Getting into writing – an interview with Jason Savin

Jason Savin

Jason Savin is a writer and actor living in County Durham, England. He has a TOCF in Scriptwriting from Newcastle College and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performance Arts Studies from the University of Sunderland. He is happily married to the wonderful Tracy and has a son called Cameron.

What got you interested in writing?

Like most of the important things in my life, which now define who I am, writing was something I just fell into. I remember writing poems when I was about 16. It gave me enormous pleasure when my mother found these in my bedroom and she seemed quite impressed by them. At that age I was full of teenage angst and these poems mirrored my inner confused pessimism of the world around me. The poems weren’t particularly brilliant and I feel were partly influenced by Spike Milligan’s witty poetry. I didn’t write with any frequency, only putting pen to paper when the urge struck.

It wasn’t until my late 20’s when I started writing more seriously. I studied script writing and wrote a couple of screenplays, but I didn’t have the knowledge or confidence to try and get these sold. Remember, this was in the mid 1990’s so it was very difficult to find a buyer then, before the internet became an everyday device like it is today. It was shortly after that, that I became interested in acting. To further my acting career I wrote numerous short plays that I had performed, as well as producing a few short films, in which I wrote the scripts.

My current book, which is my debut novel, should be published next year. I have spent 6 years writing.  It is a re-creation of ancient Irish tales which would have been told around the fireside by the kingdom’s great storytellers. My source material consists of translations of 1000 year old stories, backed with modern archaeology and genealogy to bring the whole thing alive.

Lisa Hoey

What is your advice to young and new writers?

My advice to new writers is to believe in yourself and keep going. Spend as long as you need on each sentence to find the perfect word. So when you’ve finished your book you should end up with the greatest piece of work you can do.

I post extracts of my new book on Facebook and Twitter.

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