McHenry County Author Spotlight: Jason Drake of Harvard

Hometown: Harvard

Latest Book: “You Stay Classy, Wedding People”

Publisher: First Flight Books

Release Date: May 22, 2017

Where can we find it? and

What’s it about?

It’s about my 11 years as a wedding videographer. It’s a comedy, a memoir and a “what not to do” for future newlyweds.

What separates this book from other people’s crazy wedding stories is my unique style of humor, original illustrations, a seamless ability to break the fourth wall and an endless supply of pop culture references for any occasion (even when very unnecessary). Even the legal disclaimer page has jokes.

Where did the idea come from?

Every wedding I would shoot, at dinner, all the vendors would share their crazy stories. Every time I told mine, people laughed. So each time I told it, I started adding jokes and doing voices with it and they would laugh more.

Once I decided to write the book, I would then test out material at each wedding. People laughed every time.

What genre is your book, and why were you drawn to it?

Comedy. I’ve always liked being funny, doing impressions and making people laugh. I do it every day. The book is just another outlet for that creativity.

I even give my printed Sean Connery impression in the book. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

Who is the intended audience?

People who like to laugh and take long walks on the beach.

This book also is framed as a “what not to do” for future brides. Hopefully, people can learn from others’ mistakes, and their special day is not ruined.

People who like pop culture references. There are way too many references to the movie, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” than you would think there would be in a book about crazy wedding stories.

Why is this story important to you?

It’s my first book, and I put a lot of work into it. It took three years to complete. I also edited and formatted it and designed all the graphics and covers. The editing and formatting are things I had never done, so I had to teach myself.

This book also is an avenue for my thoughts on many different subjects. You wouldn’t think I also could fit behind-the-scenes Chicago talk radio commentary in a book about wedding stories, but, let me tell you, it’s possible, and it’s been done.

How long did it take you to write? What was your process?

It took three years to complete. When I had some free time (ha!) and was feeling creative, I would just write.

First, I would just give the facts of each incident. Then, I would try to make it funny or include a pop culture reference of a similar occurrence. Then, I would keep refining it until I was satisfied.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? What was the hardest part?

Same answer for both questions, being creative, funny, witty and original at the same time. I want this book to be unique from everything else. There might be 37 Kanye West jokes here. How can you tell 37 different jokes about a one-joke person (in my opinion)? I need to find a different way to keep the jokes fresh and different.

How are you publishing this book and why (traditional/indie/self-publishing)?

It’s published thru First Flight Books, and I picked them because they agreed to do it. They liked my idea.

What is your education/background?

Graduate of Harvard High School 1989; graduate of Columbia College 1994

How/why did you decide to write a book?

I felt I had a story to tell that made people laugh.

So hurry and get your copy now! Otherwise, it will just collect dust in my closet and take up space. Don’t get it if you like to laugh, or like to read, get it to help me declutter my living space!

Who are your favorite authors?

Dave Barry, Gerry Conway and Bret Hart

Pick one: Danielle Steel or John Grisham?

John Grisham

Pick one: Stephen King or Nicholas Sparks?

Stephen King

Pick one: Ebooks or hard/paperbacks?


Have you written anything else?

I have written columns for sports and sports entertainment sites, as well as other comic book and entertainment sites, whether they wanted it or not.

What’s next for you?

I have a great idea for a Justice League book. Six issues are completed. So, someone please tell DC Comics.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Amazon Page:

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