Character Interview with Author Jeff Gunhus
Jeff Interviews JackJeff Gunhus here. I’ve been asked to interview Jack Templar today for inclusion
in the Mom With A Kindle blog. As you may know, I’ve helped Jack get his story
on paper about the night be learned he was a monster hunter. He told the story
reluctantly and I had to talk him into doing this interview. I think you’ll see why.
Me: Jack, thanks for agreeing do to this interview.
Jack: I still don’t think this is a good idea.
Me: Why don’t you explain why.
Jack: You know very well why. The book you were supposed to ensure only was
given to other hunters around the world got out and now everyone’s reading it.
Me: And that’s a problem because…
Jack: Because despite the warnings in the beginning of the book that it’s a
true story, people still don’t believe it. The act of reading the book attracts the
attention of the monsters in the area. Readers are finding themselves being
tracked by werewolves, vampires, zombies, you name it.
Me: But you warn them that—
Jack: That if they read the book they better be ready to join the fight…because
the monsters are real and they’re going to come after them. I just wish people
took the warning more seriously.
Me: Any advice to young monster hunters out there?
Jack: Sure, if you’re under fourteen, you’re still covered by the Rule of
Quattuordecim. That’s the ancient truce between man and monster that kids on
both side of the war are off-limits until sundown on their fourteenth birthday. Don’t
blow it by getting into a fight with a Creach monster. Once you do, the truce is
void and you’re fair game. There will be plenty of time for fighting later so wait
until you turn fourteen.
Me: What can they do now to help?
Jack: Keep a look out for monsters in your town. If you think you spot one, report
them on the Monster Sightings Page on www.jacktemplar.com
Me: What if they accidentally get into a fight with a Creach before they’re
Jack: Then you better learn how to fight monsters…fast. I have some tips on
the same website. It has some cool videos on how to swordfight, how to spot
monsters, etc. The most important thing though is to join other hunters in your
area. You don’t want to face the monsters alone.
Me: What Creach monster do you think is the hardest to fight?
Jack: Well, I guess fighting the Lord of Darkness, Ren Lucre is about as tough
as it gets. But, on a regular day-to-day basis, demons are the hardest. They can
possess the body of any living creature so they can come from anywhere. And
they are super tough to kill.
Me: How’s Eva?
Jack: She’s fine.
Me: Anything going on between the two of you?
Jack: What do you mean?
Me: I thought you two, you know, had some chemistry going on. You know, that
whole kiss thing.
Jack: OK, I think we’re done here.
Me: Wait, come back.
Jack: I’ve got monsters to hunt and a quest to complete.
Me: A quest? Tell us about that.
Jack: Check your mailbox. I sent you a new book to edit. I explain everything in
there. If you thought the last book was nuts, what’s happened since then is way
more intense. Frankly, I’m lucky to still be talking to you.
Me: What should we call the new book?
Jack: You decide.
Me: How about, “The Monster Hunter Academy. Book Two of The Templar
Jack: Sounds great. I hope I stay alive long enough for there to be a third book! I
can’t stay in one place too long, so I’ve got to go.
Me: Hey, Jack.
Me: Do your duty.
Jack: Come what may. You can count on it.
Thanks so much Jeff and Jack for being here with us today and sharing a little about what's going on in the book. And Jack...I um....hope every thing turns out ok.