Jason Mott has a lot to be happy about. His novel The Returned received multiple starred reviews. It hit the New York Times best seller list. And ABC Studios picked up television rights, with the show already slated for the 2013-2014 midseason. USA Today describes the book as "a tense and touching treatise on life, death and life again, centered on
an aging couple dealing with the resurrection of their 8-year-old boy
nearly 50 years after he drowned in a river."
We reached out to the author, who is currently on tour, with our "Amazon Asks" questions. Read on to learn more about him. (Who knew Jason Mott was a die-hard fanboy?)
Describe your book in 10 words or less?
A family is given a second chance at life and love.
What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?
by Neil Gaiman
Favorite books of all time?
by John Gardner, The Lord of the
Flies by William Golding, The Epic of Beowulf (various translations).
Book that made you want to become a writer?
by John Gardner gave me "permission to write."
Most memorable author moment?
Speaking with a woman who told me how The Returned helped her cope with the loss of
What talent or superpower would you like to have (not including
flight or invisibility)?
I'd love to be able to read minds.
What are you obsessed with now?
B movies. I've always been obsessed with them, and now I love how
they're getting so much attention. When
SHARKNADO took over Twitter, that was hilarious.
What are you stressed about now?
Just trying to keep up with life on the road during the book tour.
What are you psyched about now?
I've started working on a new writing project, and that always excites
What's your most prized/treasured possession?
A copy of one of the first short stories I ever wrote.
Pen Envy - Book you wish you'd written?
Johnny Got His Gun
by Dalton Trumbo.
What's next for you?
My editor and I have just started revising my next novel manuscript. And
I'm also playing with a screenplay. Hopefully that'll lead somewhere.
What's the last dream you remember?
Honestly, I had a dream about being interviewed. I think it's the
byproduct of being on a book tour.
"Let me live in greatness or courage, or here in this hall welcome my
death." "“ The Epic of Beowulf
Favorite method of procrastination? Temptation? Vice?
B movies. Just can't get enough of them.
What do you collect?
Comic books. I'm a die-hard fanboy.
Best piece of fan mail you ever got?
When my superhero-themed poetry collection came out, someone actually
sent me some old Superman comics along with a very personal note about what the
comics meant to them. It was incredibly