Jason Michelsen

I write. Someday, I’ll get paid for it.

That’s Jason’s motto. He writes because he has to. It all started in elementary school during silent writing where he would write 2-3 times the required amount, filling his journal with pages and pages of horror stories. (Don’t judge him; he’s completely sane.) This need to express himself creatively carried over into high school where he wrote a 9,000 word fantasy short story — much longer than the assignment required.

That was in 9th grade. In 10th, he discovered Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. After reading The Eye of the World, he fell in love with the story, the characters, the world, the sweeping epicness of the writing and realized his true calling. By this time he had already read The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit, countless Thieves’ World anthologies, and numerous Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books, but it was Jordan who truly set him on the path he finds himself traversing today. Any success he has as a writer he owes to his muse, Mr. Jordan.

In college, he abandoned his fantasy roots for a time, writing literary fiction in pursuit of his B.A. in Creative Writing. It was also in college as an undergrad that he discovered his second writing love, Screenwriting, which ultimately forced him — yes, he held the figurative gun to his own head — to earn an M.F.A. in Film Production/Screenwriting.

As yet, Jason is unpublished in anything other than the U.C. Riverside’s literary magazine,¬†Mosaic, but that is bound to change . . . eventually. The stories in his head won’t rest easy until they find a way out. So he writes.

And some day, fate willing, he’ll get paid for it.

When he’s not writing, he just might be playing video games. Yes, even in his mid-thirties, Jason finds it impossible not to immerse himself in that addictive world. So much so that he plans on returning to school for graphic arts in the hopes of getting a day job in the industry. Until he can live off the sales of his books that is. So if you’re ever killed by MakeStink while playing an XBOX multiplayer game online, know that it was Jason.

Among Jason’s other hobbies are poker, playing Words With Friends and Crosswords on his iPhone, long walks on the beach — literally . . . 4.2 miles four times a week — watching the Lakers on the DVR so he can fast forward through the commercials and half time and, surprise surprise, reading.

You can find Jason lurking in the dark corners of various online venues:

Personal website

Twitter

Facebook

And, hopefully some day, in the fantasy section at your local brick and mortar bookstore or on your favorite e-reader as the world of electronic publishing besieges the printed page.