Today I am interviewing Jason Mott, author of the new dystopian novel, The Crossing.
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DJ: Hi Jason! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jason Mott: Hi, DJ! First off, thank you so much for taking time out to interview me. It’s pretty exciting! So…as for telling you a little bit about myself, well, I’m never really sure where to start. I’m actually a huge introvert and kinda hate talking about myself. Haha! But I’ll do what I can.
I live in Southeastern North Carolina in a little town called Bolton. I like movies, racing, video games, and writing. Writing is what I love both. I’ve been doing it for a long time now. I’ve got a Bachelor’s degree in fiction and a Master’s degree in poetry. Back in 2013 my first novel, “The Returned,” was published and became a bestseller. (Still one of the greatest moments of my life!) That novel was also turned into a television series called “Resurrection.” The very next year I wrote another novel called “The Wonder of All Things.” That one has been optioned by Lionsgate and, hopefully, will become a movie.
And now my third novel is about to come out. It’s called “The Crossing” and is due out in a few weeks. I’m really excited about it!
DJ: What is The Crossing about?
Jason: The Crossing is the story of a pair of twin siblings, Tommy and Virginia, as they make their way across America in the hopes of viewing a rocket launch in Cape Canaveral. But this isn’t America as we know it. Not anymore. In this world there is a mysterious disease that’s quickly wiping out the population and, as a result, there’s essentially a third world war happening. Tommy has been drafted into the military and this trip with his sister is the last time the two of them will get to be together. So, in addition to dealing with the disease and the war, Tommy and Virginia are struggling to understand what it will mean to be apart from one another for the first time–especially when they know that they’ll likely never see each other again.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Crossing?
Jason: Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Honestly, a lot of the influence has been the news. That may sound dark, but it’s the truth. The news cycles have become so sad, scary, and depressing that I think we’re all struggling to process it. I turn on the news each day and I just feel overwhelmed by it all. And when I get that feeling, I immediately try to think of what I can do to help ease it. For me, that’s writing. So I wrote a novel that helped me process things and, at the same time, I hope will help readers do something similar. Continue reading