Monday, December 05, 2011

A Christmas With… Faith Hunter

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Raven Cursed, the fourth book in the Jane Yellowrock series, releases at the beginning of January, and to celebrate the occasion, our Jenn interview the lovely Faith Hunter! Make sure you read on to discover some interesting Jane tidbits!

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1- What made you decide to take Jane out of New Orleans and into North Carolina for RAVEN CURSED?

Jane is from the mountains, in both her Cherokee life and her Christian Children’s Home upbringing. Beast is a mountain creature from the same area. Plus, I had to set up books five and six, which have their homes in the locale of Raven Cursed.

2- I love how you write from Beast's point of view when Jane transforms. Is it easy for you to shift from one head space to the other?

Jane Yellowrock wallpaper-1280x1024It was quite difficult in the first novel, Skinwalker, partly because it was a new concept for me, and partly because my editor had some fairly strong editorial suggestions about Beast’s voice—things that made the voice much easier to write and much easier to read, frankly. Now? It is so easy. And while I know Jane quite well, Beast is always surprising me. I never know what she will say or do.

3- You've been slowly revealing Jane's past over the course of the series. Is there more to learn about Jane's early days?

Yes. New things are revealed that show the reader why Jane does things the way she does, why she reacts with guilt at the oddest times, and why she is so often closed off emotionally. By revealing her past to the reader at the same time Jane discovers it, I’m able to let Jane evolve and grow and develop.

4- I can't imagine Jane ever going the white picket fence route, but will she find a good relationship any time soon? Bruiser and Rick are fantastic characters but they sure bring a lot of baggage with them...

Yes. And no. I know! I know that sounds all wishy-washy! But Jane is pretty self-contained, so that a man would have to be something special to have her all for himself. And, uh, as Beast says, “Big-cats do not mate for life.” So, a more full answer is in order. Ricky Bo and Bruiser both have some growing up to do. Rick does a lot of growing in Raven Cursed and in the following book, Death’s Rival. Bruiser starts to grow in Death’s Rival. Unfortunately, in DR, Jane meets a gorgeous new man… I think by book six, we will know enough about all three men for Jane to make some kind of decision. And no, I do not know what choice she will make.

Now onto some Christmas-y questions

5- What's a typical Christmas like in the Hunter family?

Christmas is a season, not just a day, for me, and because I make so many of my gifts. I make jewelry, so the season has already started. Every year my mom has a Family and Friends Christmas Party in the week before Christmas, where we eat and visit with people we may not see but once a year. I adore that! We sing carols, and eat and visFaith-Vest-Stone2-smallit and eat and drink eggnog and eat. LOL. I work at a hospital lab (for the benefits) so Christmas Day is usually spent there, and this year, it will be a 17 hour day. Go ahead. Feel sorry for me!

6- What's your best Christmas memory?

My fourth Christmas. I got my first grown up doll, a Barbie doll. I never cared much for baby dolls, but the Barbie was wonderful! I can still see her in her case, with her hair up. And all the clothes!

7- If you could ask Santa for anything, what would it be?

You know, I have so much that I feel evil for even thinking about wanting more. But I admit that I have long wanted a screen porch out back. So, if Santa could put that in his bag, It would be great.

8- What would a perfect Christmas be like for Jane?

Jane would like to spend Christmas with Molly and her family and her sisters and their families. Hmmm. I need to write that into a short story! Maybe I will at some point.

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If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Raven Cursed

 
The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry mast vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

 

 

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Is offering us a very special prize! The winner will get a piece of handmade (by Faith herself) jewelry!

Open Internationally

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)






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Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. The Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock is taking off like a rocket with Skinwalker, Blood Cross, and Mercy Blade with Raven Curseddue in 2012. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the role playing game, Rogue Mage (2011).

