Please tell us a little bit about your most recent work.
My first novel is titled The Spitting Post. I would classify it as a dark fantasy with a touch of horror. It blends dark humor into the bizarre, complex journey of Vincent Carpenter as he desperately searches for the maiden in green. It is a one-of-a-kind story of love, dedication, and—most of all—unsympathetic terror.
What draws you to writing?
As a child, my mother and grandmother read children's books to me. This sparked an interest into fiction. At age thirteen I started writing poetry as a way of expressing myself. In my thirties I transitioned into fiction writing with The Spitting Post.
Are you currently working on any side projects such as short stories, essays, etc.?
I am currently working on a collection of my poems.
Which topics interest you the most and why?
Fantasy, horror, romance. Around age thirteen I was reading The Hobbit, Stephen King's It, and anything by Edgar Allan Poe. This heavily influenced me. I also love reading song lyrics.
Do you have any unique rituals?
While writing the first half of The Spitting Post I would take a cigarette break about every hour and also sip on a iced caramel macchiato. However, during the second half of the book I quit smoking and have since limited my coffee intake.
One novelist more people should know: Who is it?
There are so many good novelists out there that it is hard to narrow down. Brian Keene is one of them. I think he is an excellent novelist.
Do you find it difficult to get your work out there?
Yes, but I don't give up easily. I believe that is what life is about. When you are thrown to the ground by hardship, you need to get right back up.
Tell us about your day job or your daily activities.
I work in an office and spend a lot of the day on the phone with customers.
When it comes to your work, where do you find your inspiration?
Real life experiences combined with some embellishment and sprinkled with nightmares.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Thank you so much for reading. Hopefully there will be many more to come.
Jason R. Barden began writing poetry around the age of thirteen. At age thirty three he decided to transition into fiction writing with his first novel The Spitting Post. In addition to writing he enjoys hiking and photography. Jason lives in Fort Worth, Texas where he is currently working on a collection of his poems.