Author Deb Hunter joins us today to answer 10 Questions about her writing. Besides writing, Deb is also a historian and brings some of that knowledge into her books. Her latest book, Magic and Mystery in Tudor England, releases tomorrow, September 26th. Deb writes under the name Hunter S. Jones.
Linda Covella: Welcome, Deb.
Deb Hunter: Hi Linda! Thanks for having me today.
LC: When and why did you decide to become a writer?
DH: I’m not sure there was a certain moment that I decided to write. It’s something I’ve always done.
LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?
DH: Great question. It starts with a thought, like most things, I guess. The thought either takes off or lies dormant for a while. Once The Muse takes over, it’s as if the story takes over and you just write it down. I do always have an outline but I don’t follow it most of the time. Generally, I’ll know how a story ends and tend to write the last chapter first. I don’t keep to a writing schedule or write every day.
LC: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?
DH: I really don’t know where all that stuff comes from. My imagination has always been vivid, and I’m open to creative ideas. In my newest book, Magic & Mystery in Tudor England, I briefly mention what it’s like for a creative to develop a story-all the research that goes into an idea. In the past, I’ve studied history, lit, and acting so I use a form of character analysis like an actor would. In my career, we were trained in the psychology of dealing with people on a daily basis – that experience teaches you a lot as to how and why people will react to situations.
I don’t really believe I’ve ever based a character on a person or on myself. They’re just characters in differing experiences.
LC: Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?
DH: Another fab question! Answering this is probably like asking a person who their favorite child is. It’s difficult to name just one. But, if I did have to name one, it would be Dallas Fortune from my Fortune Series. She’s insecure, neurotic, has a great career, a heart of gold, and she loves men. She’s fun!
LC: Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?
DH: Well, please see the previous answer. I can neither confirm nor deny that I share her traits though.
LC: We’ll let that question slide, then. 😀 Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.
DH: Characters, characters, characters.
LC: Did you read much as a child?
LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?
DH: The answer to that may depend on the writer. I read all the time but can’t speak for everyone.
LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?
DH: I have a few Heroes and they know who they are. I love to read and feel the honesty in the words. Some people simply have a way to create worlds, and I love them.
LC: Anything new in the works?
DH: Yes! My newest release is a blend of history and historical fiction-Magic & Mystery in Tudor England. Then, in October, I’m part of a paranormal anthology by Witching Hour Press. The antho is based on the zodiac, and I’ve written a short story set in Atlanta called Club Coven. May 2020 sees another anthology-it’s a gothic historical fiction collection of short stories called Anne Boleyn: Rota Fortunae. Both anthologies have a fantastic group of authors and I am so excited to be working with them!
LC: Good luck with all those projects! It was a pleasure talking with you today.
DH: Thank you again for featuring me!
Preorder Magic & Mystery in Tudor England for only 99c
About the Author
Author and historian Deb Hunter writes as Hunter S. Jones. She publishes independently as well as through traditional platforms. Recently she revealed that she is a Stage IV cancer warrior. She is passionate about the history of romance, science and music, a.k.a. sex, drugs and rock & roll. She is also a historian for Past Preservers Casting. When she isn’t writing, talking or tweeting about kings, queens and rock stars, she’s living the dream in Atlanta, Georgia with her Scottish born husband.
She has been involved in academic projects at Harvard University, The University of Texas, UCLA, Vanderbilt University, University of The South, University of Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been associated with the prestigious Society of Authors founded by Lord Tennyson, Royal Historical Society, Atlanta Historical Society, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society of Civil War Historians (US), Dangerous Women Project, Romance Writers of America (PAN member), and Historical Writers Association.
Connect with Deb: