Interview with Author Hunter S. Jones!

Meet the Author…

 

HUNTER S. JONES
ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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Hunter S. Jones is a lifelong writer. Hunter regularly contributes articles to fashion and rock and roll publications, both in print and online. However, you will often find her writing articles for newspapers and quarterly professional publications. Her interests are varied… travel, wines, history, the occult, and psychology. Her passions are rock and roll and history, especially the history of sex.

Hunter has a Master’s Level Degree in Classic Studies. Because of this she has a reading range which varies from ’Beowulf’ to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to all points in between. Her favorite authors are Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice and Alison Weir. However, ask tomorrow and the list will change.

Hunter has wanted to write a book her entire life. A recent change in fortune has made this dream a reality. Her first book, ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ is scheduled for publication in October 2012. You can find her online at http://www.thehuntersjones.blogspot.com or at http://www.facebook.com/Fablesofthe Reconstruction.com.

Hunter currently lives in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia with her current partner. They have no children or pets, just books, wine and a million dollar view.

Hi Hunter! Very excited to have you on the blog today, thanks for joining us! Let’s start with an easy question – When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Some people play an instrument, some dance, some paint and I write. It’s the way I express myselfand that is how it’s always been.

Great answer. Can you tell us more about your latest book?

My latest release is called Fables of the Reconstruction. It’s the story of a Belgian pimp, Pierre von Minzle, and the book is set in Victorian London, in the notorious Whitechapel District. Pierre has a ‘magic’ powder and practices Creole voodoo. The book explains the start of today’s modern zombie story.

Can you share with us where the inspiration behind your writing comes from?

Something subconsciously triggers a thought, feeling or an emotion. Maybe a mood needs to be remembered and you have to record your recollection – it has to be written.

If you could make one of your characters real for a day, who would you choose and why?

My little monster, Pierre von Minzle is sexy, undead and wonderful. He’s a zombie, but he manifests in different time dimensions so that he can survive. I would love to spend a day with him just to find out what mischief he’s going to get into, or where he is going to go next.

Can you share with us a short story about something that has happened to you that would make a great book?

The story of the love of my life will make a beautiful romance novel someday. In the meantime, my life has been more like a series of short stories, both comedy and tragedy. String the stories together and they could make a book until the romance novel is written.

I want to read this romance – hurry up and write it! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing career & what has been the hardest?

The most rewarding part of writing is working with other artists – finding out what makes them create, how they think, hearing their stories. The hardest part of writing is getting my exact feelings into words.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I’m very social – being around people is my favorite thing especially when having great conversations and listening to great music.

I got a mental image of you as a butterfly on the wall at a party – fluttering from one person to the next! Do you have any advice for budding writers looking to self-publish?

Do what you want to do and follow your dreams – writing is your art form. Get advice from people that have published a book, but do your own homework before taking anyone’s advice.

“Writing is your art form”…bumper sticker that, really. So, what can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

Thank you for asking Trish. I have a couple of anthologies in the works and will be able to tell you about them soon. I am developing a series of short stories-short, sexy vignettes-which is called Tales from a New Amsterdam. The first story will be available in December 2012. The stories will be available on Amazon.com.

You can find Fables of the Reconstruction on Amazon

Yay! Looking forward to your new releases! If you could shadow your favorite Author for a year (living or dead) who would you choose, and why?

Oh Trish. This is such a great question. So many writers had such exciting lives – Poe, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson…it would be amazing to spend time with them. On the other side, you have the more reclusive authors such as Anne Rice, Lovecraft, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Flannery O’Connor – it would be interesting to see into their lives for a while. However, if I had to choose to spend a year with an author, it would be Margaret Mitchell. I would love to spend one year with her as she recuperated from an ankle injury and created Gone With The Wind. Can you imagine the conversations? She didn’t have much communication from the outside world during that phase in her life, so the time was spent writing. She was left mainly to create from her imagination – combining the pain she suffered, her own life experiences and stories from her family about the past; all which worked together to shape her great work. What an amazing artist.

 

Wow, fabulous answer!!!

It’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions!!

 

Wine – Red or White? Red

Roses or Wildflowers? Wildflowers

eReader or Paperback? eReader

Bra or No Bra? Bra

Shower or Bath? Sure

Beach or Pool? Beach

Heels or Flats? Heels

Sweet or Sour? Spicy

Cats or Dogs? Cats

 

What a fun interview – thank you for joining us Hunter! I wish you nothing but the best with your writing! If you’d like to know more about Hunter, follow her BLOG or FACEBOOK page today!

