Meet Indie Author Jason Zandri

Greetings, dear readers. It is my pleasure to once again take part in a 4 Wills Blog Tour. This time around, my special guest is none other than indie author Jason Zandri. Please give Jason a warm welcome.

Take it away, Jason…

 

 

One of my favorite things when talking about “Another Sunset” is telling people the story about how I wrote it in six weeks over the summer of 2014. 99,000 plus words and 350 plus pages – six weeks.

Of course, editing it came afterwards and took nearly the same amount of time, but that main draft of the book really did happen from the last week of July to the first week of September.

The whole story really starts thirty some odd years ago in high school. I loved my Creative Writing class but I hated many of the writing assignments. Some were forced topics and I didn’t feel comfortable writing them. Imagine a football player in a tutu. Some assignments just didn’t work for me and they shook my confidence. I know it was skill building and stretching (now that I am 46) but as a 15 year old kid, with little family support, it took the wind out of me more often than not and the character building aspect didn’t correctly offset the “trauma”.

When I was out of high school I left writing behind me and I took a shot at professional radio, trying to be an on-air personality (among other things). I made more money flipping burgers and making pizzas. Time marched on, the car needed work and the rent was due, so I moved on to other things that actually earned me a moderate living.

I wanted to get back to writing regularly somehow. I always kept my appetite whet by writing “letters to the editor” for the local newspaper (they even gave me an op-ed column twice a month for a couple of years) and I wrote on my many blogs (local news and events, technology tutorials, and so on). These were all mainly hobby related mainly and I made very little if any money from them, but like any hobby that you love to engage in, you generally never do.

In the end, I always hoped that I would get back to writing a story and getting it published. The ones I wanted to write, many were already “finished” in my head.

Then “Fifty Shades of Grey” came out. Many of the issues in the book series from the detractors’ points of view included the layout, storyline, grammar, and the incomplete editing. All the nitpicky stuff I was worried about in my own finished product, yet despite those major issues, the book series sold hundreds of millions of copies.

I meant to sit down to catch up as soon as my kids left for Poland (they go away the end of June through the end of August every year) but catching up on things at home, enjoying that first couple of weeks around the house like Al Bundy with no Peggy, threw me all off schedule.

Eventually, I decided to get serious and figured the best way to do that was to stay out of the house. This way I wasn’t distracted by the lawn, the garage, the lawn chair out in the yard…

I have ownership in a timeshare that was opening up a location in New York City three blocks from where I work. I decided since the family was gone and I had ownership to leverage, I decided to spend time there instead of wasting it on the train going back and forth to an empty house.

I found this awesome bar at 515 Third Avenue in New York City, (aptly named “Bar 515”), which had just enough ambient noise to keep me actively working, without getting burned out.   It was conducive to writing and the beers were only four bucks, too! Really?  In New York City?  You had me at “Hello.”

So, there I sat, (like I am this summer righting posts for this blog tour), each Monday thru Thursday night after work, getting this story out of my head that had been there for at least fifteen years. Six weeks, and probably 100 or so beers later, “Another Sunset” was complete.

Six weeks, and probably 100 or so beers later, “Another Sunset” was done.

I’m not yet selling millions of copies; heck, I am not even selling thousands of copies (yet), but I am a published author and that is more than I was at this time last year.

I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Book Cover

About Another Sunset

David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.

 

Another Sunset Reviews – http://amzn.to/1RHrdES

“The author has a nice way of weaving together a touching story that definitely tugged at those heartstrings”
http://www.amazon.com/review/RE23H0HC4YBXY/

 

“Endearing characters, well-paced dialogue, and valuable lessons…all the components of fantastic book”
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3KETK9GVPLVIV

 

“Instead of the fast pace of stories that tell too much, too soon, Another Sunset moved its pace along with detail that helped really form its characters. It gave plenty of time to delve into the story and not be able to fully discern where the story was going (which I like – I don’t like to be able to script out what’s going to happen! Surprise me!)”
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3DJBKJG5DVFM1/

 

Another Sunset – Three Chapter Excerpt – http://www.zandri.net/PDF/Another_Sunset_8_9_15.pdf

 

 

Books and links

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Before-Another-Sunset-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00T11GKYE

Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)
http://www.amazon.com/Another-Sunset-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I Hero: The Beginning
http://www.amazon.com/I-Hero-Beginning-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I Hero: Nathan Returns
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64

As Life Goes: Elementary
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Goes-Elementary-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/  

 

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

 

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

 

 

 

Social Media links

Twitter – @GUNDERSTONE https://twitter.com/gunderstone/
Facebook Author page – https://www.facebook.com/jzandri
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonzandri
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/
Author blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

JASON CROP

ABOUT JASON ZANDRI

Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

“This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

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47 thoughts on “Meet Indie Author Jason Zandri

  1. jinlobify

    Hi Jason, congrats as you start your tour. I already have a copy of your book on my Kindle, and will get to it soon. Good luck with your tour. Thank you Beem for hosting him.

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  2. Michelle Abbott

    Wow Jason, wish I could write a book in six weeks! I’m a procrastinator so it takes me months, although I get there in the end 🙂 50 Shades inspired a lot of people to publish and I think the reason it was so successful was due to the plot and characters. Editing is important, but a good story with characters people fall in love with is what sells. Beem, thanks for hosting.

