I’m very excited to once again welcome Faith Hunter to the blog! Faith is the author of one of my favorite series, Jane Yellowrock. She’s here to discuss Jane, one of the most badass heroines around, in addition to answering some other burning questions about the Yellowrock world. Please join me in welcoming Faith and don’t forget to check out the BLOOD TRADE giveaway!
Q & A with Faith Hunter
1. How and where did you “meet” Jane Yellowrock?
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.
2. Jane is tall and badass. Was there anyone you use to picture her?
Rhona Mitra. I’d love to see her do Jane in a feature for TV. Not that it is in the works. But I’d still love it!
3. What about Rick LaFleur is attractive to Jane?
Rick understands Jane, especially now that he’s got a cat (of sorts) of his own. Rick fights crime and understands the fact that Jane does so, as well, even if she is going about it via different route. They have a lot in common, like I said, especially now.
4. Jane’s a Christian and unashamed of that, yet not preachy or confrontational about her faith. Has that been a problem for readers?
My answer to this question has changed in the last weeks. Angry people, wounded people, un-self-confident people are always going to find something in a character (or in her writer) to hate. Some of them will become verbal bullies, who use the internet to hurt others. So yes, I’ve been blasted about religion by people who hate Christianity, even though Jane is non-confrontational, nonjudgmental, non-preachy. She is searching for her past & her Cherokee spirituality, and trying to find ways to become whole, much like many in the Eastern Cherokee band has done. I think her religion (both Christian and her Cherokee spirituality) is one reason the publisher didn’t think the series would sell well. I was told that, “No one thought these books would sell.” (rolls eyes) But actually sales are still climbing, and I get fan mail thanking me for making Jane searching, fallible, spiritually open to new experiences.
5. Jane is a skinwalker, and of Cherokee heritage. How much research into Indian culture and mythos did you do?
I am still researching! There are many different Cherokee tales of the dark beings in life, from the liver eater to the stone finger, from Skinwalkers to witches. Most of the worst dark creatures are depicted as evil beings who kill and eat humans. But the oldest, pre-Christian, pre-white man Cherokee stories tell of skinwalkers being the protectors and warriors, and that is who and what I wanted Jane to be. I started with the good stories and built my world and character around them, with evil stories as warnings of her possible future.
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…
The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.
But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.