Welcome to Jack Templar Monster Hunter Author Jeff Gunhus! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
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.
Jack Templar Monster Hunter Interview with Author Jeff Gunhus:
Please tell us in 20 words or less, why we should read your book.
Jack Templar is a fast-paced adventure with twists that will surprise and a long-thread mystery that will leave you guessing.
Do you have plans for a new book? Goals for future projects?
I just finished Book 2 of The Templar Chronicles yesterday! My process is to put it in a drawer for a week before reading it. I actually enjoy the first rewrite so that week is hard for me to take.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Read Stephen King’s book, On Writing. That’s it. Just do that and you’ll be fine.
What were your favorite books as a child?
I received all three Lord Of The Rings books for Christmas one year and it just rocked my world. The detail of Middle Earth and Tolkien’s commitment carving out every nook and cranny of that story left a lasting impression. Frank Herbert’s Dune series was also amazing.
How do you react to a bad review?
I try to find the truth in bad reviews and determine how it can help me be a better writer. Fortunately, I was born with pretty thick skin so I don’t dwell on it. Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate the glowing reviews, but the bad ones can help too. I also read the bad ones to my kids to demonstrate that art is subjective and hopefully to model good behavior on how to take criticism. However, they definitely take bad reviews more personally than I do!
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
My first sale was NO PARACHUTE REQUIRED, a motivational career guide for college students which Hyperion bought in 2000. This was back when advances were still sizable so my wife and I celebrated with a great dinner with friends, not really because of the book, but because we had a down payment for our first house.
What’s your favorite thing about Winter?
I’m very productive in the winter, usually finishing either a novel or a screenplay between December and February. I wake up at 4:30 or 5AM (with five kids, this is a necessity) and enjoy the stillness of the morning. I start a fire, grab my cup of coffee, let my two Labs get settled in around my feet, then I’m off to the races. In the summer, it’s already light I feel the need to go outside and play!
Tell everyone where they can go to stay up to date on your latest news!
I update my facebook page /jacktemplarmonsterhunter and also on www.jacktemplar.com
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I encourage everyone to write. It’s therapeutic and a great form of self-expression. You don’t even need to show it to anyone. Just do it for yourself. The first couple of sessions will be hard, but turn off the inner critic and just write. You’ll be glad you did.
Jack Templar Monster Hunter
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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