 

 

Fables

 

Now, for a taste of Fables of the Reconstruction

Pomba Gira Mysticism. Creole Voodoo. The zombie apocalypse. Sex, drugs, magick.
Paranormal erotica.
 

Meet Pierre von Minzle and Mary Moore. They are the Adam and Lilith, definitely not Adam and Eve, of today’s zombie apocalypse. Fables of the Reconstruction is a playful yet graphic sexual adventure consisting of what might have been, combined with what possibly might be happening now. It contains Pomba Gira mysticism, Creole voodoo and the seeds of the zombie apocalypse set in Victorian London’s notorious Whitechapel District. Sex, magick , zombies. This ain’t your daddy’s shotgun zombie story. Mature content warning.

Welcome Author Lena Winfrey Seder!!

Author Bio

Lena head shot calm poseLena Winfrey Seder is an author, former English teacher, film enthusiast and world traveler who basks in the sun of Orlando, Florida with her husband, two sons and a daughter. She published The Metamorphosis of a Muslim in spring 2011 with IIPH, an overseas publisher. Currently, she is writing a unique paranormal trilogy as well as short stories, screenplays and poetry. Her passion and dream is to one day create great movies that tell powerful stories.

 

Hi Lena, welcome! Thanks for joining us today!

Thank you Trish for inviting me. I’m very glad to be here!

 

 

What or who inspired you to become a writer?

Firstly, I think writing has just been in my blood all of my life. It is important to me as breathing. I started writing short stories as a kid, especially illustrated ones. In high school, I experimented with poetry and song lyrics.

Secondly, I think my best friend had some influence as well. In high school, my best friend Donna loved writing as much as I did. She was very prolific, and we used to have a serial that reached over 100 episodes. We would both pass it back and forth and write on it. This serial was about our various classmates who ended up in bizarre situations, sometimes comical, and occasionally involving celebrities and royal families. It was all great fun, but her sudden death at age 16 drove me to express myself more in poetry, and thus I was on my way to writing seriously.

Lastly, I was fortunate enough to have an amazing literature and drama teacher in high school, Mrs. Eleanor Kensinger, who sparked my interest in storytelling and gave me support. She made me believe I could do anything. Great and inspirational teachers are so important and yet so rare!

 

 

I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Loss at such a young age is a really tough thing to experience. Fortunately, it sounds like you had great support for writing. Can you tell us more about your latest book?

I actually have multiple projects going on; I just can’t help it. I multi-task and will put down ideas, do research and even a bit of writing on a couple of projects at the same time. However, when I am seriously writing the bulk of a story, I do focus on one.

My paranormal Between Bite and Might is set in the Appalachian Mountain region, and it has all of the exciting elements like werewolves, vampires, witches and shape-shifters. I have decided to bring in demons in book 2. The story focuses around Clara Walker, who has been living far from her hometown for several years, though she has occasionally visited. Her last visit was at her mother’s funeral. She returns to attend a class reunion, though she isn’t being honest with herself why she is really returning. She has some internal struggles because she wanted to leave her town and change her identity while forgetting some pain, but she is drawn back to this little town due to an unrequited love. There are tons of secrets in this small town, and she is about to be thrown into them. There is action, struggles, love and some unique twists. I have researched a bit about the Native Americans who used to live in that area so I can tie in a bit of myths and culture. Clara, who thinks she is normal, will along the way throughout the trilogy discover she has a simple, but unique gift. Handsome, complicated David will also discover bits and pieces of his past like solving a puzzle as he attempts to protect and shield Clara.

 

 

That sounds interesting! And I do the same – jot down a bunch of different ideas (since they are always coming). What has been the most difficult scene for you to write for your current project?

The love scene, as I wanted to keep borders and leave something to the imagination. I have restrained it to a bit of kissing, but I’m not sure if I will explore it further in this book or more in the next ones. The goal is to build the right amount of tension while not getting too mushy either since it is an action-packed novel.

The other is a death scene that will occur. I can’t reveal too much, but handling it correctly and believably is quite a balancing act.

 

 

Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?

