Chat & Giveaway with Faith Hunter

The newest installment in the Jane Yellowrock series is just a week away! And Faith Hunter is joining us today to answer the questions fans want to know and to share a copy of Death’s Rival. Please help me welcome her to the blog.

Q. Why hasn’t Jane gotten with Bruiser?

A. Rick and Bruiser and Leo. What a conundrum. Jane is a healthy, unrepressed female, who respects her body and her souls, so she will eventually pick at least one guy, but even I don’t know which guy(s) yet.

All the men are a big part of her life. Jane likes one guy (Rick) but she can’t have him. Her Beast likes another guy or two (Bruiser and Leo) so it’s hard to pick. And Beast assures Jane that, “Big-cats do not mate for life.” However, at this stage in her life, Jane doesn’t sleep around. She’s a little too uptight and reserved for that. But she is a sexual being. And men like her.

Q. What about Rick LaFleur is attractive to Jane?

A. Rick is free (or was until recently) and he is human (or was until recently) and he could have given his all to Jane, in a relationship where she would not have been used (as she surely would be with Leo) and will be first in his life (unlike with Bruiser who would be loyal to Leo). She wants to be first in a man’s life. Rick fights crime and understands the fact that Jane does so, as well, even if she is going about it via different route. They have a lot in common.

Q. You have graphic violence, but avoid graphic sex and cursing, an unusual choice that makes the books widely accessible. Why?

A. Oy. Lots of reasons. In no particular order: Emotional, but also physical violence, were part of my young home life. Dad taught me to shoot guns at age 12 in an outbreak of rabies in our rural county. As eldest I had to be ready to protect my brothers from rabid animals as well as human predators. Also, I was bullied in school because I was a Christian and had to stand up, without violence, to the bullies. In my heart-of-hearts, I wanted to bash the bullies, but I couldn’t, so I do on the pages I write. I have internal demons (my own spiritual but evil Beast) that I want to kill, and I kill it over and over on the page.

As to sex? LKH writes great sex. Never ever boring. And she never uses crass or popular names for body parts, making her sex read like poetry. Most written sex is boring after a while, IMHO, and hers is never boring! When I write sex it makes me laugh. Not what I wanted. I do however write good sexual tension, so I write to my strengths.

As to language: Language is a tool. If it brings in more readers then it is a good tool. If it pushes away even one reader then it is a bad tool. I can just as easily say, she cursed, or she swore. As long as I don’t overdo, no one misses the actual cuss words. And readers who would be offended by the words themselves are not offended and buy my books. It’s good business. And yes, I do cuss myself. But I am sparing with the use. It’s a tool to be wielded, not a crutch.

Q. Vampires, New Orleans. It’s been done before. How do you keep it fresh?

A. New Orleans is amazing. Every time I drive through I see something new that has been there all along. I literally ride with my head hanging out the window to capture the sights and smells, camera in hand. How can anyone not love NOLA? It is amazing! And it reinvents itself yearly, so fresh is easy.

Q. Will there be more books in this series?

A. After DEATH’S RIVAL, I have two more books under contract. After that, well, it all depends on the readers and how faithful they are to the series. Fans make or break books, and writers live on their joy and love of books. If fans buy books and tell their friends to buy books, then a writer gets contracts. So far, Jane Yellowrock is selling, If I do my job well and the fans like it well enough to do theirs, then yes. I can only hope!

So here are the deets on the new book:

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to …a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane.

But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey. Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.

Want to give it a try?  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. US only please. In the meantime, you can find Faith online and on social media:

Website:  http://www.faithhunter.net
Twitter:   http://twitter.com/HunterFaith
Facebook page for Faith:    http://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter

And if you haven’t tried the Jane Yellowrock series before, check out my review of book one: Skinwalker.
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Comments

  1. I love this series – Jane is such a strong character with some interesting conflict!

  2. I like your stand on cursing in your books. It does make them much more accessible.

    Thanks!

  3. Hi

    I love this series and I have been looking forward to this book! Jane is a wonderful character and I enjoy the secondary characters also.

    Thanks for the chance.
    Pam
    tpibrew@msn.com

  4. I am so excited to read Jane’s next adventure 🙂 great interview too!
    (((hugs))) Kat

  5. Love love love the series! I especially enjoy the originality and honesty of the characters. Sometimes I get so engrossed, I almost forget I’m reading a book 🙂

  6. Do you have a favorite character to write?

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jane! This series is one of my new favs!! Just starting Seraphs today, love that series too! Thank you for putting out such fantastic work 🙂

  8. Great series! Jane and her fellow cohorts are fantastic. I just finished reading “Golden Delicious” in “An Apple for the Creature” as well. I look forward to many more books (and short stories) in the future!

