Davidsonville Dad Jeff Gunhus Publishes Children’s Book: Jack Templar and the Lord of Vampires
Local author Jeff Gunhus has always loved to write short stories, novels, self-improvement books and screen plays. It wasn’t until his 11-year old son started losing interest in reading that he decided to pen a children’s book.
His first children’s book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was released in October 2012. Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy followed shortly thereafter in March 2013.Gunhus, who lives in Davidsonville with his wife and five children, said he was concerned when his son lost enthusiasm for reading and took it upon himself to start an early morning book club. Each morning, Gunhus and his two sons would read a book together before going to school.
“At first they were excited about the book club but then they started to get bored,” said Gunhus “Then I thought to myself, I know how to write a book. Maybe they will be more interested in reading if the characters are about themselves.”
So Gunhus started writing the first Jack Templar book based on his oldest son. Gunhus said he would wake up early and write a few chapters before book club. Before long, the first book was finished and friends were asking to read it as well. Not long after, Gunhus said he decided to self-publish the book.
The Templar Chronicles
The Templar Chronicles features Jack Templar, an orphan who has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, he discovers that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and that he’s destined to be in the family business.
In the first two books, Templar learns how to survive the onslaught of monsters while trying to rescue his long-lost father and learn the truth about his past.
In Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires, Templar is faced with his most incredible challenge yet. Together with his friends from the Monster Hunter Academy, he must find the Lord of the Vampires and somehow recapture the first of the five Jerusalem Stones.
Gunhus said each of the Templar books focus on a character trait that he wants to instill in his own children such as doing the right thing even when you are afraid to do so, or being a part of something greater than yourself.
Gunhus said he included a bit of romance in Jack Templar and the Lord of Vampires for the teenage audience.
Recently, Foreword Reviews named Jack Templar Monster Hunter as a finalist for the Book of the Year Award. Jack Templar is also a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Books Award and the National Indie Book Award.
Children’s Books, Novels and More
This is not Gunhus’ first foray into writing. His career started at the age of 11 when he won the Young Author’s Forum Award at his high school. It was at that moment that Gunhus said he got hooked on writing. ‘When people invest the time to read your stories it’s pretty cool.”
Since then, Gunhus has written books for both middle grade students and career books targeted toward college students and recent graduates including No Parachute Required; Reaching Your Reluctant Reader; and The Career Series.
In addition, Gunhus is the author of Night Chill, an adult supernatural thriller that is currently ranked fourth and ninth in the occult and horror genre categories, respectively on Amazon.com. Gunhus is also ranked 41st in all horror authors online.
Gunhus said he plans to release at least two more books in the Jack Templar series along with another novel.
Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires is available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com in paperback and in Kindle version. The price is $12.95 for paperback and $2.99 for the online copy. The book is written for children eight years and older.