Featured Friday! Jonathan Fisher
Jonathan Fisher is a true survivor. He is the author of August Always, his memoir. The book has been cited by The Belfast Telegraph as “a triumph.” The book itself took the author 17 years to write, a testament to Jonathan’s endurance. In April 1992, age 22, he died—albeit briefly—from an undiagnosed Addisonian Crisis. Before then, Jonathan had a full childhood and subsequent teenage troubles. Thanks to his parents’ intervention, he was rushed to the local hospital wherein Jonathan was comatose for three months. All these details are recorded in his self-published, heart-wrenching memoir; the book itself sold out completely in the space of 6 months, leaving a Kindle version now available.
The doctors said it would be a mercy to turn off Jonathan’s life support machines. Against all odds, Fisher moved his little finger to his mother’s voice, proof of a semblance of life.
Later that year, Jonathan began the long, slow, hard road to recovery; a journey that would take him through many institutions and heartaches; spending time in the forge and on the anvil, a refining process that reshaped the author both mentally and physically.
Jonathan Fisher, the author, remains a wheel-chair user, fiercely independent, and he does not let his physical disability stop him from achieving his goals. He is a keen costume player and a member of the Emerald Garrison and Heroes Unite Ireland, professional costuming clubs who dress up as Super Heroes and Star Wars characters to support worthy causes.
Now he has crafted another masterpiece: eighteen short stories, from Fisher’s dark imagination. With frightening tales of thrilling science-fiction, adventure, horror, fantasy, rich in satire and gallows humour.
Enter, if you will, to the spellbinding world of Halloween Town in Jonathan Fisher’s latest book, Ten Minutes On Mars.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
The freedom it provides me to express myself through my works. It’s the purest form of exhilaration, writing for me is life. As another Irish author once wrote, “The blood is the life! -” Bram Stoker.
Recently, I received a nomination for an award, the James Tait Black Prize in Literature [2018.] My book is even beginning to be taught at GSCE English level in Schools in Scotland and by Tutors in Northern Ireland, for examples of story craft, sentence structure and one tutor has claimed that,“Ten Minutes On Mars” is amongst “the best example of alliteration and onomatopoeia I’ve ever read! Super job!” – John Snelling, private tutor.
What made you start writing?
I have been writing short stories since I was in Primary school, in P5 and in P6. When I went to my Secondary school, English was my favourite subject and was nurtured by my Tutors, Derek Ray and Doctor Robert Crone, head of English at Laurelhill Community college.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
“ Without Ray Bradbury there’d Be no Stephen King.” – Stephen King.
“You must stay drunk on writing less reality will destroy you.” Ray Bradbury.
I have read almost 95 percent of Bradbury’s novels during my lifetime. By a process of osmosis I have absorbed his style and made it my own. I consider myself to be his love child, the son he never had! In my short story, the title of my collection ,“Ten Minutes On Mars” is a pulp science fiction homage to the greatest sci-fi writer in history. My book harkens back to the golden age of the genre.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
READ, READ, READ EVERYTHING AND THEN WRITE.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I have read all the fantasy and science fiction greats, from Frank Herbert [Dune], Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, [Conan], E.A. Poe, all my life I have been a devotee of 2000AD – the galaxy’s greatest comic. As a teenager I read all the Sherlock Holmes books, I love Astronomy as well!
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Three of them! Ragecarn – the barbarian, Jason Zephyr and John Callisto …
Which book do you consider a must-read?
DUNE – Frank Herbert.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
One of my female characters get’s brutally attacked and murdered by a vampire. I had to consider my female readership. It was a balancing act to retain the content in the story.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
“On the planet Arrakis, also known as Dune…”.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Myself. I have led an extraordinary life, my memoir is called “August Always”.
Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?
I believe that there are no boundaries in science fiction.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
I have in the past have had challenging reviews. I would confront any critic with a witty come back!
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
I was reborn after an undiagnosed addisonian crisis.I died, briefly.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
Currently completing volume two of my short sci-fi and horror collection!
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
have conquered death,”
the ghost in the graveyard thought.
“What should I fear now?” – Ten Minutes On Mars.
Our thanks to Jonathan for answering our questions, yours is a truly remarkable story!