Take Five Q & A & Giveaway with J.R. Roper, author of THE HUNTER AWAKENS
Sep 2nd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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J.R. Roper, author of


Pub date: July 6, 2014

Publisher Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

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From Goodreads:

When thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus is forced to stay on his grandparent’s old farm, he expects to find weathered barns, rusty tools, and a creaky house in need of fresh paint. What he doesn’t expect is to hear a legend placing his family at the center of an ancient treasure hunt. Or find burial chambers protected by poltergeists, or a secret lair guarded by an ancient beast. And least of all, Ethan doesn’t suspect that powerful sorcerers are watching his every move.

They’ve found Ethan and believe he is from a line of treasure hunters who possess a rare instinct to locate powerful artifacts. Whether he has the instinct or not, Ethan is faced with a choice—search the Morus property and find what they want or lose yet another family member.

My review:

The Hunter AwakensThe Hunter Awakens by J.R. Roper

Middle grade treasure hunters will love the mystery, magic, and adventure in THE HUNTER AWAKENS.

The author is a beloved middle grade teacher who knows what captures the attention of young readers. The brother/sister team of Ethan and Destri are forces against good versus evil, a theme I expect will carry through this series.

I love the grandpa. There is a lot of mystery behind the uncle—is he or is he not evil? Come hunt with these middle graders and discover magic and mayhem. It’s a fun, quick read, easy for strong readers as young as second grade to delve into this book.

I received an advanced copy of this novel for review.

Congrats, Joe!

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Q & A with J.R. Roper

1. What was it about the mythology and mystery and magic that compelled you to write this story? 

I love history and enjoy taking bits of what we think we know about the past and twisting them with alternate explanations. The mystery of Atlantis is explained in The Hunter Awakens and more will come in the rest of the series. I think that mystery keeps the reader turning pages late into the night and I plan to infuse it into all of my works. Magic is something I think most people want to be real. We want to find something powerful that will save our loved ones when they are sick. We want to learn a spell that will turn our fireplace into a portal. We want to wake up someday and discover that we have some latent power that can help us solve our problems. I absolutely love fantasy because it plays into my hopes and dreams and helps me escape the real world for a while. Magic is magical!

 2. Grandparents play a key role in this novel. Was this relationship inspired by anyone in your life?

My grandpa’s name was Vernon, just like in the book. And the old family farm where The Hunter Awakens is set is quite similar to the house I grew up in that had been in the family since the 1850s. I lost my Grandpa Vern when I was twelve years old. He was a reader and loved history, much like myself and I’m sad we never had the opportunity to develop an adult relationship. I am convinced we would have been extremely close. With all of that in mind, I had to place Ethan’s grandpa in harm’s way. Will he make it out alive?

3. As a middle grade teacher and a connoisseur of MG books, what novels most inspired you or influenced you?

There is no doubt that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter turned me into a reader. When the last book came out in July of 2007 I was in Post-Potter-Depression. This was when my younger sister (whom I dedicated the book to) told me I should write. I have been addicted ever since.

Joseph Delaney’s Last Apprentice series has really influenced my desire to create constant suspense and create characters who keep you guessing about their allegiance and motivations. I love his work.

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book gave me courage as a writer and if you have read the beginning, you understand why.

Anthony Horowitz is well known for Alex Rider but I found his book Raven’s Gate to be an incredible read with plot twists that pushed me to dig deeper.

4. In your novel, things aren’t always what they seem. How do you connect this to real life?

In real life we are all capable of good and evil and I hope to have readers guessing throughout the series. The best of people can commit terrible atrocities and the worst of people can become heroic. In book two, The Hunter Falls, the world will continue to challenge the reader’s assumptions. Our perceptions seem like reality, but are they?

5. What is your favorite line or paragraph in the novel?

I confess, I love Hellish Mel. She is a thirteen year old who has been surrounded by the Dark for her entire life and she is ready to ascend from spy to assassin. Here is one of my favorite paragraphs (plus a line).

The last sliver of sunlight winked out, as if a shawl had been drawn over the sky. A fog chased up the hill like a tidal wave and clouded Mel’s view. The fog moved upward and the sky rippled with a surge of power. All heavenly lights darkened and Mel aimed a thrower in the direction of the sorcerer.

If he knew she was here and came looking for her, it’d be his last act on Earth. She feared no one. She was Hellish Mel.


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