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Jason Allan Cole 


Website: JasonAllanCole.com

Jason Allan Cole, born in 1969, is a veteran of the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene. 50 Rooms is his first book.

Short Story Collections

50 Rooms
Zumaya Publications, 2008

Finalist, 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (short story collection)

Reviewed by Mark Brown

 Interview with Jason Allan Cole

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Jason Allan Cole: Maybe a year, give or take a few months. Took years to find a publisher.

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

JAC: I think I was going for a novel at first but then one night in the early stages it all came to me. I have always been a huge fan of the short story. I wanted the stories to hit their mark and then move on. It’s like punk rock songs really. Make the point and then on to the next. I liked the freedom of the short story so I could throw in anything I wanted but made sure that they all connected in the end at least in spirit.

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

JAC: Pure instinct. There is a rudimentary chronological time frame for some of the recurring characters and their back story but you will run across random detours along the way. I put them in where I thought a nice distraction would be appropriate and the story in question fit.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

JAC:  Nothing. Words to me only have value in the context of a sentence or paragraph. I don’t romanticize over literature or words associated with it.

TSR: Do you have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?

JAC:  Sure. Who else is going to read my book? I think anyone with an open mind can appreciate what I write so I am not writing to a specific group of people. That being said I am sure that there are a ton of kids that grew up in the 80's that might relate to my book. But I didn't write it for them.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?

JAC: No, not really. I am putting out the works so I would expect questions directed towards me than rather the other way around. Oh wait, I might ask: "Do you have any pictures of Tyge?"

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

JAC: A little scary. I've come across people I haven't spoken to in 20 years that have found me because of it. And there is usually a reason that we haven't spoken for so long but it can be hard to remember why sometimes. Other than that I feel quite pleased to be able to hopefully entertain them for awhile in a non trite manner. I do not talk down to my readers, rather, we are there together, the fuck ups we have always been.

TSR: What are you working on now?

JAC: An animated movie dealing with the apocalypse and human evolution. We are in pre-production so I can’t say much more. Although I promise you it will be stellar.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

JACI haven’t read any in awhile but I can tell you three of my favorites. Ray Bradbury- R is for Rocket; H.P Lovecraft- The Best of H.P Lovecraft; Clive Barker - The Books of Blood