Author Interviews

Civilized Demons and Hell in Jon David’s New Release THE SAVAGE PEAK

Debut author Jon David discusses the inspiration behind his unique take on demons and hell in his new release The Savage Peak.

“…different from typical YA fantasy series set in magical world’s. I am glad someone decided to tackle creating a believable version of Hell that wasn’t extremely dark and was able to connect demons to other worlds. David was able to create multiple vivid worlds and multi-dimensional characters in a short book. I would be interested to see how Morgalla’s dynamic and relationship with her father, Zorach, develops and how other character’s play a role going forward, like Delilah (Morgalla’s mentor) and Vex (Morgalla’s rival).”

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About The Savage Peak: The Morgalla Chronicles is a fresh, supernatural series that follows the life of Morgalla, a teen with a good heart and a dark secret. She’s a demon from hell. Nobody’s perfect.

When Morgalla and her mentor are forced to abandon their sanctuary on a far-off world, they must return to the realm of hell. The only problem is teen Morgalla has never been around her own kind before, and she’s finding she doesn’t fit in. Smaller than the average demon, she not only holds contradictory views to her own culture, she possesses a unique talent most demons don’t have.

When Delilah makes a life-changing decision for her, Morgalla finds herself on the run on another world as she tries to adapt and fit into a culture where both demons and humans coexist.

  1. What was your inspiration behind the series?

I’ve been inspired by a lot of our pop culture, whether it be on a conscious or subconscious level. However, I always loved creating my own things. As a kid, I invented my own Transformers and superheroes instead of drawing existing ones. At the time I created Morgalla in 1995, I was more inspired by what I wasn’t seeing. If I wanted to be noticed, I would have to come up with something new instead of “the same old thing.”

Comics and anime were two big influences, too. There were some elements of our pop culture that combined both sci-fi and supernatural-style settings. Morgalla leans more toward fantasy and supernatural, but readers are in for some surprises down the line.

  1. What drew you to choose hell as the setting for Morgalla’s journey, a young female demon?

Like with everything with Morgalla, to be different. That and to have this terrible place filled with the worst creatures imaginable, and Morgalla is expected to be part of them. Hell, I would think, would be an easy way to introduce people to it.

  1. Why did you make Morgalla a demon as opposed to a more typical hero-type, such as a warrior?

Make no mistake, she is a warrior. She’s the lone-gunslinger-who-only-draws-when-she-must type. But as for the demon part, I was heavily inspired by anime in my teens, but I didn’t like how some demons never actually looked like demons. I wanted her and her kind to look different and to actually look like demons.

  1. Delilah acts as a mentor to Morgalla. Why did you design their relationship as more of a parent/child relationship?

I didn’t intend that at first; it just came naturally. I think that a relationship such as that would turn into a parent/child relationship over time. I was inspired by Star Wars, the master/apprentice narrative, but I decided to take it one step further and focus a little more. Show, don’t tell. What’s ironic is that I don’t think the two of them realize what their relationship is, nor how special it is—at least not now, anyway.

  1. Can you describe what hell is like in this series?

I created my own take on hell. It’s not a place where bad people go when they die; it’s where demons live and have their own civilization—more like a civilized version of Mordor.

The realm of hell is ruled over by demon lords, the oldest and most powerful demons. Demons are naturally stronger than almost all other beings and can regenerate from any wound that doesn’t immediately kill them.

The most unique skill they have is the ability to see and even manipulate the souls of others. They can tell if good or evil lurks in the hearts of all living beings around them. This ability is a skill that must be learned, and not everyone is naturally good at it. In the wrong hands, this skill could be used for evil, and in the right hands, for good. Morgalla could actually convince someone that what they’re doing is wrong.

The most powerful demons can turn saints into sinners. Demon lords can turn entire populations into barbaric monsters, fueling their hate and natural bloodlust. They can also instill the greatest of fear, therefore making those same populations docile and subservient. They might not have access to our modern-day weapons, but they’re still dangerous.

What would happen to a demon of moral character in an environment such as this? Even a person of great character would be forced to kill or defend themselves. Demons are naturally violent, but every family has its black sheep.

Enter Morgalla.

  1. What is the main thing you’d like readers to take away from reading about Morgalla’s adventures?

I hope to entertain people and give them an escape for a bit. I want them to root for Morgalla, to shed a tear when she does, and cheer at her victories—however small.

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  1. This series has been compared to a YA version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. Did you draw any inspiration from them for your series?

I’ve never watched Supernatural, so any similarities are coincidence. I was a huge fan of Buffy back in the day, although my series isn’t inspired by it. I appreciate that Joss Whedon and others have made supernatural entertainment popular.

  1. What are a few of your personal favorite fantasy novels?

The basics: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, of course. And you can’t forget Harry Potter, too. I find inspiration in movies, television, and animation. I didn’t read much fantasy as a youth. I read books more like the Ramona Quimby series, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  1. What is next for Morgalla in the series?

It gets bigger and the threats become more dangerous. The books also get closer to home for the readers. Morgalla is thrown into situations that she’s never faced and will have to find a way to deal with them, sometimes without using violence. In hell, violence is encouraged. On Earth, it’s a choice.

About the Author:

Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Jon David is the author of the Morgalla Chronicles, a series featuring a misunderstood demon heroine. The Savage Peak, book one in the series, is his debut novel. Upcoming titles include Diary of a Lonely Demon, The Shadow of Hell, and War of the Dark One. A self-proclaimed nerd, Jon’s other interests include comics and anime.

Read an Excerpt of The Savage Peak:

Available Formats & Purchasing Information:

Hardcover: 978-1-64397-074-5

Softcover: 978-1-64397-108-7

Ebook: 978-1-64397-109-4

LCCN: 2019954361

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