Today, I am pleased to welcome urban fantasy and New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter to Magical Musings. Take it away, Faith:
Hi all, Faith Hunter here. I am so honored to be here that I’m sure you can hear me squeeing. Sadly, I have no theme for this blog post. It’s all over the place, but it might give you glimpse into my mind which is a horribly crowded, confused, confined area full of voices and stories clamoring for attention.
My world and my life have both changed—drastically—in the last two months. First, I quit my day job. I have worked in a hospital lab for too many years to talk about, for the security of a regular paycheck and for the medical benefits. My Hubs is self-employed, always has been, and while he would have said, “Who cares about health insurance, let’s both be self-employed,” I have been the practical one. I needed the security of both insurance and a regular paycheck instead of the irregular ones I’ve had as a writer for over 20 years.
But yeah. I dropped the job. Not really smart, as the only insurance I could get was Obama Care, which is better than nothing though not my dream protection. But. I did say my life has changed and the reasons that make it possible for me to quit that wonderful (not really, more comfortable) but secure day job? The writing. Or maybe hormonal changes. I guess I could blame it on that.
Without the day job, I can write two series a year, I can play more, spend more time with family, and write more. So I sent in a proposal for a new series—still in negotiations—to my agent, who sent it to my editor, and I received an offer. Agent and publisher are still (as of this writing) doing the money thing and the book-due-date thing and the business side of things. But I went ahead and trusted that my gut was right, bought Obama Care, and quit the job. And I am thrilled!
With all the extra time, I am planning to write 2 books a year, along with the concomitant shorts and novellas along the way. Yeah. Psyched. And terrified. But mostly psyched. And to make me believe that I made the right decision, my most recent book, Black Arts, finally hit the NYT List, at 16 (tied with 15).
Like I said, it’s all about the writing. My whole life revolves around writing and reading and the publishing world. Well, except for the fun parts of life that have nothing to do with telling lies for fun and profit—and that’s the white-water kayaking and the jewelry making that I do in my copious spare time. But this is a writing site so let me put aside the not-writing parts of my life, and tell you about the writing changes. Beside the new, “Write two books year,” thing, I mean.
I have a new writing room. Well, it’s the same room, but we tore up the ancient, shedding carpet and put in hardwood. And I bought great rugs and a new desk. That is really why I’m thrilled. New work space and the resulting daily page count, which has gone up. I am, now writing about ten extra pages a week. Which make me come in at the required two books a year, for me to afford the unaffordable health insurance. Here is the writing room, old version with teal walls, gray carpet and the old desk that faced the wall. You can see the edge of the old blue couch.
And below that photo is the old room torn to smithereens, and then the new room with the wood floors, the new desk, and the new attitude. It’s still not finished, and not showing the rugs yet, but it’s pretty cool, even as is.
My two series will be the Skinwalker series—modern-day, urban fantasy, staring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who tracks down and kills rogue-vampires, mostly in the southeast of the US.
The new series, announced here first, ever, is a current time, urban fantasy, about a earth witch who is 19 going on 30. She was forced into marriage at age 13, accidentally killed an attacker at age 15, in the wood behind the house, then was widowed and left the property in the will. Oh, and the death energies from the man she killed, went into the ground, feeding the property behind her house and turning it into a partially sentient old growth, magical forest. In book one she is being recruited by Homeland Security for her magical gift.
MORE ABOUT FAITH
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 two new books under contract, with three more in negotiations. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has 30 books in print in 29 countries.
Faith is 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. She also tries to keep house and cook, but since she started writing two books a year, she may have forgotten how to turn on the appliances.
Thanks so much for being here, Faith!