Our seventh awesome author in the countdown until the Get Down With The Awethors Facebook event on April 12 is Isaac Jourden. Sales in the month of April from his debut novel will be donated to water.org, so if you don’t win a copy at the Awethors event, help a worthy cause afterwards!
1. What will you be sharing with the group on April 12 at the Get Down With The Awethors event? Free book giveaway, sneak peek, merchandise, holding a competition, discussion?
I’m promoting my first novel, Petty. I am giving away copies as part of the Contemporary Fiction bundle, but also, all the profits from sales on Petty in March and April are being donated to water.org, and purchasing enters you into a drawing (with a randomly selected winner) for cool prizes like an Amazon gift card, a Kindle, an Xbox One, and more!
Details on how to enter are all at http://www.isaacjourden.com.
2. What is your latest book or work, and where can we find it?
Petty is my first novel; it’s about a small-time con artist working in an amusement park and trying to keep his social life and his underhanded activity separate. It’s out now and available on Amazon.com in ebook for $2.99 or paperback for $11.99. Reviews have been good – currently 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon!
My second novel, The Gravedigger’s Girlfriend, is currently going through the editing process and will hopefully be released this summer. I’d say the writing style is inspired in tone – if not in content – by authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Douglas Coupland.
3. What drives you to write? Music, an interest in the human mind, is it cathartic for you?
I really enjoy strategy games and logic puzzles because of that “aha!” moment when you discover something that makes all the various pieces work to give you the correct solution. Novel writing for me is much the same – I like writing stories about characters whose lives interweave in unpredictable but inevitable ways, starting with things that seem unconnected but build to a big finish.
So for me, novel writing is kind of like a big puzzle, and finding that missing piece that ties everything together elegantly is incredibly satisfying.
4. What’s your favorite book in the world? One you couldn’t imagine having lived your life without reading.
This is a tough one because so many books could fit that description. I’d have to say Dune by Frank Herbert is my all-time favorite. I love the way the story is focused on the characters much more than the plot. I love the way all the characters are weaving schemes nested within schemes and the way that all the characters are intelligent, self aware, and mostly amoral. The psychology of it is so engaging, and the heroes and villains all match wits well. I really appreciate that.
5. When will you be at the Awethors event on April 12? All day or at a certain time?
As much as I can, off and on all day. I’ve put aside the day to focus on being at the event as much as possible!
Isaac Jourden is a 33-year-old American living in Canada with his wife Stephanie, son Simon, and two cats, Darth Kitty and Cooler. His interests include Doctor Who, poker, Korean pop music, and writing things his mother will scold him for.
Connect with Isaac
He can be reached on Facebook, on Twitter (@isaacjourden), and through www.isaacjourden.com.
His novel, Petty, can be purchased on Amazon.com in paperback or ebook formats: