Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults 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 books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Café in Annapolis working on his next novel.
My personal motto:
- A typical work day begins with… a quick look in on my three youngest kids (sleeping), putting the coffee on (ahhh…) and feeding my dogs (frenzy!) then a walk to my home office (cluttered), plugging in my ear buds (movie soundtracks) and banging at the keyboard (nirvana/total frustration…depends on the day.)
- I lose track of time… when writing a first draft or fishing. In both cases, I’m hoping to stumble across one keeper an hour.
- I have always… known being a husband and a father are my two most important jobs.
- I have never… been true to a genre. I read everything so I write everything. Bad career advice, great life satisfaction advice.
- Home means to me… everything.
- I am inspired by… people overcoming tremendous challenges without complaint. There are too many whiners in the world who have it easy (is that a whine?)
- I would like to meet… Stephen King. I know I’m supposed to say the Pope or something, but SK does it for me. Dang, that son of a gun can write.
- My worst character trait… I’m obsessive.
- My best character trait… I’m obsessive.
- The best advice I was given… writing advice: allow your first draft to be terrible. It’s the pile of manure out of which good things can grown. Life advice: Don’t stop. Most of success is really that simple. Pretty good writing advice too. However, this is supposed to be short, so I will stop now!
The Torment of Rachel Ames – buy link
Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Dear readers, you may already have detected The Torment of Rachel Ames on my ‘Reviews with a deadline’ list… Watch out for my review.