FAITH HUNTER BLOG TOUR – Q & A and Giveaway!

September 6, 2012 General, Giveaways, Interviews 12

 

 

{We now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a fangirl moment}

I love Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.  I love it.  I love its world of vampires and shifters, its Native American mythology, steamy streets of New Orleans, and mountains of North Carolina; I love that Jane is tough as nails but also quite vulnerable; I love that her past is mysterious and full of a pain we have yet to discover the true depths of.  This series – this author – is an auto buy for me.  Can you tell I like these books?  So, of course, I was geeked to take part in the Death’s Rival blog tour.  Here is a Q&A with Faith as she discusses writing, Jane, and what makes a good heroine.  And stay tuned at the end of the Q&A…there’s a giveaway for the newly released ebook, Have Stakes, Will Travel, a book of short stories in the Jane Yellowrock universe.

{Please excuse the interruption.  Now back to your program!}  

 

Faith Hunter Q&A 

Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

Tell us about Jane Yellowrock’s voice and Beast’s voice. How did you find them?                       

I’ve always heard voices. The story-telling voices not the other kind. Well, maybe the other kind too.  Anyway, I was sitting with Kim Harrison and we were exploring the idea of new books and series and I bounced Jane off of her. Then I read the first Temple Grandin book and I was hooked on the animal brain as opposed to the human brain versions. And I began to remember the old Tarzan movies. You know, Me Tarzan. You Jane.

Jane is a really complex character, and not only because of her coexistence with Beast.

Their voices are not easy, because to me, Jane is like one of those faceted crystal prism balls. When you hold it up to look inside, it looks transparent, but it also bends light around in strange and wonderful ways. It’s clear, but throws off rainbow hues. Jane is like that. Violent, broken, tender, loving, giving, solitary. She is a Cherokee Skinwalker—possibly the last of her kind. She is a modern woman. She is a warrior woman who accidentally did black magic once, very long ago, and now has the soul of a mountain lion inside with her, and that panther has her own voice, too. Jane is … complicated, partially because her own history is lost to her in a version of traumatic, protective amnesia that left her isolated from everyone. I thought that as I wrote the series, she would unravel tome, become an open book (koff-koff). Instead, it seems she is growing more complicated! Her love life is growing more complicated…

Beast’s voice was even more difficult because Beast started out with an animal brain and learned the concept of language from Jane—a traumatized child whose spirit (at that time) was trapped inside Beast. Then, when Beast/Jane shifted into human again and were discovered by park rangers, Beast had the opportunity to hide in silence in Jane’s brain and learn about human society and language. This made her voice primitive, and language skills nascent at best, and her understanding of social skills … well, let’s be kind and call them minimalistic. (writer rolls eyes)

 

I noticed that your Rogue Mage and Yellowrock books use first person Point Of View. Is that a favorite? Do you always use 1st person? 

Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

As Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and now Faith Hunter, I’ve written in 1st POV and 3rd. First offers an immediacy that 3rd doesn’t. So yes, I like first. But I have a new series to pitch, a spinoff of the Jane Yellowrock series, and I’ll use 3rd.

There is an immediacy a writer achieves in first person POV, and an intense suspense. It isn’t impossible to achieve immediacy, intensity, and suspense in limited third person, but it is harder. The advantages of first person POV are feeling what the character feels with a closeness not as easy to attain in third, and knowing exactly what the character knows. The biggest disadvantage is knowing only what the character knows. Sometimes a writer needs to let the reader know something that the character doesn’t and there is no way to tell or show this info. And worse, sometimes a writer needs to keep something from the reader to build suspense, and it comes across cheesy to not tell. This is much easier to achieve in limited third. So both POVs have positives and negatives in the usage. A writer has to decide which to use, and then not get wishy-washy.

  

Jane Yellowrock, Book 3

How and where did you “meet” Jane Yellowrock?                        

My answer is going to make me sound like I need lots of pricy meds and my own straightjacket. I’ve always heard voices. See? What’d I tell you? But I mean the story-telling voices not the other kind. Well, maybe the other kind too.

Anyway, I was sitting with [fellow urban fantasy author] Kim Harrison and we were exploring the idea of new books and series and I bounced this new voice off of her. Then I read the first Temple Grandin book and I was hooked on the animal brain as opposed to the human brain versions. And I began to remember the old Tarzan movies. You know, “Me Tarzan. You Jane.” And between the two events, Jane was born, with her Beast inside her.

Why does Jane have so much guilt and angst?                       

That gets revealed in Death’s Rival! And all I can say is that it surprised the heck outta me!

 

 

Jane Yellowrock, Book 4

Which 4 characteristics should a perfect heroine have in your opinion? And do you think  Jane fits this description?                        

Wow. Really good question.

i. She should be strong. Readers want to read about someone who can do what they can’t do, but want to do. Like kick bad-guy butt.

ii. She should be broken. Readers like to see characters who have flaws, problems, empty or dark places in their souls, people who make do and push through the darkness no matter what. Life is hard. If a broken character can do it and find joy, then maybe I can too. I think that’s why I write broken characters. I’m broken. Healing, but broken.

iii. She should be tender. A character who is too hard is boring. A robot. A character has to care for someone. Otherwise she’s just a psycho killing machine. Something has to make her weep.

iv. She should be capable of love, even though she fears it. She should be willing to step out and try love. Even though she’s scared.

And yes. Jane is all that. She is Beast-strong. Broken by her past and the years she lived away from humans in her Beast body. She loves Angie Baby and Molly, her godchild and best friend. She wants to love. Even though it hurts.

 

What is the Jane Yellowrock playlist or soundtrack?
 
Oh man. You are gonna hate me. The only time I listen to music while writing is when I write the scenes in Jane’s Cherokee past. Then it is AmIn (American Indian) music. I usually just turn on http://tunein.com/radio/Calm-Radio—Native-s142247/  and  http://tunein.com/radio/GotRadio-Native-American-s49688/ on my PC and listen while I work. It is amazing, and soooo Jane.
 

Who is the writer or what is the book that has had the most influence on your development as a writer?

Hmmm. I get asked this often and my answer is fairly fluid depending on my mood. Always on the list, however, are Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Lee Childe, F.Paul Wilson, Tom Clancy, and many other thriller writers.
 

 

 

 JANE YELLOWROCK NEW RELEASES

Jane Yellowrock, Book 5 – October 5, 2012 Release Date

 Order your copy at the following links:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

 

Speclal ebook from the Jane Yellowrock world, September 5th 2012

Order your copy at the following links:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

 

JANE YELLOWROCK GIVEAWAY

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About the Author

 

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 SkinwalkerBlood CrossMercy BladeRaven Cursedand Death’s Rival. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—BloodringSeraphs, 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 (2012).

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 20+ books in print in 28 countries.

Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Please visit Faith at her favorite spots:

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12 Responses to “FAITH HUNTER BLOG TOUR – Q & A and Giveaway!”

  1. Annie

    What I like most…I love the self discovery that Jane goes through in this series. So much of her past was lost to her and I love feeling like I am a part of her personal discovery. Another FANTASTIC interview SheWolf!

    • faith hunter

      Annie, Jane goes through a long evolution in this series, learning who she is, who Beast is, and finding her place in the world of humans. Thanks for noticing that! Not every one does.

  2. Opal

    I want to get into this series but catching up to the current book is daunting! Especially since my TBR list is so long.

  3. Debi Anne

    What got me intrigued was James Tuck gushing about it to me. He described the relationship between Jane and Beast and that was it.

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