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    1. GUNDERSTONE

      Once I get into gear my mind works really fast. That can be a detriment believe it or not. You can lose character depth that way. So one of the things I have to do when writing at that pace is go back and review that to make sure that the characters have that emotion and depth.

      Thanks for stopping by for a visit on the tour.

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    1. GUNDERSTONE

      Thanks for stopping by for a visit on the tour Christa. Yeah, like Shirley says below, it can be easy when the story is already baked in your head. That is of course provided you can stop tweaking it 😉

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  3. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Its amazing to be able to write that fast, but when you have something already in your head, it becomes easy. I banged out my story in a couple of days – the short version of it. Good luck Jason on your blog tour and thanks to 4WillsPub.

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  4. hinsmanj

    Hello Jason, Wishing you success on your tour! I have your books on my TBR list and a few already downloaded! Good luck with everything.
    Thanks for hosting Beem.

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  5. kimwrtr

    I enjoyed your writing journey, Jason. I have your book, “Another Sunset” in my TBR list and look forward to reading it. I read “Before Another Sunset” and enjoyed your writing style.

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  6. harmonykentonline

    Jason, good luck with your tour, and what a great first day! I’m looking forward to following you around 🙂
    Beem, thanks for hosting Jason today! 🙂

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    1. GUNDERSTONE

      Thanks for all the editing help Harmony; you are a rockstar. Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to let me know if you have an opening in late August / Early September – I have more work for 🙂

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  7. reviewsbynonnie

    Jason, I’m not one to try and trump anybody (unless it’s Harmz Kent…LOL), but THE GOOD MOMMIE’S GUIDE TO RAISING ALMOST PERFECT DAUGHTERS was written in 17 days! And, it’s not trash…(I say that, because there are some who rush their work, and that’s the outcome). In paperback, it’s a little over 100 pages, but when you’re passionate about something and dedicated to getting it done in the time frame you’ve set, you can do it! Now, my novel, well I wish. That thing took me about 6 months or so, and caused me lots of sleepless nights. Kudos to you on ANOTHER SUNSET. It’s a very enjoyable read and one that makes you feel good all over!

    Thanks for the host, Beem!

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  8. apboustead

    I try to write every day but I would burn out I trided to do that hats of to you
    I am a published author I can he’s how you feal great is not it
    Heard luck with tor
    Will do my to follow you

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  9. rebeccacarteremona

    SIx weeks? That’s great. Wasn’t there a movie of the same name? Anelia’s and my first book took much, much longer. She actually started it back in the late 90’s before we even knew each other. The second book took a lot less time–10 months start to finish. Let’s see how long the third one takes. Can we get it done before the year is over? The race is on. 🙂

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  10. kimwrtr

    LOL, I wrote my first book in in less than 3 months. It was only 36K words, had dialogue and narrative but not any descriptions or character movement. My first critique partners would ask me, “What are they doing with they say this? Are they sitting, standing, jumping on one foot or what?” It took about 5 years of rewrites before it was published. I chopped off the beginning about 3 times and in the last rewrite I killed off one of my main characters (but not the main characters–heroine’s father). Had to, he was taking over the story and it wasn’t his to take. 😉 That caused a rewrite from about chapter 3 or 4 on. I didn’t realize how much he was in it until I killed him off.

    Now I can write a short book or novella (20K to 30K) in less time than that. Didn’t time this last one, but I think it was about a month. I type a lot faster now, too. Editing doesn’t take that long anymore either if I get on it and stop procrastinating. Which I’ve been doing a lot with the one I’m editing now. Just not enough time in the day for me. It will be finished this week and sent to others to look at. Taking two vacation days this week from work to finish it up.

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  11. Stevie Turner

    Once a story is out of my head, the last thing I want to do is go back and re-write it all. Because of this problem the only way I can work is to edit and re-write each chapter as I go. In that way when I am done then I am done! I read the whole thing through twice to make sure there are no glaring errors, pass it to ARC readers, pick up on their comments, and then publish it.

    Jason, I will be checking out your book!

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  12. Yvette M Calleiro

    I wrote a sketch for my entire series in one week, but it took me almost two years just to get up the courage to publish the first one. lol! I wish I had more time to write, but my life is VERY full. Still, I’m writing about a book a year (editing and all included), so I’ll be happy with that. 🙂

    I, too, was inspired to find my courage to write seriously by another author, but for me, it was Stephenie Meyer. When I read the Twilight series and then realized that the author was just a regular person who pursued a dream and then turned around to make millions, I knew that I had to stop silencing the voices within me. And I’ve never been happier. 🙂

    Good luck with your tour, Jason! I’m having fun learning about blog tours through your experience! 🙂

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    1. beemweeks Post author

      If only we could all make Stephenie Meyer-type money! But if we just write, perhaps we’ll stumble into something approaching a comfortable living from our work. Thanks for the comments, Yvette.

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      1. Yvette M Calleiro

        Money would be icing on the cake, Beem! lol! I just love seeing my characters come alive, and the joy that fills me when other readers fall in love with them is exhilerating. Money..fame…yeah, that would be great, but luckily that isn’t my motivation. 😀 I’m pretty sure most of us feel that way. There is a passionate drive that fills you when you have a story inside of you that just refuses to shut up. I would venture to say that Jason knows that feeling very well since he was able to write his story so quickly and so well. 🙂

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