‘The Magisters’ by Jack Eason; interview and review…

Jack Eason’s blog “Have We Had Help?” is an eclectic mix of his magical writing, book excerpts; thoughts and observations of the world around him. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly and is unafraid to stand by his beliefs. It is a refreshing space to stop for a visit, and I am grateful to have connected with him in our Global Village.

Jack lived in New Zealand for forty-two years until 2000 when he returned to his birthplace in England. As far as he is concerned, he will always consider himself to be a Kiwi. After military service in the 1960s, he travelled the world, visiting exotic lands and making many friends. Now in his early seventies, he is content to write and travel via the Internet. Besides writing novels and short stories, he contributes to his own blog “Have We Had Help?”  His literary interests include science fiction, history, both ancient and modern, and humorous tales like those written by his fellow writer Derek Haines, such as “HAL”. Now retired, he lives in his hometown surrounded by his favourite books, ranging from historical fact to science fiction. His literary icons are J.R.R Tolkien, George Orwell, Arthur C Clarke and John Wyndham.

Over to Jack…

When you are writing how does it make you feel?

Tired mainly. When I’m in full writing mode, I tend to start between midnight and 1AM.

Do you have a writing ‘spot’, or do you find you can write anywhere?

Where I am as I answer your questions – in front of the TV in my ancient recliner with a laptop.

When did you start writing?


Do you draw upon the characters of people you know in your stories?

I tend to use traits and quirks observed during my lifetime.

What inspires you?

Mainly history and archaeology.

Do you miss your travelling days?

My travelling days are over.

Where do you feel your creative energy springs from?

An inquiring mind.

Do you have an outline for each book, or does it evolve as you create it?

I tend to let the story tell me where it wants to go.

What annoys you?

Don’t get me started…

Do you have a turning point in your life you wish to share?

Two – the deaths of my wife and son in Vietnam back in the nineteen sixties, and suffering a complete mental breakdown a few years ago.

Writing is my coping mechanism…

Jack’s latest book is ‘The Magisters’ a sci-fi novella with a difference.

My review

This book is an engaging read that left me wanting more.

It challenges our accepted beliefs about ancient monuments and civilisations and the author’s imagination carries us into ‘what if’ scenarios and pins them into current situations.

We are living in times where political systems are shuddering at their foundations and ‘The Magisters’ gifts us a different way of looking at things.

Yes, please to Book Two.

The Magisters‘ can be purchased on Amazon UK & Amazon.com

Jack is a prolific writer and his other books Race Against Time, The Guardian, Cataclysm, Autumn 1066, Turning Point, The Forgotten Age, Goblin Tales, The Next Age, Celeste, The Adventures of Ursus The Bear, Goblin Tales for Adults and Onet’s Tale can be purchased from his author page on Amazon UK & Amazon.com.

For all those who wish to follow Jack and keep up to date with his latest creativity his online links are below:

Jack’s Blog ‘Have We Had Help?’

Jack on Facebook

Jack on Twitter

It has been my pleasure to welcome Jack to my blog today and great to discover him in our Global Village. Wishing you much creative energy, Jack, always. <3

33 thoughts on “‘The Magisters’ by Jack Eason; interview and review…”

  1. Fascinating, Jane…
    and interesting how we are all so different… I was struck by Jack saying writing makes him feel tired… I always feel energised and full of joie de vivre when I’ve been writing, so its all the more impressive that Jack has written so much…
    And I love the vibrancy in your blogs,
    love Valerie

    1. Hello Valerie, it’s lovely to see you here. Hugs to you both. Xx <3 Jack's imagination is vivid and his stories reflect that, He may need the still of the nighttime to write in peace, which may make sleep in short supply. <3

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  3. Thank you for this interesting interview, Jane and Jack. I don’t read much Science Fiction but when I do I like a well thought-out premise and lots of ‘what-ifs’. Jack’s books appear to fit the bill.

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