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Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series


Please welcome Jonathan Wood to The Qwillery. Broken Hero, the 4th Hero novel, is published today by Titan Books. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Jonathan a Happy Publication Day!



Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series




What I Learned Writing The Hero Series

So Broken Hero is out today. It’s the fourth book in the Hero series, and for the forseeable future the last one I’ll be writing. Which, actually isn’t something I’ve talked about anywhere else. (See, one thing I’ve learned is that having a web site doesn’t seem to help me much, so I’ve let that whole thing slide.) So yes, it’s looking like this is the last ride for Arthur Wallace and the crew at MI37. World exclusive. You read it here first.

But this post isn’t about that. Or… it isn’t yet. Because what Sally actually asked me to write about was what I learned while I writing the whole series. And the first lesson I wanted to impart is that writing, and being a published author is completely bonkers.

Completely.

Bonkers.

No Hero (the first book in the series) was a book I never meant to publish. It was supposed to be a practice novel. Except it got picked up for a 2-book series. Except then my publisher went belly up, with only one book out there. So then I self-published the second. Except that was only for a hot second, because my agent (through, I assume, black magic and human sacrifice) managed to sell both books plus a third to another publisher, Titan Books. And then they bought a fourth. Hence me being here, wittering on. And I’m pretty sure most of that shouldn’t have happened. And there’s possibly a lesson in there about plugging away at what you love, and keeping your head down and just writing, but.. bonkers. Utterly bonkers. That’s what I’m taking away.

Also - speaking of Titan Books, that’s something else I’ve learned. The people that work there are awesome. If you ever see them at a con, or at a reading, or as you stalk them across the moonlit streets of London, please feel free to remind them of this fact.

Speaking of awesome people, and bonkers things… fan mail. True story: the first two pieces of fan mail I got were actually angry tirades from people unable to get the books, for reasons utterly outside my control. And while it’s a little odd to be hit with such fiery invective, it’s also kind of awesome to know something I wrote inspired such a passion. Though, I have to say, my favorite fan mail has come in the form of letters from people who discovered the books during times of serious personal hardship and managed to gain some comfort from them. Considering the books consist largely of explosions and penis jokes, I’m kind of quietly amazed and terribly, terribly proud of that. Those letters, honestly have made the whole endeavor feel pretty worthwhile. So… I guess learning a little bit about why I’m writing in the first place was a decent lesson too.

And talking about fans, and audience, brings me back to the fact that this is the last book in the series. I swear I brought that up for a reason. So why am I stopping writing them? Honestly, it’s because I have other stories to tell. That’s something else I’ve come to learn. I’ve lived with Arthur, and Clyde, and Kayla, and Tabitha, and Felicity chatting away in my head for five years, and it’s time to give the other voices a turn.

So the good news (at least for the people who enjoy my writing) is that I also have another book coming out this year. This summer in fact. It’s an epic fantasy, and I am super excited about it. However, there is a twist. It’s coming out under a pseudonym, which… so as not to defeat the purpose of a pseudonym, I shall not be giving away. (That said, I’m also not terribly subtle, so if anyone follows me on facebook, I suspect figuring it out won’t be that hard.)

So, there’s that.

And now, I feel that this should all build to something. That there should the sort of grand lesson that comes at the end of a long journey. Some monomythic wisdom for me to share. But really, I think all I’ve got is the same thing my wife says to me, when I get phone calls from kind strangers trying to return to me all the things I manage to lose as I stumble through life (my keys and the flash drive containing the sole draft of my next novel, for example…) – I am the luckiest man alive.

I feel incredibly grateful, and privileged that the audience has allowed this series to go on this long, and that they’re still interested in finding out what idiotic thing Arthur is going to do next. And the reason I am such a tremendously lucky man is, really. because of the people who have bothered to read to the end of this post. It’s because of people like Sally who has been kind enough to host this blather, and to support the books all the way to the end. It’s because of you, reading right now. You are bloody brilliant, and I have learned—you have taught me—to be constantly grateful.

Thank you so much.





