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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dragon*Con Interviews: Faith Hunter + Death's Rival give away

Faith Hunter the author of the Jane Yellowrock and Rouge Mage series.

Book 5 in the Jane series, Death's Rival, releases Oct. 2, 2012. You can read the first chapter here. More recently an ebook anthology plus bonus material set in her world released, Have Stakes Will Travel.


We get the low down about her future plans for the series, her latest sin, Kayaking safety and her tendency to sit on a fence…


Sharon: Tell us about Jane Yellowrock as a character.
Faith: Jane Yellowrock is a Cherokee skinwalker, possibly the last of her kind. In creating Jane, I did a lot of research into the skinwalker mythos because there is different mythos for every different tribe. Almost every ancient society has them and 99% of them are evil, but the Eastern Cherokee skinwalker was actually a benign warrior protector of the people till the white man came, then they became the evil skinwalker, the liver eater, the stone finger. I took that as my turning point for the species. Although they are full blooded skinwalker they are also full blooded Cherokee.


Some children are born one and some are born the other. Jane is the last of her kind so far as she knows and she is the last ‘good’ skinwalker that she has been able to find. Jane also did accidental black magic when she was 5 years old fighting for her life. As a skinwalker they are not allowed to do certain things but to save her life she did. Now she has the soul of a beast living inside her body. That is the Jane Skinwalker character in a nutshell.

Sharon: Book 5 is coming out Oct 2, 2012. Have you had all the book plots planned out since you started writing the series or has the series deviated from your original intentions? How many more to go?
Faith: No. I have a beginning and sort of a muddled way I want to get to the end, but it depends on how well the series does and if the publisher will allow me to take Jane out of New Orleans.
Sharon: But you do know your ending and how many books that will take?
Faith: I do know the end. If they let me take Jane out of New Orleans it will be 15 books. If they make me keep her there it will be 10. My editor and I had this discussion about a month ago and she said “oh, honey take them out of New Orleans then.” So hopefully I am looking at 15.

damn good looking set of books!

Sharon: Do you dress your doggies up in clothes? (she owns rescued Pomeranians)
Faith: NO! My gosh, no! They’re dogs, their fur is too beautiful to be dressed.

Sharon: Ever have a scary kayaking experience?
Faith: No, I am very wise about getting a good teacher, following someone down who knows the river. Now I might be terrified I’m gonna go over, and I am aware sometimes that I might get hurt. Because they will say if you miss your point on this, miss your line on this, you gonna get caught in the curl, you’re gonna flip and you’re gonna get hurt. So you tuck and hold or tuck and get out of your boat fast and swim like hell to the other side of the river. They will be very specific and tell you what to do. I can do small rivers without any problem.

Sharon: Are you a thrill seeker kind of person?
Faith: You know I’m really not, but I do whitewater kayaking. I think it’s about being in nature. You’re in with the water, in woods normally, you’re surrounded by water birds and native plants and trees and it’s just a very natural experience.

Sharon: Of the 7 deadly sins, which one did you commit most recently?
Faith: Gluttony (without hesitation I might add <G>) Every meal since I have been here has been gluttony.




Rapid Fire Time!

Sharon: Monty Python or SNL?
Faith: SNL, I’m not smart enough to get all Monty Python’s stuff, but I get SNL

Sharon: Business man or Cowboy?
Faith: yes…(laughter)

Sharon: Basket of chicks or Basket of snakes?
Faith: (long hesitation) Oh…they both have such wonderful opportunities. I’m sorry, but I am going to have to sit the fence on this with one foot in the basket of chicks and one foot in the basket of snakes.

Sharon: Vampire lover or vampire brother?
Faith: (more thoughtful hesitation) Oh, wow…I can’t answer that one because I’m in Jane’s head right now writing these books, and Jane is very conflicted about vampires. She finds them fascinating, but they do not do good things to her. They are not overly nice to her. So I’m just gonna have to sit on the fence with that one too. You know that is what we writers do. We have to be able to see both sides of the fence and think in the heads of both sides. So I see both, I like both…I’m torn.

Sharon: Hokey Pokey or Chicken Dance?
Faith: the chicken dance

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*Faith did not offer to do the Chicken dance so no future blackmail opportunities*

It was great meeting Faith. I already got my copy of book #1 Skinwalker and can't wait to start this urban fantasy series.



