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.