Broken Hero
Hero 4
Titan Books, January 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
How’s a secret agent meant to catch a break? If it’s not a demi-god going through puberty, it’s a renegade Nazi clockwork army going senile. Or a death cult in Nepal. Or a battery-chewing wizard’s relationship problems. Arthur Wallace, agent of MI37—Britain’s agency for dealing with the supernatural, the extraterrestrial, and the generally odd—has to pull everything together, and he has to do it before a magical bomb tears reality apart…





Previously

No Hero
Hero 1
Titan Books, March 11, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Previously published by Night Shade Books

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
"What would Kurt Russell do?" Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?


Review here.



Yesterday's Hero
Hero 2
Titan Books, November 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, September 9, 2014

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
Another day. Another zombie T-Rex to put down. All part of the routine for Arthur Wallace and MI37—the government department devoted to battling threats magical, supernatural, extra-terrestrial, and generally odd. Except a zombie T-Rex is only the first of his problems... Before Arthur can say, “But didn’t I save the world yesterday?” a new co-director at MI37 is threatening his job, middle-aged Russian cyborg wizards are threatening his life, and his co-workers are threatening his sanity.


Review here.



Anti-Hero
Hero 3
Titan Books, June 28, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, March 10, 2015

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
When it rains it pours… monster machines. That attack during a funeral and ruin everyone’s day. MI317—the government department devoted to defending Britain from cosmic horrors—is under siege, so Arthur Wallace and his team must travel to Area 51, ably—and oddly—assisted by Agent Gran. But their travels don’t end there, not when there’s an Arctic town populated entirely by spore zombies and the 2.0 version of Clyde has some funny ideas about how to save the world.


Review here.





About Jonathan

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
Jonathan Wood is an Englishman in New York. There’s a story in there involving falling in love and flunking out of med school, but in the end it all worked out all right, and, quite frankly, the medical community is far better off without him, so we won’t go into it here. His debut novel, No Hero was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a funny, dark, rip-roaring adventure with a lot of heart, highly recommended for urban fantasy and light science fiction readers alike.” Barnesandnoble.com listed it has one of the 20 best paranormal fantasies of the past decade, and Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels described it as, “so funny I laughed out loud.” His short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Chizine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, as well as anthologies such as The Book of Cthulhu 2 and The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year One.

Twitter @thexmedic  ~  Facebook

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood


Anti-Hero
Author:  Jonathan Wood
Series:  Arthur Wallace / No Hero 3
Publisher:  Titan Books, March 10, 2015
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
List Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781781168110 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Author

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
When it rains it pours… monster machines. That attack during a funeral and ruin everyone’s day. MI37—the government department devoted to defending Britain from cosmic horrors—is under siege, so Arthur Wallace and his team must travel to Area 51, ably—and oddly—assisted by Agent Gran. But their travels don’t end there, not when there’s an Arctic town populated entirely by spore zombies and the 2.0 version of Clyde has some funny ideas about how to save the world..



Qwill's Thoughts

Anyone who has read The Qwillery for a while knows that I am a fan of Jonathan Wood's Arthur Wallace/No Hero series, which starts with No Hero, continues with Yesterday's Hero and fortunately does not conclude with Anti-Hero. (Look for Broken Hero in October 2015).

Anti-Hero starts with the most unusual funeral I've read about in a novel ever. The MI37 team - Arthur, Felicity, Kayla, and Tabitha - are at the funeral for Clyde (well a version of Clyde) when all hell breaks lose. Someone is trying to kill them with extreme prejudice. The team survives the attempt and ends up heading to New York City to help the CIA battle another version of Clyde - a really despicable and evil version who wants to do something really despicable and evil. At the CIA MI37 primarily liaise with Agent Gran, who is very laid back for a CIA agent. The MI37 team and Agent Gran are led on a merry chase from New York to Mexico to a famous US National Monument to deep in the Arctic. The goal - save the world...again! The CIA has some absolutely cool tech that is deployed at various times throughout the novel. The science is often implausible but fun and entertaining. There is magic of course and combined with science it creates a terrible threat to survival of humanity.

