Sometimes when you meet someone through connections and serendipity it feels like you already know them and after a few hours chatting with them you realize if it weren’t for a mutual acquaintance, you wouldn’t have met at all. This sums up how I feel about Jason and I’m so happy to know he’s in my local writing community. He has books published by Eifrig Publishing, the wonderful people who helped me bring ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON into the world. Most recently, Jason has taken the position of acquisitions editor with Eifrig and I know he’s going to be responsible for amazing books coming in the future. We share a love of education and the belief that children need to be given the right opportunities to be the best human beings they can be. We both approach education as a way to help children explore themselves and the world. When you meet someone who share your overarching philosophy about your life’s work, it’s a magical thing. Today we are here to celebrate his most recent book which released last week, JUST A THOUGHT, illustrated by Ignasi Font and published by Shambhala.
Jason is generously offering one very lucky winner a copy of JUST A THOUGHT, to enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post. Also, feel free to share it on your social media to help spread the word of this and his other amazing books!
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
I lived in Minnesota at the time and loved being outside. I liked spending a lot of time by myself, reading or making up adventures with my Star Wars action figures. I would also record “news programs” with my brother and sister. We moved a lot so I was shy at times, but learned to make friends in new places.
What inspires you?
Lots of social media posts inspire me on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, etc. There are SO many diverse, creative people out there doing really beautiful, helpful and interesting things in our world. It inspires me every day. I have also always really loved the arts: music, books, painting, sculpture, dance…all of it inspires me because no two people do it the same way, and it connects us all as humans.
What’s something you hope readers take away from your books?
I hope that they go away feeling connected and seen. That’s two things, but we’re all in this together, and we have to really create space for people to be fully themselves and to let kids know it’s ok to make mistakes.
What’s next for you?
I have 100s of ideas––I’m lucky that way. But the next book deals with the darker parts of life and why they are necessary. And I’ve also been working for a while on a book about a boy with autism and how he navigates a very special day. 🙂
Readers, you are going to want to follow Jason and learn more about his amazing books –
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