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Jason Michael Primrose is Unlocking a New World with His Fantastical Series; The Lost Children of Andromeda

Jason Primrose is an entrepreneur, founder, and storyteller best known for his genre-breaking book series The Lost Children of Andromeda, and its ever-expanding, immersive universe. In addition to the Lost Children of Andromeda series and its many components, Jason is also at the helm of his publishing company, as the Chief Creative Officer for The Cluster Chronicles LLC. On top of its literary branch, the company has expanded to a wide range of mediums including music, visual art, and XR experiences, all of which seek to champion underrepresented voices and bring people together.

Jason knows that imaginative fiction is the perfect realm for those voices to live. In statements, Jason has credited his inspiration for the Lost Children of Andromeda universe to a strong subconscious desire to express both his trials and triumphs as an LGBTQ+ person of color. His novels in the Andromeda universe include Zosma: The Lost Children of Andromeda (2018), and his most recent, 205Z Time and Salvation: The Lost Children of Andromeda (2021). 

205Z Time and Salvation, the newest installment in the series, explores the year 2052, humanity’s last year on Earth. Allister Adams, the series’ protagonist and genetically advanced Evolutionary, finds himself in the same position as everyone else—waiting helplessly for the world to meet its end. Until the clock strikes day 215… and Allister finds himself caught in the struggle between two groups of Evolutionaries, both pursuing the singular key for survival. As Allister goes head-to-head with the warring groups, he too must uncover the mysteries of what both groups are fighting for and master his powers to retrieve it, to save the world from total destruction.

Jason has worked tirelessly to make the universe come to life as an immersive, multimedia experience. In collaboration with CMD Studios, 205Z Time and Salvation features high-quality concept art that brings the dystopian urban setting and characters to life. The novel is also accompanied by a score soundtrack composed by Tobi Weiss. Additionally, in partnership with Abantu Audio, Jason’s words will be given fresh voices as an audiobook, starring a cast as diverse as the characters in the novel. Readers and fans can already immerse themselves in the Lost Children of Andromeda World at the website www.lostchildrenofandromeda.com.

We spoke with Jason about his work as an author and creative, the urgent need for diversity in storytelling, and his vision for the future of The Lost Children of Andromeda.

Jason’s Most Recent Installment; 205Z Time and Salvation

Hi Jason, How have you been?

I have been great! Entering a brand new, exciting chapter in my life. It feels like all the little pieces of my experiences, influences, and imagination are coming together in one beautiful vision.

I wanted to get us started here by asking about your introduction into your craft- being a multimedia creative, what were some key points in your career journey that empowered you to work in this space?

For me, being an author has been a lifelong dream. I started reading books very young and started writing books in elementary school. But I started to see the possibility of it really happening while working alongside really courageous visionaries and entrepreneurs. What I learned from them was how to problem solve, how to persevere, and how to ask for what I needed at any given time. I got to  fully embody the storyteller role; often art directing, content directing, styling, scripting, and all the other building elements that go into running brands across multiple platforms. I learned that creativity and imagination are gifts that thrive in some level of structure, but that I get to create what works best for my craft. I wasn’t previously in literature, though. After spending time in other product based or entertainment industries, I knew that I could brave the way like so many others had before me. Plus, it meant I could revive my childhood vision of being an international best-selling author. Somehow that dream got bigger. 

You have a larger-than-life approach to your novels and the universe you’ve created, what does your creative process look like when you were coming up with these characters and settings?

I’m always observing and I’m always absorbing. Like always. I’m very curious. I ask a lot of questions to myself, and to others. I store the answers. I read. I watch clips of things that I can nerd out about (like the insanity of how time works or how we, as a solar system, actually move through the universe). I take stock of how powers and characters are portrayed in all types of media. Sometimes I get out of my head and into my body and just freestyle dance. 

So I kind of, am always receiving, always processing.  And then, on any given morning at like 5:30 or 6am, I get a concept, a poem, a whole scene of back and forth between characters, or some vivid description. Those are just happy cosmic gifts, I’d say.

Remember that self-created structure I mentioned? Yeah, here’s where it comes in! I’m mostly intentional about my creative process. Film score music really helps me focus. (That’s why we made a soundtrack for 205Z), so I, or anyone, could audibly dive into the world whenever. I typically spend my days doing creative business activities, then at night, I tap in to 2052 to get out a section of the story, or map out a few character or environment concepts on a mood board.

With The Lost Children of Andromeda, you’ve created this very intricate world for your readers, what have been some of your creative influences when it comes to your story?

How much time do you have? I love EVERYTHING. It all started with a book called Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville. I read that when I was 9 and wrote a sequel called Dragon Wars. I’d say that book was the catalyst for the entire Dragon Wars universe, which is now the Lost Children universe. (Yes, there will be dragons, but not like we’ve seen before.) 

Besides that first introduction to fantasy, I read series by both Madeline L’Engle and C.S. Lewis. I loved them for their exploration of alternate worlds and time structures. I became obsessed with Neil Gaiman in college and read every single book I could find by him. I love his writing so much. He does urban fantasy so well. I grew up reading comic books, specifically X-men, and I have watched almost every marvel cartoon ever made in any country. Stan Lee was such a genius. I’m also a huge fan of the films and more recent tv shows. Shout out to Kevin Feige for this phased approach to the MCU. The storytelling and character development is on another level. 

