Interview (& Giveaway): Faith Hunter, author of Raven Cursed!

What better way to kick off 2012 then with an interview with one of my absolute favorite authors, Faith Hunter? Faith is the author of the Jane Yellowrock series as well as the Rogue Mage series, and she was kind enough to drop by and answer a few of my questions. She’s also generously offering up copies of both Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) and Bloodring (Rogue Mage #1) to one lucky winner, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post!

Please welcome Faith back to the blog!

Faith, your newest Jane Yellowrock novel, Raven Cursed (4th in the series), just came out, and you’re also the author of the awesome Rogue Mage series! Did you always know you wanted to write for a living? Can you tell us a bit about your journey?
My 10th grad school teacher, Carol Kohler, told me I should be a writer. I listened. And Anne McCaffrey. Her books set my mind on fire! I started reading them when I was in high school. I still can’t believe she is gone. The world is a poorer place without her.

What are some of your favorite authors or books?
I love Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris.. Kalayana Price, and James Ray Tuck Jr. (He’s a new author and he is fab-u-lous!) Kim Harrison’s Feb. 2012 release is on order for my new (Christmas gift) Kindle Fire I am loading up my Kindle. I don’t know whether to sigh or go Whoot! It’s too easy to buy books now! Rachel Caine and Eileen Wilkes. JC Hendee. Barb Hendee. Oh man. I am such a literary slut. I LOVE to read!

What’s on your nightstand right now?
I just bought Rachel Caine’s two latest in the Morganville Vampires series. . I am catching up on the Eileen Wilkes books, and I am about 4 behind. Oh – and those on the Kindle. 

If you could read one book again for the first time, what would it be?
I don’t even have to think. Two books by Anne Rice. Interview with the Vampire and Belinda.

What’s one of your most unusual writing quirks?
Bubble outlines. When I get stuck on a plot point, I pull out a poster board and highlighters and colored pencils. Seriously. And in the middle of the board goes the central plot conflict of the book. Circle it. I let my mind go, free-thin king, no structure, no intent, just asking and answering questions and thinking about the plot and the character, and writing it all down. Each thought gets a circle and I draw arrows to the other things similar to it. Suddenly a form and order will appear and, well, it’s like magic. Problem solved! But it looks weird, me on the floor with the dogs and highlighters and colored pencils and making this bubble outline. Like kid with a coloring book!

If you could pack your bags and go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go?
South of France. I have wanted to see France for *ages!*

Quick! What’s something that makes you laugh out loud?
The dogs. We adopted two rescue Pomeranians (Tommy and Tuffy) and they are wonderful! They give me giggles all the time, but especially when a fly gets in the house. They are *terrified* of flies! They are my release and my comfort. And great, loving, happy lapdogs.

What’s one of the most embarrassing things you’ve ever done (that you’re willing to admit to?)
I have a big mouth. There are so many things under that heading that I can’t keep up. I have skid marks and callouses on my tongue. I always thought I’d get better as I got older, but I guess I’m going to have to be an *old* woman to get it right! If ever! But… Most embarrassing? Hmmmm. One thing I can recall is that I told a preacher’s wife the truth. She asked what I was reading, and I said, “Laurell K Hamilton. She writes. Erotica.” Oops…

When you’re not writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I make jewelry. It relaxes me because jewelry making means working with my hands, being creative within a prescribed set of possibilities, and with definite matrix and materials. And I adore natural materials like pearls and nugget stones. Making jewelry forces me to think outside the box, uses a different part of my brain from the writing-part, and lets my mind roam. Jewelry making is great for working on plot problems!

And then there is the whitewater kayaking. The hubby and I have 13 boats at this writing. Yeah. 13. I am a firm lower Class III paddler, and Hubby is an upper Class III paddler, verging into Class IV territory. We adore it!

Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us?
I also still write in other genres as Gwen Hunter, and a small press currently owns the rights to a historical fiction novel, His Blood Like Tears. They took it back off the market after the first 100 books went out because one of my agents fell in love with it. HBLT is a project in hiatus right now. I have a short due out in an anthology with Charlaine Harris as lead: An Apple for the Creature. And of course, the recently released e-book Cat Tales and the novella Easy Pickings with CE Murphy. Then there is the Rogue Mage, Role Playing Game and World Book, with lots of great fiction. It’s is being Kickstarted as we speak! And Raven Cursed, natch!
Keep up with Faith: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter
Read Faith’s 2011 Guest Post!
Mercy Blade Review
Raven Cursed Review

1. You must fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries!).
2. Giveaway is for 1  copy each of Skinwalker and Bloodring by Faith Hunter to 1 winner.
3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses only
4. Must include a valid email address
5. You must enter on or before 1/10/12
6. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail. Please see my Giveaway Policy.
7. Giveaway book kindly provided byFaith Hunter.

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  1. Thanks for the interview. I haven’t read this series yet but I look forward to. I love the comment about the dogs-I feel the same way about my cats-such joy and companionship! And they are hilarious when they are playing.

    Best of luck with all your 2012 projects!

  2. I can’t wait to get my hands on Raven Cursed! I love Beast and Jane so much! Like you I love to make jewelery. I find weaving with seed beads to be frustrating, relaxing and satisfying. Hubby always laugh when I mutter while ripping out rows of weaving. ‘Relaxing, huh?’ He’ll say… What a comedian…
    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the interview. I haven’t read either series but I looked them up on Goodreads and they sound right up my alley. Hope to get my hands on copies very soon. Thanks for the giveaway!! Have a great 2012!!

  4. Love the Jane Yellowrock series, Beast is wonderful!

  5. I enjoyed the interview. I’ve read the Jane Yellowrock series and love it, but I haven’t had a chance to read the Rogue Mage series. I’m looking forward to getting started on it.

  6. I’m not entering as I own both of the books being given away. I whole-heartedly recommend them, and encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of reading them to enter.

    Hey Faith! Happy New Year!


  7. love the yellowrock series, i already have RC preordered!

  8. I really liked the interview. Thank you for introducing this new author & her work to me. Yay! I love Charlaine Harris also! Happy New Year!:)

  9. I was very lucky to be able to see Faith Hunter on a panel this year. She was great. I love the interview your questions were great and as usual Faith gave us a lot of information. Happy 2012 to you both.

    Teresa K.

  10. I haven’t read this series yet but I would certainly like to.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  11. Would love to read this series, thank you for the giveaway!

  12. StephanieWaltersRowe (@smwrowe)

    As an educator, I love the fact that your “go to” tool is a bubble map. They are a great way to organize your thoughts. I can tell my students that authors use them too. I have not read any of your books yet, but my kindle fire is ready to go. Am headed over to Goodreads to put you in my to read pile. Best to you this year and continued success.

  13. I’ve seen these at the bookstore multiple times, they’re continually recommended to me on Amazon, but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never picked them up. A friend was lauding them to me just the other day, though, so I’m going to pick them up and put them on my UF to-read-and-review stack for The Ranting Dragon.

    Thank you for doing this, you two!

    myyrdneopia [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. I haven’t read this series yet but I will!
    Thanks for the post.

  15. Way to go to your 10th grade teacher for noticing talent early on!
    I have had your Jane Yellowrock series in my TBR list for a long time. I know, I need to get around to reading it. I absolutely love the sound of the series. Now that there are four books maybe that is the magic number…it doesn’t have a huge cliff hanger does it?

