Therese and I are beyond pleased to have interviewed award-winning crime fiction novelist and screenplay writer Jason Starr. Not only is Jason refreshingly real and unpretentious, but his books are insanely addicting. I happened upon an ARC of his latest release LIGHTS OUT (it’s a trade secret how that happened), and I read it in one gulp. Blistering pace, razor-sharp characters, a creeping sense of dread and a wickedly funny voice sets Starr’s work apart, and it’s easy to see why he’s considered a rising star in noir/crime fiction.
Jason had just returned from a book tour in Australia (where his highly-regarded debut COLD CALLER is being developed for a film adaptation) when he kindly granted an interview with WU.
Update: LIGHTS OUT has been selected as a Book Sense Notable Selection for October, 2006.
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
Jason Starr: It was a long and winding road. I received so many rejections from agents and editors that any sane person would have thrown in the towel. But I was working as a telemarketer at a time and we telemarketers are a stubborn bunch–when we get rejected, we keep going. Finally my break came when No Exit Press in the U.K.–God bless them!–published my first novel.
Q: Did you get any meaningful feedback from the rejections that kept hope alive? Or did you just know it your guts that you were going to make it? Also, did you sub the novel to No Exit with or without an agent? Do you feel that the UK market is more open to “riskier” projects
JS: That’s a really good point, because it’s always important to recognize a real rejection and a bullshit one. [Read more…]