In between the insanity that MI37 is dealing with Wood delves deep into the relationships of the MI37 members. There are heartbreaking emotional moments and relationships evolve and change. I was thrilled to see this evolution and changing dynamic among the team. These characters are not perfect - they are flawed, make mistakes, and continue to be believable. Wood puts the team through the wringer both emotionally and physically. There is a lot of soul-searching in Anti-Hero. What does it mean to be a hero is a central theme.

Anti-Hero (like the preceding novels) is absolutely an ensemble piece and is told from Arthur's point of view. Arthur is a very unlikely hero. When he gets in a really tight spot Arthur asks himself "What would Kurt Russell do?" He seems to be moving somewhat away from having to ask that. However, Arthur could not do what he does without the support of the rest of MI37 (all 4 of them). Conversely the team would be much, much less without Arthur. They are an oddball collection who fit together wonderfully - even when they think they don't like each other, when it matters most they pull together and get things done.

Wood has a knack for taking over the top scenarios and making them work beautifully. I would not expect anything less from an Arthur Wallace novel. The writing is crisp and the pacing breathtakingly fast. Tempering all the crazy, all the emotion, all the will they save the world again is just the right amount of humor. There are definitely laugh out loud moments.

Anti-Hero starts off with a bang and has its foot on the accelerator until the nail-biting and extremely satisfying conclusion. It's an action packed Urban Fantasy with more than a touch of weird and a great ensemble cast lead by the very capable Arthur Wallace. Anti-Hero is frightening, fun and fabulous!


Note: While you probably could read Anti-Hero without reading the prior two novels in the series, I suggest you do read them first.





Previously

No Hero
Arthur Wallace / No Hero 1
Titan Books, March 11, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Previously published by Night Shade Books

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
"What would Kurt Russell do?" Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?


Review here.



Yesterday's Hero
Arthur Wallace / No Hero 2
Titan Books, September 9, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
Another day. Another zombie T-Rex to put down. All part of the routine for Arthur Wallace and MI37—the British government department devoted to defending Britain from threats magical, supernatural, extraterrestrial, and generally odd.Except a zombie T-Rex is only the first of the problems about to trample, slavering and roaring, through Arthur’s life. Before he can say, “but didn’t I save the world yesterday?” a new co-director at MI37 is threatening his job, middle-aged Russian cyborg wizards are threatening his life, and his co-workers’ are threatening his sanity.

As Arthur struggles to unravel a plot to re-enact the Chernobyl disaster in England’s capital, he must not only battle foreign wizards but also struggle to keep the trust of his team. Events spiral out of control, friendships fray, and loyalties are tested to their breaking point.


Review here.




Upcoming

Broken Hero
Arthur Wallace / No Hero 4
Titan Books, January 2016

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
Arthur Wallace and the MI37 team confront their complex personal relationships as well as robots originally created to aid the Nazi’s invasion of Russia, leading to a trip for the team to the Himalayas, which takes them to a Nepalese death cult, then back to London for the final assault – amidst assorted relationship break-ups, hangovers and pregnancy scares…

Release Day Review - Yesterday's Hero - 5 Qwills

Yesterday's Hero
AuthorJonathan Wood
Series:  Arthur Wallace / No Hero
Format:  eBook, 394 pages
Price:  $3.99 
Genre:  Urban Fantasy 
Review Copy: Provided by the author

Release Day Review - Yesterday's Hero - 5 Qwills
Another day. Another zombie T-Rex to put down. All part of the routine for Arthur Wallace and MI37—the government department devoted to defending Britain from threats magical, supernatural, extraterrestrial, and generally odd. Except a zombie T-Rex is only the first of the problems about to trample, slavering and roaring, through Arthur's life. Before he can say, “but didn't I save the world yesterday?” a new co-director at MI37 is threatening his job, middle-aged Russian cyborg wizards are threatening his life, and his coworkers are threatening his sanity.

As Arthur struggles to unravel a plot to re-enact the Chernobyl disaster in England's capital, he must not only battle foreign occult science but also struggle to keep the trust of his team. Events spiral out of control, friendships fray, and loyalties are tested to their breaking point.


My thoughts:

I'm going to say this right up front: Yesterday's Hero is one of my favorite books of 2012. Why? Read on.

