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Hunted:
A Jonathan Harker Novel
Christopher
Draven
Genre: Supernatural
Thriller/Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: May 14th,
2017
ISBN: 978-1547126866
ASIN: B071NZC3Z9
Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 55,000
Book Description:
Slinging
Spells with Broken Ribs Isn’t Easy
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.
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.
Interview with the Author:

What initially got you interested in writing?

For me, it came as a natural extension of being an enthusiastic reader. Peering into the minds of authors, through the worlds they created, inspired me to develop stories of my own.

Writing has been an active and core part of who I am and what I want to do with my life. Even in my career, I chose positions that focus on an ability to communicate effectively with the written word; including technical writing, instructional design, freelance writing, and ghostwriting projects.

 

How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?

I’m not sure there was a conscious decision on my part. I have always wanted to be a published novelist. As part of my career, I wrote and published several non-fiction works, but it was never quite enough. Writing, editing, and publishing a novel is somehow a more personal experience.

 

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

My hope is they enjoy the story, connect with the characters, and turn into fans. The themes in my work are not groundbreaking, but I hope readers see the uniqueness in the telling.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

There is an intrinsic sense of accomplishment that came along with releasing Hunted. However, the most rewarding part of writing is the reader interactions. For years, I have chatted with fans of other authors. We talk about the story, characters, premise, and more. Yet, it’s always about someone else’s book.

It is fascinating to chat with readers about Jonathan, Clover, Cresh, and the others. For the first time, the reader sees my story, and we can discuss it together.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Show don’t tell.

For years, I wrote exclusively in nonfiction. The style is very different. In Non-Fiction, a writer is explaining the facts of a situation or steps in a process. Flowery language is usually a distraction. Thus, I developed a sort of frugality with words. Creative writing is completely different. You want to include a fair amount of exposition and description. You are spinning up something from nothing but words. It is vital that you learn how to bring the reader along with you.

 

What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?

Do it! If you are passionate about writing, then write. If you are passionate about scuba diving, then dive. Don’t allow your self-doubt to stop you. Unless your self-doubt is asking if you filled your oxygen tanks – if so, then just double check before you jump off the boat.

 

What ways can readers connect with you?

If a reader has questions about the book, you can always reach out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WriterDraven), Twitter (@WriterDraven), or email (info@christopherdraven.com).

 

About
the Author:
 
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.
Twitter: @writerdraven