Most of my works start with the spark of an idea where I recognize, ‘Hey, that would make a great novel or a great film!’ I kind of ‘see’ an image in my mind. So, I will jot down a couple of sentences on an idea sheet I have and then mull it over for a couple of days. If the idea is still strong with me, then I start building the plot in my head and even come up with some dialogue. I start to hear the characters’ voices. Then, I am ready to start writing it down. I usually write down the whole story and then, though tempted to edit as I go along, I usually wait until I have gotten the whole story out of me before I go back and start editing. The editing stage is usually harder than the writing stage. Sometimes we fall in love with our characters, and it is difficult to be objective about what we should really leave in or what we should take out. And then there are places that need more expansion. I usually start my stories in a notebook; I just love writing pen on paper. It is more of a ritual and a visual exercise with me. I can jump back and forth to double check my plot and dialogue. I like having the whole work open to me to flip through. Then I type it in and do the editing on the computer. Though recently, I am getting better about starting from scratch on the computer, especially when I write flash fiction pieces.

 

 

OMGosh yes, editing is harder than writing for me as well. Do you read the same genre that you write/can you give us some examples of your favorite
books?

Believe or not I have avoided reading Twilight. I am not much into ‘sparkly’ vampires. They should be strong and scary, even if handsome. Also, I really didn’t want to read these days in my genre because I don’t want to have too much outside influence; I’m looking for something a bit original in what I’m writing. However, I have on my list to read: Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth Kolodziej and the Sabrina Strong Series by Lorelei Bell. However, going back to genre, I grew up enjoying the classics like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

However, I don’t stick to one genre. I love to read a variety of materials. I read biographies, mysteries (love Agatha Christie), thrillers (like Dan Brown, John Grisham and Norma Beishir), Science Fiction (like Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Frank Herbert’s Dune and more modern Mike Saxton’s 7 Scorpions trilogy). I do read a bit of comedy from time to time. One of my favorite books is a humorous mystery written by Karla Telega called Box of Rocks. And I love Janet Evanovich’s Wicked Business; I enjoy her writing style. I even read books on management and genetics. I love knowledge. Lately, I’m reading books about directors and filmmaking. So, I like to keep life interesting by reading a variety as long as it is fresh, good and clever writing.

And Trish, I have a couple of your books now on my to-read list: Station and Dying to Forget. I look forward to reading them.

 

 

I have not read the Twilight saga either!! And thank you for putting my books on your TBR list! You’ll have to let me know what you think of them. 🙂 If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?

That is a hard one because there are so many that are interesting! I think Ernest Hemingway would be a great one to shadow; I have always loved his stories. For the living, maybe Dan Brown because I just want to know how he comes up with all of those conspiracies! And as far as screenwriters, it would have to be Joss Whedon; the guy really writes sharp dialogue.

 

 

I LOVE Joss Whedon!! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

Meeting other writers who share the same passion for writing and storytelling that I do. I have met some amazing writers over the past couple of years who have given me such great advice, support and encouragement. And really, that is what writers should do for each other; we have to be like a family and cheer for each other as well as give needed support.

 

 

I have found the Indie Community to be very welcoming. I can’t imagine doing this career without my writing buddies. 😉 Do you have any advice for budding authors looking to self-publish?

Be very patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You just have to keep on building yourself, improving yourself and putting yourself out there to find the right people and the right opportunities. Never give up. If you keep on writing and looking to improve both your writing and marketing skills (learning is continuous all of your life), then one day you will make it. It is just a matter of time and determination. Also, take serious and courteous feedback from professionals (not all book reviews) because feedback should be used to help you improve your writing.

 

 

No, it does NOT happen overnight. Sage advice. 🙂 What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

I am working on getting some short stories out into ebook form soon; one of them is called Evolution or Revolution, which is about a mad scientist in the future who wants to harness human brains in order to get rid of emotions and have a world of logic. We follow his observations, experiments and the results of his work, which will end in a bizarre twist.

Next is the first in the series of my paranormal novels, Between Bite and Might.

Finish the other two books in the Clara Walker Series.

Finish writing a realistic fiction novel, still untitled, that will be quite an adventure as the reader will travel across the world with the main character who will undergo some horrendous problems while still holding onto strength and faith in the face of adversity.

Thereafter my screenplays, both adaptations and original ones. Currently, I’m working on a friend’s novel, which I am trying to adapt into a screenplay. Hopefully, one day we will see the movie.

And somewhere in the future, I plan to gather a collection of poetry that covers many topics; I’m planning to have the book illustrated.

 

 

You write screenplays, too? That’s awesome – good luck!! If your book became a movie, who would you cast as your main characters?

