15 Questions With John G. Hartness

Welcome to the ninety first edition of 10 Questions With. . .

Today we are joined by

John G. Hartness

***John G. Hartness has an ebook sampler available called Songs of Wonder. It includes the very first Harker novella. Learn more after the interview. ***

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of the EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” In 2016, Raising Hell, the first book in his dark fantasy Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series, was awarded the Manly Wade Wellman award by the NC Speculative Fiction Foundation.

1.)  What is something that many people might not know about you?

That I was on the varsity track team in high school and made it to the Upper State competition.

2.)  What book or book series had a major impact on your life?

Why did it have such an impact on you? The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. His protagonists often echoed things that I felt about myself growing up, and I really identified with Tom Wingo on a lot of levels.

3.)  If you could co-author a novel with any author, who would you want to co-write with and why?

No one. That level of playing with others isn’t in me at all.

4.)  Which one of your characters do you identify with the most?

Jimmy Black, from The Black Knight Chronicles. He has the same snarky sense of humor (as do many of my characters), and the same sense of just being a guy trying to get by in the world. Except I’m not a vampire, and he is. Or am I?

5.)  Which one of your characters do you wish you were more like?

Probably Lila Grace from Amazing Grace. She’s strong, smart, sassy, and yet very kind and caring.

6.)  Can you tell us the title of your latest release and what it is about?

My latest release is a compilation called Damnation: Quest for Glory Book I. It’s Quincy Harker Year Three and follows the Quincy Harker cast along with The Shadow Council, a group of supernatural folk heroes and descendants of folk heroes, as they try to round up missing archangels in order to restore the divinity that Glory, one of the characters in the series, sacrificed at the end of Season 2.

7.)  Where did your idea for this story/series come from?

I did a lot of drugs in the 90s. And I read a lot of Garth Ennis comics. Hellblazer, Preacher, and the like, as well as a bunch of stuff Ennis didn’t write like Sandman, Grendel, and the great comics that were coming out in that time.

8).  Can you tell us something about the story/series that people might not know?

The name of Dennis Bolton, the guy trapped in the internet, is actually the name of a friend of mine. He’s not a collection of pixels, though.

9.)  What was your biggest challenge writing this book/series?

Since this is Part I of a two-year project, featuring eight novellas with five protagonists, multiple locations, and a buttload of bad guys, there are a lot of moving parts to keep straight. It’s a good thing I have a great editor.

10.)  Can you share with us a few paragraphs from the book (no major spoilers please)?

“There’s also a place down in the swamps somewhere near the Gulf. I don’t know if it’s in Florida or Louisiana, but apparently, the government has some kind of facility down there with some pretty enhanced interrogation facilities.”

“Oh, you mean Fort Pontchartrain?” Luke asked.

I spun around in my seat. “You know about this place?”

“Of course. It’s where the United States houses any paranormal creatures it feels the need to contain and study. It’s part laboratory, part prison, all ungodly. I quite like the ambiance, personally.”

“Yeah, we know your decorating tends toward eighteenth-century European creepy,” I said. “So you think that’s where they would send these Homeland agents?”

“Almost certainly,” Luke said. “But why do you care? I thought you had angels to find.”

“He does,” said Glory, turning in from the window. “He has a lot of angels to find.”

“Yeah, I’d just feel more comfortable if the government had found a more…permanent solution to the corrupted agents. You never know when one will turn out to be possessed.”

“Oh, they will certainly discover that at Fort Pontchartrain,” Luke said. “The fort has a full complement of wizards and priests. I have used their services several times over the years. They are very competent at handling possession.”

“So my vampire uncle is tight with the wizards at the government’s secret supernatural prison buried deep in the swamps of Louisiana. This somehow surprises me not at all,” I muttered and turned to bang my head against the passenger window. Flynn didn’t comment, just drove us home with a little smile on her face.

11.)  Why did you pick those paragraphs to share with us?

I think they capture the tone of the series well. There are a lot of dark things going on, but there’s still levity. The series is full of graveyard/gallows humor, because if you can’t laugh in the face of almost certain death, what’s the point?

12.)  What is the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for one of your books?

The best type of saw for dismembering a corpse.

13.)  Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few readers will find?

I do include some easter eggs that people will only recognize if they’ve read my other series, and there are certainly nods to Charlotte in the book that will be missed if you don’t live here.

14.)  What would your autobiography be called and why would you call it that? 

Hey Y’all Watch This: Things that Should Have Killed Me But Didn’t. Because I think it’s hilarious, and I’ve done plenty of stupid shit in my life to qualify for the book.

15.)  A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“Where’s the tequila?” And he’s here to kick my ass for my behavior at his neice’s quinceaños.

Where can people go if they want to learn more about you and the books you have written?


What social media platforms can you be found on?

I have an author page on Facebook. I’m sometimes on Twitter.

***John G. Hartness has an ebook sampler available called Songs of Wonder. It includes the very first Harker novella. You can get your copy here. ***

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