My name is Julian P. Flores and I am many things - a filmmaker, business owner, music producer, husband, proud parent to a dog, an author - but first and foremost, a storyteller. My first novel, Hicks Road: Jacob’s Story, was inspired by a local legend in Amaden, San Jose, Ca, near where I grew up in Willow Glen. I took the first iteration of the tale first to film, then naturally the plot began to grow within me and I captured my thoughts on paper. Although the story takes place over a century ago, there are some pertinent topics that withstand the test of time, such as self discovery and overcoming adversity, and I hope more than anything that readers come away with a connection to the main character, Jacob, who endures many challenges throughout the course of his life.
Author: Julian P. Flores
Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy thriller
Set in Almaden, California in the 1850s, young Jacob Smith is viewed as an outcast by his schoolmates and, following an attack by bullies, his family is forced to make a choice that will change his life forever. As the years pass, and the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Establishment industrializes the town, Jacob feels a strong connection to the land until one day he meets an ancient Native who reveals a mystic secret. Now, with the town endangered by a violent gang of outsiders, it is up to Jacob to harness the powers of spiritual Mount Umunhum and confront a destiny much greater than any boy could dream of.
How it came to be:
When I first started writing the manuscript for Jacob’s Story the words just flooded through me, like I was trying to catch a snapshot in time. It ended up being a lot of words with a lot of passion behind them and it needed a lot of attention from an editor.