It’s been a while since we’ve had a guest here at Elementary V Watson but today we have Hunter S. Jones chatting to us all the way from Atlanta, Georgia.
Tell us how you got into writing.
I began writing for an underground alternative rock paper when I was a teenager.
Describe for our readers the genre(s) you write in and why they appeal to you as a writer.
My novel, ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’, is explicit fiction, erotic fiction, erotica, horror, some readers classify it as occult. It’s been called an allegory. Different readers appear to get something different from ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’. Really, it is best left to interpretation by the readers. I am thankful that they are reading it and taking the time to analyze it. Actually, the story and the genre chose me. As many authors will tell you, the characters will ‘talk’ to you until you tell their story. The thread that ties most of my work together is my love for the spiritual and love for other cultures.
Do you prefer one medium to another?
Horror/Occult seems to be the easiest for me to write. The characters in ‘Magic in Memphis’, my story in Moon Rose Publishing’s ‘A Celtic Tapestry‘ (available for download for just 77p /99c) are normal people. Writing about normal people almost did me in…it’s very difficult.
Where can we find your work? Where can you be found online?
What inspires you to write?
I have no idea where the stories come from. It’s as if the universe sends me a concept, I research the concept/idea and by the time I begin writing, the story seems to write itself. Most of my stories have a spiritual and supernatural aspect. I enjoy studying the beliefs of different cultures. ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ is interlaced with Haitian and Creole Voodoo. One of my vignettes, ‘The Legend’, is about a Cherokee love spell gone wrong.
In the soon to be released anthology, ‘A Celtic Tapestry’ , the eight Celtic Festivals are brought to life by eight different authors . My story, ‘Magic’ in Memphis, is the Yuletide story. I actually studied with a Third Elevation Wiccan Priest to ensure that ceremonial aspects of their beliefs were correct in the story. The Altar, the candles – their placement and color – it is all so very important to the practitioners and should be acknowledged.
Do you have time to read? If so, what are you reading at the moment? Do you have a favourite all-time read?
I just starting reading Hilary Mantel’s ‘Bring Up The Bodies’. My all time favorite would have to something/anything by Edgar Allan Poe, same with Anne Rice…then there’s ‘Gone With The Wind’…how can you have just one favorite?
Which author(s) would you say have most influenced your writing?
William Faulkner and Anne Rice.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I am working on a concept for Book 2 of ‘Fables’. Then, there’s a potential collaboration with an English author, so watch this space…
Are you a full-time writer? If not, what’s your day job? If so, what’s the best bit of writing for a living? And the worst?
Thank you for asking. Yes, I am currently a full time writer. The best part? Being a completely creative person. The worst part? The pay is terrible!
What are your hopes for the future?
Hope for the best and expect the worst. I have no expectations although I would like to get involved as a screenwriter, at some point in my career.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t quit your day job.
What do you most like about writing? What do you dislike?
I love the freedom of expressing a concept. I dislike the pain involved when you extract what you think and put it into words. It’s a very painful, excruciating ordeal.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?
My strengths? For me…I love becoming part of the story…the research, pretending to become the characters…almost the way an actor does. My weaknesses? Many and various.
Many thanks to Hunter for taking the time to chat to us today! Vic x