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Friday, October 4, 2013

Author Feature 1: Jaz Primo



Author Jaz Primo is the first author to kick off our brand new Platinum Author Spotlight!

Jaz is releasing "Wicked Sunset" on October 8, 2013. Wicked is the 4th book in the Sunset Vampire Series!

Jaz is having an online Facebook release party on October 12, 2013 and it's open to all! It's hosted by us here at Platinum Reviews & Promotions! 
Jaz will be chatting with us during the party! He will have many prizes up for grabs including a Kindle! 

Here is the link if you want to join in:  ~~WICKED SUNSET RELEASE PARTY~~

Jaz took the time to sit down with us and answer a few questions for us! Enjoy his wonderful responses

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1) Why did you decide to start writing?

I wanted to share my imaginative stories with my fellow students. Of course, that was eons ago when I was in elementary school; the fifth grade, as a matter of fact. That same urge remains, only now I’m anxious to share with the other overgrown kids out there who are like me; appreciative for an imaginative story.

2) Do you think authors can succeed in multiple genres or should they stick with a single genre?

Authors should never limit themselves to only one genre…unless they only want to write in one. Essentially, any author should write about whatever inspires them, guided solely by their imagination at any given moment. Now, whether an author should necessarily publish different materials under the same name is another question altogether. Let’s face it, if E.L. James (of Fifty Shades of Grey fame) chose to write a children’s book, she should probably do it under another pen-name. What parent wouldn’t be suspicious to let their child read “The Princess Learns to Play” if they saw it was written by E.L. James? The title doesn’t necessarily conjure up overly innocent images with her name affixed to it, wouldn’t you agree?

3) What do you feel is the biggest reward to you with writing?

I receive a great deal of satisfaction just from completing a novel or story. However, it’s also highly rewarding when I learn about others who’ve enjoyed what I’ve written. It’s always flattering to know that something I’ve created made someone happy or entertained them.

4) Who are some of your favorite authors & why?

One of my favorite authors is L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (wrote the Recluse Series, et. al.). I admire the way in which he writes about seemingly ordinary characters who become heroes by honing and leveraging their innate skills, talents, or values. Modesitt also creates strong central female characters; a practice I not only admire and appreciate as a reader, but also try to emulate as a writer. Other authors whose works I both enjoy and admire include Simon R. Green, Jim Butcher, Katherine Kurtz, Lorna Freeman, Rachel Caine, and Neil Gaiman.

5) What are the biggest hurdles to overcome as an author?

For me, the biggest hurdle was learning how to handle the inevitable negative feedback from some readers. It’s impossible to write (or create) something that everyone will like; it’s a harsh reality, but also quite logical. However, nothing can prepare an author for reading or hearing negative feedback. The best thing to do is accept that negative feedback is a part of publishing…and then go write your next novel or story.

6) Is there any advice that you can offer for new writers?

My best advice is a simple quote I learned from a famous author named Neil Gaiman: “Make good art.” Take the time to carefully create your story, characters, and plot. Finally, even if you intend to publish your work yourself, you MUST seek (or hire) and heed the advice a professional editor. Unedited, sloppy writing is unforgivable if a writer expects to be taken seriously (and viewed professionally) as an author. But really, to me, it all still comes back to what Neil Gaiman said, “Make good art.”

7) Tell us a few random personal things about yourself, both personally & professionally!

I excel at rattling off random thoughts and ideas, so here I go! Many people may not know that I’ve been a college history professor for a number of years. Teaching is one of my passions. I enjoy making people laugh, but I’m actually quite shy in public, so I don’t see myself pursuing a career as a comedian. I’ve always been a dog lover since I was a child, but since meeting my wife (FYI: We met well before we were married, by the way) I’ve become quite attached to her cat.

[Intermission: Are my thoughts random enough for you?] 

Did you know that a rock band named Angelical Tears (they play Goth, metal, and alternative rock) wrote a song called “Sunrise at Sunset” that’s named after, and based upon, my first novel in the Sunset Vampire series? It’s the eighth track on their album The Eleventh Hour, and it sounds totally awesome! You must check it out on iTunes (or wherever fine music is sold). Speaking of music, I typically listen to music while writing in order to set a mood for the material or scene that I’m focused on. 

Well, that’s all the random facts I can think to share for now. That was fun!


Author Bio:

I’m an author, history buff, pun-master, and all-around lover of kick-butt heroines in paranormal and urban fantasy literature, as well as graphic novels. While offering readers a conventional young adult paranormal romance with age-appropriate content, as I did in Gwen Reaper, I’m also redefining the traditional boundaries of urban fantasy and paranormal romance in some of my other work, including controversial themes and an alternative approach to handling gender relations for central characters. In the case of the Sunset Vampire Series, one should never underestimate the inherent strength and power of women and their capacity for dominance; sexual or otherwise.
My life has been a satisfying blend of personal, professional, and educational experiences. I’m very fortunate to have the support of family, friends, and professional associates to encourage and share in my literary journey. Thanks for being part of my journey. I hope that you enjoy the ride as much as I already am!

Jaz's Book List:

Logan Bringer Series
   Bringer Of Fire

YA Paranormal Romance
Gwen Reaper

Sunset Vampire Series:

   Sunrise At Sunset
   A Bloody London Sunset
   Summit At Sunset
   Wicked Sunset

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