Interview with writer and novelist Jack Hillman

Writer and novelist Jack Hillman
joins me today to chat about his new urban fantasy novel, Magic Forgotten.



During his virtual book tour, Jack will be
awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a
lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there,
too.
Bio:
A
lifelong Pennsylvania resident, Jack began a love of books sitting amid the
mystery of hospitals and medical paraphernalia. Mythology of all cultures and a
fascination with martial philosophies led to King Arthur, the knights of the
round table and an array of science fiction and fantasy authors that had a
strong impact on his life.
Real
life got in the way of a writing career to start, but thirty years in the life
and medical insurance field led Jack to a job as a stringer for local
newspapers and writing for medical and insurance journals. In addition to years
in the insurance field Jack also has fifteen years of experience as a
journalist and freelance writer, and has even won a Keystone Press Award (1998)
for his journalistic efforts. Jack has written on a wide variety of subjects
and keeps his hand in medical and insurance matters on a daily basis.
In
addition to newspaper reporting and magazine articles, Jack has written
articles for a variety websites–some under his own name and some as a
behind-the-scenes contributor. Jack’s first short fiction piece, a novella, was
serialized in an old BBS site in 1992, with the first hard copy magazine story
arriving in 1993. Four dinner theater plays written by Jack have been produced
and performed for local theater in Eastern Pennsylvania. His novels are now
coming to light with the release of There
Are Giants in This Valley
published by Archebooks Publishing.
With
experience as a journalist, short story writer, playwright and novelist, Jack
often speaks at writer’s conferences, to writer’s groups and to school
gatherings. If you are looking for a speaker on esoteric subjects, Jack
probably has something tucked away in a folder for the occasion.
He
lives in eastern Pennsylvania with his supportive wife, a squad of feline
editors, and an array of edged weapons to inspire his works.

Welcome, Jack. Please share a little bit
about your current release.
A paraplegic, freelance writer named Dan
Braden has withdrawn from society only to be dragged back out by the appearance
of two strangers in his back yard. They are a Sidhe, the old elves of England,
and a human wizardess, a captive of the elf. They are here to take over the
world. To the Sidhe’s surprise, he will soon find himself alone in his efforts
as the human wizardess and Dan join forces to save the world.

What inspired you to write this book?
Many years of reading stories about elves and
magic combined with a friend of mine asking one day” So where did the elves go
when they left England?” And a story was born.

Excerpt from Magic
Forgotten:

Dan
gripped the rails of his chair with both hands, holding himself upright by what
little strength remained in his body. The cold touch of the steel tubing seemed
to give him energy and he looked up at Baraz.

“What
is it you need?” he asked, weakly. The stones permitted this question, perhaps
because it was a benefit to Dan’s master. “I can find anything here faster than
any visitor. You need me alert and conscious. To get what you need.” Each
phrase was a strain to speak, without direction from Baraz.
“We
have found what we need, cripple,” Baraz answered. “By now, Thook has
discovered the way into the place where they grow the gems we seek.” He stood,
pointing to the computer as if the gems were there for display. “That place
grows gemstones, an amazing skill I must learn for myself. Two stones of the
proper design, placed together inside a spell Thook will prepare, will open a
doorway from my world to thine. The light of the sun will rip through the veil
and provide the path for my queen to come back to her power.”
           
“You
want laser crystals,” Dan exclaimed, the logo now making sense to him. He had
seen it before, in an ad in the employment section of the local paper.
SolarTech grew laser crystals for industrial use and they were looking for good
employees to work in the labs and clean rooms of their facility. “This has got
to be the strangest quest I ever heard of,” he mumbled. “You look like a reject
from a sword and sorcery movie. Playing with laser crystals, no less.”
“Enough,”
Baraz shouted. “Thy place is to obey, nothing more.” He stepped forward and
pointed the ax at Dan. “I could dispense with thee now, but that would require
another tool in thy place. But soon, fool, thou wilt be as worthless as thou
appear. Then I will deal with thy insolence.”
Dan
snapped. Baraz was within arm’s reach. Uncaring of the pain caused by the
stones on his wrists and forehead, Dan gripped the shaft of the ax. More due to
Baraz’s surprise than any martial skill, Dan jerked the ax free, spun it in his
hands and swung at Baraz’s stomach. The blade sheared through the tunic,
grating on the mail beneath. Dan spun the shaft in his hands, tangling the
tunic around the ax-heads and pulled, dragging Baraz to him.



What exciting story are you working on next?
The sequel to Magic Forgotten, titled Magic
Forbidden
. Dan and Thook are still on Earth abut now need to face a
different kind of magic that should not be there.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I started writing in my teens. My first
published piece was a school essay in 1969. I got serious about it in 1991 and
have been working at it ever since.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I do not write full time. My day job at the moment is as an insurance
underwriter, reading medical reports all day. I try to plan things out so when
I get home, I have dinner with my wife, then put in a few hours working on my
next book before I go to bed and do it all over again. It’s scheduling
basically, and works most of the time, but not always.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I like to put references to old science
fiction and fantasy novels in my work. But unless you’ve read stuff from forty
or fifty years ago, you probably won’t get all the jokes.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

An astronaut. I wanted to go to the stars, but
I flunked the physical so now I just write about the stars.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Keep reading. There a lot of good books out
there and more on the way.



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Thank you for being a guest on my blog!

You’re welcome, and thank you for having me
here.

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8 thoughts on “Interview with writer and novelist Jack Hillman

  1. Bernie Wallace says:

    What is your favorite book of all time. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  2. Unknown says:

    Joseph, my favorite book of all time is a tough choice. Probably Glory Road by Robert Heinlein. It's both SF and Fantasy.

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