Interview with Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Author of Wizardom Legends: Thief for Hire

31 Aug 2022

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Wizardom Legends: Thief for Hire?

This is the first novel in a trilogy starring a fan-favorite rogue from my Fate of Wizardoms and Fall of Wizardoms series. The series features the outrageous exploits that brought Jerrell Landish fame as the greatest thief in the Eight Wizardoms. In my other books, Jerrell (also known as Jace) regales outlandish tales of his adventures to his companions. Those tales, along with the pure fun Jerrell is to write, inspired me to tell his whole story.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Wizardom Legends: Thief for Hire, what would they be?

Hmm. Maybe The Joker by Steve Miller Band.

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

I have read epic fantasy for decades and rarely read outside the genre. The books I write range from sprawling epics to rollicking single-character adventures like this one.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

My TBR pile is more like a mountain. I am unlikely to ever reach the bottom.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

My favorite scenes tend to be those I find most comical. This book is no different. More than once, Jerrell gets the better of the scheming wizards surrounding him, including a prank that drives the mage to pure rage.

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

I rarely write at a desk. The desk is for managing my business and other left-brain activities. For writing, I sit on a couch, bed, seat on a plane, or in a chair overlooking some vista while traveling.

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

Keep a positive attitude, make an honest effort, and learn from mistakes. If you do all of that, things will work out.

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

I hope readers come away from the book with Jerrell firmly entrenched as one of their favorite rogue characters. One that is likely to cause guffaw at one of his snarky quips and to leave them shaking their heads at his ability to escape from trouble.


Jeffrey L. Kohanek is the author of the new book Wizardom Legends: Thief for Hire

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