Jason M. Rubin has been a professional writer for more than 36 years, the last 21 as senior creative associate at Libretto Inc., a Boston-based strategic communications firm, where he has won awards for his copywriting. He is the author of two historical novels: The Grave & The Gay (2012), based on a 17th-century English folk ballad; and King of Kings (2019), about the romance between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, told primarily from the Ethiopian tradition. Both are now available in a single volume under the umbrella title, Ancient Tales Newly Told. A new book, Villainy After Ever, a collection of classic fairy tales retold from the perspective of the villains, will be published by spring 2022. Jason has also contributed music criticism to The Arts Fuse, a regional online magazine, since 2012. He is a member of the New England Indie Authors Collective, and holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Research precedes writing. I enjoy exploring older texts, learning as much as I can about them, and then retelling them in my own way, with the addition of new characters, new subplots, and new perspectives. Research is necessary to ensure that my imagination is buttressed by the concept of verisimilitude, the appearance of being authentic. Whether a Grimm fairy tale or a story from the Bible, I seek to fully inhabit the ancient settings of my books, allowing the reader to do the same.