Amazon Asks: Jason Mott, Author of "The Returned"


Jason Mott has a lot to be happy about. His novel The Returned received multiple starred reviews. It hit the New York Times best seller list. And ABC Studios picked up television rights, with the show already slated for the 2013-2014 midseason. USA Today describes the book as "a tense and touching treatise on life, death and life again, centered on an aging couple dealing with the resurrection of their 8-year-old boy nearly 50 years after he drowned in a river."

We reached out to the author, who is currently on tour, with our "Amazon Asks" questions. Read on to learn more about him. (Who knew Jason Mott was a die-hard fanboy?)


Describe your book in 10 words or less?

A family is given a second chance at life and love.

What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Favorite books of all time?  

Grendel by John Gardner, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Epic of Beowulf (various translations).

Book that made you want to become a writer?  

Grendel by John Gardner gave me “permission to write.”

Most memorable author moment? 

Speaking with a woman who told me how The Returned helped her cope with the loss of her mother.

What talent or superpower would you like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?

I’d love to be able to read minds.

What are you obsessed with now?

B movies. I’ve always been obsessed with them, and now I love how they’re getting so much attention.  When SHARKNADO took over Twitter, that was hilarious.

What are you stressed about now?

Just trying to keep up with life on the road during the book tour.

What are you psyched about now?

I’ve started working on a new writing project, and that always excites me.

What's your most prized/treasured possession?

A copy of one of the first short stories I ever wrote.

Pen Envy - Book you wish you'd written?

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

What's next for you? 

My editor and I have just started revising my next novel manuscript. And I’m also playing with a screenplay. Hopefully that’ll lead somewhere.

What's the last dream you remember?

Honestly, I had a dream about being interviewed. I think it’s the byproduct of being on a book tour.

Favorite line?

“Let me live in greatness or courage, or here in this hall welcome my death.” – The Epic of Beowulf

Favorite method of procrastination? Temptation? Vice?

B movies. Just can’t get enough of them.

What do you collect?

Comic books. I’m a die-hard fanboy.

Best piece of fan mail you ever got?

When my superhero-themed poetry collection came out, someone actually sent me some old Superman comics along with a very personal note about what the comics meant to them.  It was incredibly thoughtful.

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