Welcome to another stop on the book tour for Zosma by Jason Michael Primrose. Today you have the opportunity to get to know him a little bit better, with his writing process as well as the background of the book. Have more questions for Jason? Leave them for him in the comments! And of course there is a great giveaway at the end!
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What kind of research did you have to do for this book?
I have a really funny story for this. Although, I think it’s better told in person. I reference genes and genetics quite a bit for Allister. I had to go back to Biology 101 to get a solid enough grasp on how chromosomes and all of that works. It took me a very long time and the best part is, I only got a few sentences out of it. It’s really easy to misuse those terms though. I didn’t want anyone to think I was stupid, and I feel like in Sci-Fi you can’t skimp on the science!
Which character was your favorite to write?
Florence was my favorite character to write. I love her because she’s the strongest women in my life all wrapped into one beautiful, badass character. She rejected her place in high-society to pursue a different lifestyle and ended up in working deeply behind the scenes in politics. She’s one of the wealthiest people in the world but has these powers that no one knows about. She’s as intelligent as she as ruthless. I found it interesting to explore her position in this new world on the brink of destruction, and how she attempts to be a mentor to Allister through their shared challenges. Her biggest problem is that she lives by the principles of self-preservation, which means her well-being *almost* always comes first.
To which character did you relate the most?
I think Allister is the character I relate to the most. He carries a large part of my burden. He doesn’t want to be boxed into a stereotype or a conformed identity. He’s still trying to break out of his shell, figure out who he is, what he likes, what it means to have the abilities that he has, and what he’s supposed to do with them. I felt I went through a similar struggle in learning to tap into my gifts. Allister is assigned many roles by virtue of the power he wields, which doesn’t give him much opportunity to choose his own identity. I hope he finds the will to establish a strong sense of self,
but he needs plenty of experience, and amazing mentors to help him learn how.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
There’s a scene in the novel where Allister does something completely out of character. Seeing him in that moment, feeling so trapped and helpless that he’s forced to turn against his own values, was very humbling. It made me think about what we compromise for what we think we want and how that can permanently effect our life journey. He’ll never be the same. Neither will I!
Will we see these characters again?
Many of them, yes! I’m working on a follow up novel that explores the characters’ lives before the events that occurred in Zosma. It will add a lot of context to the condition of the world and set up for the action packed third installment.
What do you hope people will get out of your book? How do you make yourself stand out in this genre?
In my novel there are inspirational nods to finding purpose, carving your own destiny, abandoning fear, and challenging the status quo. I don’t think it’s ever too late to start exploring these, especially if it leads to a journey to happiness. I hope this novel encourages people to seek the truth they deserve, not the truth they’re told to believe.
One of my biggest learnings throughout this process was that you can create independently and be successful. I want young creatives can see that possibility and are inspired to pursue what seems impossible. I think if that message comes across to one person, I’ve done the work I set out to do.
I think in order to stand out in this genre, you need to create with intent and vulnerability, while considering the reader’s journey. From discovery of your novel, to exploration and research of the premise/reviews, to turning those first few pages. I put my entirety into this novel. I hope that comes across in my writing and in the novel’s presentation. I also think you have to be daring, you have to be willing to learn, and you have to think about the experience on and off the pages.
What are you currently reading? Up next on your TBR?
I’m currently reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It’s incredible. I’m so inspired by her storytelling ability and really identify with the content. The idea of trying to reclaim the magic you once had speaks to me on a very deep level. Next I want to tackle The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison.
When not writing, what can we find you doing?
I love dancing. I take classes at the local studio or I free style at my gym. You can find me in Europe; I tend to travel there more than I can probably afford to, but it helps fuel my creative spirit. I spend as much time with friends and family as I can in between “writing spells”, especially because I tend to become solitary when I’m working on manuscripts.
Thank you so much for your time!
ZOSMA IS A POWERFUL PRE-APOCALYPTIC SCIENCE FICTION STORY EXPLORING THEMES OF TRUTH, RESILIENCE, AND DIVERSITY
Zosma opens the series on Earth in 2052 A.D. as Allister Adams, a young superhuman, begins his search for the planet’s possible savior: Zosma Caster. Zosma is an intergalactic refugee and the vessel for an otherworldly energy source from the Andromeda Galaxy. The rogue organization C20 has been interested in Zosma’s power, but are its intentions entirely pure? Allister’s search for an alien becomes a search for truth as the walls, literally and figuratively, are closing in.
Zosma is the first in the series The Lost Children of Andromeda. Inspired by his personal journey of self-discovery, Jason Primrose has created a world in which even superhumans are challenged by the effects of greed, fear, and natural disasters. The apocalyptic tale explores the themes of reality vs. perception, human extinction and climate change, diversity of thought, and resilience.
About the Author
Jason Michael Primrose has been creating alternate worlds and characters since childhood. For nearly ten years, he has used his unique storytelling gift to impact the entertainment, fashion, and tech consumer product industries. His experience spans brand strategy, creative direction, retail merchandising, and influencer/celebrity partnerships.
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