Please welcome today's paranormal author Joseph Nassise! Joseph is the author of the Templar Chronicles (Heretic, A Scream of Angels, A Tear in the Sky), Riverwatch, American Horror, More Than Life Itself, Shades of Reality, and the Jeremiah Hunt series, including EYES TO SEE.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Joseph: I started writing my junior year in college. I wrote my first book, Riverwatch, long hand on legal pads just to prove to myself I could do it and then let it sit in a shoebox for eleven years before my wife convinced me to do something with it. When Pocket Books bought the mass market paperback rights shortly thereafter, I decided to give writing a more concerted effort and I’ve been.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Joseph: I’ve always been a genre reader, mainly science fiction, fantasy and horror, so when it came time to try my hand at writing I simply gravitated toward what I knew. I was reading a lot of horror at the time and so my first novel happened to be a horror novel. The success of that book, including nominations for both the International Horror Guild Award and the Bram Stoker Award, made me realize that I have some affinity for works involving the supernatural and paranormal.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Joseph: This was a tough one, but in the end I think I’d like to be a human dowsing rod, able to find whatever was missing simply by following some innate sense that tells me where to look. It’s the kind of thing that’s unlikely to dominate your life and it wouldn’t prevent you from having normal relationships with the people that surround you, the way other powers like seeing the future or being able to sense thoughts would.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Joseph: EYES TO SEE is the story of Jeremiah Hunt, a man who has given up everything, including his sight, in order to discover what has happened to his daughter, Elizabeth, who disappeared from their home five years before. Jeremiah is a difficult character, but an interesting one and his ability to see the spectral world around him, and communicate with the ghosts that inhabit it, make him very different from the usual urban fantasy fare.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Joseph: Jeremiah Hunt – Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Clearwater – Blake Lively, Dmitri Karpov – Oleg Taktarov, The Fetch – Andy Serkis, The Preacher – Lance Henriksen.
Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1)
In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.
Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night.
His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave…that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes.
Thank you Joseph for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Joseph Nassise and his books, please visit his website.
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Don't miss Joseph's guest post The Road to Redemption here at From the Shadows.