Today we’ve got Jared Quan, one of the wonderful authors over at BigWorldNetwork. A family man with imagination, Jared appears to be an advocate for the arts. So without further ado, I’ll let his words speak for him.
Jared spent the bulk of his youth in Phoenix, Arizona, participating in activities that include soccer, NJROTC, the chess team, the school newspaper, and genealogy. Moving to Snowflake, Arizona, in the middle of his junior year, he was able to capitalize on the move from a larger school to a smaller one, and joined the varsity football team, wrestling team, and become the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. He met his wife in Utica, New York while serving a mission. The two would eventually move to Utah. Jared published his first book Ezekiel’s Gun in 2010, a spy adventure story. Shortly after he found himself writing for Yahoo!, and Sports Illustrated for the 49ers and the Utah Jazz. In 2014 Jared published his second book, Changing Wax, a fantasy/adventure/comedy, with his current publisherwww.bigworldnetwork.com. Also in 2014 Jared was appointed by the West Jordan City Council to a three-year term on the West Jordan Arts Council. In 2015 Jared was invited by Comic Con FanX to participate on three panels.
Most recently Jared became a member of the League of Utah Writers in Oquirrh and has been invited to be the Vice President of the chapter. Also he has teamed up with Roger Whiting, a prominent artist in Salt Lake, on a series with elementary school assemblies.
Jared has five children that have a mixed bag of challenges ranging from autism to medical issues like TE Fistula (a child born with the esophagus not attached to the stomach) and HLHS (where the child is born with only two chambers in the heart). Jared credits all of his accomplishments to his amazing friends, family, publisher (www.bigworldnetwork.com), and most of all his phenomenal wife.
Changing Wax is an action adventure comedy, taking place in the fantasy world of Wax, which resides just seven hundred sixty-two thousand, five hundred twenty-two million and five light years from Earth (give or take half a light year depending on Earth’s rotation). Wax revolves around rules established in the ancient Master Book of Magic, rules that don’t always follow basic logic or sanity. The story follows three adventurers: Gorath the misfortunate monk who can’t seem to get anything right, Odd Drip the Imp who is too smart for his own good, and Thomas Twostead, a teenage girl born on the wrong side of Wax’s never-ending war between Light and Dark. In the end, their teaming up might decide the fate of the world, while seemingly defying the will of the Master Book of Magic. Or are they…?
- What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review? Few things can get me down, mostly because of my amazing family and wonderful wife. Those few rare times bad reviews strike a chord with me, I use that and write more on the project or story that I am working on. I think that emotion influences story writing a great deal, and when you listen to that perfect song, and you are in the right mood, you can create an incredible scene. I think readers can relate better when a section is written under those settings.
- What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story? Changing Wax was inspired a little by my five children, and a lot by my experience in life.
Drip a main character is a small imp, more often than not people fail to recognize the power they have to influence the world, not matter how big or small they are.
Gorath a main character is a wizard that despite the skills he knows he has, just can’t seem to get things right. I think there are times in everyone’s life where no matter what they do they feel like they just can’t get things right.
Thomas a main character is a girl who was born into bad circumstances. Her family had always fought for the light side, and due to politics and rules, she finds herself fighting for the dark side. Once again everyone has been in a situation where all the choices are bad, and you have to make the best of a bad situation.
Combined the three are meant to inspire hope and encourage people to keep trying no matter the circumstances.
- Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you? Unequivocally my wife needs a shout out, without her I would be lost. Also a quick shout out to my amazing publisher www.bigworldnetwork.com, my good friends Jo Schnider, and JC Thompson.
- Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life? The lessons I have learned in life would be to keep working, and inspiring people. I tell people that if I can get published than anyone can. Changing Wax was just one of the 4000 books published in the world the day it came out. I am not worried about being first in line, but instead I want to be a resource for people to find a path to get published.
and last, What’s your favorite color? My favorite color is Red. (I am color blind blue/green, so those colors weren’t going to make the favorite list, despite my favorite artist being Monet)