Introducing: The King of Bones & Ashes (by J. D. Horn)

Good morning you beautiful bookworms. ♥

Today, we have a special guest to interview,
J. D. Horn, author of The King of Bones and Ashes,
a title that has already received praise from the likes
of Publisher’s Weekly.

The King of Bones and Ashes, a ficitonal novel, by J. D. Horn.
Horn’s rich characterizations and setting, sparkling magic, and creepy villains bolster the narrative, and his focus on women as major players is particularly refreshing. The terrifying conclusion will have readers looking forward to the next installment.

Publishers Weekly


So, grab your favourite beverage and get comfy, because we’re
about to dive into the world of J. D. Horn.
‘Welcome Mr Horn, it’s an honour to have you here today.

1) Now, I’m curious- what led you to pursue a career in writing?’

I love telling stories and I’ve always wanted to share them with the world.


2) Do you specialize in one particular genre, or multiple?

I’ve focused on a blend of dark fantasy/horror and Southern Gothic to-date, but I’m planning to break out of that box soon and venture into non-paranormal mystery and perhaps even playwriting.

That sounds wonderful.

3) Tell me, who are your literary heroes/heroines?

They would have to be Armistead Maupin, Anne Rice, John Steinbeck, and a handful of dead Russian guys.

Hehe, it’s nice to meet someone with a good sense of humour.

4) Now, which book has influenced you most in your life so far, and why do you feel this is?

My undergraduate degree was in Comparative World Literature. Rather than inspiring my writing career, comparing my early efforts to the completed works of the greats nearly crippled me. It was only after I began reading the easy and natural style of Maupin’s Tales of the City series that I realized there was a place for me in the literary world.

It can be hard to find one’s place in this ever-expanding industry, I can agree with you there.


5) Have you always loved literature?

Yes. I was the nerdy, bookish little kid who got pushed ahead a grade because I got so far ahead of the rest of my class. By third grade I’d pretty much memorized both Bulfinch’s Mythology and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.

That’s incredible!


6) Onto a new topic of modern day ‘ships.’ If you could ‘ship’ (pair two characters from a fictional novel romantically) two characters, who would they be?

To Kill a Mockingbird’s Boo Radley and Great Expectation’s Miss Havisham.

An interesting match. ♥


7) Mr Horn- growing up, which fictional character did you most admire, and why?

When I was very young, I really wanted to be Encyclopedia Brown, because I would have loved to be the clever kid who solved every mystery. Then Sherlock Holmes. (You may recognize the beginning of a trend here.) TV-wise, I so wanted to be Carl Kolchak. Comics: Johnny Storm (the second Human Torch), Captain America, Green Lantern, or the best, Doctor Strange.

It sounds like you really enjoyed a good detective mystery, or comic.   🙂


8) If you could be shipwrecked on a desert island with just one fictional character, who would it be?

Hmmm. I’m prone to rock fever, so I’d probably go with either Gandalf (Gray or White edition), Hermione Granger, or Harry Potter—since any of them could get me back to civilization.

9) In relation to your writing preferences, do you prefer to write in a notebook or via computer/laptop, or using another method?

I write on a laptop. If I wrote longhand, no one, not even myself, would ever be able to decipher what I’d scrawled on the page.

I’m sure there are other authors out there that can relate. Personally, I struggle
not to reach for a notepad and pen. I feel like this instinct is ingrained in my brain.


10) Now, for our final question. If you could give your younger self a message, what would it be?

You’re going to see darned near all your dreams come true, but it won’t feel the way you expect it to. Accomplishments aren’t going to change how you see or value yourself. You’ll have to learn to love and respect yourself first before you’ll ever be able to appreciate your accomplishments. Oh, and for the love of God, please start doing more sit-ups and push-ups. It will save you so much grief at the gym later on.

Well said Mr Horn.
I’d like to thank you for joining us today at Fantasy Books 411.

You can find Mr Horn at his author website:

Find The King of Bones and Ashes at Amazon:

You can find the official press release for The King of Bones and Ashes below:

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For all of you that have read this post, thank you and have a pleasant week,

~Daccari.  ♥

♥  REMEMBER: Embrace the Weird & Wonderful as You Dive Into Strange New Worlds.  ♥

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