Faith Hunter on changes

Faith HunterToday, 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.

Hunter - Black ArtsWithout 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.

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Faith’s old writing room

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.

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Faith’s (in progress) writing room

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.

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Faith’s (almost done) new writing room

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.

You can find Faith on the following sites: her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Magical Words.

Thanks so much for being here, Faith!

GIVEAWAY TIME

Faith is offering a giveaway of print copies ot Skinwalker and Black Arts to one winner — US only. To enter, use the giveaway form below.
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  1. Faith, welcome to Magical. Congrats on your latest NY Times bestselling book! Even better, congrats on quitting the day job! Your new office area looks great. And your series sound wonderful. An earth witch is very cool. I wish you many more bestselling books. 🙂

  2. My daughter loves Faith Hunter also so I have started her a collection of the Jane Yellowrock series.

    My collection is complete up to this point and love every lasy one of the Jane Yellowrock series.

    I’m looking forward to Db Jacksons next Thieftaker book, any thing Faith Hunter and Jennifer Estep write 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy of your books i have them in my tbr pile and soooooooo want to read them I hear great things about them .

  4. Hi Faith! It’s great to have you guest here at MM. I love your Skinwalker series and can’t wait to try out the Black Arts story.

    What a huge change to quit the day job and write full time. And then to remodel your office so completely. It looks amazing, like a completely different room. Did you feel like you were excavating when you did it?

    I love the light shining on the desk from that window. Seeing your behind the scenes *writer cave* will make reading your stories even more enjoyable. 🙂

    Best wishes on your new series! I hope you’ll come back and guest with us again soon.

    • Thank you, Misty. It’s great fun to be here. And yes on the excavation. After 20 years, the carpet was dry-rotted, full of dust, and ick. And I adore the new room. It meant 2+ weeks living in the RV, but it was worth it.

  5. Hi Faith! Congrats on your latest NY Times bestselling book! Thank you so much for the chance to win signed copies of your books!!!

  6. Just finished Black Arts & all I can say is “OMG”. Hoping the next book is out soon. Thanks Faith & keep up the GREAT work

  7. When is the adventures of the earth witch coming out and will there be lots of plants mentioned?

    I love it when authors mention lots of plants. 😈

  8. Welcome, Faith!!
    It’s wonderful to have you on Magical Musings, and congrats on the big step you’re taking… It already seems to be paying off ;). Wishing you even more success!

  9. Just sitting back waiting on Broken Soul and waiting to try the new series. I think I read that it at least starts out in Appalachia? That excites me since I live in the Appalachian mountains. One of my favorite things about the Jane Yellowrock series is that the Asheville area is sometimes the setting.

  10. I’m so excited for the new series; it some wonderful!~ Will there be more info on it?
    And yay for giveaway!!! I hope to win Black Arts.

    • Good luck, Sherry!
      Yes. My plan is to have the first chapter of the new series ready to be printed in the back of Jane Yellowrock book nine. I have the opening already planned out and roughed in. I adore Jane, but it’s so very hard to put the new shiny away!

  11. I’m so excite for the new series; will there be more info on that? It would wonderful and I can’t wait to read that whenever it is release.

    Yay for giveaways!~ I hope to win Black Arts!

  12. Love your writing and can’t wait for more!!

    Where do you come up with your ideas? Especially for the new series!!

    • Jo, I grew up in the country, with trees, creeks, and fields everywhere. I was a tree hugger long before it was fashionable! As a child, I always felt that the trees knew I was touching them, and shared some magical something with me, like communing. That is where the idea of a magical forest came from. And Nell is just a scrappy survivor!

      • Can’t wait! I do love a scrappy survivor! 🙂 😛
        Thanks again for all your amazing books! They give me hours and hours of happiness!

  13. Thanks Faith for posting pictures. I understand how difficult it is to take a risk, but you jumped with both feet in. Your success will continue to grow. We appreciate the risk you took. I can’t wait to read more.

  14. Hi Faith! Thanks so much for being here today. It’s really nice to “meet” you and get a peek inside your new office, as well as the new scoop on you. Best wishes writing full time in that new awesome space and congratulations on Black Arts hitting the NYT list!
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  15. I’m looking forward to the remaining Jane Yellowrock books, as well as the new series. As it is set in Jane’s world, will we meet the new protagonist before this series ends?

  16. Faith, a very warm welcome to MM. Huge congrats on both the NYT listing and giving up the day job. Your new office looks amazing. And I love the sound of your new series 🙂

  17. Good Morning Faith, So good to hear that you are writing a second series for us. I love Jane & Beast and I devoured your Rouge Mage series. I enjoy your world building and I can’t wait to see how the new series unfolds. 😀

    I noticed in your old office that you have a White Witch, Black Curse t-shirt. Kim is another favorite author of mine. BTW how about coming to the Midwest for a book signing sometime soon? It would be great to meet you.
    Enjoy your new office, it looks spectacular.