You can visit Faith Here

 

 

More of Faith Hunter‘s books:
Strange BrewSkinwalkerBlood CrossMercy Blade

BloodringSeraphsHostRogue Mage Game

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Tynga is a 28 years old mom from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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28 People left their mark' :

  1. I started reading the Jane Yellowrock Series a few weeks ago and can't get enough of the world and characters Faith Hunter created. Can't wait for the next book coming out in January!!

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  2. The Jane Yellowrock series hooked me from book one. Its one of my favorite series. And the last book Mercy Blade, ended with me wondering about some things and so I am very eagerly awaiting Raven Cursed. Thank goodness that January is close and I can finally read what happens! Congrats on the upcoming release of Raven Cursed, and here's wishing you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

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  3. I love this series. I have the first 2 books in digital and I think they were in the first 5 digital books I ever bought. I have the third in paperback, curse Border's and it's 40% off coupons. (Well, since it went out of business it really was cursed.)

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  4. I haven't read any books in this series, but it sounds ineresting.

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  5. OMG: I love this series :) I think I ran across the first book right when it first came out and I have been hooked ever since. Can't wait for the newest release! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

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  6. The series is new to me so thank you for featuring it.

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  7. Haven't heard of this one before. Thanks.

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  8. It's a new discovery for me but i've just gots trange brew so i guess i will discover a bit of her really soon

    thanks you for this international giveaway

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  9. Oh I love this series. The line my shelf nicely. Jane is such a great heroine. I cannot wait.

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  10. I picked up Skin Walker and look forward to reading it. Looks like I need to get caught up. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

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  11. Thanks for the interview, I really enjoyed reading it, and am looking forward to all the books.

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  12. Great interview - I am looking forward to Raven Cursed's release

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd OUt

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  13. Yes, I've read the Jane Yellowrock series, and I can't wait to read Raven Cursed. I had Skinwalker sitting on my shelf for a while, and I finally read it and then had to read Blood Cross right away. I waited eagerly for Mercy Blade and devoured that book as well. This is a fantastic series and I can't recommend it enough to anyone who will listen.

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  14. I've not yet ready any of this series, but I do have Skinwalker on my TBR shelf!

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  15. Yes, I've read the Jane Yellowrock series. I pre-ordered Raven Cursed about seven months ago, so yes, I'm eagerly waiting for it. :)

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  16. I am ashamed to admit that no I haven't read this series yet but I have been meaning to. It has been in my TBR pile for so long and I really need to start reading this series.

    Amy Lynn

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  17. HELL YES I've read the previous books - I absolutely love this series so far. I got hooked with her intro story in Strange Brew that anthology and have been stalking her books and blog ever since. Love the short free fiction too.

    Jane is so unique and I hope Faith Hunter continues to get more exposure with readers so it gets the attention it deserves!

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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  18. The series is new to me. I have not read any of the other books. Tore923@aol.com

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  19. I have not read the previous books yet, but that's why I have you to help me find great new series. Onto the TBR pile they go.

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  20. Jane Yellowrock series is one of my all time favorites. Love Jane, Beast and Bitsa.

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  21. I haven’t heard of any of these books before—thanks for putting them on my radar! Handmade jewellery sounds awesome. What girl doesn’t love jewellery?!? LOL!

    rachybee101@live.com.au
    Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten

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  22. I have not read these books but they sound like a great read. Going on my list. I love handmade jewelry!!! Thanks for the chance.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

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  23. I haven't had a chance to check out the Jane Yellowrock series yet, but it sound great!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  24. Skinwalker is on my TBR list and I'm looking forward to reading it soon. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  25. I have Skinwalker in my TRB and look forward to the read. Raven Cursed looks really awesome and I cannot wait to read it. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  26. Unfortunately I haven't but I will be sure to check them out!
    Thanks for the great giveaway I bet the jewelry is beautiful!

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  27. I haven't read anything from her yet, but Faith Hunter is on my wish-list, so thanks for the givevaway! :)

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  28. I haven't read any book of this series yet! :( But Faith Hunter is my TBR pile!

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