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 withSkinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, and Death’s Rival. 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 (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.

Jane Yellowrock
1. Skinwalker (2009)
2. Blood Cross (2010)
3. Mercy Blade (2011)
4. Raven Cursed (2012)
5. Death's Rival (2012)
6. Blood Trade (2013)
Cat Tales (2011)
Easy Pickings (2012) (with C E Murphy)
Have Stakes Will Travel (2012)


***GIVE AWAY***
A signed bookmark and Jane Yellowrock business card, some Dragon*Con and sheep swag
Just added to the contest! A copy of Death's Rival

To enter:
1. Leave contact info
2. Are you a thrill seeker?
*followers get double entry
Contest ends: Sept 20 at midnight

54 comments:

  1. Amazing people at Dragon Con. I need to got to one.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Debi, D*C is the greatest! You should go.

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  2. I LOVE the Jane Yellowrock series. Enjoyed the interview very much.

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    1. Dani, I am so glad you do! (picture me doing the happy chicken dance)

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  3. Wonderful interview! So sad I had to miss Dragon*con this year, it is always a blast!!


    ladia23@hotmail.com

    And I will seek any thrills that I can safely do to not break any bones!

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    1. Angela, it was really great!
      Faith

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  4. Awesome interview!! I need to go to a Dragon Con someday!! Nope not a thrill seeker at ALL. I have health problems and that's enough of a "thrill" for me.
    I'm a follower as Ashley Applebee I believe lol
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

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    1. Ashley, my own best thrills are between the covers of a book!

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  5. I am so envious and wish I could have been there with you! What fun is sounds like you had. At least I get to enjoy a taste vicariously through you awesome sheeply folk. I think I would be termed a reformed thrill seeker, now seeking my thrills through the written page, but those were the days my friends ;=D Had to take a moment and sing the song ... I absolutely love the Jane Yellowrock series and it was great to read a little of where she comes from and we fans definitely need the 15 books - weeesss demands it LOL I am personally smiling with a mental image of the hokey pokey doing the chicken dance here - who says you can only have one. I am of course a sheeply follower.
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. lol, Denise you are too funny :) Next time I do a live interview I will push for some video footage of the chicken dance!

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    2. Not from me. No video of me trying to dance. No way!
      Faith

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  6. Love the Jane Yellowrock series. No I haven't been a thrill seeker in over 30 years.. It's just not fun anymore. I'm old, overweight, and have bad knees. The knees are from being a thrill seeker for 30 years. LOL

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Nora, I am glad you like the JY series. :) Bad knees and all!

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  7. Great interview! I am a huge fan of the Jane Yellowrock series and of Faith Hunter. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    shewolfreads(at)gmail.com

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  8. Sometimes I am. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I follow by email:
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  9. I am not a thrill seeker. I like to take things easy and keep from having to many thrills or jolts or scares. lol

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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  10. I think being a thrill seeker would be a lot of fun, but I am too old and too out of shape to even try to be one!
    mom1248(at)att(dot)net

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  11. I enjoy the Jane Yellowrock books and hope our heroine finally catches a break in her next adventure. Also enjoyed the interview and would love more info on where Jane is going. Anybody think there's any hope left for Jane and Rick?
    Re thrill seeking, I get mine through travel. I don't get to go often but it's a total thrill to see parts of the world I've just read about and experience different cultures.
    Cat

    ccostelle@insightbb.com

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    1. CCostelle, Jane and Rick are ...mmm... star crossed. Yeah. Star crossed. Right now. :)
      Faith

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  12. I would like to think I am but to be honest more often than not I'm too scared :{ LOL

    ceciliajansink@gmail.com

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  13. I am more of a spectator. I'm usually the one taking the photos. I do love to travel and wander.

    sherryfundin69@netscape.net

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    1. I'm with you Sherry! I will snap shots of the crazy thrill seekers. lol Just don't ask me to join in. ;)

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  14. Great Interview No I am not a thrill seeker.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  15. I'm not a thrill seeker, but I wish I were. Great interview with Faith Hunter! I've recently read Skinwalker and I hope to start Blood Cross soon. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    amethystfaerieATmsnDOTcom

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  16. I love the Jane Yellowrock series, and I'm all caught up except the novella, Have Stakes Will Travel and Death's rival, so I can't wait to read them both. I'm not a thrill seeker, except when it comes to roller coasters. I'll scream my head off and laugh all the way, but that's the only thrills I'm interested in.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. Yeah, a roller coaster is the closest thing to "thrill" I'm doing. :)

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  17. This was a wonderfull chance to meet a new author! I wish I could have a chance to go to one of this conventions and meet authors! If the swag giveaway is international, please count me in! Thanks!
    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. I am definitely not a thrill seeker. If we ever go to an amusement park together I'd be that lady on the kiddie rides. I wish I was more fearless, but I just don't enjoy the feeling of an adrenaline rush.

