nook, Amazon, Apple, etc. After a few months, I noticed that 95% of my sales were through Amazon. After doing a little bit of research I decided to go exclusively with Amazon to take advantage of the unique promotions that are available when you go exclusive. It seems to be working for me and I would advise new authors to take advantage of that platform. I don’t think it is worth it for everyone but for first time authors it is a great tool to get your book out there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the current trend towards ebooks will continue and the brick and mortar stores will unfortunately continue to shut down.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Epic Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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