Welcome to another installment of The Lindsay Show with the fantabulous Hunter S Jones!! First of all, thank you Hunter for the suggestion on the name of these segments :D I'm so glad you could join me today! Your debut, Fables of the Reconstruction looks so damn good and I can't wait to read it.
Now I hope you've all got your coffee ready, let's get started!
It's so lovely to have you on the The Lindsay Show, Hunter! Tell me, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always been a writer. There was no official date or announcement. My family says that I always said I would write a book someday, so now I have. Fables is my shot in the dark, so to speak.
Wow I love that! Interestingly, my family says that I always said I would marry someone rich. Luckily I grew out of that mindset ;) What has been the most difficult part about being a writer?
The most difficult part of writing is taking an idea from telling to showing, which is the exact opposite of how things are done in the real world.
That is so true and it's something I'm still a little shaky on myself. Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many great authors and so many I idolize, collect and admire. Here’s my current favs, my author crushes… Livia Ellis. Her debut release ‘Memoir of a Gigolo’ is outstanding. She had me at gigolo. Tara Stogner Wood and I have real chemistry, too. She’s sexy. A.m. Schulz and I have a rock & roll thing going and I’m a big fan of his.
I still haven't had a chance to read Memoir of a Gigolo but I adore that title. Tara is fantabulous and has been a huge help to me and my writing. What authors inspire you?
Part of the inspiration for ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ was the book ‘The Crimson Petal and The White’ written by Michel Faber. He wrote the story of Victorian London that I believe Charles Dickens wanted to write but couldn’t because of the standards of his own time.
Hmm I've never heard of that but I do believe I have even more books to add to my TBR pile. Not a bad thing though :) I also like to find out the process other writers use, so tell me...do you like to plan your scenes out or do you just wing it?
Lindsay, I attempt to plan an outline for everything I write. However, Fables took its own direction, once I started writing.
Alas, I will never be able to outline. It just doesn't seem to work for me and I generally end up with the book going in its own direction too. I don't know if you actually have time for reading, but what types of books do you like to read?
I love history books, historical autobiographies, books on spirituality and erotica.
Ooo love that mix of genres! What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time? I work out, socialize, listen to music, read, travel. Oh, I start taking drum classes next month. That should be fun. I do not watch TV.
Oh I'm jealous! I've always wanted to learn to play the drums!! That's so cool :) Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Lindsay that is a great question. As you already know, it is difficult for me to have just one favorite of anything. The places I love to visit the most so far are London, New Orleans, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. However, going to my farm in Tennessee rejuvenates me and keeps me grounded. Sometimes it’s good to just get your hands and feet on the earth and connect with your ancestors.
Those are all wonderful locations, especially Barcelona since I've actually been there before lol. I 100% agree about needing to connect with your ancestors. Let's have a little fun now since we're in the Halloween season. What is the craziest Halloween costume you've ever worn?
I dressed up as my boyfriend in college and surprised him at his own Halloween party. I even drew hair on my face and legs . The look on his face when he opened the door and saw me dressed as him - priceless.
Oh man, I'd have loved to see his face! Going along with the Halloween spirit, your release date is November 2nd, the Day of the Dead. What made you pick that date?
November 2, the Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, is a National Holiday in Mexico, Central and South America, and on numerous Caribbean Islands. In the Catholic Church it is All Souls Day. I drew so much from Haiti, voodoo and Creole cultures, it only seemed appropriate that I would honor the holiday. Drums beat all night long on November 2 in Haiti, so that sounds pretty rock and roll, doesn’t it?
Definitely sounds rock and roll! Love it :) So, why did you choose to write a paranormal erotica?
The genre chose me.
Aww you're going to just leave it there? Ah well, I guess a girl's gotta have some mystery! What has been the most fun about working on Fables?
The most fun has been the writing process itself. I have never been allowed to let my imagination run free. It’s been an amazing trip. I’ve met so many talented, new friends that write – such as you. It’s just been great.
Now you're making me blush :) I feel the exact same way *hugs* I love what I've read about Fables! How did you come up with the premise?
Fables started as a short story for a friend I recently lost. I wanted to capture his refinement and beauty in order to create a tribute to him. However, I kept having these crazy dreams about a rockstar and couldn’t figure out what that was all about. Then, I realized Pierre von Minzle was a character that combined the traits of both men, and the entire zombie story fell into place from there.
Wow I'm so sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you've been able to use his personality to help create a character for him. Now you can always have a piece of his memory :) There are some really interesting themes in Fables such as Pomba Gira Mysticism, Creole Voodoo, and zombie apocalypse. Can you tell us more about them?
I have always studied religions and am especially drawn to the mysteries of native cultures probably due to the influence of the Cherokees in Tennessee. I ran across Pomba Gira while reading and discovered the ties to Haitian and Creole Voodoo. Their cultures believe in zombies – not the zombies Hollywood has created but the undead - people that are living but have no souls. However, the Hollywood version of zombies had to start somewhere.
I think I'm going to have to read more about Pomba Gira because this is the first I've heard of it! Do you have any favorite characters from your book?
Pierre von Minzle is beautiful, wicked and surprisingly human for a demon. I am completely enchanted by him.
I haven't even read your book yet, but I think I'm beginning to be enchanted myself :) Now, I've been dying to know...how did you come up with the title Fables of the Reconstruction?
‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ is the title of an alternative album from the 1980s. I love the band that created it so, in a way it’s a tribute to their artistic influence on the world. And, the title happens to be the perfect title for the time frame of my book.
Very nice! I'll have to check out that album now. All of this talk has me craving your book and I have a feeling I won't be satisfied with just one novel. Are you planning turning this into a series?
There will be two books in the series. I’m planning to release Book 2, ‘Reconstruction of the Fables’ in March 2013.
Oh that's my birthday month! It'll be a perfect present to myself :) We are almost out of time, but can you tell us what's up next for you?
There are two anthologies, possibly three, in process. I’ll know about the third one in a few days. They haven’t been officially announced however I can tell you the works will have a global appeal.
I can't wait to find out more about those anthologies!! Well Hunter, is there anything else you'd like your readers to know before you go?
A special thank you goes out to everyone that follows me and has supported me as an indie author. I am very flattered. Keep in mind when you read my books that I am an artist, and the books are to entertain you.
I'd also live to give a shout out to Robin Ludwig who did the cover art for Fables. She is so amazing Linds, I sent her 3 pictures, told her the book's genre & the color scheme & within one hour she had proofs returned for me to choose from.
Thank you for speaking with me today, Lindsay. I love The Lindsay Show!
It has truly been a pleasure having you on The Lindsay Show and I certainly hope this won't be your last visit! Thank you so much, Hunter!!
Well folks, I hope you've enjoyed our chat with this fabulous new author! Keep reading for a quick bio on Hunter as well as all of her links so you can connect with this wonderful lady :) Join me again in a few days on the next installment!
Fables of the Reconstruction...Coming Soon!!
About Hunter S. Jones
Find Hunter Online:HUNTER S. JONESATLANTA, GEORGIAHunter 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.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. William S. Burroughs, Erica Jong, Dan Brown. The list is ever changing and ever growing. Ask tomorrow and you will get a different answer.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 paranormal erotica, scheduled for publication November 2, 2012. You can find her online at www.thehuntersjones.blogspot.com or at www.facebook.com/Fablesofthe ReconstructionHunter currently lives in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia with her current partner. They have no children or pets, just books, wine and a million dollar view.
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