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Danny Estes Author Interview

Danny Estes Author Interview

Vampires: Don’t You Just Hate Them? follows Jonathan, a werewolf, as he struggles with understanding pack behavior while dealing with deadly vampires. What was the inspiration for the setup of this novel and how did that change as you were writing?

Through out time, men are always the aggressor. So I thought what if the males were dieing out leaving the packs predominately female. Now then, what if the females took control of the packs and forced the remaining males over time to become pacifists by nature. Now a story like this could be fun, but I like to try and throw in a twist. Something the readers are not expecting. So I considered what other were animals or other monsters could there be and how would they live. This is where I mixed things up, so I had Jonathan brought up in the human world by his dysfunctional parents, away from the packs. Next was developing his character by living on his own for a few years out in the human world before he meets with a pack female. Now this is where the story can begin, yet it needed something to catch the reader up with Jonathan, so I thought what if he was in a psychiatrist office, talking about his life. By doing so the reader could see and feel his experiences dealing with the supernatural world.

This novel takes a deep look into the mentality of a werewolf pack. What themes did you want to use to develop this werewolf culture?

Given that men have been dominant through out history, I thought it be fun to have a true male learn what it would be like to live in a society where the females are the aggressors and the men subservient.

The novel is action packed and keeps readers turning pages. How do you balance action with character development?

This is always the hard part for me. I love writing action scenes. Whenever I start writing, it always involves an action scene. Yet I know by experience no book or movie can convey emotional involvement without information about the scene, people or background information. Thus once I have an ideal of the main character, I consider all the boring aspects of his or her life and try to write in those that advance the story and character. These are predominately the hardest parts for me to write, yet in doing so I help myself to understand the main character and what he or she would do next.

What was the inspiration for the relationship between Jonathan and his werewolf wife Jasmine?

That’s hard to say. I have a romantic side that wishes to be expressed. Yet conflict is what gives us the ability to learn and adapt. Thus to make a couple viable, I consider their backgrounds and work at scenes which aid the reader to sympathize with the characters.

What is the next novel that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next works deals with animals who are humanist. The book is call. Braxton Snow P.I. It’s about an artic wolf, private eye, whose last job sends his world spiraling. This story is nearing completion. I’m in hopes of having it out on amazon in 2 to 4 months.

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Vampires: Don't You Just Hate Them?: An Urban Fantasy NovelDr. Haskin, being a human physiatrist, is a bit lacking when it came to knowing were-animal origins. Even so, I had to unload on someone, and as Dr. Himmer’s employed by that Vampire I’d like to kill, there’s no way I was entrusting him to any more of my problems. So gathering up the family, I drove to Dr. Haskin office. After settling Jasmine, Sharlene and the babies, I walked into the inner office where I shook hands with Dr. Haskin.
“To be honest, I am a bit hesitant in relating my story, after all, you humans have an overwhelming tenacity in reconstructing your own history, but I’m in dire need of help.”
“That’s quite understandable Jonathan,” the doctor motioned to a couch. “Trust is the leading problem in our society. And one that must be earned.” I watched as the doctor moved behind his desk and sat. “Now as this is our first session. Why don’t you begin with what you know.”
“Okay, uh, were-animals were created in antiquity by devil worshippers; specifically by an Egyptian priest from Lower Egypt before the lower and upper united.”
“Jonathan, that’s not what I meant. How about starting as to why you’re here.”
“Well that’s simple. I’m here to understand me.”
“Then lay down and we’ll venture into your mind together.”
I was afraid he’d say that. Oh well, here we go.

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A Force of Nature

A Force of Nature4 StarsGood books are as hard to find as good help. A Force of Nature by Dan McEwen is set in the 90’s, in Toronto. The book takes you on a journey that begins with writer, Claire ‘Voyant’ Chandler, the protagonist. After setting out to make an admission and vacation with longtime friend and former boss, Iris Saunderson, Claire finds herself entangled in the dark history of Iris’s beau, Victor Redstone. As the writer’s ‘special ability’ begins to unravel old mysteries of disappearing girls, Indian spirits and murder, it also brings to light startling truths about Victor’s past, unexpected romances, death and lost treasure.

Claire Chandler, former writer for Canadian Woman magazine, and script editor turned writer-for-hire, lost both her parents at a very young age and escaped death herself several times, in very uncanny ways. She lost lovers to death, divorce and indisputable job offers and was far from the average thirty-eight year old. In addition to escaping death, she had what seemed to be the gift of insight. A gift that would take her on the vacation she would never forget. Claire’s daily cyclical pedal, run, write, repeat, lifestyle was broken by three encounters of coincidence that pointed in the direction of her former boss and the dreadful secret she left behind. Claire would leave the city and vacation with Iris to confess her secret, but she would not have expected the outpouring of revelations that would follow. During this time, themes of fear and uncertainty were dominant about Claire. As Claire entered Bay Harbor; where Iris lived, the description of the buildings and scenery are very detailed and brought out clearly, the narrative style of the writer. A local officer, Ben Shipley, would however warn Claire to be careful of animals while on the island. Bears were the Redstone family totem, it’s also the animal that has taken the life of Ben’s parents, uncle, nephew and daughter. The generational rivalries between the Shipley’s and the Redstones, local officers and Ojibwe Indians have resurfaced. Iris’ failing health, the discovery of dead bodies, ghost sightings and a mystical wolf, all weighed on Claire’s mind. Local pilot, Tom Katz, would refocus his energies from chasing criminal Lou Scoggins, and would find himself in the middle of dangerous unknowns with Claire and her ghosts. In a closer analysis, Claire and Iris represented a strong feminist perspective throughout the book. The Canadian Woman represented their voice against prejudice ideologies. The theme of prejudice was also evident among the Redstones, as they were isolated because of their nativity. Discovery is another important theme that was displayed; it embodied discovery of facts and discovery of self. In the end, the main underlying theme was that of justice. Each detail of the story was an important element that desperately tried to inform justice. Although it took a while to climax, A Force of Nature is a good read for persons interested in mildly paranormal mysteries.Buy Now From

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