Broken Pieces

Jack Canon's American Destiny

Author Interview – Justin Blaney

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I was born in Los Angeles, California, but moved to Eugene, Oregon when my parents remarried. I remember moving to this huge old house that could have been the best haunted house at Halloween, complete with a creepy attic. It had a hundred year old oak tree in the front yard that was almost as big as the house. I currently live near Seattle and am proud to have lived on the west coast my whole life and in the Northwest for the last 20+ years. I’m sure the rain, as well as the laid back culture, has influenced my writing significantly.

How did you develop your writing?

I’ve heard so many stories about writers who wrote 5 or even 10 books before they started releasing them to the public, let alone publishing them. I fell in love with the world and characters in Evan Burl and the Falling and couldn’t bear the thought of using them as a stepping stone in my writing development so I took a different path. I still wrote 5-10 books before releasing it to the public, I just wrote the same book 5-10 times. I’ve literally rewritten Evan Burl from scratch at least 10 times and have done over 50 passes with editing over 3+ years and thousands of hours. The number of books I’ve consumed on writing and the time I’ve spent with mentors and beta readers has to far surpass what I would have spent earning a degree in writing.

Do you plan to publish more books?

Absolutely! I’m already working hard on the sequel to Evan Burl as well as generating ideas for a middle grade book that I’m very excited about. In addition, I’m planning to release my first illustrated book for children that I’m working on with a friend, Benji Todd called Isfits.

What else do you do to make money, other than write?

I own a film production company in Seattle. We try to help our clients raise money for great causes or sell great products by telling stories through film. You can check out some of our work at I’m also a blogger and founder at, which is a leadership platform for pastors and Christian leaders and a blogger at And finally, I’m the creator of a world called isfits, which is a purveyor of dreams for children.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I’ve had so many jobs, it’s hard to remember them all, mostly as an entrepreneur. I’ve worked as an electrician, plumber, videographer, photographer, fabricator, welder, contractor, developer, graphic designer, web designer, framer, illustrator, backhoe operator, copywriter, buyer, gardener, blogger, engineer, architect, delivery man, marketer, purchasing consultant, project manager, ebay reseller, programmer, web startup founder, musician, manager, paper boy. Plus I’ve sold a lot of things like vacuum cleaners, radios, appliances, advertising, paper towels, buffing pads, pork, beef, sausage, bacon, fine art, frames, home audio installations, manufactured products, websites, my own photography, clean room equipment and supplies, car parts, and used cars.

Evan Burl

My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle beats me.
The most powerful men in the world want me dead.
They all have one thing in common.
They think I’m turning into a monster.

I’m starting to worry they’re right.

Genre - Young Adult

Rating – PG

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