Rusted Crossroads, discusses his book, his journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.
DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Rusted Crossroads?
HUNTER K: This book is a true mystery. Dick Chain PI is struggling to solve a case about a crooked real estate developer. He meets this most unusual character, a black man in a red coat at the airport, and it leads to the answers his inner spirit is trying to tell him. He is dealing with his inner demons from the war and trying to understand how love is bestowed upon him. Written in first person.
Rusted Crossroads is the first in the series and my new novel is the second, and now out in paperback. Rusted Souls: Cells of Death was released last week. It too will be on Amazon as an ebook. Written in the third person.
DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?
HUNTER K: My characters are the kinds of people that you would naturally pull for. Underdogs in a way. They are lead by the Spirit world. The characters will have you laughing one moment and trying to reach out to help them in the other. Very fast paced read.
DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
HUNTER K: Someone that loves mystery, romance, and more twist than a pretzel. There is not a lot of fluff in my novels. There is a lot of human emotions mixed with thoughts. You are inside their minds as they struggle to find the truth. Very exciting. It's filled with intrigue.
DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?
HUNTER K: I have been writing for a few years as a spiritual outlet. I have written in many genres, novels, poems, song lyrics. After reading a novel by famous best selling authors and being disappointed, I vowed that I could write better than the book I was reading, so after hearing all of the reasons how hard it was, I took on the challenge. It was fun and very rewarding to get the letter from the publisher saying, "YES we want you."
DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?
HUNTER K: I write with total abandonment without worrying about spelling, grammar, structure. Just get it on paper ASAP. Figure the basic plot and then let the characters lead the way. Put them in a position or situation and watch them grow in the dialog and always keep the reader guessing. Don't tell all, just enough to know that the characters will find the answers.
DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?
HUNTER K: I am so bad with names. Patterson, Robb.
DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?
HUNTER K: The bible.
DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?
HUNTER K: Website, press release, facebook, twitter, book signings, blogs, word of mouth.
DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?
HUNTER K: I am published with a traditional publisher. Then I converted my books to Kindle. I like going to old school way and finding my works on the shelf.
This is changing due to the fact that the business is changing. I have one book that will only be on Kindle. Shilow is more of a true romance novel. The time it takes is much quicker and the royalties are better.
DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?
HUNTER K: I would tell them that the content is everything. Since it is much harder to get published by a traditional publisher, think in the terms of, "Would they accept the work?" Unfortunately I have read some new works on Kindle and was disappointed because of the quality of the work. Don't publish just because you can. Once the work is out there is will be judged by the reader. You want to find loyal readers that will return again and again. Quality in the content is everything. Let others read the work and learn the craft well, don't be afraid to wait until the book is awesome. Who wants to read sub quality work? It's like the the saying, "First impressions are everything."
P.S I am also making the novels into movie scripts....
DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hunter K is a published writer of novels. He also writes screenplays, poetry, and lyrics in many different genres. He is the father of three sons, and resides in central Texas.
Visit his websites: www.hunterkonline.com and www.authorhunterk.wordpress.com.