you are reading the first sentence of a front page to a website. there are links above which will direct to a blog, some short fiction, out-of-print fiction, music, photography. my name is Jared John Smith and here are some of the things I have done:
my first novel was contracted when I was 19. I cancelled this contract after waiting in developmental hell for two years. writers beware: this can be a seedy industry where some presses will sign dozens of contracts, unable to keep up with the amount they’ve signed, resulting in a two year long queue, developmental edits frozen at chapter one. find the right home for your work.
my second novel was published in 2014. it’s title was Rabbit. the press went under and returned the rights to me. Rabbit is now out of print. things happen.
I frequent Post 134 in the Alberta District in Portland. it’s an old American Legion Hall run by writer, painter, veteran, and good friend, Sean Davis. we do readings there.
I am finishing an experimental novel, previewing fragments through Nailed Magazine, Post 134 readings, a Blue Skirt Press summer tour, and closed workshops.
I am writing a small-town drama dealing with parents’ obsessions with their children’s sexual maturity. this is one volume out of six planned titles designed to be read out of order.
I am turning 26 this June. my favorite food is pizza. my favorite music albums are The Lonesome Crowded West, Carrie and Lowell, The Slim Shady LP, Russian Circles’ Memorial. my favorite film this year is Mad Max: Fury Road. I also love Django Unchained, Barton Fink, The Fly, A.I., SLC Punk!, Super Troopers, Eraserhead, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cavalry, Willard, Philomena, The Trip… I like everything Steve Coogan, Mitchell & Webb, and AMC. The Walking Dead season 5 was some of the best television this last decade aside from everything Matthew Weiner or Vince Gilligan have had a hand in.
you can email me anytime: jjsmithauthor at gmail dot com