Who is Author Jason A. Cheek?
Jason A. Cheek, the author of the LitRPG series The World and the dark fantasy series The Last Paladin, lives in Germany due to his current job assignment. He has a wife and daughter, along with two dogs Monte and Mello. Originally from West Palm Beach, Jason was born in Florida.
Interested in martial arts, swords, archery, Dungeon & Dragons, the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronisms), reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Jason became a computer gamer after leaving the Army. Paying his own way through college while working as a waiter, he studied to become an Occupational Therapist Assistant.
Teaching himself computers and networking on his own time. Jason changed career paths into IT while playing many hours of first person shooters and strategy games at LAN parties around the United States or logged into Anarchy Online and World of Warcraft leading his guilds. Later on, he became interested in extreme sports and traveling. Finding a job that allowed him to travel around the world while working on computers, he taught himself German and Polish and met his wife Anja.
Always interested in writing, Jason began his first novel called Flight, Book One of The Last Paladin Series, in 2013 and self-published the next year in 2014. In 2018, Jason has published The World series which has become quite popular.
What’s your latest book all about?
My latest novel is Helping A Friend and is book 4 of The World Series. The stories starts out with Startum Ironwolf trying to fix up the new castle he acquired from the completion of his nightmare quest. Instead of being able to prepare his lands for an assault from an invading army of Hobgoblins, he is asked by his best friend for a hand against a group of PKers that are harassing him. Instead of being just a simple attack, Startum and his friends quickly discover that this is a much bigger move by powerful platinum sized guild of PKers to take over the area.
Unfortunately, Startum is on the other side of the currently known map and it will take several days to travel the breadth of the Nordic area to reach his friend. During his travels, Startum runs into a number of new adventures: PKers who are terrorizing the local denizens of The World, medieval underworld that is terrorizing the population of a large city, a gang of pirates trying to take over a trader vessel, and then gets caught in the middle of a war between an invading underwater empire and a local kingdom of Sea Elves. How Startum handles these adventures opens up new areas of the game for him and his friends, besides being a lot of fun.
How did you get the idea of writing this book?
The concept for the story came from my days of playing World of Warcraft. In World of Warcraft, if you wanted to play with a friend who was another race, you’d have to make a death run across the breadth of the world, usually repeated dying the whole way. While the process was a major pain in the ass, you got to know a lot about the world and how different monsters aggro’d, while having some great stories to share with your friends about traveling across the map.
I wanted to bring this experience out in the story. Also, one of the things I hated about World of Warcraft was that whenever you traveled on ships across the continent, there was never any special wandering monsters or dungeons. I always felt that Blizzard should have followed the D&D concept about this and made some of the trips on ships more exciting. The story was my way of making a death run interesting, while expanding upon the different areas of The World and making it more in-depth.
Where can readers contact you?
Either a direct email at JasonACheek@gmail.com, my blog at www.thecheekyfellow.com or my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007596607095 Facebook has a lot of pictures of friends who were the basis of Startum’s friends in the series, besides all of the LAN party pictures over the years.