My name is Jason Zapata. I'm a thirty-year-old writer living in Scranton, PA. My work includes poetry and fiction writing. I graduated from the University of Scranton. Besides a minor in writing and communication, my education was in history. I'm currently seeking publication for two major projects. "Ask the Leper" a collection of poetry and "The Jester's Mask" a fictional novel.
Major influences for me: The writings of Neil Gaiman, Terry Brooks, and Anne Rice. In terms of art, I really enjoy the contemporary works posted in Deviant Art. I think there’s an abundance of talent that really needs to be recognized more. Too many galleries are filled with pretentious, abstract nonsense. Current artists I follow include Catherine Langwagen, Stanley Lau, and Javier Miranda. The golden age of 80's fantasy movies also inspired me (Labyrinth, Willow, Legend, Lady Hawke, The Never Ending Story, ect.).
My major goals are to get my current projects published. I would like write one further collection of poetry and have the “The Jester’s Mask” end up being a successful trilogy.
Current Residence: Scranton, PA
Favourite genre of music: Metal / Hard Rock
Favourite style of art: Digital
Personal Quote: Letting your enemy win without a fight is defeat. I'd rather die than be defeated.
Anything by Neil Gaiman. Novels by Anne Rice and Terry Brooks. For Graphic novel: Fables and Sandman.
Edgar Allan Poe
Novels, Graphic Novels, Art, and Cheesy Horror films.