Monday, June 13, 2011

The Devil & Preston Black - Jason Jack Miller

Bio:
Jason Jack Miller is a writer, photographer and musician who has been hassled by cops in Canada, Mexico and the Czech Republic. An outdoor travel guide he co-authored with his wife in 2006 jumpstarted his freelancing career; his work has since appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, and as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones. He received a Master’s in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill where he is adjunct creative writing faculty and he is an Authors Guild member. He's been a whitewater raft guide, played guitar in a garage band and served as a concierge at a five star resort hotel in Florida. When he isn't writing he's on his mountain bike or looking for his next favorite guitar. He is currently writing and recording the soundtrack to his novel, The Devil and Preston Black. Find him at http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com.


Product description: 

You'd think finding a song named after you on an old record would be kind of cool. But that's not how it goes down for Preston Black.

What starts out as a search for his old man turns into a quest for an original version of "The Sad Ballad of Preston Black". Turns out the song is about his deal with the devil, a deal Preston doesn't really remember making.

When the devil decides it's time to cash in things get really interesting. People he loves get hurt, and Preston starts to wonder if a long fall into an icy river is his only way out.

Lucky for Preston, he has help. A music ethnographer with connections in some of Appalachia's darkest hollows convinces him that his salvation can be found in the music. Preston can buy that. It's the hexes, curses and spells he has a hard time with.

And it's the ghost of John Lennon who convinces Preston to do something about it.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?  Plot and characters.  I made sure I took likable people with real problems and put them into situations that challenged their beliefs and convictions.  Most of us will never find ourselves in a supernatural situation that requires a renegotiation of our deal with the devil, right?  I wanted to create a regular guy who finds himself in that very situation, and put him into a story that doesn't stop for a breath.  

Q: Why did you go indie?  A few years ago I made the proclamation in a blog post that '...I just want to have been read...' and at the time legacy publishing was the only option.  But the rise of eReaders and the proliferation of GOOD indie writers have kicked open the gates that a few people have tried to keep locked for a very long time.  All my rejection letters from agents said the same thing, "Love the writing, don't know how to market it."  Sounded like code to me.   I love the freedom to straddle genres that indie publishing gives me.  I love having control over my cover and the written eccentricities that New York has tried to homogenize right out of print.       

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?  Neil Gaiman and Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez are the Lennon/McCartney of the type of stories I like to write.  Although technically supernatural suspense, THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK draws heavily from urban fantasy and magical realism genres.  

Blog:
http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com/


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