“…traveling to other worlds is hardly a new concept in fantasy, [but] the idea of having no control over it as well as it affecting mundane life like being unable to open doors is wonderfully terrifying. It’s something Stephen King would come up with and makes the opening very evocative…” - BookNest, C.T. Phipps ★★★★★
"Imagine not being able to open a door without mistakenly opening a portal to another world. It might sound glamorous to some people, but this "gift/curse" occurs whenever any type of door is opened, even a refrigerator...Once again Jamie Thornton has created a winner." - Amie's Book Reviews ★★★★★
Two hours. One interstellar drug deal.
One family rule has shaped Esson’s life: never open a door. Esson comes from a family of doormakers—people who unleash otherworldly violence when they open something even as simple as a refrigerator door.
Esson’s family lied to him.
Esson didn’t die when he opened a door.
But if Esson doesn’t track down some magical drugs within the next two hours, the drug dealer he got involved with might just kill him anyway.
Interview with the Author
Q - In what order should people read the Doormaker series? Who is likely to enjoy the series? The short story (Devil’s Harvest) and the short novel (Torchlighters) could be read and enjoyed at any point during the series, but otherwise I recommend the following reading order: Devil’s Harvest (Prequel Short Story), Rock Heaven: Book 1, Torchlighters, Tower of Shadows: Book 2, Library of Souls: Book 3, The One Door: Book 4.
Reviewers describe the Doormaker series like HIS DARK MATERIALS meets SLIDERS. Also, the Doormaker series has dragons. These dragons don’t breathe fire (sorry), and are called Klylups. And there are some seriously dark secrets and history you'll discover about them.
Q - Why did you decide to write the Doormaker series? I’m a voracious reader of fantasy and science fiction: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, Cassandra Clare, Bella Forrest Jeff Wheeler, Sarah J Maas, Rachel E Carter, Philip Pullman, to name a few of my favorites. I wanted to write a story about “The One,” but with some major twists. My main character, Maella (May-ella), starts totally unskilled and has been kept in the dark for her entire life about her family history, her magical abilities—everything. There’s a very good reason why, but no one will tell her that either! When I kept showing people the short story, they kept asking—actually demanding—to know what happened next. So I wrote how Maella starts so unskilled and innocent to eventually holding the fate of three worlds in her hands. So now there are 6 books in the series (lol). 4 full length novels, 1 short novel, and 1 short story.
Q - Thanks for talking with me today. Any last words? Hmmm. This is toughest question of them all, but…To all the readers out there—may light show you the way and darkness show you the stars.
Q - Do we have to read the Doormaker series to understand why these are your last words to this interview? Maybe. (Yes).
Jamie Thornton is a New York Times bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. While growing up, she was allowed to check out ALL the books from the public library, so whenever the real world turned too complicated, she escaped into other worlds full of zombies, apocalypses, portals, arcane mysteries, and quests for relics. An anthropology major in college, she then taught middle school science for a really long time while writing her own stories.
Known for the Doormaker portal fantasy series, and the Zombies Are Human apocalypse series, her work has recently been optioned for TV. In addition to writing, she enjoys talking to her animals, pretending she’s a good gardener, and falling into research wormholes. She lives in Northern California with her husband in an old brick house that may or may not be haunted.
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