Jesse Teller has loved fantasy since the age of five. It has gone from love to hobby to professional life. He now spends his time writing novels and short stories in a fantasy world of his creation. Here you can find his thoughts on the genre, samplings of his work, and his process in creating it.
Jesse Teller lives in Missouri. He hasn’t always, but like storytelling, it snuck into his bones. Teller fell in love with fantasy when he played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. His books explore violent issues without flinching.
He lives with his wonderful, supportive wife and two inspiring kids.
What draws you to this genre?
Fantasy has been my life since I was five. It provides me with a lens through which to understand the darkness of this world. As a kid, I used it as a coping mechanism. As a man, it allows me to search for wisdom. Fantasy is a language I use to discuss themes like hope and despair.
Why do you write?
How could I not? Writing is a passion that gets in your blood. Like cars to a mechanic, or gospel to the Christian, writing seeps into your bones. Once its there, it never leaves. I write to keep my sanity. I write because I can’t stop.
Is there a message in your books that you want readers to grasp?
All my work is about hope. There are virtues in this world worth fighting for, things we can’t do without. I hope to inspire honor and vigilance. I hope to raise an awareness of innocence and its worth.
More Jesse Teller interviews (most recent ones listed first):
The Thousand Scars blog (SPFBO series)
Literary Titan (Hemlock interview)
Rosalyn Kelly (Song review plus interview)
By The Fireplace podcast (April 2018)
By The Fireplace podcast (March 2018)
One Book Interview
Confessions of a Fantasy Author
The Protagonist Speaks (Konnon Crillian character interview)
The Thursday Interrogation
Literary Titan (Song interview)
Fantasy Fiends Podcast
Ink & Magick
Author Sonya M. Black
David’s Book Blurg
In the Lime Light
The Writers Life eMagazine
As the Page Turns (Mestlven interview)
The Book Lover
The Blogin’ Hobgoblin
Our Epic Worlds
Literary Titan (Mestlven interview)
The Protagonist Speaks (Gentry Mandrake character interview)
Shut Up & Read
An Angell’s Life
Literary Titan (Chaste interview)
Creativity @ Work on Bloglovin’
10 Quick Questions, GR Matthews
Books. Bags. Burgers.
The Thursday Interview
Voodoo Princess (Sai Sibbius Summerstone, Chaste character interview)
Renee’s Author Spotlight (Simon Bard character interview)
Literary Titan (Legends of Perilisc interview)
Fast Friday, Martin C. Wilsey blog
Renee’s Author Spotlight (Liefdom interview)
Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar
Book Wormie Spot
WebbWeaver Books (audio interview plus Liefdom reading)
Reddit Fantasy Writer of the Day
Literary Titan (Liefdom interview)
By The Fireplace (podcast 2016)
The Review From Here
The Crazy Mind
As the Page Turns