November 2021 Featured Author Jameson Ketchum

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Author Interview

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

It had to have been Where the Red Fern Grows. It was the first “big kid” book I read when I was little and I remember realizing how much more impactful the book was than the movie because I had created my own movie in my mind haha!

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Definitely YouTube. Even when I’m trying to use it to clarify an idea I’m writing or some fact, you end up falling down a rabbit hole of stuff like “When Celebrities Fight Fans” or something silly.

  1. Who is one author are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

An author I really enjoy is Nadine Vanders (@nadia_vanders). She has taught me a lot about building friendships and networking with other authors as well as fun ways to connect with your readers.

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Write every day! I don’t care if it’s good or not, just the act of writing every single day is so important and something I still need to remind myself of daily.

  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I think the editing process will be what changes my outlook the most moving forward when I go to write any other books. If I can cut down on overused words and mistakes in general, hopefully that part of the process will go a lot smoother and a lot quicker.

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it?

That’s a good question. It would certainly be making sure I have a comfortable and fun space to write. I have a home office but it can feel cluttered and uninspiring so make sure you have a space that is all yours and reflects how you want to feel when you write. Make sure you have plenty of room and surround yourself with things that make you happy. Mine is a simple desk set up with a record player and a comfy chair. I’m surrounded by my favorite books, photos and records.

  1. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Definitely a fox. I have always loved them and they’ve always felt somehow like an inspiration. I can’t explain why, but they remind me of creativity and writing specifically.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have several half outlines and pages of ideas or notes. Right now I’m working on a comedy and trying to stick to writing something every day of November. I’m only about 40 some pages deep but it’s a story I really want to tell and one that I haven’t really worked on in almost a year. I’m glad to be playing in this world again!

  1. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Oh definitely the book Go Now by Richard Hell. Not only does he write in voice I envied and could never explain fully before I read the book, but he can get so silly, making indirect jokes to the reader then saying “just kidding” and moves on without addressing this weird thing he just did. I recommend checking it out!

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

For fiction I’ve realized that I start off by naming them people I know, but that can get tricky because often my brain will box them into traits that those real life people have. To keep track however I’ll often keep those real life names or name them something just slightly off, like Ray for Ryan, that kind of thing. In the end I’ll brainstorm something completely unrelated and use those.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Either Where The Red Fern Grows or The Outsiders. I think The Outsiders really kicked off my love for that time period and it felt like reading something more adult than I had before. There are so many great YA books I’m probably missing here!


Jameson Ketchum is a writer, podcaster, and publicist. He currently hosts The Godspeed Podcast where he continues to interview musicians, authors, actors, and comics. Namedropping: Seeking Creative Truth Through Trendy Altruism and Punk Rock is his second book. 


Detailing Ketchum’s time touring with Christian heavy metal bands and trendy non-profits, Namedropping: Seeking Creative Truth Through Trendy Altruism and Punk Rock is a fly on the wall perspective of trends in “hip” Christian culture told through the eyes of a self-doubting rock journalist begging to belong. Witnessing healings, demonic possession, and the ever-present rock star ego, Ketchum’s stories are hilarious and heartfelt. One minute he’s sleeping under vans in Wal-Mart parking lots and the next he’s staring A-list creatives in the face, likely asking how he can work for them one day (or in the case of world-renowned rappers, fumbling over the simplest of questions).This book shows Ketchum exploring artistic doubts while pursuing truth in all aspects of his professional life. Name Dropping is one part memoir and one part self-help. It’s Saved! meets Almost Famous sprinkled with a healthy dose of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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