In the second book featuring Arthur Wallace, former Oxford (England) detective and now MI37 agent, Jonathan Wood has written a fantastical story complete with evil Russian wizards, a save the world scenario, a scintillating and fast-paced plot, and most important, characters that I care about deeply. Jonathan Wood made me cry... more than once. And I can't tell you why. Let's just say I became so heavily invested in the characters that I really felt for them.  I knew them from the first novel, No Hero, and got to know and understand them even more in Yesterday's Hero.

The staff of MI37 is a collection of highly quirky individuals, each very well-written. Even the secondary characters from the first novel feel like old friends in Yesterday's Hero. In addition, a new set of characters fighting against the bad guys alongside of, but not with, the MI37 agents is introduced. Each of these characters is fascinating. Finally on the supposed good guy side there is one character in Yesterday's Hero that I absolutely despised, loathed and hated. He was brilliantly written, thoroughly awful and I was hoping he'd met a grisly death. You'll have to read the novel to see what happens to him.

While Yesterday's Hero is chock full of action, there are moments when it is contemplative as well (sometimes in the midst of a lot of action). The story is told from Arthur's perspective so we are carried along on his train of thought throughout. Arthur is an unlikely hero, bumbling along at times, but always trying to do the right thing. Relying on his detective skills is never more important than in Yesterday's Hero.

The story itself is engrossing and nail-bitingly tense at times. However, it's not all gloom, doom and destruction. There are moments of humor throughout. Yesterday's Hero moves at a steady clip as Arthur tries to save the world... again.

Bottom LineYesterday's Hero is a beautifully written fast-paced Urban Fantasy with an engrossing story and characters you'll love to love and even love to hate.


I give Yesterday's Hero 5 Qwills

Release Day Review - Yesterday's Hero - 5 Qwills



While you don't have to read No Hero to enjoy Yesterday's Hero, you should read it anyway. You may also read my 4 1/2 Qwill review of No Hero by clicking here.


No Hero
Arthur Wallace / No Hero 1
Night Shade Books, July 1, 2011

Release Day Review - Yesterday's Hero - 5 Qwills
Night Shade books is proud to present the debut novel from Jonathan Wood, NO HERO.

"What would Kurt Russell do?"

Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals.

But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO.

Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?







You can get both No Hero and Yesterday's Hero free at Wired.com by clicking HERE. The novels are free for 1 week. You can also purchase both novels at Amazon (No Hero and Yesterday's Hero*) and Barnes & Noble (No Hero; Yesterday's Hero).

*No link yet!

Review and Giveaway - No Hero by Jonathan Wood - 4 1/2 Qwills

No Hero
Author:  Jonathan Wood
Series:  Arthur Wallace
Format:  Trade Paperback, 318 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (July 1, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-282-6
Review Copy:  Purchased and NetGalley

Cover and description:

Review and Giveaway - No Hero by Jonathan Wood - 4 1/2 Qwills
Night Shade books is proud to present the debut novel from Jonathan Wood, NO HERO.

"What would Kurt Russell do?"

Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals.

But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO.

Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?






My thoughts:

No Hero is essentially a book about an ordinary man trying to grapple with the unfathomable. Arthur Wallace is a police detective in Oxford, England going about the business of solving crimes when he becomes involved in something extraordinary. He’s then recruited by M137, an understaffed British government agency that deals with the Progeny and their threat to Earth. The Progeny are tentacled nightmares from another dimension. They are Lovecraftian in their creepiness. While they are presently not on Earth, their agents are. These agents are working to find a way to bring the Progeny to Earth. If that happens, the Earth will be consumed.

I really like Arthur Wallace. He’s a very engaging character, and I was firmly cheering for him in the fight against the Progeny. Arthur gets through some of the most difficult situations in the story by wondering what Kurt Russell would do. It works for him; it focuses him… sometimes. He is just a regular guy who tries to do what appears to be impossible. He often wonders what he’s gotten himself into, but still soldiers on.

