Our guest today is Jeff Gunhus, author of the supernatural thriller horror novel, Night Terror. Jeff 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.
Thank you for this interview, Jeff. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I live in Maryland where my wife and I spend the majority of our time chasing our five crazy kids around soccer and lacrosse fields. I’ve been writing since I was a kid and as a hobby as an adult. My first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, came from my attempt to encourage my 11 year old reluctant reader son to give books a try. It worked. He’s now an avid reader and a new series was born.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
Night Terror is the sequel to my supernatural thriller Night Chill. In this new book, fifteen-year-old Sarah Tremont is pursued by the evil Mama D who feeds off children that possess psychic abilities.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
Pet Sematary by Stephen King scared me to death when I read it. I literally had to pull the covers of my head and hide (probably shouldn’t have read it when I was twelve!) I love the idea that a book could produce that kind of adrenaline rush. I hope people have the same experience with my books.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Trying to decide how long after the events of book 1 to set this book was a challenge. Ultimately, I chose ten years because I wanted to explore Sarah’s character as a young woman coming to terms with her own power. I think it worked.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I’m a hybrid. These books are self-published and my thriller Killer Within is being published by Thomas & Mercer.
Was it the right choice for you?
I really enjoy the freedom of being self-published but Thomas & Mercer is a great company and I’m enjoying my experience so far with the team there.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I enjoy blog tours as a way to meet new people. I’ve reached out to reviewers of book 1 and asked them to review book 2. On the launch, I’ll have a print and media buy to promote the book.
How is that going for you?
Great! Book 1 was very successful so it received 400+ reviews to date. Many of the reviewers were excited to get a pre-publication copy.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Bookbub promotions are the #1 way to get a pop in sales.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I run a national home improvement company.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
The greatest thing you can do is write the next book. Stop blogging and hitting social media and go write.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on the sequel to Killer Within and Jack Templar #5.
Thank you for this interview, Jeff. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Night Terror is available at Amazon.