Paul Conklin is a rather ordinary, thirtyish fellow, sharing his ordinary, present-day San Francisco apartment with the ghosts of his dead wife and daughter, Suzanna and Cloe. Suzanna is cooking for him again, and Cloe's bouncing around the apartment in her school uniform, and things are almost back to normal. But a piece of Paul realizes he's really just plain nuts, or at least that's what he thinks. He has no idea that a Primus caste demon from the Netherworld covets his soul, and that he's going to have to take a crash course in killing big, bad hoodoo demons, or lose his soul for all eternity.
For Paul, magic and ghosts exist only in fantasy stories, and he thinks Suzanna and Cloe are just hallucinations, that he's losing his mind. He doesn't realize that he's spontaneously using powerful sorcery to bring them back, and that when Suzanna's ghost cooks for him, he's actually conjuring real food for his table. But his ignorant and unknowing exercise of unprotected sorceries and wizardry has drawn the attention of the denizens of Faerie, and some powerful mortal wizards. And since Paul exhibits certain unusual abilities, they think he is either himself a demon, or at least demon possessed, so they want him dead. There's also a Secundus caste demon from the Netherworld that's crossed over to the Mortal Plane and has been feeding on human souls for centuries. It merely wants to possess Paul's soul. So everyone wants Paul dead, or possessed, and the poor, dumb fool just doesn't realize what's about to hit him.
Jim has eight published SF&F books, with two more due out in 2015. He's been unusually successful as a self-published writer; Child of the Sword went word-of-mouth viral about two years ago, and among all his books he has since sold close to 50,000 copies. With that success, he was able to quit his day-job as a running-dog-lackey for the Bourgeois capitalist establishment, and work for himself as a full-time writer. He says his new boss is a real jerk - so demanding.
Jim writes in three sub-genres: epic-fantasy, hard science fiction, and contemporary urban fantasy - no vampires - frequently with strong young-adult themes. The infamous "they" say that one should not write in multiple genres, but "they" ... (more)