Arthur’s co-workers at M137 are a bit unusual. I truly enjoyed getting to know them. Jonathan Wood does an excellent job developing these characters. Each of Arthur’s co-workers is important to the story and the unfolding events as they battle against the Progeny threat. There is even a touch of romance though romance is by no means the focus of the story.

No Hero is an exhilarating story with excellent pacing. It is at times humorous, at times thrilling, at times frightening, and at all times a terrific read. I don’t know what Kurt Russell would do, but I will definitely read the next book about Arthur Wallace.

I give No Hero 4 ½ Qwills.


Review and Giveaway - No Hero by Jonathan Wood - 4 1/2 Qwills



Read The Qwillery's 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Jonathan by clicking here.


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win a trade paperback copy of No Hero generously provided by Night Shade Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite movie hero? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Jonathan Wood - July 5, 2011

Please welcome Jonathan Wood to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jonathan:  I suppose it's probably where I write. No Hero was written pretty much exclusively on the Long Island Railroad. I'm on it two hours a day, one hour into New York City, and one hour back, and that's the majority of my spare time. (Because Xbox time is not spare time...). It's actually a great place to write for me. I put my headphones on, my head down. There's nobody to distract me, no internet with its infinite pictures of cats doing ridiculous things. I'm not sure when I'd write if I didn't have a commute.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jonathan:  Early on in my writing, when I just started getting short stories published, I was really heavily influenced by some of the authors associated with the New Weird subgenre. People like China Miéville, Jeff Vandermeer, M. John Harrison, and K. J. Bishop. That's where I learned I could really mix and play with genres. I didn't have to be limited by my perceived perception of them. More recently I've been reading a lot of thrillers, which have really helped me with pacing. I'm a huge fan of James Rollins and Andy McDermott. Those guys really know how to ratchet up the tension. Andy McDermott is, hands-down, the best action scene writer I've come across so far.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jonathan:  I'm an obsessive plotter. I've developed a fairly involved process at this point. First I do visual research, going through images I've collected off the internet for things that seem resonant with the project I have in mind. Then I use those as springboard for writing short, two to three hundred word scenes. Nothing finished, just glimpsed moments that may or may not ever make it to the final novel. But from that process, the story I want to write starts to take shape in my head. That's when I start to plot everything out. I've found a couple of sentences per chapter works best for me. Too much and it gets stale, too little and I spend most of my time trying to work out how to get from a to b.

TQ:  Describe No Hero in 140 characters or less.

Jonathan:  Right now I'm going with: The Lovecraftian urban fantasy that dares to ask, “What would Kurt Russell do?”

TQ:  What inspired you to write No Hero?

Jonathan:  Mostly the failure of my previous novel to find a publisher. I'd written my big weird literary fantasy opus, and though I got an agent from it, publishers weren't so into it. My agent suggested I worked on pacing, and so I wanted to write something quick and fun and fast, and to really push how much action I could get into a novel. It was meant to be more of a writing exercise than anything else. But it took off and gained a life of its own. Beside that, there's a million little influences. Mike Mignola's Hellboy and BPRD comics. A comment a friend made that the urban fantasy and sword and sorcery genres had a lot in common. Kurt Russell movies. That sort of thing.

TQ:  Why did you set No Hero in Oxford, England?

Jonathan:  I tried setting it in a couple of places before I settled on Oxford. I had Arthur Wallace's (the protagonist's) voice in my head for a while and he felt very British, so at first I tried London. But I'm really not very familiar with London and I'm not big on research, so I wasn't sure I could really pull that off. So then I tried New York because I lived there for five years, and it was a big city that I thought readers would enjoy. But Arthur didn't really fit there. So then I finally tried Oxford, another place I'd lived, and the absurdity of all this high-stakes action occurring in such a sleepy little city really worked with the tone I was going for, and it just ended up sticking.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create M137 and the world of No Hero?

Jonathan:  As I mentioned I'm not a big researcher. A lot of MI37 is informed by many years of watching movies and television police dramas. Which I would probably be more ashamed of if No Hero was a more serious book, but as I was aiming for a cinematic, summer blockbuster feel, it seemed OK. That said, Google Earth was pretty invaluable in letting me get a sense of some of the locales I'm less familiar with, like Peru, and Didcott Power Station.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in No Hero?

