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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

**AUTHOR FEATURE** Jayson Zwirner

Our next author feature is on an up-and-coming writer, whose first book will be released shortly. I'd like you all to meet the awesome Jayson Zwirner! His new book is titled: Rising Fall: Book One: Zero Effect, so watch for the release soon! In between work on the new book, a busy family life & the recordings of his beloved podcast "Twisted Geekdom",  Jay took a few minutes to sit down with Platinum & answer some questions.. He has a great sense of humor, so be sure to check the interview out! 


1) Why did you decide to start writing? 

Honestly, I started when I was in High School, back when Dinosaurs roamed the earth. Had an entire fantasy novel written that was destroyed in a flood (no PCs back then, so no backups.. It was all hand-written) and so, after losing hope and stopping, I went on a looong break.. One day I picked up a book by Mark Tufos, called Zombie Fallout and then spent time talking to an author friend of mine, Raz T Slasher, and it inspired me to start again.

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

I think its different for every author. One may be only good at one thing & another could be awesome at many. I let the work decide, not an opinion.

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

Creating a world from scratch. Yes, I may use our own planet, but the people and situations are something that (hopefully) would never happen in reality so it is "my" world, at that point.

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

Mark Tufo, I love his characters, and his style of writing, and I also know him IRL and he's a great guy. Stephen King and Terry Brooks, who are the two authors that started it all for me when I read the Shanara series (before it was a teen drama) and Pet Cemetery and I fell in love with books.

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

Finding time to write. This is not my full time gig (yet). I have a full time job, a wife, and 3 kids, a podcast, and a stream I'm trying to cultivate, so time, quite literally, is a luxury for me.

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

Don't give up! It took me over a year to get my first book finished and ready for publishing, but the feeling you get when it's done is unmatched.

7) Tell us a few random personal things about yourself personal & professional! 

A few, umm, okay.... I'm a meat Popsicle (bonus points if you get the reference)!

No, but seriously, I'm a huge gamer.. I play MMO's, MOBA's and RPG's like they are crack (they probably are).
I run a podcast with some dear friends, on which we talk about all things nerdy and pop culture-y.
I assisted in teaching kids Martial Arts for free, back in the day (10 years or so ago when I wasn't old and broken down). It was a thing for less-fortunate kids that a friend and I did..
I've been a Nerd since before it was cool (like 80s style). I still play DnD and probably always will!
Oh.. And I love Lamp! That is all..



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