Jacob John Rundle was born on September 27, 1985, in Galesburg, IL. He attended Knox College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Language and Literature. He served eight years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic. After finishing his time with the Navy, he moved to New Orleans, and it is where he resides, pursuing his dream of being a writer.
Jacob, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Congratulations on the upcoming release of your first novel, Augur of Shadows. Any story that has the characters facing a Primordial Evil is promising to be engaging and entertaining. Please give us an overview of the storyline and the main character(s).
Augur of Shadows (AOS) is a story of Henri and his two friends, Siméon and Etlina, who are burdened with the responsibility of bringing forth a cataclysmic event in order to fight the Primordial Evil. With guidance from otherworldly beings, the three of them have to complete tasks in order to ensure the survival of the universe and its future.
In AOS, the main character is Henri who is a grief-stricken teen who recently lost his father, and he begins to have dreams that are far more realistic dreams than he could’ve imagined.
You have a unique background with an education in the Russian language and literature topped with a career in the Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic, but I suspect you had to do some research to make this book as believable as possible. What was the most difficult information you had to understand to complete your story?
I had to understand the structural and religious associations of temples in different countries. I conducted numerous hours of research on structural layouts and religious services of temples in India and surrounding countries. It’s important to me that I have accurate and adequate cultural descriptions so the reader gains everything he or she can get from the story.
The premise of Augur of Shadows is unique in that you are twisting the cataclysmic event that permeates the novel. What can you tell us about this change-up? When did you come up with the concept?
I’m using the concept of an “Apocalypse,” as a necessary event instead of the “end all be all,” that is most commonly known. These teens must go through trials and tribulations in order to bring forth this event. There must be something that happens within this event that would enable an individual to have the possibility of being successful.
I have had this idea for quite some time. As a book reviewer, I read an enormous amount of books, including pre-apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. I see similar themes in many stories. So, I wrote a novel that I wanted to see and to read. I haven’t seen any novels where the Apocalypse was a helpful event.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
Some of my favorite authors are CS Lewis, JK Rowling, and Stephen King. There are some Indie Authors that are influential as well, Sarah Bailey, Sean McMahon and Shayne Silvers to name a few.
I know you are an avid reader too who often reviews the books you read. Have you ever read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
I have read numerous books that have had a positive influence, CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Stephen King’s Carrie and Firestarter. And, the novels that I have read with negative impressions, which out of respect for the authors have shown me what to do and what not to do. Overall, I learned a lot about fiction from reading.
What can we expect from you in 2019? Are you working on your second novel yet?
Currently, I’m already written half of the second novel. Then, I’ll be working on the third novel. By the end of 2019, the plan is to have the four novels out along with the prequel.
It has been a pleasure, Jacob! Please tell us where fans can find you online or in the upcoming year at events.
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