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Interview with Stephen R Stober, author of Jump

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JUMP is a thriller with a sci-fi twist.

Jeremy Roberts’ life is reset one morning in Boston’s Quincy Market when an inexplicable event leaves him a stranger in his own body.

He quickly relearns his name and his place in the world, but can’t explain the heavy feeling of grief that pervades every moment of his day.

Hiding his complete lack of memory about his life, he sets to work finding the source of his emotional anguish. Uncovering files from his own computer, he learns that a terrible tragedy has befallen his family and its mystery remains unsolved.

Calling on a crack private investigator and a computer security expert, Jeremy delves deep into the case. After piecing together a startling theory, he plunges into a daring plan to rescue a woman he cant remember… before it is too late.

What genre is it?
JUMP is an edge-of-your seat thriller that will have you hooked until the very last page.

That’s a huge promise to make. Tell us more about your main character.
The protagonist, the main character, is tormented with his identity. He doesn’t know anything about himself. He makes a simple statement at the outset of the book. “I don’t know who I am; I don’t know what I am.”

Throughout the story, he talks about living with his angst. Although driven by compassion to understand and help the people around him, he is continually reminded about the nomadic predicament that he cannot escape.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
The book will appeal to anyone who likes stories about families, thrillers and suspense. I’ve had terrific reader responses from people of all ages. The youngest reader was 16 and the oldest, 90. They all basically said the same thing. “I couldn’t put it down, but I didn’t want it to finish.”

Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love Jump.
The Time Traveller’s Wife and books by David Baldacci.

How would you like the reader to feel as they read the last word of your book?
I’d like the reader to feel content that the objective set out by the protagonist was achieved; yet I’d like the reader to also feel his torment. What is he? Who is he? Was he an angel? Was he God? Or was he a metaphor? I believe that JUMP may stimulate the reader to ponder existential thoughts of who we are; what is thought; what defines an individual and what is real.

And of course, I want the reader to want more from a sequel to JUMP, which will further explore these questions via another dramatic story.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have a background in psychology, aerospace and healthcare. I’m currently a business owner in Toronto and share my life with my wife, two daughters and our dog. I’ve  published a number of articles in peer reviewed scientific journals on subjects related to human visual physiology and perception, including the American Journal of Psychology. JUMP is my first novel.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
For more book and author news, and to read an excerpt visit http://www.stephenrstoberbooks.com

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
You can follow me on Twitter at @stephenrstober and like the JUMP page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JUMPnovel.

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