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ABOUT BRET JORDAN
Bret is a resident of Southeast Texas and an avid reader who devours books in almost every genre and tries to bring a little of that variety into his writing. It’s all about people, adventure, escape from the humdrum of reality and the ever-present question, "what if?"
When not writing or spending time with his wife and children he puts pen to paper as an illustrator and sometimes digital artist. To get away from it all he can often be found riding the roads of Southeast Texas on the back of his motorcycle.
Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror
WHY HE WRITES:
Tell readers what inspires you to write and what led you to take up writing on a regular basis:
If there’s one thing I’ve got it’s an overactive imagination. From the first moment I picked up The Hobbit, I was hooked. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure I ever left The Shire. Tolkien, Frank Herbert, and Stephen King took me to the most awesome of places in my high school and college years. Now I’m enjoying George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Joe Hill. Yeah, books. They let me live in my imaginary world, they inspire me to create my own imaginary worlds, but to be honest almost anything can inspire me. Someone might say something that leads my mind off on the tail of a story. Things happen at work and it gets me to thinking, or I might see a neighbor do something that gives me an idea. I guess my biggest inspiration, when it comes to stories, is the possibilities out there. The “what ifs”.
What year were you first published, what was the title of that book, and what did you learn from that first work?
My first story was published in 2007. It was a short story titled “Veggie Burger” in the “Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths” anthology. At the time I was doing illustrations for small press authors, and as I read the stories and got to know the authors I started thinking: These guys aren’t up in the clouds somewhere magically spitting out stories. They’re just like me. Anyway, I jumped in with both feet on the anthology. I gathered up a group of artists online and together we gave each story an illustration. I also did the cover art, and worked closely with the publisher on most everything except editing. Still not one of my strong points. The experience showed me that putting a book together is a lot of work; however the finished product makes all the hard work worth it. Overall, the main thing I took away was that I can do it. I can be one of those mysterious guys that magically spits stories out of the heavens. I’ve had some hiccups since then, but getting out there and doing it, knowing I can do it, is probably one of the biggest things I took away from the experience.
What do you hope fans come away with after reading your stories?
I read to relax and escape from the rat race around me. When I read a good book I forget about the job, traffic, politics, and religion. A good book allows me to immerse myself in another world, and that’s what I want my readers to have when they read my stories. I want them to walk away from my tales with a sense that they’ve been somewhere else, seen something strange, and done something different. I think I’ve written a good story if the reader just escapes from everyday life for a while into a world of excitement, adventure, and romance, whether it’s on a starship, in a mythical realm, or a contemporary odyssey.