About Jason Werbeloff:
Jason Werbeloff is a novelist and philosopher. He loves chocolate and his Labrador, Sunny. He’s interested in the nature of social groups, personal identity, freedom, and the nature of the mind. His passion is translating philosophical debate around these topics into works of science fiction, while gorging himself on chocolate.
Jason has a PhD in Philosophy, the topic of which was ‘Does the Social Exist?’, and two novels – ‘The Solace Pill’ and ‘Hedon’. He’s recently released a number of bestselling sci-fi short stories.
What inspires you to write?
Anything or anyone that presents fresh material, or a new perspective on the world, inspires me: podcasts, movies, philosophers, and unusual (or unstable) people.
Tell us about your writing process.
I begin at the beginning. The first scene of a novel usually pops into my head a few months, sometimes years, before I start writing. The scene has a character, who slowly grows in my head, and a world in which she lives.
I wait. Eat chocolate. Watch movies, read other books, and generally procrastinate. Until it hurts. Until every cell in me burns to get the story out. Then I know it’s time to begin writing!
If the story is a novel, I plot out the story broadly, and then in finer detail – planning is my favorite part of the process. For short stories, I prefer to let the story evolve organically. I often have no idea how the story will progress until I’ve written it. It sounds clichéd, but the story really does write itself.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ve heard about other writers chatting to their characters. I don’t do this.
However, I do love my characters. I love them actively. I caress their egos, stroke their desires, and listen to their aspirations. By the time a story ends, I miss them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Step 1: Write! Don’t worry if it’s shit. Rubbish can be massaged and processed into something beautiful with enough editing.
Step 2: Publish! Again, don’t worry if it’s shit. You only learn by failing, failing, failing, and then succeeding.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish my books. I like the flexibility and control this provides me, both in what I write, and in how I choose to market my books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing depends on the genre of books published. My genre (science fiction) is very likely to become almost exclusively e-based. But I can imagine other genres (perhaps romance?) taking longer to convert from paperbacks to e-books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Cyberpunk, Apocalyptic, LGBTI fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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