    • Kristen, I am so glad you are following all the short shorts too. They offer so many glimpses into Jane’s world and past. And hints of what spinoffs I might write too. 🙂

  9. This was a good interview! The questions were different and the answers insightful. Thanks!

  10. I love Jane and Beast and Bruiser and Molly… well, everyone really, and I can’t wait for the new book!

  11. I can’t wait until the 2nd! I love Jane! Molly too!!

  12. Jane Yellowrock rocks! She is tough and smart and handles problems well, no matter what they are. And I like Beast as well. And I can’t consider Beast evil. Beast is a cat and thinks like one.

  13. I tried to enter your contest but it didn’t work. Too bad. I would love to have won a copy of Death’s Rival.

  14. Love this series. Love this author. Love the way she takes the voices in her head and puts them on paper for readers like me to devour and have them become old friends so I can re-read them over and over again! If you have not read either this series or the ROGUE MAGE series you absolutely have to put them on your must read list.

    Linda
    antydragn2 @ aol.com

    • Linda, this made my whole morning! Thank you! I do work hard to give each character their own voices and their own place in Jane’s world. They should each work to be as individual as they can me and to surprise Jane often.

  15. Jane and Beast rock. These books will always be on my keeper shelf.

  16. I am really, really excited for this new book!

  17. One of my favorite book series.

  18. Faith, its really interesting to hear about why you make the choices you did and how you play to your strengths as well as the reasons that your character chooses the way she does. Thanks for the insight! Thanks to Jen for the interview!

    • Amy, thanks. I love it when interviewers ask for deeper insight into the characters and my writing process. Sometimes I wrote somethign as an answer and I go, “Oh! I can use that in a book!”

  19. I just have to say I love the Jane yellowrock series! I was never much of a reader avoided it like the plague… till my friend introduced me to the Rachel Morgan series and kim Harrison lead me to you/ Jane yellowrock. I now have a love for books(and actually now have a bookshelf filled with books!) that I never thought possible. I want to thank you so much for sharing your world and wonderful characters with us.

    • Jessica, reading open up new worlds for us. My 5th grade teacher assigned me to read to my mother (out loud) because I hated reading so much. (Boring, right?) BY the end of the first week, I was reading under the covers at night. It’s just a matter of finding the right book to get us started!

  20. Congrats on the new release!! I just got the first in the series and looking forward to starting it.

  21. I adore the Jane Yellowrock series and I’ve been waiting not so patiently for the next installment so I can see what Jane is up to next.

  22. Can’t wait for Death’s Rival, I’ve got two copies pre-ordered (giving one as a gift). Interesting stance on cursing, I’ve always wondered. Keep up the good work Faith 🙂

  23. I love hearing Jane’s conversations with/about God, and Beast’s sardonic bloodthirsty humor. I’m on Team Bruiser!! 😉

  24. This looks like an awesome read.

  25. I love the series. What drew me was her being Cherokee. You have done a wonderful job with Jane. I love all your characters. You give them life. I would love to see some stories on the Everhart sisters. You are such an awesome writer. When you draw the reader into the world you write about that is an achievement. Look forward to more Jane Yellowrock books. 🙂

    • Thank you Nita! I have several Everhart sister books (or novellas) in mind. I am thinking about a three different novellas–overlapping and interlocking stores–with the girls.

  26. That’s it – now I have to go re-read the series again… Keep up the good work, Faith – I am thoroughly enjoying Jane!

  27. Good series! Jane is fun to read and I am looking forward to the next book. Now a tough question. 🙂 Will Jane and Beast be forever linked?

  28. Not sure what rock I have been under but this is the first I have heard of this series! It sounds great!

    Thanks for the chance!

  29. I love Jane and I love Beast – this series is awesome. Reread first 4 books and the 2 kindle shorts in preparation for Death’s Rival. Oct 2nd can’t come quickly enough for me. Well done Faith Hunter!

  30. I can’t wait to read this one!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Yes please more books and more Rick. I hope Jane and Beast stay around for many more books!!!

  32. Thanks for an awesome interview! I *luv* this series and every book is preordered! Glad to hear that there are more books planned 🙂

  33. I actually often enjoy the sexual tension more than the sex itself. So please, keep it up. Looking forward to reading this, as always.

  34. The last to short story’s have been great. So looking forward to Tuesday and Death’s Rival…Hope the mail man is nice. Thanks for all of your hard work for us your fans.

  35. I am a huge fan of Jane and Beast. Don’t want to leave Beast out. Beast gets a little testy. Love your work, can’t wait for Death’s Rival.

  36. I’m a dirty talking smut lover. LOL But you are right a little goes a long way when it’s written well. I’ve had your series on my TBR list for a while now. I plan to start it very soon. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

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