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I am author and entertainment blogger Hunter S. Jones from Atlanta, GA via Nashville, TN. I was always a complex kid. Music is my first & true love although I have no musical skills or abilities. Throughout my life, I have written something/anything. My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, was released October 2012. Look for my short story, Magic in Memphis, in the Moon Rose Publishing release, A Celtic Tapestry. New things are happening on my blog for ExpatsPost.com. I am also a beta writer for Medium.com.
The big news is my new novel SEPTEMBER ENDS. It is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements, bound together with poetry. The book is written in collaboration with an anonymous English Poet. We wrote the entire book electronically. The entire experience has been an artistic delight. We developed the characters, then the synopsis. He wrote the poetry as the spine of the novel and I followed with the prose. Although, by the end of the novel we were both writing with a fervour. The Muse was giving each of us so much insight into the characters and plotlines. SEPTEMBER ENDS is a beautiful story. A love story, a life story.
Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it’s only the beginning.
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 do you do to relax when you are not writing?
My husband and I are foodie’s and we love to travel, too. I love to shop. As an author, do I even need to mention that I am a voracious reader? Generally, there are three or four books I’m reading at the same time. I love reading about History or any good in-depth Biography.
Then, you’ll find the books I use for research on my WIP, maybe a fashion book or two and, of course, downloads on my Kindle. Maybe that’s not relaxing at all. Maybe that’s just an extension of writing? J
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
Writing has always been a part of my life.
What or who inspired you to write your current novel?
The collaborator and I are members of a writing group, ASMSG. We enjoyed reading each other’s novellas, and found that we share a lifelong passion for reading and writing. Plus, his sense of humo(u)r is remarkable! I had an idea for a novel, he added a few concepts, and we found that we inspired each other creatively. That led to our collaboration.
Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.
1) The collaborator has never visited the American Southeast. For the outdoor segments I recorded birds and night sounds – even rain storms – to give him an idea of how isolated and rural the area is.
2) We wrote the entire book electronically. I would write chapters and email him for edits or additions.
3) We have never meet and have only spoken on the phone a handful of times. We aren’t personally connected. We have a business arrangement.
What research did you need to do for this book?
Mainly location work was needed. History, scenery, landmarks…those types of things. We are using a Pinterest board as a storyboard in order to share character concepts and ideas that we wish to convey to each other. Later this month we will go public with the board in order to introduce the characters and story to readers before the novel is released. For the Tennessee and Georgia scenes, I taped recorded nature sounds as a background for Askew to write the rural scenes. You can find those recordings on my SoundCloud page.
Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?
Yes. There is a great deal of my life encapsulated in the story of the female protagonist. However, the story is fiction.
Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.
It is a contemporary romance with international flair. There is a great deal of literary symbolism throughout the novel yet it is innovative and much more than just a love story. It’s the story of sin, redemption and salvation through love.
What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?
As stated earlier, the English Poet and I have corresponded and completed the entire novel via emails. It’s remarkable what can be accomplished by artists via the modes of communication available at this time. We plan on publishing the novel via Kindle, so it will truly be an ebook – from conception to publication. However, look for a paperback version in a few weeks.
What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?
A computer and a note pad!
What prompted you to self-publish your current book?
Self-publishing is much easier in terms of getting the story to the readers in a short amount of time. Plus, you can follow the story without having any restrictions in regards to your creative process.
What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?
1) Time zone differences.
2) Attempting to match the creative genius and abilities of my collaborator!
3) Time to express the story and give all the characters and locations the respect they deserved.
Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?
Write something else in order to get the ideas twirling again.
What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Follow your heart and write your dreams but don’t quit your day job!
What genre does your book fall into?
Fiction: Contemporary Romance is how we labelled it but Amazon has changed it to Literature & Fiction.
How did you get interested in this specific genre?
The story presented itself and had to be written.
You as a reader
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) Margaret Mitchell
2) Erica Jung
3) Jack Kerouac
I don’t know why. If you ask tomorrow you will probably get a different answer. I respect anyone that has the capacity, drive and ability to write a book, of any genre.
What was your favourite book as a child?
here wasn’t just one. My parents gave me a set of encyclopaedias for my sixth birthday. I was so curious about everything, they felt that I could research and build my own knowledge based on what I found. Not very romantic however it was very practical and did allow me to develop my own concepts based on what I researched.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
Currently, I’m reading “Where They Bury You” by Steven Kohlhagen. It’s a brilliant look into the American West. There are so many great writers available at this time, so I always name the last book read or the book I am reading. I would never want to overlook any of the fantastic authors I’ve read!
What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?
I’ll recommend the book I’m currently reading. Kohlhagen is a genius and the research behind his book is inspired. I admire and respect him greatly.
Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?
Personally, Kindle however I collect First Edition hardcovers and have since I was a teenager.
Hollywood is calling
You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?
Oh no! This is a tough question. For the female I would want Joelle Carter. She’s from a small town in Georgia and currently plays Ava Crowder on the TV show Justified. She is perfect! Otherwise, maybe Amber Heard or Charlize Thereon.
The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?
The opening scene would have to feature the song Cool by Pylon and Green Day would have to have a hand in it somewhere, don’t you think? After that, I’m open to suggestions.
Drink – Water
Meal – Sushi
Holiday destination – Spain
TV programme – Mad Men; Justified
Film – Too many great movies to choose only one!
Method of travel – European Convertible
Sport – Premier League English Football!
How can people connect with you?
About me: http://about.me/huntersjones1
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