Hi Hunter and Welcome. Would you like to begin by telling the readers something about yourself?
The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.
October 2013 saw the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, contemporary fiction laced with romance, erotic and supernatural elements, bound by poetry. This novel is written with an anonymous English poet. SEPTEMBER ENDS has been labeled an “Indie Sensation” due the critical reception and international recognition the novel has received. The book has been downloaded in every Amazon domain on the planet. It has achieved #1 status on Amazon for World Literature, #1 in British Poetry and #1 in Contemporary Poetry.
The first installment of The Fortune Series, FORTUNE CALLING, released in January 2014, is the story of Dallas Fortune, a musician from Nashville who has been dealt a bad hand by fate, but finds a way. It has been #1 on Amazon in Contemporary Fiction featuring Performing Arts and #1 in Contemporary Short Stories.
Look for the next September story, SEPTEMBER AGAIN, released on Amazon on April 15, 2014.
What is your book about and what inspired you to write this?
September Again, second in the series, September Stories, is the follow up to the hugely popular indie sensation, September Ends. September Again finds Liz Snow Savage leaving England. She follows her daughter Zelda Savage back to America after Zelda’s betrayal of her. More drama ensues as Liz looks for meaning in life while Zelda finds her direction after the tragedy of losing Jack O. Savage, The Poet. Set mainly in Chattanooga, Tennessee, September Again chronicles the rhythm of life’s cycles. The ebb and flow of love unravel the mystery of Liz’s past. September Again allows a further glimpse into the intricate web of passion and desire which have entangled Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage for years. Will a chance encounter finally reveal the truth? What act will change the destiny of Liz and Zelda forever? The story of sin, salvation and redemption continues in Book 2 of the September Stories, told through a mosaic of prose with a smattering poetry.
According to Cherokee beliefs, opportunity will bless you twice.
Magic happens when you least expect it.
The concept for the September Stories began last year at a very specific point in my life where I needed a project to get me through a tumultuous season The anonymous English poet that I write with recommended that I write a book. Next thing you know, he’s writing the poetry, I’m writing prose and we are writing a book. It’s the most artistic experience and I highly recommend it.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
Editing is tedious and absolutely wears on my nerves, but it has to be done, doesn’t it? All that detail can seem a bit overwhelming at times.
Did any particular book/author inspire you to become a writer?
No,there’s not really one book or author specifically. It’s more like every book I’ve ever seen by all the writers who have written them that have inspired me. I love books and the minds behind the words.
How long did it take and how many times did you go through it before it was finally done?
I had to turn SEPTEMBER AGAIN in to our editor before telling my collaborator, otherwise we would still be in edits and rewrites. He is a perfectionist. I’m more of a raw emotion person. We balance each other.
Where do your settings come from? Are they taken from real places, made up entirely, or a conglomerate of the two?
Usually, the settings are part of the story that comes through. Everything is fictionalized and embellished. One item that has been great fun with September Ends and September Again is the setting in the American Southeast. Th anonymous poet has never visited here. I’ve recorded sounds, such as our Mockingbirds, our rainfalls, night sounds of Atlanta as well as from rural areas, in order to give him an idea of what it’s like here. Also, our trees and landscape are so lush. I’ve attempted to capture photographs of mimosa trees, magnolias and the terrain for him as well. You can see everything on my Pinterest boards for the books: http://www.pinterest.com/huntersjones/september-ends/
Who is your favorite character and why?
Jack O. Savage totally rocks. He is a rascal with a heart of gold. He is brave and crazy enough to know that love is the only thing that matters, the only thing that lasts. However, Pete Hendrix would be irresistible to me. I understand why Liz would fall head-over-heels for him.
Are you an outliner or a pantzer when it comes to start a book? If the latter, do the ideas come to you in one big lump, or are they piecemeal?
I outline everything, but the Story always has it’s own way, doesn’t it?
Finally, where can the book be purchased?
Amazon US http://amzn.to/1jFNfUF
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1iPjJJ9