Today I have my first guest of the MANLY variety! I’m honored to have the super adorable, incredibly handsome Jess Hunter on my blog today. You’ve maybe heard of his sister? Sable Hunter? Well, I just adore the fun they have razzing each other, but like I said, today is ALL about Jess, so let’s dive in and get to know him a little better!
BIO: Jess Hunter is a New Orleans native who grew up in Austin, Texas. He attended the University of Texas with a major in Business and Communications. Jess loves to ride motorcycles, play video games and philosophize about the meaning of life. He is the brother and co-author of Sable Hunter and enjoys good food, beautiful women and sleeping-in on weekends. Jess will continue to write – not only romance, but horror, suspense and fantasy. Delve into the enigma that is Jess Hunter as he captures the purity and innocence of the hero dynamic and intertwines it with romance and love that will take your breath away.
1. Thank you so much for joining us today! Tell us a little more about yourself and your books.
My name is Jess and I write. I am Sable Hunter’s brother and we are working to make it in this big, mean, literary world together. My books are thoughtful, masculine, multilayered, and (hopefully) improving as I go along.
2. What genre(s) do you write?
“For A Hero” is an erotic romance, as well will be its sequel. I have worked on several of Sable’s books with her. I have future forays planned for sci-fi, mystery, adventure, fantasy and horror.
3. What was it like to see your first book published?
Surreal. It still doesn’t feel quite real. I guess technology changes things. It’s all ethereal and intangible. It is cool to see something I created out there in the world, and it is marvelous to hear that it affects people, but I probably won’t be fully in that reality until I attend a convention later this year.
4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
It is very dear. It is expression. It is release. It is a journey into one’s self. It is a form of meditation, of therapy, of anger management, of life-planning, of self-realization. It is one of the few, very pure forms of art left in the world. I will continue to write for the rest of my life. I believe that no person can be fully at peace in joyful progress without constantly massaging the mind through reading and writing.
5. Do you ever lock up? Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
I did, once. However, time compartmentalization, Bose noise-canceling headphones, and the Brainwave app playing the “creativity” binaural frequency cleared me right up.
6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
Not very difficult. The ideas were there in me before the plan to write them down. I now have more ideas than I have time in which to write them.
7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
The primary characters, of whom the story tells, are easy to develop, because the story is their progress. However, the nature of story-telling necessitates secondary and even tertiary characters as cogs, and those need to be incorporated smoothly. That can be challenging.
8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
I struggle to adapt to the new lifestyle. I struggle, as any newbie does, to grow and become a better writer. I struggle to convince myself that I can hang with authors like Sable and her wonderful community. I struggle to do a lot of things, but simply being a writer, is not one of them. It suits me, I believe.
9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
It took me 3 months to complete “For A Hero.” I hope that its successor will come more quickly than that.
10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
Time compartmentalization, again, is one of my best friends. Writing can be a very mentally-exhausting activity, so I like to give myself an hour to write two thousand words or so, and then I will work out, or watch a movie, or eat, and then repeat. It’s not a ritual, in the traditional sense, but I do plan my writing ritualistically.
11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I like to write in bed.
12. Crap, I should have added ‘what do you wear when you write’, but anyway, any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
Interacting with Sable is a quirky experience. I’m considering starting a blog just about my time with her. Just the other day, she said, “I am the most humble person you know. Everyone should be more like me.” You can’t make stuff like that up.
13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
I don’t really have a family beside Sable. I am a bachelor. I guess I have to balance writing with my job, working out, dating, and playing video games, but I manage.
14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
I’d like to take a vacation, but Sable only gave me a precious few weeks before she began to hound me about seeing outlines for the next one.
15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
I work out twice a day, if my schedule permits. I sing recreationally. I play video games. I read. I philosophize. I just started learning Krav Maga this week. I’ll soon be able to kick everyone’s ass. I have been spending a lot of time recently getting ready for the “Man Of Steel” premiere on June 14. That will be one of the biggest events of the year for me.
16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I’ve been thinking about Costa Rica a lot lately. I hear there are still dinosaurs there. That would be awesome.
17. What’s next on your agenda? Any new books in the works?
The sequel, yet unnamed, to “For A Hero,” is currently being written, while two others, one horror, and one science fiction, are being planned for this year.
18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Live a life that would be a story worth telling. Take notes. Keep a journal. Practice telling stories. Then lock yourself away in alone time and write them down.
19. What authors inspire you?
Robert Louis Stevenson, whose bouts of inspiration would crank out a classic (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) in a weekend. Ernest Hemingway, who captured the tumultuousness of masculinity. F. Scott Fitzgerald, who found a way to put himself candidly in every work he finished. Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Clive Cussler for creating memorable re-occurring characters that will live forever.
20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
I’m really a sweet, pure angel. I worry about Sable corrupting me with her lecherous lifestyle.
21. Hmm…I’m doubting the ‘sweet, pure angel’ part a little. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
Think of the funniest thing that ever happened to you. Feel the warmth as you fill yourself with that joy all over again. Then imagine how wonderful it would be to cause others to feel that same joy. Then write that story down and give it to the Universe.
It’s been great getting to know you! Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?
Jess: Search Jess Hunter on facebook, and add me. You can also ‘like’ my fan page “For a Hero”.