Today I am interviewing Jesse Jordan, author of the new epic fantasy novel, The Graverobber’s Sword.
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DJ: Hi Jesse! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jesse Jordan: I’m just this guy, you know? Just an average book-loving Canadian dude.
DJ: What is The Graverobber’s Sword about?
Jesse: Oh man. If I had to narrow it down to a simple answer, I would say it’s about overcoming obstacles, especially when the obstacle in question just happens to be yourself. Who hasn’t gotten in their own way?
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Graverobber’s Sword?
Jesse: If I had to narrow it down to just a handful, I would have to a little bit of every RPG game I’ve played and a dash of all fiction books I’ve ever read. I realize that’s a BIG, BROAD ANSWER and isn’t at all specific (or helpful for someone reading this) but it’s true.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Jesse: The main cast is a little big, so bear with me here!
Kera No-Clan: a barbarian living in exile. She has almost zero scruples, and does whatever she thinks is best for herself at any point in time.
Will Decker: an illusionist who has a bit of a problem with alcohol and a bigger problem keeping what’s real and what’s not separated.
Smith: is an artificer with an anger problem and a lot of baggage, but so long as his daughter is safe, that’s all that matters.
Enaurl: is Smith’s mechanical construct companion, a punch-happy robot in the shape of a beautiful woman.
Voldani Solreki: is a god-blooded scion, a descendant of the god Perrus who has been tasked by the church to keep Kera in line.
Brenno Hornbuckle: is a retired adventurer turned pawnbroker who finds himself embroiled in the whole ordeal of the book against his will.
Zephelous: an ancient talking sword. It sees the potential in others, and believes that Kera could be a great hero… if only it could convince her to not be such a shitty person for a day or two.
DJ: Aside from the main characters in the story, who is a favorite side character or a character with a smaller role in the story? Why?
Jesse: Bucket, hands down. Bucket is a goblin artificer that the characters meet along the way, and I have gotten messages like ‘IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO BUCKET I WILL DIE’. I did not intend to have people like him so much, but I’m thrilled that they do.
DJ: What is the world and setting of The Graverobber’s Sword like?
Jesse: The world is called Odellia, and it is essentially my own personal fantasy playground. It started off as setting for fake characters my friends and I would invent in high school (we were all heavy fantasy nerds into RPGs), and grew to become the setting for my D&D games. Eventually it became so fleshed out that I realized I had a whole world in my back pocket, and it would be a shame not to just start talking (well, writing) about it.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing The Graverobber’s Sword?
Jesse: That’s a tough call, but I think it’s got to be the banter. These aren’t noble knights and lords and ladies who are saving the world because it’s the right thing to do, these are terrible people who just so happen to be stuck together, and there’s a lot of back and forth that comes from that.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Jesse: The implications that it sets up for the sequel, hands down. I’ve already had some fans throw some theories at me, and I’m happy to say that none have figured out my dastardly plan.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing The Graverobber’s Sword? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Jesse: Actually, The Graverobber’s Sword started as a writing warm-up while I was working on another book idea, but the characters that stemmed from it just kind of sucked me in. I wrote the early chapters of Kera and Zephelous as stand alone shorts, and showed them to some folks, and the reaction I got from them was overwhelmingly positive. So, I went back to the drawing board and started writing The Graverobber’s Sword.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from The Graverobber’s Sword that you can share with us?
Jesse: One of my favorite quotes has to be from Voldani, during a battle with a throng of rhyming gnolls: “Your technique is sloppy and your poetry is vile. Come, let us end this.”
DJ: Now that The Graverobber’s Sword is released, what is next for you?
Jesse: More writing! I have a sci-fi book in the bag that I’m hoping to get representation for, and I hope to release The Dragon’s Contract in summer 2020!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2EstZeQ
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about The Graverobber’s Sword that we haven’t talked about yet?
Jesse: It’s a good time! High fantasy, modern language, modern humor.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Jesse: This is my debut novel, so buying it for yourself or a friend (or both) would mean the world to me!
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Jesse: Thank you so much for having me!
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About the Book:
An epic fantasy novel featuring Kera No-Clan, a barbarian living in exile getting by (and getting high) by robbing graves, pilfering tombs, and looting ruins.
While digging for fae ash – a valuable narcotic known as ‘fairy dust’, sought after for its potency and powerful magical side effects – Kera uncovers a living weapon, a psychic sword that calls itself Zephelous.
Zephelous senses a greatness in Kera, and believes she could be the next great champion of light against the forces of darkness.
Kera’s pretty sure she can pawn Zephelous for a quick thousand gold pieces, easy.
One successful trip to a shady pawnbroker later, Kera celebrates her new-found wealth with a fae ash induced bender. When she finally comes to, she learns that she’s wanted for arson. And robbery. And destruction of property, plus about ten other things. Deciding that it’s well past time to leave town, Kera also decides it would be a real shame to leave a sword as valuable as Zephelous behind…
A heist is planned, but unfortunately for Kera it goes poorly – very poorly. More arson is committed, and an innocent young girl is grievously wounded. In short order, Kera finds herself arrested and put in chains, standing before the high priest of Perrus, a man called Speaker Gerhardt.
The Speaker gives her an ultimatum; either she agrees to campaign with a motley crew – an irate artificer, his construct companion, a drunken wizard, a representative of Perrus, and the selfsame pawnbroker she tried to rob – with the goal of slaying a dragon to collect it’s blood in order to save the girl…
…or else she faces execution.
Having little choice and armed with Zephelous once again, Kera finds herself finally forced to face the consequences of her actions… and hating every second of it.