  16. Hi Faith! Thanks for the awesome interview! I’ve always wanted to make jewelry, but my eyes aren’t so good, what with all the tiny pieces and all. I knit and crochet instead and it is definitely relaxing. I’m so glad to get to know you a little better, and can’t wait to read your book 🙂

  17. Stephanie Eckstein

    I love The Jane Yellowrock series. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book. I was so tore up about the last book and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for months. Hopefully Jane’s luck will turn around in this book, poor girl.
    Stephanie Eckstein
    eckstein99(At) comcast dot net

  18. Laura @ All of Everything

    Skinwalker was an awesome read, I’d love my own copy! And Bloodsong sounds just as good too! I love that you’re reading The Morganville Vampires, it’s one of my favorite series–so fun!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. This looks like a book that is right down my alley. I have seen it mentioned on several other blogs in the last few days and I’m interested in seeing where it goes. I liked the whole premise and idea behind it.

  20. I read your first Jane Yellowrock some time ago, then got sidetracked when I couldn’t find the next one right away. Thanks for reminding me that I really liked Jane. She’s smart, strong, sexy; what’s not to like? Enjoyed the interview. I taught using a bubble map too, only we called it a web.

  21. Phoenix Carvelli

    I love the comment about your dogs being afraid of flies. My cats go crazy when a fly is in the house! My late cat would “chatter” at flies…really weird! The interviews are so nice. They allow small windows into your world that we would not have otherwise.
    I cannot wait to read these books! Happy New Year!

  22. Victoria Zumbrum

    Faith I would love to read this series and your books. They sound very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year.

  23. Great interview! Aw about the dog! My cats go crazy over them. My guinea pigs are kind of indiffeent about them. I’ve also been wanting to read the Morganville Vampires series!

    I’d love to read your books as well!

  24. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read the series. Thank you for introducing me to a new author

  25. Chelsea Hornbacher

    Can’t wait to read this series, thanks for telling us about it!

  26. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Faith’s stories! I really hope to be reading her work this year. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  27. Can’t wait to start this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  28. Dawn Doyle aka dawnmomoffour

    Your books sound so good! Can’t wait to get my hands on them 🙂
    I too love Charlaine Harris! I also tried my hand at jewelry at one time but it sounds like you are better at it than I was LOL
    Thanks so much for the giveaway. It would be great to get a start on your books with a copy from you.
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  29. I haven’t read this series yet but it sure sounds good. I think I’ll enjoy your work. Thank you.


  30. I started reading the Jane Yellowrock books a couple months ago!! Love them! Looking forward to Raven Cursed!

  31. Hi all! Thank you for the comments and questions. For the fans, I am glad you are enjoying the series. Be sure to read Cat Tales Before you read Raven Cursed. It’s an important seque.

    To any new readers out there. Ummm. Yea! 🙂

    Okay. Questions… Cliff hangers, there is a tiny one after Mercy Blade, but Cat Tales answers it. And of course Raven Cursed is out now.

    Jane does not get lucky, in terms of love, any time soon. She does win, though, when it comes ot vamps and bad guys.

    Thank you for entering, y’all!

  32. This series sounds great! This is a new to me author. Adding to my wishlist.

  33. I have not read or heard of either book until today, but they sound awesome. Thanks for the giveaway

  34. faith I would have done the same thing probably if someone asked what I was reading.

  35. Can’t wait to read these!

  36. This book looks very interesting. Looking forward to reading it

  37. Wonderful! I have to say I read a short story in an anthology by her and ran out to get Skinwalker. 🙂 I just had to have it, but time has played evil tricks on me and not allowed me to get to it, which I hate. And I REALLY Want to get Bloodring. Sounds like another series I would absolutely love. I need to get that one. 🙂 Thank you!

  38. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I haven’t had the chance to read your series yet but I would love to, it sounds so good!


    love love the leather outfits on the model on cover

  40. thanks for the great giveaway the books look so cool!!! Especially Skinwalker!

  41. Just wanted to say I am a big fan of Jane and Beast. I am so glad I happened to stumble on a prize gem! I’m just dying to figure out who will be the guy for Jane – Leo, Bruiser, Ricky-Bo or the B-twins????

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