Guest Blogger: Hunter S. Jones
1. 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 of the Reconstruction is my shot in the dark, so to speak.
2. 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.
3. 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. Lucy, you are the Empress of Erotica and I love your works.
4. 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.
5. Do you like to plan your scenes out or do you just wing it?
I attempt to plan an outline for everything I write. However, Fables of the Reconstruction took its own direction, once I started writing.
6. What type of books do you like to read?
I love history books, historical autobiographies, books on spirituality and erotica.
7. What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time? I work out, socialize, listen to music, read, travel.
8. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
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.
9. Was there a reason why you picked November 2, the Day of the Dead, as your release 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?
10. Why did you choose to write a paranormal erotica?
The genre chose me.
11. What has been the most fun about working on Fables of the Reconstruction?
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.
12. How do you come up with the premise for Fables of the Reconstruction?
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.
13. Can you tell me more about the fascinating themes of Pomba Gira Mysticism. Creole Voodoo. The seeds of the zombie apocalypse?
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.
14. Do you have any favorite characters from your books? If so, why?
Pierre von Minzle is beautiful, wicked and surprisingly human for a demon. I am completely enchanted by him.
15. Will this book be a part of a series? If so, how many books are you planning and when can we expect the next?
There will be two books in the series. I’m planning to release Book 2, ‘Reconstruction of the Fables’ in February/March 2013.
16. What’s 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. Also I have a series of sexy vignettes called ‘Tales from a New Amsterdam’.Look for the first story to be released in the next few weeks on Amazon.com, ebook format only.
17. Anything else you want your readers to know?
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. Thank you for speaking with me Lucy!
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