Monday, August 7, 2017

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Hunted: A Jonathan Harker Novel by Christopher Draven

Hunted
A Jonathan Harker Novel
by Christopher Draven
Date of Publication: May 14th 2017
Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Urban Fantasy
Slinging Spells with Broken Ribs Isn't Easy
 
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Jonathan Harker, mage and life-long demon hunter, wakes to find himself tied to a chair and severely wounded. His captor, a demon in service to a summoner who wants Harker alive.

Armed with impossibly powerful magic and a gang of demon toughs, the summoner has snared Harker in a deadly trap. Nothing is ever easy, and being new in town has left Harker with few allies. However, with help from a Fortune-Teller named Clover and a self-described "Kitchen Witch" named Momma Dee, Harker fights back.

To prevail, Harker must walk unprepared into a pit of demons and black magic - and come out alive on the other side.
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Excerpt:

My brain righted itself, and I could pull my thoughts together.
Neither demon seemed to possess magic. Instead, the creatures relied on their strength and speed. There was no matching those physical attributes. To survive, I would need to use a different tactic. Direct confrontation had failed, twice. My next trick was misdirection.
“Tell me,” I said. “How did a low-powered summoner rank high enough to afford two Demon Nobles?”
Both demons, who were whispering to one another across the room, turned to face me.
“You know us,” Cresh said with a tone of surprise. The demon still pressed one hand tightly against his wounded side.
“Yes,” I said.
“You knew and you still entered to battle?”
“To be fair,” I said. “I had no idea who was waiting.”
Cresh huffed a small laugh; Mindal growled.
Well, I thought. I know which one is the smart one.

Author Info
Christopher Draven has worked as an instructional designer, newspaper journalist, and ghost writer.

One soggy Monday morning, he committed to leaving behind the soul-stealing work of corporate puppetry and escaped to a meadow where he could concentrate on his passion. Since that fateful day, Christopher has focused on learning the craft of fiction.

Hunted: A Jonathan Harker Novel was Christopher’s debut, and his best friend said it was swell.

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER DRAVEN
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I write in a genre called Urban Fantasy or Supernatural/Paranormal Thriller/Suspense. It is a relatively open field. For non-readers, the way I explain Hunted is a cross between the TV shows Constantine, Supernatural, and Grimm.

The book features an itinerant mage. There are no vampires, but there are plenty of demons, a kindly kitchen witch, and an evil summoner.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I am currently working on the second book of the Jonathan Harker Novels series – due out October 2017. There are also short stories and another novel planned for 2017.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
It is a mixture of both – a careful balance of inner talent and practiced skill. Amazon.com is flush with examples of authors who are who have great stories to tell but cannot articulate the tale in a written medium. Conversely, there are plenty of writers who are technically proficient but creatively stifled. Stringing together words with perfect punctuation is only half the battle. Crafting a compelling story to take the reader on a worthwhile journey is just as important.

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
Yes. There is a character that will show up briefly in book two who fits this bill. I don’t want to give anything away, but the character has been something I have had in mind for years. The story surrounding the character has never been a good fit with other stories I’ve developed, but the Jonathan Harker novels present a perfect chance to bring in this character.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
Yikes, I’m not sure what this will say about my mental stability, but it would be an eventful gathering: Masterharper Robinton; Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander; The Leanansidhe; Polgara; and Cresh. 

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
While I’m certain ‘anywhere’ includes fictional destinations, there are plenty of places on Planet Earth that I would love to spend a year visiting.
Top of the list: Chicago (my favorite US city) or a rural-but-high-speed-internet-connected village in the Loire Valley.

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Right now, I’m focused on book two, which is due out in October 2017. The story picks up a few months after the events in Hunted. Jonathan is contacted by a friend who needs help investigating what happened to a beloved priest who died in the middle of saying Sunday Mass.

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