Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMONG THE STACKS: Jason Mosberg


The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Hi, Jason.  Welcome to The Gal.  I've been looking forward to this interview.  
            Let's start out with something easy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Jason Mosberg:
I'm 31, from Delaware, and watch way too much TV.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are five things most people don't know about you?

Jason Mosberg:
I have a fear of valet parking.  I still look at Where's Waldo? books sometimes.  I love playing ping pong.  I am obsessed with claw machines.  I used to be able to do a one-arm pull-up.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What is the first book you remember reading?

Jason Mosberg:
The Giving Tree

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are you reading now?

Jason Mosberg:
The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What made you decide you want to write?  When did you begin writing?

Jason Mosberg:
I wrote comic books and short stories when I was 8, but I took a long hiatus from writing.  After college I got into screenwriting.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have a special place you like to write?

Jason Mosberg:
A motel room in the desert.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

Jason Mosberg:
Way too much pacing.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Jason Mosberg:
This is my first novel and it came from a movie idea I had five years ago.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What books have most inspired you?

Jason Mosberg:
Anything by Kem Nunn, Denis Johnson, and Raymond Chandler.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Jason Mosberg:
The final draft.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you think makes a good story?

Jason Mosberg:
A combination of surprising and gratifying the reader.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Jason Mosberg:
Mars

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Why did you pick your particular genre?

Jason Mosberg:
I didn't make an effort to write in a particular genre.  I had an idea that I had to put down on paper and it happened to fall in a very commercial genre.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What makes your book different from others out there in this genre?

Jason Mosberg:
It is DARK.  In some ways my novel is very similar to Heist Society and other mainstream YA novels, but it is definitely geared towards an upper YA readership.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What can we expect from you in the future?

Jason Mosberg:
Possibly some sequels to Grift.  Hopefully a movie in 2016 from a couple of the screenplays I have optioned.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Thanks for stopping by.  It was great having you.  Good luck with the sales of your book, and I can't wait to read it. :)
            One more thing before you go: Where can we find you?

Jason Mosberg:
I'm new to Twitter - but I think it's a great place to find me.  @threestoryjason

About the book:
Why would a 17-year-old girl pretend to be a prostitute?
            Piper is a con artist whose canvas is the city of Las Vegas.  She rolls with a crew of young grifters including a card-counting genius, a tourist-hustling pool shark, and a pocket-picking magician.  Together, this crew of teenage outlaws live with their mentor Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino.  They work hard and play harder.  But unlike the others, Piper must balance her hyper-real Vegas fantasy with the reality of raising her 14-year-old half-sister Sophie.  Disaster strikes when the Las Vegas mafia kidnaps Sophie and demands a multimillion-dollar ransom.  With only five days to piece together the money, the crew races the clock to save her.

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