I can see one of the brothers from Supernatural as David in Between Bite and Might. Of course, if I could get a hold of Johnny Depp or Robert Downey, Jr. (*sighing and swooning*). Still not sure who I want to play Clara.

If we are talking about my realistic fiction, I can see Angelina Jolie as the strong heroine who evolves throughout the story.

 

 

That would be an excellent movie!! So, it’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions – are you ready??

 

Sweet or Sour? Sweet

 

Wine or Chocolate? Dark chocolate

 

Tent or Hotel? Hotel

 

Beach or Pool? Beach

 

Shower or Bath? Bath

 

eReader or Paperback? That’s tough since I love both…OK, paperback!

 

Heels or Flats? Flats, just can’t do heels anymore.

 

Bra or No Bra? A comfortable one like a sports bra unless it is a special night, and then I like
silky and lacey.

 

 

You can find out more about Lena at her Author links: Facebook and Blog. Follow this Amazon link to learn more about Metamorphosis of a Muslim. I wish you the best of luck with your writing, Lena! Thank you so much for being here today!!

 

 

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Metamorphosis of a Muslim

In this autobiographical account, Lena Winfrey Seder uses a series of flashbacks to weave back and forth among important events and places in her life, before and after she embraced Islam. She explains what attracted her to Islam and describes the effects of her choice on key relationships in her life. Her narration is laced with personal anecdotes and heart-felt advice about being patient in the face of adversity. Her experiences are woven together to create more than just a simple narrative; this is a unique account of The Metamorphosis of a Muslim.

“Romanticizing” Suicide? I don’t think so.

I read a review recently on my Young Adult Fantasy novel, Dying to Forget and though I don’t condone calling out unfavorable reviews as EVERYONE is entitled to their own honest opinions, this particular review left a sour taste in my mouth. Writing about suicide is hard to do. I know this because I did it – I wrote about suicide and it wasn’t easy.

 

Though the story in Dying to Forget starts off on a heavy note and hits some sensitive chords, in no way was it intended to make suicide seem “romantic” or any less than what it is: the voluntary taking of one’s life. There are religions that tell us what happens after we die. There are those who aren’t religious that think everything simply ends, and of course, there are all sorts of people who believe everything in-between. The first thing to point out is that Dying to Forget is Fantasy Fiction. It was created in my mind and put to paper. It’s not real. The Station is not real. Piper Willow is not real.

 

One and a half years ago I lost a dear family member to suicide. I’m also a parent – I homeschool my children as well. So this story hits home for me in many ways. The Station – the make believe place I created in Dying to Forget is not a way ‘out’ for depressed people, rather it is an in-between place, or the stop after life and before what lies beyond. For those that have read the book and understand the overall theme, the Station is a suicide victims last chance at doing things right. A last chance at doing something positive. It’s not meant in any way to “gloss over suicide” or romanticize the idea that killing oneself will take you to a “better place”. Plenty of pain, loss and sadness is felt in the characters in the book, but the meaning behind it is meant to convey one of hope and mystery.

 

Though it saddens me that anyone would consider The Station Series as glorifying suicide, if the acknowledgments section of the first book is read, it’s clear that I do not condone taking a life. We are each important and here for a reason. As a Fiction writer, I get to play with the idea of what is real and what is  not. Piper Willow’s existence at the Station is to help others that have found themselves considering suicide. It’s her penance for taking her own life. THIS is what I want readers to walk away considering, but what they take from the story will surely vary. I am so very happy that many people seem to love the story, relate to the characters and close the book feeling more hope than despair but obviously I wanted to clear up this misconception from a negative reviewer.

 

If you’ve read this book and felt anything passionate at all, then I suppose I did my job as a writer. 😀 Want to know more about Dying to Forget including what other readers have said about the series – follow this Amazon Link.

 

Happy Monday – and as always – Happy Reading!

 

What’s in store for the year 2013…

Yes. I am planning out my writing goals for this year. And there is a LOT to be done. I figure, the best way to actually reach these goals is to share them. It means someone else will hold me accountable – not just myself, right? At least, that is the plan! So, without further babbling, here is my ‘2013 Writing List’:

  • Finish and release book 2 of the Find Me Series – Lost & Found
  • Write and release book 3 of The Station Series – Dying to Return
  • Begin (and hopefully release) the thriller – Behind the Glass
  • Begin a new and untitled YA Fantasy (and hopefully release first book)
  • Begin a new Fantasy Series (Untitled)
  • Begin book 3 of the Find Me Series

So…with all of that said…here is to a successful year full of new adventures, thrills and fantasy! 😀

Saturday Snippet!

