Friday, July 12, 2013

Author Interview – Jeffrey Gunhus

Have you developed a specific writing style? I have a slightly different voice depending on the genre. I have a supernatural thriller coming out the summer called Night Chill. It’s a Stephen King-like novel so it requires a different feel than

What is your greatest strength as a writer? Keeping a reader hooked into the story once they start reading has always been a strength.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I usually have more than one project going at a time so I just drop whatever I’m blocked on and work on something else. Eventually, the thing I left calls me back. One novel lost its way 80,000 words in and it’s waiting in a desk drawer. It’s been waiting for five years. Eventually I’ll figure that thing out.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I am working on Book 3 and doing minor tweaks to Book 2 of the Jack Templar series for the April release. I”m also working on a screenplay with a writing partner and a non-fiction book called Reaching Your Reluctant Reader.

Who designed the cover? My brother Eric, who is an uber-creative Broadway actor, designed the cover. Book 2 has artwork by the amazing Nicole Cardiff with my brother doing the design work.

Why did you choose to write this particular book? My 11 year old son turned out to be a reluctant reader and I wrote Jack Templar in an attempt to get him excited about books. It worked and he’s now an avid reader.

Finalist for 2012 Book of the Year Award Foreword Reviews

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly?  Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

For Middle Grade readers and higher

Fans of: Percy Jackson Series, Harry Potter and The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

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Genre – Middle Grade / YA Fantasy

Rating – PG

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