Thursday, 14 February 2013

Jack Templar: Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus Blog Tour - Interview + Giveaway

Jack Templar: Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles #1) by Jeff Gunhus
Publication Date: 17th October 2012

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.

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Author Bio - Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.

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Interview with Jeff Gunhus

I'm happy to be interviewing Jeff Gunhus, the mind behind Jack Templar. I love his answers (and I am really craving some 'Mocha Monster Madness'!) and I hope you do too. Thank you Jeff!

When did you discover your knack for writing?
I recall always being interested as a kid, starting with what's called fan fiction now. When I finished a book I loved, I would just keep writing where the book left off so I could continue to live with the characters. I received a lot of positive feedback from teachers and my peers early on which encouraged me to keep at it. 

What was the hardest part about writing your book, and what was the easiest?
The hardest part was balancing my desire for a hyper-fast paced plot that would keep the most reluctant readers interested with the narrative needs of developing character and setting. I've written a meandering 150,000 word novel before, so I'm capable of sitting on the porch and spending time with my characters, but I wanted to get the hooks in the reader with this first book and give myself more space for character development in later books. 

Favourite book/series/author when you were growing up?
I loved both Tolkien and CS Lewis. However, I grew up overseas in British school so I was also reading Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven series. I was really into Willard Price's Adventure series too. My kids are reading those books now.

Were your children interested in your book? Did they help (or try helping) you with the story?
Yes, because they were the reason I wrote the book, I would have them read each chapter to me after I wrote them. I could hear in their voice if sentence structure was awkward or if I was losing their interest. I could also gauge how I was doing when they got to the end of the chapter. The more groans and complaining about how slow I was writing the better.  I definitely made changes based on their feedback.

What three authors (alive or deceased) would you invite to dinner and why?
Tolkien, CS Lewis and Frank Herbert. I'd like them compare the worlds they built. I'd challenge them to break them down to their most basic forms and challenge them whether or not they are all really the same place. I think it speaks to our shared humanity that no matter the worlds we create, they are still filled will the battle being good and evil and the hero's obligation to tip the balance.

How much fun did you have writing Jack's story?
Jack Templar was the most fun writing I've had in a long time. I write screenplays with a writing partner and that's a different kind of fun because there is a social element, but a rocking adventure with monsters and swords was right up my alley.

Any advice for aspiring authors?
Read, read, read. Start by reading Stephen King's book, On Writing. You don't need to be a King fan, either. But if you want a transformative read on how to be a better writer, that's the book. After that, read, read, read. Then get yourself in a chair and write. Every day.

If you invented a new flavour of ice-cream, what would it taste like and what would you name it?
Mocha Monster Madness. A chocolate/coffee base with M&Ms, Reeses and fudge. Ummmm...I think I'll go get some right now. 


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