Jason Lee Norman

    The Edmonton writer explains why he'd choose Edmonton in any David vs Goliath battle against the literary world.

    By Staff on February 1, 2017

    Name Jason Lee Norman
    Profession Writer
    My favourite emoji is: The frowny face emoji with the squiggly mouth of anguish.
    The background photo on my cell phone is: It's a painting by local artist Jenny Keith. It's a killer whale with dozens of creatures in its mouth and dozens of creatures in the mouths of those creatures.
    The last thing I Googled was: Probably something to do with the electoral college in the United States.
    If I were to change professions, I would be a(n): I'd like to work in radio. Maybe I could do play-by-play for hockey games.
    The greatest challenge of my career has been: My biggest challenges are creative ones. I'm always trying to get through to people with my art. To show them that local literature is just as good, if not better, than books from larger publishers. It's a David and Goliath battle for sure.
    The thing I remember most about being a student is I loved being in the Rutherford Library. I discovered a lot of writers and a lot of great books there. Some I needed to be reading for class and others I just wanted to check out myself.
    One piece of advice I'd give a current student is: This is your education. Make sure you get out of it what you want to get out of it and not what you think you're supposed to.Asklots of questions. Read some books just for the hell of it.
    I'd rather: Have to say what's on my mind at all times than never be able to speak again.
    My pop culture best friend would be: Rachel Maddow. I'd like to take her to a hockey game.
    The worst job I've ever had was: I was a chicken catcher for exactly one night. I had to scoop them up and put them in In just a few short hours it showed me what my life would be like if I didn't get an education.
    The game show I would be best at is: I'd love to be on Jeopardy one day.
    On the day I graduated, I wish I'd known: some basic information about the future so that I could invest my money and bet on Superbowls. Things like that.
    I prefer: Noodles over sushi.
    My favourite city is: Edmonton is pretty great. Paris and Lisbon are beautiful.
    The one habit I'm trying to break is: Procrastination and I'm trying to get better at multitasking.
    The last book I read was: Stories for Night Time and Some for the Day by Ben Loory.
    The most defining moment in my career was: On the day I quit my day job to spend more time writing I received a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council that allowed me to take my dreams of being a publisher to the next level. Everything about my writing career has changed since that day.
    The one way I have changed for the better is: I think I'm more patient than I used to be. Empathy plays a larger role in my life.
    I started feeling like a grown-up when: I don't think I've ever really felt like a grown-up but I'm an uncle now and that's the best kind of grown-up to be. It's a lot of fun.
    The daily habit that contributes to my success is: I'm always trying to find ways to get better at my craft and find ways to bring people together through literature.
    After I die, I want to be remembered for: having written a great book or two, or for being the first man to live to be 150.
    My preferred Hogwarts house is: Ravenclaw
    My first job after graduation was: I taught at a school in Edmonton that helped Korean students of all ages with their English and other school subjects.
    The item I never leave the house without is: Obviously it's the iPhone.