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Author Q&A with Jared K. Chapman | To Have Or Have Not Book Tour | Dystopian Superhero Fantasy, Horror

2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not by Jared K. Chapman is on virtual book tour. The dystopian superhero fantasy, horror stops at Readeropolis w...

2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not by Jared K. Chapman is on virtual book tour.

The dystopian superhero fantasy, horror stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card (1 winner) or an exclusive signed print by Derek Smith, cover designer/artist (3 winners). Follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I wrote this book as a graphic novel in 2012, but the artist couldn’t work on it because he got busy as a touring musician. So, I decided to work it into a novel. What I enjoyed was taking the graphic novel as an outline and really fleshing out the world. I had been sitting on these ideas for years before and they all swelled within me ready to just rush to the pages. The first draft of this novel was completed within three months at around 100,000 words. After the second draft, I increased it over 20,000 words. What I enjoyed most about writing 2HVØRHVNØT was laying the foundations for this world. 

Who designed your book covers?

Derek Smith is the artist who designed the cover. He does amazing work and is who was going to do the art for the graphic novel. He’s also an amazing drummer, so he’s been busy performing in shows all around the world. You can find him at and

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

For the most part, the characters are from my imagination, but there are definitely elements of real people borrowed to help flesh them out. Additionally, I pay homage to several established characters and real people throughout the book, similar to Ready Player One. 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

There are times when I’m writing and I kind of know what I’m trying to get to but the character has other ideas and takes me on some meandering path that circumnavigates the actual point, but I get there eventually because I ultimately do have the control. 

Convince us why you feel your book is a must-read.

My book is a fast-paced, action-packed, genre-bending murder mystery set in a dystopian future where the superpowered Haves oppress the powerless Have Nots. This book has it all. I’ve packed it tight with things you’ll need to read two or three times through to uncover all the easter eggs and tidbits. I’ve created a world that is different from our own but feels like our own in many ways and the differences are off-putting at times. Ultimately though, this story could be told at any time and place because it is important. It’s about humanity and class struggle and conflict, and how if we work together we can overcome any odds. 

Have you written any other books that are not published?


If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

Whiskey and cedar with a hint a rose petal. 

What did you edit out of this book?

I had a lot more exposition about how Fellowship City came to be and where the Mighty came from. I took that out or minimized, leaving it half-answered in many ways, as I decided to write a prequel trilogy to tell that story. 

Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

Yes, Stephen King. I’ve been a fan since I was 10. My stepmother had a library filled with his books and I would read them voraciously. He’s such a prolific writer. I wish I could write half as much as he does. I’d really like advice on how to write and publish more, and how to get my book made into a movie or tv series. One day, I’d like people to put me into the same category as Mr. King. 

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

The Gunslinger, Fahrenheit 451, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Slapstick, A Clockwork Orange, 1984, Brave New World, Ready Player One, Cat’s Cradle, Trainspotting

What book do you think everyone should read?

A book that really inspired me and changed my life and thought processes was Daniel C. Matt’s God and the Big Bang. This is a nonfiction work that connects science with Jewish mysticism. The fact that rabbinical scholars described how lightning works more than a thousand years before we could confirm it using photographic equipment in our modern age is amazing. What else is in their texts that describes our reality? 

For fiction, I think everyone should read Fahrenheit 451. Whether you like dystopian books or not, this is a must-read for anyone who cares at all about books and our future. 

How long have you been writing?

I remember writing and illustrating a short little story in 3rd or 4th grade that was published in a collection for my classroom. Seeing what I wrote in print was surreal and fantastic. I continued to write from then on. Whenever we had school projects and could choose between writing or something else, I always chose the writing project. In 6th grade, I wrote some SciFi Star Wars/Star Trek mishmash of a novel, and in 8th grade, I wrote a novel that ended up being too provocative and taken from me. The principal expressed disappointment in me while my English teacher said it was impressive but not appropriate in school. All that is to say, I’ve been writing for a very long time. I only wish I would have published a lot sooner in life. 

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

I generally think about an idea for a long time and develop an outline of how the story will go in my head and what characters are needed to move that story along. Then, I have these bursts of creation (usually in the shower) when I flesh out the characters more before I really ever start writing them down. In that way, I am an outliner… but I’m also a pantser. I’m a hybrid. While I’m writing with an idea of what I want to do and where to go, I let the story and the characters take me there. Sometimes characters are created out of necessity to move the story to its proper place.

2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not
by Jared K. Chapman
Genre: Dystopian Superhero Fantasy, Horror

Welcome to Fellowship City, where the Haves are super-powered, and the Have-Nots are just like you.

The Mighty have all the wealth, fame, power, and superpowers, but even they are subject to the monastery’s control. To maintain peace, telepathic monks see into the past, present, and future to police the other Mighty and the minority of powerless Citizens, who have nothing but their identity tags tattooed on their wrists.

Twenty-year-old Mario lives with his kid sister in one of the many camphouses on the island south of the city. Unlike the other citizens he stands in line with every morning waiting to be bussed to work, he actually likes his downtown job and the Mighty restaurateur who employs him. 

At least, he did.

This morning, the grisly, undetected murder of his boss changes everything. In a flash, Mario becomes the primary suspect and must race against time to prove his innocence in a world that oppresses the powerless.

Part READY PLAYER ONE. Part DIVERGENT. Part MINORITY REPORT. Totally Superpowered! 2HVØRHVNØT has fast-paced action, suspense, horror, and mature themes that are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Jared K. Chapman is an author, filmmaker, and educator. He is a native Californian who spent his formative years at school in frigid Alberta, Canada with his father and summer vacation in arid central California with his mother. He holds degrees in psychology & religious studies and is currently a doctoral candidate studying the social psychology of extreme groups. He lives in a little oasis just east of Los Angeles with his wife and three sons. 2HVØRHVNØT is his debut novel.

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$15 Amazon giftcard – 1 winner, 

 Exclusive Signed Prints by Derek Smith, cover designer/artist – 3 winners  


  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Monday, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! I hope you read and let me know what you think :)


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