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Nugent spotlight

Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you—Jason J. Nugent!



Jason is an author and blogger of horror, science fiction, and fantasy.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, he currently lives in beautiful Southern Illinois as a sales rep for a successful screen-printing company. Growing up in Cleveland, he has strong ties to the city and despite all to the contrary, still follows the Cleveland Browns. Thankfully the Cavaliers and Indians know how to win!

A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Master’s Degree in Early Medieval History, he leans on his studies to bring life to his work.

Currently working on his first novel for a Spring 2017 release, he wrote for S.U.M. online magazine and his successful blog (Almost) Average. He’s also written game missions for the independently produced video game “Status Quo.”

His two collections of dark fiction short stories are available for purchase at Amazon or from the author himself.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? No, not in fiction anyway. When I was in college I studied history and wanted to teach Medieval history.

Why did you choose to write your genre? It’s the genre I’m most comfortable with because I’ve read a lot and watched a lot.

What are you currently working on? I’m working on the sequel to my young adult sci-fi novel The Selection. I’m fairly close to the end of the first draft.


What motivated the plot of your latest book? For my novel “The Selection,” I wanted a story my teenage son would love. I wanted him to identify with the characters and experience the world I created. The basic premise of the book was an idea I tossed around with him and my wife before I wrote a word of it.


Humans colonized the planet Kepler 186f after Earth’s near total global collapse. Soon after, supply missions ended leaving the colonists to themselves, renaming the planet Anastasia and building a new society far different than Earth’s. As population imbalance threatened stability in the settlements, a horrific and brutal institution known as The Selection was created. Centuries later, haunted by the screams of his dead older brother, eighteen year-old Eron fears the unknown terror waiting for him and all boys his age in The Selection. He has thirty days to survive to Victory Point and reunite with his crush Mina. He will have to endure brutal circumstances and forge unlikely alliances if he’s to survive The Selection. Time is short. Threats are constant. Survival means life. Failure means death-or worse.


What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? How to cut an eye out. [Yup. That qualifies.]

What was the hardest story for you to write? Probably the one I’m working on now. I wanted to explore more of the world I created and bring more of the characters to life. It’s been a much larger undertaking than I imagined.

What process do you use to plan your novels? I’ll let the idea simmer in my head for a few days before I begin organizing it. I’ll write a loose “outline” just so I have guardrails to keep me on track when I get too far away from where I want to be. [I like that concept–guardrails!]


Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I’d say Timo from The Selection. There’s so much to him that readers don’t know yet. But they will!

Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think so. I’m a trusting person and believe others have the best intentions. Eron, my protagonist in The Selection is kinda like that. Of course, people aren’t always nice and we tend to get hurt.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Not really. I use different techniques to keep the creativity flowing. I’ll use random photos or music to get inspiration and off I go!

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Maybe thrillers. The action in some of those is so intense!

Which authors inspire you? Stephen King. I love how his writing is accessible and scary! John Scalzi has a similar style, though with a sci-fi bent. I’m also inspired by some fellow authors like Aaron Hamilton, Thomas Gunther, and Brent Harris to name a few. They are so talented and make me work harder at my craft.

What novel would you read multiple times? I’ve read The Shining a few times. Love it!

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Mr. Snuffleupagus. He’s real!!! Big Bird was right!

What is your favorite quote? 

Yoda quote

What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Gimme a cat any day.

What is your favorite color? Blue

When you’re not writing…I’m not a full-time author (yet!) I work as a sales rep for a screen printing company. Need any t-shirts?

You can find Jason online at…

Website   Twitter     Facebook     Instagram

Thanks for hanging out with me today.

Join me next week when Vera Brook will be dropping by!


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