Today I interview Hunter S. Jones. Welcome to my blog, Hunter!
Please tell us more about yourself, anything you like- interests, background
Hunter S. Jones
Novelist. Exile on Peachtree Street.
Lover of all the finer things in life.
The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.
Currently, I have a music/entertainment blog @ExPatsPost.com. My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, was published in 2012. I have a series of sexy vignettes on Amazon called Tales from a New Amsterdam. Moon Rose Publishing included my novella, Magic in Memphis, in their anthology, A Celtic Tapestry in March 2013.
Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice have always fascinated me, although like any Southern girl, I will always idolize Margaret Mitchell for writing Gone With The Wind. I also adore the works of John Grisham, and own a huge selection of his books. I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, my books, too many clothes, too many shoes and way too many stacks of notepads and journals.
October 1, 2013 sees the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements bound by poetry. This novel is written in collaboration with an anonymous English poet. He wants no attention. In blogs, he only asks to be recognized as the secretive collaborator from London. We have never meet and we only communicate electronically and have no personal ties. His privacy and art are more important than anything. I can share with you that his published works are critically acclaimed.
Please tell us more about the book or books you would like to feature today.
Hunter S. Jones
An Anonymous English Poet
September Ends is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements bound together by poetry. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which entangles Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later.
September Ends is a story of sin, redemption and salvation through love
because love happens when we least expect it.
What gave you the idea to write in this genre?
The poet collaborator and I met in a writers group. We found we enjoyed the same types of fiction, even though we are from different countries. We developed the synopsis and characters. He wrote the poetry as the ‘spine’ of the novel. Then I wrote the story to combine the poetry and prose. By the end of the book, we were both so taken with the story we were BOTH writing! It was a fantastic experience.
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect with?
Love conquers all and never ends.
What research did you do, and how? Or does it all come from your own imagination?
Research plays a very large part in everything I write. One interesting aspect to writing SEPTEMBER ENDS was that the poet collaborator has never visited the American Southeast. When I stayed at my farm in Tennessee this summer, I would be out at night recording the sounds of the frogs and bugs on a hot summer night. I even sent him recordings of the songs of the bird’s native to the Tennessee Valley and north Georgia. One recording was made during a summer rain, capturing the rain and how the birds continue to sing even when it rains. My favorite recording was made at our family’s cave with the rushing water following a rain storm. The recording had the cry of a mourning dove, or as the Cherokees called it, a Rain Crow, in the distance. It was beautiful!
What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve done when doing research for your book?
Well, besides recording birds in the rain for a collaborator I have never even meet who lives 3000 miles away, I once received a blessing from a vodou priestess and went through a ritual so that I would better understand the character’s religion in Fables of the Reconstruction.
Maybe I should’ve been an actress.
Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
Maybe yes, maybe no…characters tell the writer their story. I have used some events from my own life in SEPTEMBER ENDS but all the events and episodes are fictionalized. For instance, The Poet meeting Liz is loosely based on how I met my husband. Although my husband is neither famous nor a poet
Do you make a plan for your novels, or do you just start writing and see where it goes?
Oh, I’m a planner. I outline, research, do extensive character developments yet The Story always, always takes over once your begin writing. You should see our original synopsis for SEPTEMBER ENDS. It vaguely resembles the finished book. The Muse will have The Story told Her Way.
Which of your own books/ characters is your favourite and why?
SEPTEMBER ENDS is my newest work. It’s a beautiful novel full of flawed characters, some supernatural and erotic elements, and a contemporary romance. It’s all bound together by poetry. I love all my characters but I have to say I feel head over heels in love with The Poet, Jack O Savage in SEPTEMBER ENDS. He’s a rascal, an artist and crazy enough to know that when you love someone that is the greatest experience in the world
What has been the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received as a writer?
Stephen King says “Write every day.” That seems to work.
What books or other projects do you have coming up in future?
My collaborator and I have concepts in mind regarding future projects. But, we have a confidentiality agreement, so I can’t tell you anything yet. It’s a secret.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
THANK YOU for taking the time to read my work! That means so very much. Thank you, Lily, for having me as your guest today.
SEPTEMBER ENDS on Amazon http://amzn.to/1P15wMO