HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jack Whitsel


Jack Whitsel

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I find that my favorite character changes with my mood. Rizela is the dark and ruthless ambition in my soul, while Lucia and Dragana reflect my impetuosity. And the various knights in the series also mimic the various attributes I possess - both good and bad.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
I'm an unsympathetic, unrelenting, caffeine whore.

4. What else can you do besides write?
I'm good with numbers - enjoy watching the stock market. And when I can't take anymore, I lose myself in MLB2k Baseball on the Xbox 360. I love baseball. Go Diamondbacks!

5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Nothing is more inspirational than the occurrences that surround you everyday. Some are subtle - others are profound. My children are a direct impact to my writing. All facets of my creativity stem from them, and it is their presence in my life that birthed Shadows of Kings.

9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
When I want to be dreamy - Enya. When drinking - anything eighties. When really pissed off and consumed with the urge to hit somebody with a baseball bat - Rob Zombie. And when I want to bed my woman - none of your fucking business. (snicker)

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I generally have a Point A and a Point B, and I allow my characters to take me exactly where I need to go. My characters are the drivers to my stories before any emphasis on plot is conceived. They are my cast - obligated to entertain you.

13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Jack Whitsel is a native Californian, but has made Oregon his home since 1982. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Finance from Portland State University, but studies medieval history in his spare time. His favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction with a medieval emphasis. Shadows of Kings, the first novel of the Dragon Rising Series is the love child born of these two passions.

“I love the elements of fantasy when mixed with the gritty aspects of a medieval society. In the worlds I create, there are neither citadels of shimmering glass nor any utopian realms.”

The final contributing catalyst to Jack’s creative process comes from his two sons, Josiah and Noah. They remind him how important an active imagination can be, and are the first to hear his tales of diabolical wizards and valiant knights.

“Because of my boys, I still believe in Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy.”

Find Jack online at these sites:

WEBSITE - www.jackwhitsel.com

WEBSITE - Twilight Times Books - www.twilighttimesbooks.com

- @JackWhitsel - http://twitter.com/JackWhitsel

- http://jwhitsel.wordpress.com


  1. Thank you for stopping by and picking six, Jack!

    Let me just say on a personal note that I am always impressed with how you help other authors--you represent the profession well.

    Looking forward to reading SHADOWS OF KINGS this summer. :)

  2. Thank you, Heidi, for being such a wonderful host. As far as helping other authors - I'm a fond believer in the law of attraction. Put positive energy out there and it usually comes back to you. It's tough to be an author in this era, but if we all work together, there are more than enough readers to reach.

    Oceans of love,


  3. My Book release day has come to an end. As a the weening minutes of the day fades, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this blog tour thus far.

    Also...the Kindle version is now available for SHADOWS OF KINGS

    Take care,



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