Morning lovelies. Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Trail of the Jaguar, and bringing you a Q&A with author Jonathan Hanson. But first, here’s everything you need to know about the book. Enjoy!
about trail of the jaguar
Title: Trial of the Jaguar
Author: Jonathan Hanson
Series/Standalone:Standalone first book in a series of standalone thriller novels featuring Clayton T. Porter.
Estimated page count: 400
Formats available: Paperback and eBook.
Publisher: Hanson Creatives (1 Mar. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Biologist and wildlife photographer Clayton Porter witnesses what appears to be a routine drug-smuggling flight across the Arizona-Mexico border. Instead, he uncovers a sophisticated operation involving a secret lodge high in the Sierra Madre, canned hunts for endangered jaguars, a ring of opioid-dealing doctors in the U.S., and a string of cartel victims partially consumed by a large predator. After he unwittingly throws a wrench into the works, Porter becomes a target of revenge, and resorts to skills from his military service to save himself and those close to him.
q&a with jonathan hanson
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I grew up in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, so I was immersed in nature from a young age. I also began reading very early, and went through everything from the Tarzan books to non-fiction histories of African explorers and the Mountain Men of the American west. I’ve guided Safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, led sea kayaking trips in Mexico, and helped conduct biological surveys in the Southwest and Mexico as well. I’ve written travel articles and equipment reviews for around two dozen magazines, and I was a correspondent for Outside magazine for six years. I’m a Fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society.
What inspired you to start writing?
It was natural for me as a voracious reader to, at some point, wonder if I could write as well. I began with freelance magazine articles for outdoor magazines, and added books later.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written about a dozen books, both by myself and with my wife, Roseann. Most have been on southwestern natural history and outdoor sports.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
My favorite for sentimental reasons is probably the Southern Arizona Nature Almanac, which was the first book Roseann and I published together, and is all about the place where we both grew up.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Some of them are put together from historical figures, such as Jedediah Carson in Trail of the Jaguar. For protagonists I stay far away from cliché action-adventure names of the “Dirk Pitt” style.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Easy: Jedediah Carson, because he’s an expert fisherman.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
An impossible question! Too many of them. Sentimentally, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan of the Apes, because it was an escape for me as a kid and was the seed of my love for Africa. And for one nobody has heard of, African Intrigue by Alfred Batson—a gripping tale of a trek across the Sahara by two men who are essentially enemies.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
I tried keeping a diary when I was eight or nine. It was a dismal failure as I hadn’t the discipline for it (and still don’t).
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Truck driver, dishwasher, handyman, drug smuggler (just once), stuntman (briefly, until I broke my foot), carpenter, safari guide, sea kayaking guide, executive editor.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Well, it would be really cool to somehow actually witness the Big Bang.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
T. E. Lawrence. I’m fascinated by the contradictions in his character.
What are your favourite things to do?
Traveling and exploring, wildlife photography, bicycling, reading, and writing.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Probably walking through a graveyard (looking for a historical marker) and stumbling on the grave of my father, who left when I was a year old and with whom I never had contact.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Get over the fear of rejection! Sending a query might not get you published, but not sending a query will definitely not get you published. And don’t follow templates for queries.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Besides a dictionary? Probably The Lord of the Rings. It is the twentieth century’s great work of epic fantasy, the direct descendant of seminal works of literature such as Beowulf.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Trail of the Jaguar is pure action/adventure, with a self-effacing protagonist and strong women characters. It includes a lot accurate natural history and geography. May I let a reviewer describe it?: “The drug cartel madness of the borderlands, combined with the corruption of federal agents, is suddenly dropped into the lap of wildlife photographer, biologist, and tactically trained anti-poacher Clayton T. Porter, whose reaction in self-defense initiates a cascade of violent events. His discovery of internationally threatened jaguars being employed as executioners by a drug cartel, and used as targets in canned hunts by unscrupulous U.S. physicians, leads to assaults on those closest to Clayton. Buckle up for a wild ride through the hinterlands of southwestern Arizona and northwest Mexico as Porter embarks on a journey of total retaliation.”
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and for Jonathan for coming and chatting with us.
Make sure you get in touch if you have any questions
I’ll be back a bit later on!
Until then – have a good day.