Jason J. Cross – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My book is called, His Calling! It’s about three women who have been called out of their lives by God to do His will. The story line is a mixture of Charlie’s Angels and Joan of Arcadia. The characters are basically just given a name and it is up to them to figure out who this person is, what is their need and what God wants them to do. In the first book (that I am turning into a series) they are out to save a man who was considered a hero a long time ago. He saved a young girl from the unthinkable and was hurt in the process. Now caught up in his drug addiction these Angels must find him and try to restore him and his family. They must find a man that the world forgot . . . but God hasn’t.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Brooklyn New York and me and my wife are both filmmakers. We have done a number of short films before becoming Christians. Since then we have worked only on films with a Christian theme or family values. I always write scripts so this is my first attempt at writing a novel.

What inspired you to write this book?

This one is a long story but I will keep it brief. We had just shown the premiere of one of our films called Alleyway. Eleni, an actress in the film, came up to me with her sister Maria and their friend Valeska (all three are featured on the cover by the way) and struck a pose like a Christian Charlie’s Angels and said they were Jesus’ Angels. I thought this would be a great idea for a short funny film. I tried to write it that way but a bigger story kept coming into my mind – beyond what I could afford to film – and wouldn’t go away. Also, I felt moved to write it in novel form instead of script form for reasons I can’t explain. Five times I wanted to push it to the side because I didn’t think I could do this big of a story and those five times in five different Christian books I came across the line – or some variable of it – “You do what you do best and let God do the rest.” I thought that was way too many times to be a coincidence, so I wrote it and my wife convinced me to have it published.

How did you publish this book?

Long before I thought about writing a book I always saw an ad on Amazon.com from Create Space – formally known as Book Surge – so that stuck out in my mind when my wife asked me to publish this book. I gave them a call and they were very nice and very helpful in publishing the book.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I wrote a lot of short stories when I was younger – even wrote a full length novel that was never published. It was something I truly enjoyed and my friends loved them. It wasn’t until I got older that I felt the bug to be a filmmaker – to bring these ideas to life on the screen. So I would say it has always been a part of me in one way or another.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

That’s easy. The beginning is always the hardest for me. When ever I write something I always know the ending first and build my way backwards. The first chapter or first act has always been the hardest part to write.

How do you do research for your books?

Wikipedia.org I have found to be very useful when researching things on-line. There is plenty of information and a lot of external links to learn more about what you are researching. Of course there is also the Bible which goes without saying.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned that there is a lot of freedom in writing a novel compared to a script. With a script you got to worry about locations and how much a scene is going to cost. With writing a novel these are things you really do not have to worry about.

What are you reading now?

I am reading “Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider,” by Ellen C. Maze. It has such a great concept where it combines the story of vampires and Christianity.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I always loved fiction. I like good action and adventure stories and love horror stories. Dean Kootz is a great horror writer, Nelson DeMille is a great action/adventure writer and Frank E. Peretti is an amazing Christian Fiction writer. I also love the Jason Bourne books.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I have just finished writing the sequel to “His Calling!” and it’s currently being edited now. Hopefully it should be out soon. It’s called “His Calling: Inner Battles” A year has past since the last book and the girls have done a great many things for God since then, but now they are falling into a trap that we all sometimes fall into – well at least I do. They are no longer saying, “Did you see what God did?” They are now starting to say, “Did you see what I did?” They start to get a little prideful without even realizing it. They are then put in a situation where God does not help them and it gets bad. They have to get over their pride and turn back to God before the person they need to help perishes.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

To just do it. Getting your work published these days is easier than it has ever been. Follow your heart and write your novel. Make sure you put your heart and soul into your story and properly research everything that you are trying to say. Remember that you need to have thick skin in this business. There is always going to be some one out there that is going to trash your work. Don’t let it get to you. Instead, try to find out how it can make you a better writer.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I am doing a lot of social networking and a lot of handing out fliers. I am also turning my novel into an animated feature – I’m currently almost finished animating the first chapter. I am also preparing to promote the second one which will help in promoting the first one. I am also trying to do as many interviews as possible.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

You can purchase the book on Amazon.

You can also join me on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/jjcross – or twitter – http://twitter.com/FSOCross

Comments

  1. Ellen C Maze says

    Great interview, Jason! BTW~I loved HIS CALLING, and I am so excited for the upcoming movie!!
    God bless you, my sweet friend,
    Ellen C Maze

  2. Jason J. Cross says

    Thank you Ellen and I trully loved your Rabbit book and cannot wait for the sequel. God bless!

  3. Silvia Malave says

    Wonderful interview, J. You are an inspiration. God will bless you for all your hard work and obedience. Keep plugging away and NEVER stop chasing your dreams.