2020 Snapshot: Jason Fischer

Jason Fischer is a writer who lives near Adelaide, South Australia.  He has won the Colin Thiele Literature Scholarship, an Aurealis Award and the Writers of the Future Contest. In Jason’s jack-of-all-trades writing career he has worked on comics, apps, television, short stories, novellas and novels. He also has a passion for godawful puns, and is known to sing karaoke until the small hours.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

It’s been a busy year! In this, the Bastard Plague Year of 2020, I’ve signed a three book deal with Outland Entertainment for my Papa Lucy and the Boneman series, and I’m also writing them a roleplaying game sourcebook and supplements in the same setting. I had a few short stories come out in various anthologies, and landed on a couple of awards shortlists which is always a brilliant feeling! I also started small press Argonautica Press with good buddy Jason Franks (he of the same initials) and we launched with a new book and reprints of two of our existing works. Finally, I started an organisation called Spectrum Writing, which teaches creative writing to people on the Autism Spectrum. We also do mentorships, and run social Dungeons and Dragons games called ASD&D. This organisation has grown beyond all my expectations, and is endlessly rewarding.

2. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far?

I’ve had a few to pick from prior to this year. When Jack Dann led a crowd singing “Undead Camels Ate My Flesh” at the launch of the Dreaming Again anthology. Winning Writers of the Future. Launching my first novel, nearly crying when Cat Sparks said a bunch of lovely things at said launch, and then selling all the copies. But I’ve got a new best publishing experience. Recently I was mentoring a young man on the autism spectrum, who’d only ever shown his writing to his grand-dad. Within a few months of us two working together, he’d sold his first short story. I cried like a baby when he told me, and THAT is the best publishing experience of my career so far.

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

I am sadly behind when it comes to the local writing scene. My primer for international fans wanting to get a good handle on our best stuff? I would say Read Ye the Margo Lanagan. Read Ye the Angela Slatter, Read Ye the Sean Williams. Read Ye All of the Garth Nix. I can’t speak for anything in the last year or two but in recent knowledge I would drop a few of my favourites. Trucksong by Andrew McRae. Vigil by Angela Slatter. I bloody loved the New Ceres world that Twelfth Planet Press did a few years back, and Angel Mage by Garth Nix was great fun. I would push fans back even further and say read all of Terry Dowling’s Rynocerros series, read Sean Williams’ Books of the Change. That’s probably a good place for anyone to start, and of course misses many other great writers whom I hope not to have offended!

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