I wanted to feature Author Jason Korsiak in this edition of "What's in Your Bag?" Jason opens up about his books, his passion for superheroes and a Christmas VHS that brought clarity to his faith.
I am here with Author Jason Korsiak who has written seven books. Jason has been a professional speaker for thirteen years, talking at churches, graduations, and as a guest lecturer at Pasco-Hernando State College. He proudly serves as Youth Pastor of Joining Hands Mission United Methodist Church in New Port Richey, FL. I asked Jason..."What's in Your Bag?"
Me: Welcome Jason! Wow! You've written quite a few books! Tell me about your book "Marvin Mac's Bad Day."
Jason: I am most excited about Marvin Mac's Bad Day, my first book. I released it in April 2017 but just came out with a brand-new Special Edition. It is a macabre storybook for grown-ups about the worst day in the life of the unluckiest man in the world, and it's written as a collection of limericks. I painted the illustrations with my trusty watercolors, along with some acrylic and colored pencil. I wrote it just to tell a funny story, but what amazes me most is how often people tell me they read it when they have a bad day and how it makes them feel better, but what amazes them most is that I first created it when I was only 8 years old! That original version is now included as part of the bonus content of the new Special Edition, which I will be promoting all March with at least six book signings.
Me: Awesome! And have fun on your book signings! I see you have a Spiderman action figure and a book called The Superhero Gospels. Tell me about that book!
Jason: What I am best-known for is my Gospels series, a collection of devotionals about positive lessons we can learn from movies. As you can see from my Spider-Man action figure, I am a huge fan of superheroes, and The Superhero Gospels is by far my most popular book. It explores spiritual themes we can find in movies like Superman, Batman, the Avengers, and so many more. My second most-popular book is The Princess Gospels, which explores what we can learn from beloved Princess movies like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella. I present live shows based on my books and I am working on a stage show based off this book, which will launch late April, early May.
Me: How fun! I see a lot of Christmas books and The Night Before Christmas VHS. Tell me about all this. You must love Christmas!
Jason: I love Christmas specials, and the VHS in the back holds special meaning to me. That particular tape was given to me by godmother when I was a kid, and I would fall asleep watching it every Christmas Eve. I grew up in Queens, NY, but my family moved to Florida right before I turned 7. I couldn't sleep that Christmas Eve; I was homesick for my friends, for snow, and for my family. Since I couldn't sleep, I did the one thing I'd never done before – watched all the way to the end of the tape. The final short on the video was a recreation of the First Noel, made with puppets. Even though I'd heard the story, it came alive in a way it never had before. I finally “got” what Christmas – and, by extension, Jesus – was all about. I consider that night to be the night I became a Christian, all because of some Christmas cartoons. Today, Christmas is such a busy time, so I wrote The Christmas Gospels to help us get just a little more out of the holiday specials we often watch anyway, like Rudolph, Frosty, and the Grinch. I love Christmas. In fact, I love it so much that I wrote a second Christmas book, Christmas Addict, about a social experiment I did in which I celebrated Christmas for an entire year!
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