    Thanks for this giveaway! Is it alright to leave my Twitter handle instead of an email? @michellelong_15

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    1. From Faith: Michelle, I like the kiddie rides too!

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  19. I am a thrill seeker - and the interview was great, I am a great Faith Hunter fan! Thanks for the giveaway -

    email follower - kerryjcj@verizon.net

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    1. From Faith:
      Kerry, Thanks!

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  20. I only seek thrills vicariously, in books or movies. I love Jane Yellowrock. Thanks for tbe chance to win.
    Lisacordes (at) yah00 (d0t) c0m

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    1. From Faith: Lisa, you made my day!

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  21. strideress_longshanks@hotmail.com
    Not at all! :-D

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  22. I would love to be a thrill seeker if I had a partner in crime to egg me on;-)
    I love the Jane Yellowrock series. I think it is one of the top series out there right now.
    Thanks for sharing Dragon Con with us.
    gsryley(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Gail!
      From Faith:

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  23. I might be a thrill seeker, I know I used to be one. Thanks for the great Faith Hunter/Dragon*Con giveaway.

    I follow the flock by email:
    carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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  24. Not really a thrill seeker.

    I follow via email.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. Not much of one, anymore.

    bookaholicholly @ gmail .com

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  26. I have a problem, I am a sensation junky.. yes yes, I know bad little sheep! At my age seeking thrills can be dangerous to my health. Take for instance the romp in the woods with only a stick! When I realized that in the middle of summer, PRIME bear time, walking deep in to the woods on a bloody photo shoot would probably be stupid and I shoudl turn around? No I thought to myself OH BUT HOW COOL would it be if I actually ran into a bear! Well not only did I run into a bloody bear, but a pack of wolves and a moose, go figure! The wolves wanted the carrion, the bear wanted the fish in the stream with the dead animal near by and the moose? He just wanted to eat the trees but I was stuck with just a stick... what did I do? Shoot photos? Nooooooo I about crapped myself and crept back to the road as rapidly and quietly as I could. THEN I kicked myself because I forgot to take photos! LOL THRILL SEEKER
    kris @cabingoddess.com

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    1. Hey, I don't blame you! Wolves, bears and Moose, OH MY! they can all kill you! Thank goodness you didn't have bacon in your pocket

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    2. I know right? The dead squirrels I had to give up were bad enough! *snickering*

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    3. Kriss, that was the best thrill seeker story ever!
      Faith

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  27. OMGOSH!!!! I want to kiss your publishers feet!! And yours!! (Coz that's not gross at all...) 15 books!!!!! Best. News. Ever. That means I still have years of Jane Yellowrock and don't have to just make do with re-reads!

    As for thrill seeking. I'm not. I've never had the chance to be but I'd love to.. as long as it doesn't include falling from a plane. Or insects. Or reptiles. Or an angry Beast.

    :)

    Gabbie-ethela(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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    1. Oh and I follow by GFC: Gabbie

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    2. Gabbie, that just totally made me do the *happy-dance*
      Faith

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  28. No. Not at all. Im a chicken. lol A thrill seeker i am not.
    GFC: shadow_kohler

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    1. oops forgot email. shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I am only a thrill seeker if I can be home by the time my kids get home from school. Tammrap@yahoo.com

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  30. Thrill seeker yes....but alas i am in school so no fun for me
    abaker11@twu.edu
    fb: audreybaker90@sbcglobal.net

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  31. I've got the first few books on my shelves, need to find the time to start reading them! Thanks for the great interview, and I am looking forward to all the books.
    I am so not a thrill seeker! Give me a book and my coach and a cup of tea (or a pot) and I am happiest.

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  32. contest over! the winner is Lee! I have sent you an email :) thanks to everyone who commented :) Sheep out!

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