Interview with Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Author of The First Wizard

08 Nov 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The First Wizard?

In my Wizardoms books, wizards are the ruling class and humans dominate the world. Yet, that was not always the way of things, and legends speak of a time where elves and dwarves ruled…a time before wizards. I decided it was time to tell the tale of how wizards and humans came into power. This is the tale of how the first wizard came to be.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Epic fantasy has been a life-long love of mine, as a reader and a writer. The many hundreds of books I read in the genre formed my own storytelling.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Too many to list. I need to find more time to read, but my own characters demand release and take over.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Typically, humorous scenes are my favorite, but this book has a more serious and emotional tone, so there is not as much humor as some of my other series. The prison break scene was fun because it included the introduction of a squad of dwarves called the Head Thumpers. They add some color to the story.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I often write with one of my two French Bulldogs on my lap or at my side.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Things will work out if you maintain a positive attitude and remain determined, regardless of what obstacles get in your way.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I hope they are inspired by the strength of spirit the main characters display (human, elf, and dwarf).


Jeffrey L. Kohanek is the author of the new book The First Wizard

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