Today I’m excited to host Jason Parent, author of “A Life Removed”, on my blog. Thanks for agreeing to the interview!
Thanks for having me!
Leigh: Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, there’s not much to tell. I’m an attorney by day and a writer by night, so yeah… I drink. I can also do a number of impersonations that only I find funny, usually brought on by said drinking.
Leigh: What were some of your literary influences growing up?
Tolkien and Poe, and a little later, King. But I guess it all really started with Dr. Seuss. I still love Green Eggs and Ham.
Leigh: What are some of your favorite films and TV shows?
Though I am not necessarily sure they are my absolute favorites, I definitely love these movies and have seen them more than all other films: Big Trouble in Little China, Better Off Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, The Thing, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Princess Bride. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do (with the exception of Preacher, Hap & Leonard, Legion, Rick & Morty, and The Walking Dead), it’s usually binge-watching a Netflix/BBC show (Luther, Wallander) or any show on HBO, Showtime or Starz. Dexter was one of my favorites.
Leigh: Will Detectives Marklin and Beaudette from this novel return in another one? Do you foresee a possible series?
The current plan is to bring them back for at least one more story. They have important roles to play in a universe I have been creating with several thrillers—their stories will stand alone, but they will have some interconnected facets that fans of my other books might appreciate, and particularly fans of Seeing Evil and its upcoming sequels.
Leigh: How much research did you have to do to be able to write the novel’s villain? Was there a real-life individual that inspired you to create this type of character?
My research for this villain was more geared toward religious cults, their charismatic leaders, and what psychology influences followers to join up. The Branch Davidians are referenced in passing in this book, though David Koresh was somewhat influential in the villain’s development, as was Charles Manson. But the biggest influence was Joshua Milton Blahyi.
Leigh: What other works have you written and where can readers find them?
Well, for those who liked A Life Removed, I have another crime thriller called Seeing Evil, also from Red Adept Publishing. It’s about a fourteen-year-old orphan boy who has visions of horrible crimes and the detective and semi-foster mother who tries to keep him and those he sees safe. I have several other novels, all mixing horror, suspense, thriller, science fiction, and dark humor to varying degrees, as well as several novellas and short stories and my own collection. My next release will be a more traditional horror novel called They Feed, due out from Sinister Grin in a month or two. Everything’s on Amazon and everywhere else books are sold online.
Leigh: What do you do to relax?
I read and write and love the beach. My idea of true relaxation is lounging on some tropical beach with a book or pen and paper in one hand and an umbrella drink with a name I won’t remember by the time I finish drinking it in the other.
Leigh: Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Probably still doing what I’m doing: plugging away at the day job and trying to make a decent living as a writer. But, I’m open to suggestions.
Leigh: How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jason-Parent/e/B008XMAMBY
Thank you very much, Jason, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.