Steel and sorcery clash as the Harhn incursion sweeps through the Hugue. Only Lord Baudouin and Lady Lucia, a Dragon Maiden from the Order, stand in the enemy’s path. Only together will there be any hope to repel the onslaught, and preserve the future for a mysterious girl they do not know.
What made you decide to write this book?
My children more than anything. For years, I had shared stories at bedtime about mystical places, valiant heroes and dastardly villains. The time had finally come to put some of my saga on paper.
Ah, so many of us let loose our imaginations at that time.
Where did the title come from?
It’s a reflection of the region I’ve created. Amidst the multiple principalities are Kings who rule them. But if truth be told, they are but shadows compared to the glorious kings of old that dwell in the Ancient Lands of my world.
Do you always write in this genre?
I’m fantasy geek, plain and simple. I will be experimenting with Urban Fantasy in the future, but for now, my loyalty lies with Classical Epic Fantasy. And my Dragon Rising series has just begun, so Dragon Maidens and Darkfey will dominate most of my time for the next few years.
The readers will be glad to hear that.
If you ruled the World what would be the first thing you’d banish?
Child molesters. No jail time, no parole. If caught and convicted, you are hung by the entrails.
I can’t argue with that.
What was your inspiration to write and when did you start?
Most of my inspiration comes from my children…the rest from pure imagination and the wonderful stories I’ve read over the years. I’m very proud of SHADOWS OF KINGS and I’m thrilled to share it with you.
What was your destination to publishing? ie are you self published.
I am currently with a small press – Twilight Times Books. I have never self-published, but it’s a path that more are taking everyday. Who knows, maybe I will decide to go that route in the future. For now, I enjoy being part of a family of reputed authors. Twilight Times Books is still in a steady growth phase, and I’m thrilled to be in their stable.
Share with the readers one little known fact about yourself.
One month ago, a new addition to the family was added. We named her Lucia – after the main character in my book.
Do you have a website to share?
Official site: http://www.jackwhitsel.com
Any links to the book/books
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-of-kings-jack-whitsel/1110607454?ean=9781606192238
You can also snag a copy at Jan’s Paperbacks – some are even autographed.
Recent LIVE interview on “What’s Write For Me”
Please feel free to share an exerpt.
Excerpt can be found on my blog – http://jwhitsel.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/shadows-of-kings-chapter-excerpt-2/
Thanks for taking the time to share with us Jack. I think Dragon Rising is going to become a jewel on the shelves of all fantasy readers. I’m sure we all wish you the very best of luck.
3 responses to “Welcome to an Interview with Jack Whitsel”
Thanks for allowing me to visit your site. You are truly a gentleman amongst your peers!
Thank you for braving the venue Jack. Your reputation may never be the same again.
A very enlightening interview! 🙂