Wednesday 5 November 2014

Blog Tour Interview - Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus

Night Terror
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Pages: 400
Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Horror
Format: Kindle

Book Description:
Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.

The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With her parents and Joseph Lonetree’s help, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.

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Author Interview

1. Who are your favourite authors of all time?
It really depends on the genre. As a kid, I loved Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (and still do.) In fantasy, I enjoy Patrick Rothfuss right now as he builds a world very much the way Tolkien was able to. For science fiction, I love the Dune series by Frank Herbert and the Silo series by Hugh Howey. My scare factor is filled by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. And when I want to just get depressed about the distance between my writing and greatness, I read Michael Chabon who is pretty brilliant.

2. If you could travel in a time machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would go into the future. I have an insatiable curiosity about what civilization will become over time.

3. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Dune by Frank Herbert. It’s the only book I’ve read five or six times. I enjoy the commentary on our own religious fascination wrapped into a great plot an world.

4. If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Probably my five kids since it’s so hard to find time when everyone’s schedules line up for family dinner. For me, that’s ways better than five historical figures. I dig my people.

5. Have any hidden talents you would like to share?
I literally may be the worst singer there is. Small children stare at me in wonder when I sing happy birthday. Is that a talent?

6. Do the words come easily most of the time?
How do you unblock your writer’s block? Words always come easiliy…unfortunately they are often the wrong ones! I don’t get blocked very often as I allow myself to write a fertilizer first draft. It’s the pile of manure out of which good things might grow. When I do feel blocked, I go for a run or a walk I the woods with my dogs.

7. Which character is your favourite and why?
Joseph Lonetree is a lot of fun to write. He knows how to get tings done and he doesn’t spend any time complaining. Deep down, he’s a big softy for the underdog.

8. When it comes to writing, what are your strong points?
What are your weaknesses? Pacing and plot of my stories are strong and seem to resonate with people. My weakness is that I have something to say so I run the risk of theme turning into a sermon about my life philosophy. I typically have to cut that down in later drafts.

9. What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I have very eclectic tastes. My last few books I read were Wool (Hugh Howey), Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon), Doctor Sleep (Stephen King) and Horns (Joe Hill). I write in several different genres and my reading habits follow the same pattern.

10. How long does it take you to write a book?
In really varies based on the type of book. The middle grade fantasy, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, is about two months for a first draft while the horror and thriller books for adults are three to four months for a first draft. As they say, writing is rewriting, so double those times for the rewrite and it give you an idea.

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About the Author
Jeff Gunhus is the author of both adult thrillers and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. As a father of five, he and his wife lead an active lifestyle simply trying to keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

His latest book is the thriller/horror novel, Night Terror.

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