Jason Caudle is an aspiring new writer from the southern United States. He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina, and hopes to pursue a career in creative writing.
Jason has written sporadically and infrequently throughout most of his life, but has only recently gotten the courage to share any of his writing with others. Death Valley is the first story he has ever submitted for publication.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: If I had to choose just one, it would be J. R. Tolkien. I’m not sure he’d enjoy the meeting though, as I feel it would turn quickly into an interrogation.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: When I was a small child, my mother read The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree to me just about every night. It still hasn’t gotten old.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: I haven’t found it yet. For now, I just make do with a full cup of coffee.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.’ − R.A. Salvatore.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: The power to stop time, so I could waste it with less consequence.
Six minutes and thirty-three seconds. That was the amount of time it took a spark to wind its way down and around the forty-inch fuses attached to the nine cherry-red two-stick dynamite charges that Frank Rasmussen was carrying in his dusty leather satchel. Frank had been excavating mines long enough to develop a keen sense …