As I pursued my writing passions deeper, I discovered incredible authors like N.K. Jemison and Tomi Adeyemi, both of their series’ have worlds so intricate and powerful you want to exist in them. I would love to see more stories from creators of color in these genres being celebrated and pushed forward. Style wise, which I would say is another creative outlet for me, I love people like Jaden and Willow Smith, Lil Nas X, Iddris Sandhu. It’s like they’re already living in a world that’s on its way? I don’t know how to explain it. Musically, Hans Zimmer, hands down – if we’re talking film scores. Then I have friends like TT the Artist, who just inspire me to be as fully creative as I want to be while putting this whole vision together.  

I could seriously go on and on… But I’ll stop. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to individuals who are looking to pursue multi-faceted creativity on a professional level? Something maybe you would have told your younger self?

Speaking to my marginalized voices out there, as one myself, I have a few tips that have really supported my journey. Use Your imagination. Believe in the possibilities. Ask for help. Fall in love with the process. No matter what path we choose, independent or traditional, loving the process is essential. Mostly because we can’t get anywhere without it. I’ve really learned that recently as I’ve begun to arrive at one of the places I set out to be. My last piece of advice, the most important, is keep going. If you’re willing to go far, you will. 

You’ve mentioned that dynamic storytelling is particularly important to you- what do you think makes a story truly immersive?

I love this question. 

To me, what makes a story truly immersive is when people can deeply experience the character(s) and the world being crafted to the point that they experience themselves in some way. There’s real intimacy. It’s the kind of story you put down or walk away from and think, wow. We start asking ourselves questions, like questioning what we’d do in a similar situation as the character. We wonder, on various levels of awareness, what kind of people we are. We find communities and debate about the themes, the world elements, and the characters. We argue over plot points and alternate endings. We create theories and backstories. 

What I’m doing with Lost Children of Andromeda is creating a story that appeals to some of my favorite storytelling elements; music, art, and literature. I want people who want to see themselves more often in the science fiction and fantasy literature space to really sink into the story, you know, like a plush chair in a well-decorated study. I want them to connect with the diverse cast of characters in a way that makes them really start to wonder what is possible for themselves, maybe the same way they wonder what is possible for the characters. What potential do I have? What power am I using or not using? 

I think that’s also what makes diversity so important in storytelling. Marginalized voices feel seen and empowered in a space that has the power to reshape perspective. 

In my novel, I think one element that draws people in are the questions I ask at the end of each major arc. It’s a reflection point back to the reader. I’m so curious to hear the answers! 

I find it magical how storytelling activates the imagination and brings people together. That’s immersive. 

As you look ahead in your creative journey, who are some of your top dream collaborators?

Oh my. Well, I already have a dream team of people working on Lost Children right now. We’ve got the BeetsDAO, my partners in an upcoming project. Because of their support, I’ve been able to bring on a team of ridiculously talented creators to take this project to the moon. Enrico Moses is a DJ and artist in his own right, he also is brilliant and runs the strategy side of Lost Children. Jared Olsever is another wicked artist out of Toronto. He does all of our concept art for technology, weapons, alien relics etc. The CMD studios and I have been working on character and environment designs together for almost four years now. They do art for the series. Our lead composer Tobi Weiss is, in my opinion, the next Hans Zimmer. I think he said he read 205Z 7 times as he was making the soundtrack? Mind blowing. Mathias Omotola is onboard as our art director and has brought with him a team of artists from around the world to enhance our visual presence and digital asset library. 

Besides these wonderfully talented individuals…I would love to collaborate with Lil Nas X, Lady Gaga, Meg thee Stallion, Beyoncé, Tt the Artist, Dua Lipa, Billie Eillish, The Weeknd, Jaden Smith, Black Violin, and Normani on a soundtrack for Lost Children. As for storytellers, I’d love to write a crossover with Tomi Adeyemi. I don’t know how it would work, but I think it’d be super fun. I think if I could work with any directors, I feel like Jordan Peele would have a really fresh take on Lost Children. Ooh, Ryan Coogler too! I also really enjoy the director of Dune and the Arrival, Denis Villeneuve. For other creative expressions, I would love to do photoshoot or video shoot collabs with some of my favorite influencer creatives, like Amber Asaly or Iddris Sandhu. (We actually all collaborated before for a previous work project!) 

Okay, I’ll stop here. For now. Truthfully, I can appreciate creatives from all genres and all industries, I just love to witness people using their imagination. 

Jason Michael Primrose

And finally, what can we look forward to next from you?

The next big thing we will be putting out is a full cast audiobook with immersive sound design behind it. We expect that to drop in early March! It’s really important because so many people have said they’d love to hear it as an audiobook. 

We’re working with Abantu Audio, a production company that focuses on giving opportunities to voice over artists from marginalized groups, such as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals. We’ve got a stellar team that really gets a sense of the characters and their inner struggles. I think it might be the first independently produced full cast audiobook with sound design and a score behind it! I’m mega pumped for it! 

You can follow us on Instagram @LostChildrenofAndromeda and Twitter at @LCOA2052 to stay updated or visit www.lostchildrenofandromeda.com 

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