Jonathan Lister signs a contract with J. Taylor Publishing for Crossroads, a Demos City Novel
A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Jonathan Lister's waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Luckily for J. Taylor Publishing, he has that opportunity now.
"When you have characters and stories you want to share with people, finding a publisher to take that work to the masses makes the most sense in the world," says Lister, adding, "Of course, making that happen is a lot easier than it sounds. J. Taylor communicated their enthusiasm for these characters and the world as a whole from the very first exchanges we had. As a working writer, becoming a published author is a tremendous milestone. I think readers are really going to dig what's going on in Demos City."
Crossroads, a Demo's City novel and Jonathan's first book-length work of fiction will release in November 2013.
"We're very excited to have Crossroads in our catalog," says J. Taylor Publishing, adding, "What Mr. Lister brings to us is a story full of werewolves mixed with mystery, suspense and thrills as Leon Gray, the protagonist deals with his latest 'real life' issues we can all relate to."
Werewolves as relatable by humans? Absolutely. Crossroads centers around Leon Gray, a werewolf working as a bouncer in a bar, his very human daughter Shauna, and one meddlesome reporter named David Hastings. What comes of the story, and series, is a true blend of the fantastical with a twist.
"In Mr. Lister's world, werewolves aren't hidden in the shadows and tucked away in their homes, fearing that exposure will ruin the world," says J. Taylor Publishing. "In fact, wolves and humans co-exist, each knowing the other. That alone makes for fascinating new reading material."
"Interesting characters don't have to hide behind gimmicks or genre trickery," says Lister. "They stand out and are compelling because readers relate to them on a personal level. Having werewolves living right alongside humans was important for the story because I wanted a world with a deep history, where all the aches and pains of their discovery is in the distant past. In the present, the characters are dealing with the real-life implications of labor stereotyping, discrimination, fragmented families, and laws geared to police the werewolf population. The supernatural population is a color adding to the world's palette, not the tarp covering the field."
Now, as Lister prepares to release Crossroads, comes the fun part of publishing: building a fan base and letting everyone know about the world that is Demos City and about Lister himself. In the meantime, he'll continue to drink too much coffee, live in Philadelphia and enjoy the fact his work has appeared in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and others.
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