Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Interview with Jason of Theocracide (by James Wymore)

Life is full of surprises. You wake up one Monday expecting to start classes, and instead find you have a stomach virus pinning you to bed (and possibly to video games for one last day). Or you have a militaristic upbringing by a paranoid and delusional father teaching you that the apocalypse is going to come crashing down on your heads at any moment only to go off to college and become a sports star. Such is the case for Jason, the 22 year old star of James Wymore's Theocracide. Jason was kind enough to stop by the blog and answer some of my questions about his life, his past, and his hopes for the future.

Question: Jason, You are quite the sports hero! What can you tell us about the war games?

Jason: The game I play is called "Tag", and it is really the only sport anybody plays live anymore.  Four people on each team go out and try to shoot each other with virtual guns.  They all wear computer glasses which scan the world and overlay pictures right on top of what they see.  So the game can be pretty intense.

Q: There can be no denying that you are quite skilled. Any plans to become a soldier yourself? Tell us why or why not.

Jason: I have no interest in becoming a soldier, at all.  I don't need to go out and die for the Undying Emperor just because he can't do it for himself.

Q: You've definitely earned the status you have now, especially after what some might call a rough childhood because of your father. What can you tell us about him and the way he raised you?

Jason: My father is a paranoid man, hiding away in the woods and trying to uncover government plots.  He forced me to train for some unknown Armageddon my entire childhood.  Of course, that made me fit enough to get a sports scholarship in college.  But that hardly makes up for having to constantly hide my embarrassing relations from everybody I meet.

Q: We hear a lot about your father, but not much about your mother. What does she think about your skills in the war games?

Jason: My mother is preoccupied with watching interactive soap operas and taking care of my sister who suffers from Alien flu... In that order.

Q:  The innovation of the glasses has caused a sort of evolution in society--some say for the good and some say for worse. What is your take on this technology?

Jason: I can't imagine life without the glasses.  But it does make me think everybody is taking it a little too far.  I mean, some of them live and die without ever leaving their house.

Q: What do you see when you put on the glasses?

Jason: Everybody has a different favorite world view.  I like my friend's view where we are all pirates.  Mine is simpler.  I see the world as Olympus and all the people as Olympians.

Q: Tell us about your girlfriend, Di. How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

Jason: We met during an online college course.  We worked on a History project together and just kept talking when it was done.  She has an amazing world view and a very artistic eye.  She always wears fabulous virtual outfits.  So I was intrigued by her from the first moment, yes.

Q: Your father is known to be quite the conspiracy theorist and is said to live in the wilderness. Do you speak to him often? What do you think of the theories he is known to spout?

Jason: I wish my father would let somebody help him, but he wouldn't trust them.  I only see him twice a month, every other weekend.  His conspiracy theories have no relevance to my life.  Even if the government is corrupt, what difference does it make to me?  I still have my life to live.

Q: Rumor has it the Undying Emperor has taken quite an interest in you and your father. What can you tell us about that and how this new development has changed your life?

Jason: The police have been harassing me since I was a kid because my SID (security identification) box registers that I am forty-two instead of twenty-two.  It's frustrating.  Especially since I don't want them connecting me to my father by it.

Q: What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

Jason: I just want to graduate, get married, and become a pro athlete.  A nice normal life in the spotlight.  Who wouldn't want that?

If you want to learn more about Jason and his journey, be sure to check out Theocracide by James Wymore, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Want a chance to win your very own copy? Check back here February 1st for an excerpt from the book and a giveaway!

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