Faith Hunter is not only a fantastic novelist, but she is a super nice person as well! I consider myself super lucky to have had the opportunity to interview Faith. *grin* Faith has just released the third novel in her Jane Yellowrock series, Mercy Blade.
Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane-or so he says…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away signed copies of her Jane Yellowrock and Thorn St. Croix series to two lucky individuals.
Literary Escapism: How did you get into writing?
Faith: From the time I was a kid, voices in my head were telling me stories. Sometimes it’s easier to write down the stories than try to banish the voices. And my 10th grade creative writing teacher told me I had talent. That was a gift I’ll never forget!
Literary Escapism: How many novels or pieces of work had you written before you finally got published?
Faith: Only one full length novel. It’s still in a box under the bed. I still have hopes for it, but it’s a crazy world! Who knows?
Literary Escapism: Jane is such a unique character as she has Beast within her because of who and what she is, where did the idea for this character come from?
Faith: I really have heard voices since I was a child. The story-telling voice, not the other kind. Well … maybe the other kind too. And Beast evolved from thinking analytically about that voice. What if it really *did* talk back?!? Once the idea came to me, I tried out several ways of getting the Beast-voice across. Then I read Temple Grandin’s first book, and Beast was born!
Literary Escapism: If you could go back and change part of the storyline now, would you? If so what would that be?
Faith: No, I wouldn’t. Jane is on a road of discovery, though her road is more like parallel tracks, hers and Beast’s. I am enjoying the discovery of why they are and who they are far too much. I’ve also learned that rethinking can spoil the forward motion of a story.
Literary Escapism: Considering the differences from your Rogue Mage series, was it difficult at all for you to get into Jane/Beast’s head when it came down to writing them?
Faith: Jane Yellowrock and Thorn St. Croix are very different in physical description, personality, and fantasy worlds, yet they are both have secrets which force them to make their way in the world alone, in danger, and seeking a place of safety. However, any time they think they have found that sanctuary, they are yanked back into danger. They kill their own snakes, they are warriors, and they are singularities in their worlds. As a writer, the fact that both are in hiding and neither has a haven of rest is important. It forces them to be in conflict constantly, always on edge, and, from a writer’s viewpoint, that is a great character because there is much to work with.
Beast was an added twist, and though I make fun of the storytelling voices in my head being the reason for her, I have to admit that in many ways, she was just suddenly *there* and full of life and telling me her story, on top of Jane’s story. It got a little crowded inside my head for a while until I learned how to separate them all out!
Literary Escapism: Who are your writing influences?
Faith: Oddly enough, I adore men’s thriller writers, men’s action adventure writers. I like early Tom Clancy, for instance, for his techno-actions scenes. I enjoy Elmore Leonard for his varied narrative voice and economy of words. I love Anne Rice for her poetry of words and rich evocative writing style. I adore Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich for their humor and sex scenes—they do so much with so few words. Tasteful and still HOT!
Literary Escapism: We all have our favorites…what is your favorite book for 2010?
Faith: Oh wow. Just one??? No. No way. I have three. Sorry. Got to be 3:
Between the three books, all my buttons got pushed!
Literary Escapism: All writers get writers block from time to time, how do you deal with that when it comes up?
Faith: I don’t believe in writer’s block. (Sticks fingers and in ears and sings Lalalalalalala to block out sound of evil words.) LOL. Actually, I just ignore it and it goes away, like the imaginary monster under the bed. It isn’t real. It isn’t! I push through it until the words start to flow.
Literary Escapism: How do you relax from the stress of deadlines and edits and more deadlines?
Faith: Hot baths with mineral salts, candles, aromatherapy. Massage. Stretching. Prayer. Paddling a fast-moving Class II and II river. Cuddling with the hubby and the dogs in front of the TV. Life is hard enough without taking time to relax and renew inside and out!
Literary Escapism: Any words of wisdom for future writers out there?
Faith: yes. The website www.magicalwords.net. Read everything you can get your hands on (even outside your genre). And BIC (butt in chair). If you don’t write, you won’t write. If you don’t do the time, you won’t see your books in print.
Faith: Blue, green, black. Sorry. I can’t do just one of anything! Blame it on all the people inside my head.
Literary Escapism: What is your favorite time of the year?
Literary Escapism: Cats or Dogs?
Faith: Domesticated dogs, wild cats.
Literary Escapism: What is your favorite scent?
Faith: Right now it’s hazelnut. But I have an appreciation for orange and for cinnamon. Actually my scent loves change from season to season. In spring I adore chocolate mint!
Literary Escapism: What is your favorite holiday?
Faith: Anytime I can get away with the hubby and dogs in our RV, and get out on a river to paddle, I call it a holiday! And it was a holiday talking with you today! Thank you for the great questions!
Louisiana native, Faith Hunter, likes horses, dogs, fishing, crabbing, whitewater rafting, and RVing. Fascinated by history and ancient writings, she can trace her roots to William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066, to Sehoy III, an American Indian princess, and to the gens de couleur libre, the New Orleans free men of color, before the Civil War.
As a girl, she read five books a week, wishing she, “could write that great stuff.” Teachers in high school convinced her she could, and she’s been writing ever since, with a desire to see ultimate good fight and defeat ultimate evil, and humans as part of the battle. Her books to date are BLOODRING (2006), SERAPHS (May 2007) and HOST (Nov 2007). Faith shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs.
To find out more about Faith, go to www.faithhunter.net
Want to purchase Faith’s novels
Thorn St. Croix / Rogue Mage
- Bloodring at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Seraphs at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Host at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Skinwalker at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Signatures of the Dead (in Strange Brew) at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Blood Cross at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Mercy Blade at Amazon or the Book Depository
Contest Time! Faith is giving away a signed copies of her Jane Yellowrock and Thorn St. Croix series to two lucky individuals. All you have to do is answer this one question: What do you enjoy most about the Jane Yellowrock series?
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Faith’s ’s novels (listed above) or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.