Mar 13, 2014

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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.

elizabethhunterI 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?

thescribeI 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.

thesingerAs 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?

Salty.

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!

Here’s where you can find Elizabeth –
Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads

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  1. I haven’t read any books by this author yet but I’m always willing to try new authors!

  2. Love Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing this great interview, Anne!

  3. I love discovering new authors and reading. Hope I have a chance to win this book

  4. Great interview! I don’t read much fan fiction, but I think it’s great that she started off with that and then moved into writing her own novels. It’s also fun to see that she had fans in the fan fiction world…I know that might sound weird, but I honestly never thought of fan fiction writers having fans themselves. :-/ You can keep me out of the giveaway, trying to get back into the swing of blogging in general…afraid to add anything else to my plate right now. 🙂

  5. Elissa Luckett says:

    I’m attempting to summon all the patience I have to wait for Singer to come out, at this point the date seems to be eons away. Anyone managed to make a time travel machine yet?

  6. Elizabeth is, by far, my favorite author! I had no idea she started out in FF!! I read FF all the time, and on occasion, write. What fandom did she write???

  7. Elizabeth Hunter is by FAR my favorite author!

  8. One of the best books I read last year, and I am so looking forward to The Singer!

  9. Rebecca williams says:

    I love all of Elizabeth hunters books, definitely my favourite author! Xxx 🙂

  10. Lyndsay Sanborn says:

    LOVE Elizabeth Hunter and can’t wait for The SInger!!!

  11. I absolutely love Elizabeth Hunters books. They are so well written and add in real history as well as other elements that make it even better because it’s a little bit fiction and nonfiction all in one book. The hidden fire series is my favorite I feel in love with all the characters and have read them over and over again. I can not wait till I get to read the singer. So if you haven’t read any of her books, you must get them now!!!

  12. Emily Caton says:

    Love Elizabeth Hunter! Thanks for the interview!

  13. Lesley H says:

    The Singer is one of my favorite books…I can’t wait to continue the series. It would be awesome to have a signed copy to add to my collection of literary treasures.

  14. I fell in love with the Elemental World books because of the connection I found to the characters. The Irin series seem to have the same magic for me. I’m looking forward to the release of The Singer.

  15. Elizabeth Hunter is without doubt my absolutely favourite author so it was great to see this interview here. I also did not realise she started out in fan fiction, would be great to see what she wrote and which authors use was a fan of.

  16. Northwoman says:

    I “met” her on fanfiction where she wrote many Eric & Sookie stories in the Southern Vampire Mysteries fandom. (The fandom has changed names many times; this is the book group fanfiction, not the True Blood tv show group.)

  17. Jennifer McClure says:

    Great interview! I’m an avid fan of Elizabeth Hunter, love The Scribe, and eagerly await The Singer!

  18. I absolutely love all of Elizabeth’s books!! Much thanks for the interview, all the way from South Africa xx

  19. Cant’t wait for The Singer!

  20. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    This sounds like an interesting series. Glad I’m into angels 🙂 I’m also glad I re-found this blog just in time for this giveaway 🙂

  21. Jackie Spade says:

    I absolutely adore Elizabeth Hunter, she’s one of my favorites. I fell in love with her when I read Elemental Mysteries.

  22. Amy Martin says:

    I’ve read all her books & The Scribe was my favorite! I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  23. Great interview! Elizabeth Hunter is one of my favorite authors and her books are my #1 go to gift for fellow readers.

  24. Charity Chimni says:

    The scribe was awesome and eagerly waiting for the singer!

  25. Thanks for the nice interview ladies! Anne’s review has certainly made me curious about your books so I would love to win this one and check them out.

  26. Chelsea Ellenberg says:

    I truly enjoyed the Scribe and can’t wait to get my hands on the Singer. Great interview I always like a glimps of the authors thoughts on their writing and fun facts about themselves.

  27. congrats to Elizabeth on the new release!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. Fanfic is fun! Though I never thought about the legal ramifications of the author reading fanfic before, too bad. Your new seies sounds great! Congrats, and good luck with book two!

  29. I love that The Scribe is set in Turkey. I can’t wait to read it to see my city/adoptive country through Mrs. Hunter’s eyes.
    Great interview.

  30. Love this interview! Can’t wait til her next book comes out! 🙂

  31. Love Elizabeth because it’s like everything she touches (or points me to) is literary gold… The E Hunter touch. Yes, that seems right.

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