Book Title: Seven Threads: A Book of Short Stories
Author: Jason Atkinson
Category: Adult Fiction, 151 pages
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: July 4 , 2017
Tour dates: July 10 to 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG
In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, Seven Threads offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.
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Q: Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
A: For my stories, inspiration comes from life. Not just my life, but also the lives of those people we see on TV, in movies, and from our neighbors. We all have a story to tell and each story is a little different. I just took these particular stories to the next level by weaving a thread of goodness in them so that no matter what the situation, an ending we all want is an ending we can see and feel on the pages of this book.
Q: In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
A: The only parts I write on paper are the ideas and some structural parts of the stories. I see it like this…anyone can type something. But if you are willing to take the extra time to write it down and actually put some effort in, then maybe you are willing to use it in your story. And that’s exactly how it worked for me with this book. If I wrote it down and actually finished writing down the idea, then I knew I was “into” it enough to see how it would flow with the rest of the story already written.
Q: How do you balance your time when writing?
A: The balancing act used to be easy for me. Once upon a time it was just my wife and I, but now, I have a toddler running around that I cannot bear to say away from because of how precious he is to me. I struggle sometimes pulling myself away so I can write, but I know that if I don’t I will fall behind, or worse, just lose interest in the story I am working on. I have to stay committed. So I make sure at least 3 or 4 times per week I am solely devoting myself to approximately 1,000 words per session. At least then I can say I did something that would help my progress.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I could answer this in a few ways, but to be specific, I would say writing in a more professional manner has come around in the past 2 years. I have been writing as a whole for much longer, but not until recently did I consider seriously making something of myself until a couple of years ago.
Q: What advice would you give budding writers?
A: To be a writer, you simply need to write. Worrying about quality in the beginning is pointless and a waste of valuable energy. Success comes in many forms, and yes, a paycheck is one of those although it is not the most important.
Success for writers comes when you personally feel satisfied with what you are and have done. It doesn’t matter the genre or how long something is. If you can stand by what you wrote and feel proud of finishing it – then you are successful.
Just sit down, and do it. You’ll be very happy when you complete your first piece. Even if after looking back you realize it might have been awful – that was your first step towards a better writer and storyteller. So what are you waiting for?
Meet the Author:
Jason Atkinson lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. With a love of writing, this is his 3rd book, but first book in the fiction category. Short stories are easy to digest, and yet, this book still provides all the joys for the long haul reader. Jason write for everyone in mind when creating this piece and hopes you will enjoy it as much as he did when writing it.
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