Jonathan:  I'm pretty fond of most of the big action scenes. Trying to one-up Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider with my Peruvian temple scene was fun. Also the little side characters—Winston and Devon especially—were always a blast to write. They gave me the opportunity to worry less about plot and action and just have fun telling jokes. And then there's a couple of scenes towards the end with Kayla, where (I hope) her character really evolves and changes for the reader. I'm pretty proud of those.

TQ:  In No Hero, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jonathan:  I think Arthur Wallace is probably the answer to both of those questions. In some ways his voice is so strong in my head its easy to put him down onto the page. On the other hand, by having the book so firmly locked into his viewpoint, and his stream of consciousness, it can be difficult to get across all I want or need to get across. There are always those, 'how the heck am I going to get him over there?' moments. But it's a fun challenge. Also, sometimes the odd syntax I gave Tabitha gives me fits. Trying to make her understandable but distinct is very tricky, and there's a lot of rewriting involved. I'm always worried I'm going to slip and give her Yoda's voice.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Jonathan:  I have a two book deal, so right now I'm wrapping up my first draft in the second of the series. Teleporting Russians, zombie dinosaurs, oh my. After that... I have more ideas for Arthur Wallace stories, but a lot will depend on how the first two books perform.

TQ:  What's next?

Jonathan:  Arthur Wallace dominates the immediate future. After that... it'll depend. I have an idea for another series that I'd like to work out properly. I need to do a lot of research on the Tarot for that, but that's about as much as I'm willing to say at this point. More because it's so nebulous than from any desire to tease your readers.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jonathan:  Thanks so much for having me!


About No Hero

No Hero
Arthur Wallace 1
(Night Shade Books, July 1, 2011)

Interview with Jonathan Wood - July 5, 2011
Night Shade books is proud to present the debut novel from Jonathan Wood, NO HERO.

"What would Kurt Russell do?"

Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals.

But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO.

Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?



About Jonathan

Interview with Jonathan Wood - July 5, 2011
Jonathan Wood is an Englishman in New York. No Hero is his debut novel. His short fiction has appeared in a large number of venues, including The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Chizine, Weird Tales, and the charity anthology Last Drink Bird Head. Most of his short fiction can be found for free at www.cogsandneurons.com. You can follow him on twitter as @thexmedic. Read the first chapter of No Hero for free at www.wix.com/jtxm27/no-hero.

2011 Debut Author Challenge - July Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - July Debut Authors

Here are the debut authors and their novels for July 2011. Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


Miserere: An Autumn Tale
AuthorTeresa Frohock
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (July 1, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-289-5

2011 Debut Author Challenge - July Debut AuthorsExiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell.

When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina's wrath isn't so easy to escape.

In the end, she will force him once more to choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen's hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven's Gates.


No Hero
Author:  Jonathan P. Wood
Format: Trade Paperback, 318 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books (July 1, 2011)
Price: $14.99
Language: English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-59780-282-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - July Debut Authors
Night Shade books is proud to present the debut novel from Jonathan Wood, NO HERO.

"What would Kurt Russell do?"

Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals.

But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO.

Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?



Look for interviews with Teresa Frohock on July 20, 2011 and Jonathan Wood on July 5, 2011.



For more information on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge visit the 2011 DAC page.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 17, 2011

The Qwillery is happy to announce that Jonathan Wood is joining the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Jonathan's debut novel, No Hero, will be released in early July.


2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 17, 2011
"What would Kurt Russell do?"

Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals.

But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO.

Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?


Look for an interview with Jonathan on July 5, 2011.

You can keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.
Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero SeriesReview: Anti-Hero by Jonathan WoodReview Revisited: Yesterday's Hero by Jonathan Wood and Giveaway - September 9, 2014Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - Writing a series - and Giveaway - March 12, 2014Release Day Review - Yesterday's Hero - 5 QwillsReview and Giveaway - No Hero by Jonathan Wood - 4 1/2 QwillsInterview with Jonathan Wood - July 5, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - July Debut Authors2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 17, 2011

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