Virtual Vice – Author Interview – Jason Kays

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virtualvicecoverPaperback Writer is please to announce our author for today, Jason Kays, author of the new technology crime novel, Virtual Vice (BookSurge), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in July on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

About the Book:
In Virtual Vice by Jason Kays, readers follow disillusioned entertainment attorney Ian McKenzie as his professional life takes a decided turn for the questionable when he is hired by the charismatic and dangerous Scott White to represent Scott’s interests in his cutting edge Internet startup, Metropoleis Multimedia. Unfortunately for Ian, Scott has more in common with Scarface’s Tony Montana than Apple’s Steve Jobs, and things go from questionable to deadly in no time flat. As Scott’s confidant and consigliore, Ian soon finds himself caught between the Feds, La Cosa Nostra, and the Cali Cartel in a fatal game of corporate winner-take-all.

You can visit Jason online at or check out the trailer for VIRTUAL VICE here.

Hi Jason M. Kays

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
A: The book is creative non-fiction and 85% factual. It was inspired by my representation as a lawyer of a most unpleasant client during an eighteen month period. That period was followed by five years of intermittent pro bono work with various law enforcement agencies to hold him accountable to investors he had defrauded. This effort, while saving would-be investors millions in losses, did not stop him from running his Ponzi schemes. He continues to this day, active in the Huntington Beach, California, area, having partnered with a real estate developer. Ironically, they are planning deployment of a New Age church in Hawaii.

Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
A: It comes to me as I write. Typically I have a general outline that I work from, if only in my mind’s eye. It’s hard work, but also a very organic process, sometimes almost as if I’m being dictated to or channeling an external creative voice. Interweaving story arcs and maintaining dramatic tension and continuity is the challenge, particularly in a work like this that falls within the creative non-fiction genre. All too often real life is pedestrian and uneventful, which is where artistic license comes into play.

Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
A: More often than not, yes, but not in detail.

Q: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
A: The characters are typically composites of individuals I’ve encountered during my life in various professional and social circles. I have in mind a certain set of characteristics or personality traits I wish to emphasize to carry along the story and will exaggerate those to bring them to the fore.

Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
A: In Virtual Vice, Ian McKenzie is an autobiographical character. In most respects, McKenzie is a mirror image of the author in both personality traits and life experience. He’s not the protagonist, but a dramatic foil to the book’s villain, Scott White.

Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?
A: Portraying the brothel and it’s juxtaposition to the New Age church. That and development of the protagonist’s wife and femme fatale, Kyrra Westwater. These portrayals incorporated a greater degree of fiction, so allowed me to flex my creative skills.

Q: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
A: Interest was expressed by a prominent literary agent in representation, but this was contingent on my making the novel entirely non-fiction, something I was unwilling to do. This made me even more determined to see that the book reached an audience on my terms. I looked at all prominent POD publishers out there and found Book Surge’s product was far superior. Their rates are higher than the competition’s, but you do see a return on your investment in the quality of work. Their editorial team is superb.

Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
A: None that were significant, since this was a self-published book. Coordinating the various parties involved in that process was a challenge, but not overwhelming.

Q: What has been the best part about being published?
A: The ability to share one’s story with a larger audience.

Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
A: Reality has to be toned down to be believable as fiction. As bizarre as the storyline is in Virtual Vice, were I to have been more literal in relating events, the tale would have been stranger yet.

Q: Do you have plans to write another book?
A: Yes, a novel focusing on the shifting roles of sexuality and erotica in American culture with the introduction of the Internet. How erotica made the Net commercially viable and drives much of the innovation in ecommerce and technology today and a look at the colorful pioneers in this market sector and how they left irrelevant the Hugh Hefners, Bob Gucciones and Larry Flynts of the world.

Q: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?A: I’m in the early stages of the association, but it’s been a positive one to date. The staff has been professional, accessible and efficient. I’ll let you know in a month or two whether the campaign has been effective.

Q: Where can readers find a copy of your book?
A: Virtual Vice is being offered by several e-tailers, but can be found on Amazon at the following URL:

Q: Do you have a website for readers to go to?
A: Yes. Website for the book and author: Blog:

Thank you, Jason, for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

Jason Kays’s VIRTUAL VICE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 officially began on July 6 and end on July 31. You can visit Jason’s blog stops at during the month of July to find out more about this great book and talented author!

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