Q — Debby: If vamps (like Leo Pellissier) and skinwalkers (like Jane Yellowrock) existed, would you want to be one? If yes, which and why?
Debby, I’d be human. I like to write drama, but I don’t like to live drama. And let’s face it – all the nonhumans have such drama! Of course, that’s what makes a good book. I’d be bored fast if I was reading about characters eating at Mickie D’s and typing all day.
Q —Melissa: Has Jane Yellowrock influenced your life at all?
Melissa, in sooooo many ways. You have no idea. My poor hubby. I want steak all the time and since I can’t cook steak worth a darn, he has to take me out. (hiding evil laugh at not having to cook) I also have fallen in love with big-cats. I watch every documentary and show on them I can find!
Q —Melissa: Who do you like better, Rick (LaFleur) or Bruiser (George Dumas)? (Muhahaha)
Evil Melissa. That’s like asking a woman to pick … Never mind. I like them both for very different reasons. All of them probably wicked, shameful reasons.
Q — Leslee: Neville Music seems to be a big influence for a lot of authors. Could we get specific songs that evoke certain characters? Also, playlists for books?
Leslee, The Neville Brothers spend a lot of time in New Orleans, so I use them in the books, but I don’t listen to them. (I know. Shameful.) I don’t have one for any book except the one I am currently writing – Black Arts. I am listening to Joe Bonamassa. Oh. Good. Sweet. Heavens. I love that man! I’ll have a playlist for that book for sure.
Q – Debby: What is your animal (spirit) totem?
Hawk. Almost every year they nest in the woods behind the house because there is a creek there. The hubby and I have to go out with the dogs (rescued Pomeranians Tommy and Tuffy) every time they need to go, because we fear they’ll be carried off.
Q —Taryn: Are the Cherokee words really Cherokee, or just made up words?
Taryn, they are real Cherokee words. I have a Cherokee primer on the shelf behind the desk chair at perfect hand-reach. I try not to use so many Cherokee words that it gets confusing, but sometimes it’s still hard to read, I know. I love to hear the language spoken by a Speaker. There are so few Speakers left alive now and the language will be gone in a few years, lost forever. It is lyrical, and flowing and spoken so softly. Truly a beautiful language.
Q — Barbara: Faith, are you going deeper into “Angelina” Molly’s daughter in Blood Trade, or will she be a “spin-off”? She seems to have “AWESOME” powers already…
Barbara, the WIP – Black Arts – has both characters in the story. So, yes I want to keep them in the Jane Yellowrock books, but I also want the Everhart-Trueblood family to have a spinoff someday. (fingers crossed)
Q — Amanda: Do you ever imagine how your characters would react to your own real life situations?
With utter and complete boredom on Jane’s part. – You want to do laundry? Why??? There is nothing wrong with sheets that are a little dirty.
With disdain on Beast’s part. – Writer eats green grass like cow. Writer should hunt pig, like Beast does, and Writer’s butt would not be so big.
Q — Kathy: Well this is a goofy question but I really want to know! I enjoy reading about Jane’s weapons and clothing. So… Why Lucchese boots? Why not Ariat or Justin? I can’t pronounce the name of those boots, much less spell it! Which style in particular do you see Jane wearing?
Kathy it is not a goofy question. It is a perfectly legit question. I tried on a pair and fell I love with them. Because of Jane I now have 5 pairs (I think) of Lucchese boots and 3 pair of mules and 1 pair of shoes. Like these.
Q — Carla: Why Asheville? We seemed like vampires would be more likely to live here? I’m delighted, but would like an idea …
I love Asheville! Writer’s preference. Plus, Jane was found in the mountains when she was 12 years old, lost, wandering, scared, scarred, and alone. Also, where else would a mountain lion live? And last, the character of Lincoln Shaddock was a mountain man, and I figured he’d head for the hills after he was turned. It all came together.
Q — Kirsten: Do you ever dream about Jane and her world?
Never. Kirsten, I am much more likely to dream about paddling a Class II / III river or about lizards…
Q — Judy: Is there any new series in Faith mind? After or even while writing Jane’s story?
Judy, After I finish the Jane Yellowrock series, I would love to do a bunch of stand-alones set in Jane’s world, one of Rick, one of the Younger Brothers, one of the Everhart witch twins, one of Molly and Angelina. I also want to do another Rogue Mage novel. Then … I don’t know. That is about 10 years of work already!
Q — Pauline: Who was Faith’s inspiration for Rick? (wiggles eyebrows up and down)
My eldest first cousin, Lynn Fangue. Seriously. Rick and Leo both look like Lynn and I had a ferocious crush on him when I was four years old. Very Fenchy-looking guy, even now many years later.
Q – Mud: Where does Faith get her character names and what are her favorite TV shows. Though I probably wouldn’t know, I don’t watch TV. And I know one of her faves.
Character names, off the Internet.
On TV, I religiously watch: NCIS, Elementary, Castle, The Big Bang Theory, and any documentary channel or show about big-cats or archeology.
Q —Anna: Beast, How do you handle a “litter” of kits that are constantly rambunctious? They also lick people and I’m afraid they will get a hairball.
Beast is Big-Cat. Kits are little cat, WeSa. Beast has big teeth and claws, and den is small and safe, like large dog pen. Kits stay inside unless Beast is near. Humans need safe den for kits. (perks ears) Or give kits to Beast! Beast will be good mother to kits!
Thanks for asking great questions!
Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the RPG Rogue Mage. Several of her novels have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists, and she has four new books under contract. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has over 25 books in print in 27 countries.
Faith writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital (for the benefits). She’s a workaholic and playaholic who makes jewelry, collects orchids and bones, travels in her RV with her hubby and two dogs, and white-water kayaks. Once upon a time, she also tried to keep house and cook, but since she started writing two books a year, she may have forgotten how to turn on the appliances.
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