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It's author's coffee time on my blog today. Grab a latte and meet Jason G. Anderson...

About Jason

Jason lives in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) with his wonderful wife, Marina, and their three cats. During the day he assists scientists researching Antarctica; analysing satellite imagery and helping the scientists to manage the large quantities of data they acquire. At night he prefers to write about imaginary worlds far removed from our own.

Latte, cappuccino, regular? What’s your coffee time pleasure?

Latte pretty much every time, usually with sugar. If I'm also craving chocolate at the time, I might go for a mocha.

Ooh, yes, mocha is choca delish! What flavour cookie would you like with that?

I'll happily eat pretty much any flavour of cookie. I'm not fussy! But Anzac biscuits (cookies) if you have them. (A decidedly Australian biscuit/cookie, but extremely nice).

Never had an Anzac - note to self to try one! What’s your greatest writing achievement to date? 

Finishing NaNoWriMo last year. I almost didn't (the word count in OpenOffice counts the opening quotes of dialogue as a word if you have smart quotes turned on), but I managed to write the extra 2,000 words OpenOffice had lied about in the final afternoon to get over the finish line. The novel I wrote is titled Gears of Wonderland, and I'm currently revising it into its second draft. I hope to release it before NaNoWriMo this year.

Congrats! Who is your hero and why?

I don't really have a hero. Certainly no one who I hold up and say, "I want to be just like them" and/or "they're so inspiring to me". I don't really know why, it's just never been something I've had. Sure, I will admire what people have done (people who have been successful and who are a good role-model, or who risked their life to save others, or even just someone who gives so much of themselves to help others), but I've never looked at someone and gone "you're my hero". 

Which word best defines your writing?

Hopping. Short for genre hopping. What I mean is I haven't yet decided to pick a single genre and focus on writing stories within that genre. So far I've written items that are scifi-thriller, fantasy-steampunk, horror, and post-apocalyptic. I also have ideas for urban fantasy and paranormal stories that I would like to get to some time.

It's probably not a good idea from an audience building perspective, but it's what I want to write so I'm just going to go with it!

Yep, you have to write what you love and be true to yourself! What’s the most recent thing that made you laugh?

Dire chinchillas! (if you see the intro movie for The Sims Medieval, you will understand).

Hmm...*raises eyebrow*! Which book is on your coffee table right now?

Um, we don't actually have a coffee table. If it counts, next to my computer I have a pile of roleplay gaming books, topped with a cookbook that I've been meaning to try some recipes from.

What was the name of your first pet?

While my family had a few dogs beforehand, the first pet we had that I called “mine” was a cat my parents found when the were out walking the dogs. Someone had dumped a cat and her litter of kittens near our house, and one of the kittens walked out of the bush and right up to my parents. They brought her home, and I managed to convince them to let me keep her. I ended up naming her Kit Kat. She had an extremely eventful life, and definitely used up all of her nine lives.

(The cat and other kittens were all rescued, and found various homes along the road where we lived).

Aw, sweet! I've got 8 rescue cats who were strays. Love the name Kit Kat! Who is your favourite character and why?

From my own work, the Red Rook from the NaNoWriMo novel I mentioned above (everyone is used to the Red/White Knight from the Alice in Wonderland stories – I wanted to use a different chess piece).

In books by other authors, I'm rather partial to Sam Vimes in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. He's the clever detective who is usually three steps ahead of everyone else, and the limitations he sometimes has to work within to “get the job done” are very amusing.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

I had a non-fiction book up on CreateSpace, and it was only after it had been on sale for a month that I realised I had made a typo in the title.

You can catch up with Jason on his website.