Interview with Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Author of Wizardom Legends: Temple of the Unknown

08 Feb 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Wizardom Legends: Temple of the Unknown?

Tor Ranseur and his misfit crew of relic hunters were first introduced near the end of my Fall of Wizardoms series. While they only occupied a handful of chapters, I found them fun to write. Their camaraderie, team dynamic, and their constant questing for magical artifacts combine perfectly to create a page-turning and action-packed series. I enjoy writing quest stories anyway, so I found myself compelled to craft a spinoff series featuring this entertaining adventuring squad.

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

For nearly four decades, I have almost exclusively read epic fantasy, so it was natural for me to write in the same genre. The many hundreds of books I have read also influence my storytelling.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I literally have hundreds of books waiting to be read. There are SO many talented fantasy authors out there waiting for readers to find them.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

While my books are packed with action, intrigue, and magic, the scenes I most enjoy are the comedic ones. There is a scene where the crew is about to enter a massive statue dedicated to an ancient deity. I can’t provide details without spoiling the moment, but I believe it is the funniest scene I have ever crafted.

Since my books are known for their humor (I see it mentioned in hundreds of reviews), that is a meaningful statement. I hope readers will check it out and let me know if they found it as hilarious to read as it was for me to write.

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

My quirky writing habit is that I almost never write at a desk. In fact, I LEAVE my desk to write, often on a sofa, chair, in an airport, on a plane, on a the patio, etc… I also like having the TV or music on as background noise. When I begin writing, the world around me just fades away.

Also, when I write at home, it is often with my French Bulldog, Frodo, on my lap.

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

I believe that if you are a good person and make an honest effort, things will work out. Yes, I am an optimist but I also know the value of hard work. You need both to succeed.

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

I want readers to know there are more books coming in the world of Wizardoms. Temple of the Unknown is a great place for new readers to start, but it is also written to thrill Wizardoms veterans. However, it is only the beginning. A full trilogy featuring Tor and his crew are coming this spring and more books might come in the future if these sell well and readers demand more.


Jeffrey L. Kohanek is the author of the new book Wizardom Legends: Temple of the Unknown

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