Jon Blythe is sick of waiting for his Yoda. After years of hiding his magic, he’s ready to retire from his mortal life, drop out of college, and jump into the world of demon hunters. He just didn’t really expect a bleach blond bookstore clerk with light up toys for weapons. Unfortunately, Jordan is Jon’s only hope. When rogue magic users come to Rochester with a malicious plan, the odd couple strikes out to save the day. Jordan might not be what Jon expected, but between demons and Econ homework, the demons win every time. Wild nights drag Jon further from normal into the world where his father vanished. Maybe he’s becoming an addict. Maybe magic just comes with a price. Either way, he’s hooked.
Targeted Age Group:: YA
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up outside of Rochester, and as an avid young reader, I was disappointed not to find more books focused in the area. My love of fantasy and mythology really came into play with the formation of the magical history and community which will be expanded in the rest of the series.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The two main characters, Jon and Jordan, came from really different sources. I wanted Jon to be a non-typical hero who would come into his own through the series to become the Warlock of Rochester. Considering how diverse Rochester is, and Jon's home city of Boston as well, I wanted to make sure that Jon represented more than the stereotypical hero, so I expanded on his background coming from a single-mother, multiracial background because a lot of his greatest virtues and a good amount of his self-doubt comes from feeling out of place as if the majority of society looks at him and desperately tries to place him (a square peg) into a round hole.
Jordan was inspired by my frustration with how author's treat characters who suffered childhood abuse. Many times the protagonists arise from those abusive environments with very little emotional or physical scars which isn't completely realistic. While his background doesn't take center stage as he's not the lead protagonist, these realities shape him into the snarky, morally gray individual he is which fits better with the chaotic rise of the anti-hero than the classic hero which Jon sees in him.
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