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Welcome to Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power to not sleep. There are never enough hours in the day. Not having to sleep would be like living 20 years longer.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Whichever flavor is in front of me! Ice cream is my major weakness. 

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Jack Templar Monster Hunter grabs you by the scruff of your neck and hooks you into a fast-paced, monster-filled romp that will make you cancel whatever’s on your schedule so you can keep reading to see what happens next. 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I just finished the first draft of book two. My process is to stick it in a drawer for a week before reading it. I actually love the first rewrite so it’s hard for me to wait. Jack Templar is envisioned as a seven book series, so that should keep me busy. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
A lot of my kid’s friends have read the book and are big fans. This makes me slightly less uncool in my kid’s eyes…so that’s a plus. 

If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
My first and greatest love was Middle Earth. I would live in the Shire with the hobbits. The Elves just take themselves too seriously. 

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read Stephen King’s book, On Writing. You don’t need to be a King fan. Just read the book and be transformed. Other than that, your first responsibility is to get your backside in the chair and work. Every day. Writers write. Period. 

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be an author or Indiana Jones. Once I found out that archeology is all about lab time and digging out artifacts with toothbrushes instead of dynamite, I settled on writing. 

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
I wrote a screenplay which was supposed to be the “real” story of Romeo and Juliet. I read that the story predated Shakespeare by a few hundred years, so I thought it would be interesting. What is turned into was people saying, “So, you think you rewrote Shakespeare and made a better version of the greatest story every written?” I still like the screenplay, but its probably better off in a desk drawer. 

Favorite Food?
Pizza with pineapple and pepperoni.

Favorite Candy?
M&Ms poured into a bag of hot popcorn. Try it. You’ll never have popcorn by itself again.

How do you react to a bad review?
I read all bad reviews out loud to my older kids and hopefully model how to look for constructive feedback in someone’s opinion. They take it more personally than I do, but I think it’s a good exercise. 

What do you do in your free time?
What’s that? Lol. With five kids, books to write and a national business with thousands of employees to run, I stay pretty busy. Any spare moment I just like to hang with my kids. 

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Good Thing For His Wife

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
A great dinner with my wife and friends. It was a sale to Hyperion back when advances were still pretty healthy. We were happy for the book, but happier that we finally had a down payment for a first house. 

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
Like most parents, my favorite gifts are the handmade ones from my kids. 

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Writing next to a fire or watching movies with the kids. 

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I have earbuds in and have movie soundtracks cranking. 

Favorite/most influential teacher?
Mrs. Harvey, a very proper British woman, who taught me the importance to a good vocabulary, how to write clearly and the importance of sitting up straight in one’s chair. 

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
A by-product of writing screenplays with a writing partner is that I now do detailed outlines of my books. I find this to be the best way to avoid writer’s block. I wake up every day knowing where I’m going. How I get there is still fun and exciting. 

What drives you insane about the writing process?
Editing. I love the rewriting process but hate the line editing stuff. Fortunately, I have great editors to help me, but after seeing something thirty times, I’m just not going to see that glaring typo any more. 

What drew you to writing this genre?
I wrote this book to get my reluctant reader 11 year old excited about reading. This genre seemed the best way to reach a young boy. I’m excited that so many girls like the book. 

This or That

TV or Movies? Movies

Hot or Cold? Cold

Black or White? Black 

Night owl, or early bird? Early bird

Print or Ebook? Print

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Regular or Diet? Diet

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Horror or Romance? Horror

Action or Drama? Action

Pizza or Pasta? Pizza

Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms

Sweet or Salty? Salty

Summer or Winter? Winter

City or Country? Country

Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter

Gum or Breath Mints? Gum

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Spontaneity

PC or Mac? Mac, of course

Beach or Pool? Beach

Shoes or Sandals? Sandals

Cats or Dog? Dog

Apples or Oranges? Oranges

Cause or Effect? Cause

Heads or Tails? Heads

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

Truth or Dare? Truth

Text or Talk? Talk

Introvert or Extrovert? Both

Jack Templar: Monster Hunter

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

Kirkus Reviews

“Gunhus brings young readers a monster-filled romp to read at their own risk. In the first few pages, Jack, the storyteller and main character, warns readers not to read about these real-world monsters that would seem to only exist in fiction. The tone is set–sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek and likable; rooting for Jack is easy…Gunhus masterfully introduces fully realized characters with whom readers can connect almost instantly. The pacing is quick but not rushed, and events seamlessly progress, complete with action, cliff-hangers and surprise reveals. “

Amazon Reviews

Watch out Percy Jackson here comes Jack Templar
Move over Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, there’s a new kid in town – Jack Templar, and he will take you on a wonderful adventure of good vs evil, with friends and enemies at every turn. The twists and turns keep the reader on a roller coaster of entertainment in the way of JK Rowling and Rick Riordan. ~ Penny Brein

Fast paced adventure through and through
Written for middle school aged students, this book is action-packed from the beginning and will hold the attention of young readers. Not only that, as an adult reader, it was hard to put down, so parents will enjoy it as an easy read. ~ bluejellybean

Kids will love it!
Not only will kids love it, adults will too! I don’t want to give the plot away but this is a book worth reading. This book is creatively written drawing in the reader to be a participant in the story. There is lots of action with enough blood and guts to be interesting without being gross. Girls will like it too with the strong female role models and the hint of romance. Even though this is a children’s book, I couldn’t put it down. I will definitely be adding this to my classroom library. I am looking forward to reading the book in this series and sharing it with my students. Awesome book! ~ pixiep


Book Trailer


Yeah, you read it right. I’m a monster hunter. Back before I actually became one, I would have thought that sounded totally awesome. And don’t get me wrong, in a lot of ways it is. But most of the time, I’m either running for my life or hiding in the shadows, praying the monster chasing me doesn’t pick up my scent. And I’m almost always scared to death. In a few pages, I think you’ll see why.
     But there are a few things I need to warn you about before I tell you my story.
     First, this isn’t a cartoon. These are bloodthirsty creatures who will stop at nothing to kill. They are scary. Very scary. Second, the only way to stop them is to kill them first…and that gets gross and messy. Third, this is all real.
     You think I’m kidding, don’t you? I can almost see you smirking as you read this. But this isn’t a joke. Monsters are real and the story I’m about to tell you really happened. If you’d rather walk through life believing that monsters are only found in books or on the movie screen, then you should shut this book right now and go do something else.
     I give you these warnings because the story I’m about to tell you isn’t for everyone. Not everyone can handle it. The blood. The gore. The monsters.
     This life was thrust onto me. I had no choice but to take up a sword and fight. But you can still walk away and pretend this dark world doesn’t exist. Or you can walk through the door that I’m about to open and find out the truth about the world around you.
     But I warn you (and this is a big warning), if you read this book, if you learn about the monsters that roam among us and the hunters who fight them, if you decide to learn the truth, then you will become fair game for the monsters to chase.
     Make sure you understand what I’m saying.
     If you read this book, you will be part of this world and the monsters will come after you too. You will start to see things that no other humans can see. The shadows will move when you walk near them. The creatures of the night will seek you out, testing the doors and windows of your house, looking for a way in.
     And, at some point, they will find you, just like they found me, and you will be forced to defend yourself.
     So, think carefully before you turn the page, because once you do, there’s no turning back.
     Once a monster hunter, always a monster hunter.
     See you on the other side.
     If you’re brave enough.

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