Today I am delighted to invite Ian Hunter on to the blog to find out more about his recent release – Quillan Creek and the Little War: Times Stones Book I! Before you read my interview with Ian, let’s find out a little more about the book…
Jessie Mason has troubles enough in her young life. Orphaned and shunned, her aunt has been the one constant in her life. But when her aunt inexplicably disappears, and Jessie discovers her mother’s Time Stone, events at the upstate New York children’s home land Jessie in mortal peril.
Her escape is a summons, to a world of conflict, upheaval and fear, 250 years in her past, and to three unlikely companions: Tip, Kes and Abe. The aged shaman, Nishkamich, takes them under his wing, promising an education in the powers of the stones which they each possess. Jessie, disbelieving all explanations of where she is, reluctantly agrees to remain in the hostile Onondaga village and listen to his instruction.
Over one long summer, Jessie warms to her strange new life, and the growing bond between her unpredictable fellow apprentices. But as Tip and Abe reveal the paths of destruction which brought them to the village, the friends have to consider that their stones are being ruthlessly hunted through history. Disturbed by these revelations, Nishkamich leaves in search of the truth, and their education ceases.
In ice and snow, a hunting trip suddenly becomes a deadly trial which will test their friendship, their wits, and the limits of their endurance, in the face of nature’s unforgiving winter and one man’s determination to seize what is theirs.
MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I vividly remember writing a page of a story when I was 8, inspired by a book my father had brought home from work, but it came to nothing. Tried half heartedly at around 23 but work and life in general got in the way. When I found a subject that I was passionate about, it still took over 5 years to write book 1. But at least that exercise convinced me it was something I could enjoy. Does that make me an author?
What inspired you to write this book?
I love reading history, and in my late 20’s worked 7 years on an OU History degree. I realised how little I knew about the past of the rest of the world. At some point when re-reading an old course text, I decided to write a fiction series which would allow the readers to go to some of those places.
If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
The difficulties and heartbreaks of Jessie’s young life are nothing to the troubles and dangers she faces in a world 250 years in the past, with war and upheaval all around, three strange and abrasive companions, an aged teacher, and a stone with magical and sought after powers.
What are you up to next?
Book 2 of the series is in editing, book 3 structure is on paper and book 4 is taking shape at the.front of my mind.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My family who have to keep giving me serious motivational speeches. At which point I return to Atticus Finch quotes learned for O level Eng Lit over 40 years ago and still (mostly) remembered: “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win.” Or the Tottenham Hotspur motto, “To dare is to do.”
Thank you so much for your time Ian and I wish you every success with the book!