Happy Weekend! The Holiday rush is over, now it’s time to recover and get back into regular blogging. 😉 To kick off, here is this week’s ‘Saturday Snippet’ from my current WIP due out soon – ‘Lost & Found’, book 2 of the Find Me Series. Enjoy!!

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Drake stopped just before a major intersection, stepping off the cracked sidewalk to lean against the wall of a three story office building. I stood next to him in semi-baggy clothes that didn’t quite fit right, my hair pulled back in a tight pony tail and stared across the street where dozens of medical tents stood, cordoned off from the street by a slew of haphazardly placed military vehicles. Even from hundreds of feet away I could hear the flap of the plastic tents as the breeze moved through them with a lazy kind of lull. A separate area inside the barrier was partially obstructed from my view but the single story tent with a white dome top had a rip down one of its long sides, exposing the contents to the elements.

Stacked on top of each other in tight rows were thousands of white body bags; just iridescent enough that even from beyond the street and across the parking lot I could make out the brunette, blonde and occasional redheaded bodies through their milky-colored plastic wraps. It wasn’t the first time I had seen a medical quarantine zone but the sheer volume of people sickened me. The way each body, no matter the size, was piled neatly on top of the next, meant there was a system in place on how to properly store infected human remains. Someone wrote up a plan, had a title, pointed at a pile and said, ‘That one over there’. It was depressing and sad and made me want to puke.

“Sure is something, isn’t it?” Drake said in a hushed tone. His eyes were glazed over, like he was looking through the death across the street, rather than at it.

I glanced between him with his stoic and faraway gaze, and the parking lot turned military base with a numb feeling. It should hurt to see such a thing. Thousands of dead people – hundreds of dead families. It should hurt every time, like a knife straight into the heart, to see a body bag with a person half my size rotting inside. But it was only that detached and numb feeling. A feeling of ‘been there and seen that’. A shitty feeling.

Drake cleared his throat to bring my attention back to him. “Warehouse is just over there,” he nodded down the street, beyond the vacant office building.

I stared at the side of his head, wondering what the story was behind the closed hole in his right earlobe. A random thought for a fractured mind. Made sense.

“So, when do you want to do this?” I asked, still staring at the tiny hole in his ear where a piercing used to be.

“No time like the present.” He grinned the wide Joker smile that creeped me out.

Sighing, I knelt to the ground in a small patch of brown grass, letting the moisture from the night before soak into the knee of my jeans. Mudding up my pants wasn’t a concern. Being dirty was a normal part of my new life. Besides, the jeans would be easy to replace if needed. Stain your clothes and break a shoelace? Pilfer new ones from the closest mall. Lose your brush and run out of shampoo? Pilfer more from the closest mall. Of course, that philosophy wouldn’t last forever. Eventually even the malls would dry out just like the bones from the bodies under the dome tent.

My pack was full of weapons; handguns and clips, knives of different shapes and sizes. Most of them pulled off the dead men from the day before. My own knife was strapped securely to my leg, just like Drake’s. A gun was tucked into the back of my jeans, loaded and ready for action. The day before, I hadn’t even bothered to take one of the long range rifles. My shoulder wouldn’t tolerate the kickback so Drake was the only one with a rifle draped across his torso like a pageantry ribbon.

All we needed was a little bit of greasy paint to streak our faces and those cool lace-up combat boots and we would fit right in with the thugs we conspired to kill. Well, maybe the camouflage paint was a bit much, but the idea struck me as a funny one and I imagined Drake’s face covered in hunter green, mine in black. The image was so appealing at that moment that I almost dragged my fingers through the mud and rubbed them under my eyes.

Instead I sighed, doing it over and over, filling my lungs with air as rapidly as I could sort of like a swimmer would right before launching their body into the water for a race. When my head felt efficiently light-headed and cleared of all the gunk that lingered around in there like the day old smell of skunk, I tightened my pack straps and nodded at Drake that I was ready. Of course, all he had to do to prepare was hitch his jeans up half an inch or so. Men were easy that way.

“Ready?” he asked, gun in hand, fingers and muscles taut and ready to fire.

“Ready enough,” I said with a smile. If we were going to die in five minutes, I wanted a smile to be the last expression we shared between us.