Anne Interviews Elizabeth Hunter plus giveaway
I started reading science fiction, urban fantasy and romance again with fanfiction. Some of my most favorite fanfiction authors are now writing books for publication. So when I began reviewing here, I thought why not introduce everyone to them.
I loved absolutely every single thing Elizabeth wrote for fanfiction. She won an award in the first contest I hosted there. She won in some other contests too and
is a very popular author on fanfiction, as well as now, with her books.
So today I have an interview with the amazing Elizabeth Hunter. I’m so excited to let you get to know her.
I met you through your fan fiction writing, which is excellent. Can you talk about why you wrote fan fiction and how you feel about it?
Fan fiction is fun! It’s a great way to interact with other readers of your favorite books and play with different ideas. I love fan fiction. And for a writer, it’s a great way to practice your craft. You can experiment with different points of view, story forms, genre styles. There are some immensely talented writers working in fan fiction and so many others who’ve gotten their start there.
If you’re asking whether I’m comfortable with others writing fan fiction of my work, that would be a yes. Definitely. I’d be very flattered. (But I wouldn’t read for various legal and creative reasons.) So if you’re inspired, readers, go for it.
How did you market your books and become so popular with readers?
I would love to say there is a magic formula for that, but I really don’t think there is. Write a good book and keep writing. If you’re writing a series, remember that often, readers won’t hook into it until the third or fourth book is out. Establish yourself in a genre before you branch out. Let readers get a chance to know your work before you change things up drastically.
But most of all, keep writing. I think many writers focus too much on marketing their books and not enough on writing the next one. You should always be thinking about the next project, not focusing on the past. After you’ve built a body of work, that is the time to do promotions.
I am seriously enamored with the Irin Chronicles. Do you have a release date yet for The Singer? Do you have an idea of how many books will be in the series?
I haven’t stated an exact date yet. It’s looking like the beginning of May, but that may change. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll be sure to shout about it. You can always sign up for my new release email list, too. That information is on my website.
As for how many books the Irin Chronicles will be, I can say that, right now, there will definitely be three. But I also see the possibility of branching out in that fictional universe the way I have with the Elemental World series.
What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever been recognized as an author or talked with someone about your books?
I’m fairly private in my personal life, to be honest. I was recognized at the RT Convention last year by one of my favorite writers, so that was very flattering. My sister has a great story about being at work (she works in physical therapy) and having a patient talking about my books with her, having no idea that the author was her sister. That was pretty cool.
As for unusual places? I had a fascinating conversation with a tour guide in Turkey about writing that took place three stories below the surface in an underground city. Does that count?
Okay, Flash Four time
Flash Four questions about books and writing ~
How long, from start to end, did it take you to write “The Scribe”?
From concept to published book, almost a year. The writing itself, seven months.
Did you see yourself being a writer as you were growing up?
Not really. I liked writing—and was a technical writer for years—but it took a while for it to become a real passion. I was in my 30s when it really hit.
In what room of your house do you write from?
Mostly my office, but sometimes the kitchen.
Do you tend to come up with the title for your book before you start writing it, while you’re writing it or when it’s all done?
It varies. Some titles come very quickly. A few I’ve struggled with.
Flash four questions about random things ~
Sweet or salty snacks?
What color is your toothbrush?
White. (So boring!)
Your high school experience: good or bad?
Some of both, pretty average.
What do you like on your pizza?
Veggies. Lots of them. And mushrooms, please.
Thank you very much Elizabeth for answering my questions today.
Elizabeth is offering one print copy of The Scribe to a lucky winner today. Just leave a comment below and you’re entered to win! You must leave your comment by Monday March 17th 2014 11:59pm EST and the giveaway is open internationally. Good luck everyone!