Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Faith Hunter - Blood Trade Blog Tour (Interview/Giveaway)

Welcome to the Blood Trade Blog Tour celebrating the release of the 6th book in Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series. Faith has joined me for a Q&A focusing on the series and in particular Jane that fans will appreciate. Faith also had a few questions for me on my thoughts about the books in audiobook form. In addition to the Q&A, Faith has also generously provided a copy of Blood Trade to be won in a draw from a randomly selected entrant (see form below to enter).

Let us know what you think and please leave a comment about the Q&A or your own experiences with Faith's books on audio. Faith will be by to respond to any questions you may have.

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

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.


SFG: What is the most important element in writing fantasy—to you?

Voice. Character voice, narrative voice, authorial voice. All are different and all set the mood and tone of a book. Every single Point Of View character has to have a unique voice. When I write in Molly Everhart Trueblood’s POV, she thinks and sounds differently from the way that Jane Yellowrock sounds. Rick LaFleur’s voice is more different still. And of course, Beast, well, Beast is a voice that takes unique to new levels.

SFG: What do you see as the future of the fantasy genre? 

Last year, I took a shot at this question and this year I want to change my opinion totally. More romance and genre blending. More shape shifters. Darker stories.

SFG: If you could compare yourself to any of your written characters, who would it be?

From the Jane Yellowrock series, I probably resemble Molly some. I love my home and my herbs and my garden. And from the Rogue Mage series, I probably resemble the character Jacey. Which I suppose could mean that I think of myself as a secondary character in my own life. (laughs) Of course, both characters are mothers and way too sweet and homey to really resemble me.

SFG: Boots appear in Jane Yellowrock's world often. Tell us about the boots.

I love boots! I wear and collect the Lucchese boots that Jane wears in the books! I don’t, however, have combat boots like Jane wears on hunts. At five-feet two, plump, and a bit older than Jane, I think I’d look stupid in them!

SFG: Jane is tall and badass. Was there anyone you use to picture her?

Rhona Mitra http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0593961/ I’d love to see her do Jane in a feature for TV. Not that it is in the works. But I’d still love it!

SFG: Why hasn’t Jane gotten with Bruiser?

I honestly don’t’ know which man Jane will end up with. 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.

Rick and Bruiser and Leo. All the men are a big part of her life. Jane likes one guy (Rick) but she can’t have him. Her Beast likes most of the predatory men in her life. Bruiser, however, is going through problems of his own. Leo hurt her physically and emotionally. So it’s hard to pick. To make it worse, Beast assures Jane that, “Big-cats do not mate for life.” How do you ignore info like that? And how much control will Beast have over Jane? I am totally not sure yet!

SFG:. Bitsa, Jane’s motorcycle and even her choice of weapons are almost characters in the book in some ways. How’d you come about those choices?

I dated a guy once who loved bikes. He collected, restored them, and rode them. He said they had personalities and I believed him, so I write that aspect of Bitsa into the book. Each of Jane’s weapons has its own personality too, in a way. Each blade has its own weight, balance point, etc. Each gun has its own weight, grip-feel, and let’s call it targeting point. Weapons are part of her life, but Jane is also aware that they are dangerous and be used for wrong. In BLACK ARTS, which I am writing now, Jane deals with that I her lifestyle when she had guests.
Could this be a Bitsa?

SFG: Will there be more books in this series?

Yes. I am writing BLACK ARTS now and loving it! I have three more books under contract. After that, it all depends on the readers and how faithful they are to the series. Fans who buy book make or break a series, and writers live on their joy and love of character and story. 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!

SFG: The vampire society in your Jane Yellowrock novels is complex. How do you keep track of it all? It is hard!

I have lots of computer files that are in desperate need of updating, and (hopefully) at the time you are reading this, I am currently working with a co-writer on updating all the files (because I was lazy when I started them and didn’t keep them up to date) as we write the JANE YELLOWROCK COMPANION, for e-book release. I am writing the 7th book of the series, BLACK ARTS, and updating the files have reached critical levels!

SFG: You did an urban fantasy crossover collaboration with C.E. Murphy featuring her character Joanne Walker and Jane Yellowrock. Is there another crossover you'd like to do even if only theoretically?

It was great fun working with CE Murphy. I knew Catie (virtually) before we started talking about the project, because I had asked her to be one of early participants in www.magicalwords.net, the fantasy writing/reading site created by David B Coe /DB Jackson and Misty Massey and me. Catie became a great friend through the process of writing Easy Pickings, and even though Catie herself now lives across the Atlantic, Jane and Joanne Walker share a lot of the same tribal attributes, and personal foibles.

As to a crossover with another writer, I have nothing lengthy on the horizon but do have a lot of short projects I've discussed with various writer friends. But as always, finding the time is the biggest hurdle to leap.

Faith: Ok Doug. Now I'd like to turn the tables on you and ask you a few questions! I bet you rarely get that from one of your guests. LOL

This is definitely a first. I've done interviews on other sites as a guest but not on my own blog. I am happy for you to be my first. LOL Maybe it will start a trend.

Faith: Have you listened to the entire Jane Yellowrock series on audiobook or is Blood Trade the first for you in this format?

I'm proud to say I have listened to all of the Jane Yellowrock series on audiobook with the exception of Skinwalker, the first book. At that time I had not discovered the pleasure of well-performed audiobooks.

Faith: Does listening to an audiobook enhance the story for you or is it just more of a convenience?

For me it is a wonderful enhancement. I love to visualize when I read books but imagining character voices not so much. When you find a good narrator you hang on to them for dear life. Khristine Hvam is a terrific Jane and even better Beast. Her range of accents is phenomenal and most importantly she isn't merely reading the book - she is performing it. The narration really adds another dimension and takes the story to the next level.

Faith: Final question Doug! I promise! LOL For those readers who have been thinking about trying an audiobook but haven't just yet, what would you say to them about trying Jane in audio?

People always suggest audiobooks as a way to improve quality time during a trip or commute. But they are a wonderful supplement to reading books. Good narrators can make or break a story and in the Jane Yellowrock series we have a winner.  Readers new to audiobooks I think will be pleasantly surprised and delighted by the ease of slipping into the story and being carried away.

Faith: Thanks for having me here today Doug. I've had a great time with a great host. :) I hope you enjoy Blood Trade! The next book in the series, Black Arts, is due out January 2014 from Penguin/ROC. You can always drop by my Facebook page for the latest news on the series!

Thank you Faith for joining us and sharing Jane Yellowrock and Beast with us. Readers will have an opportunity to win a copy of Blood Trade by completing the ballot below. If you have a question or comment for Faith, please do so in the usual place and she will drop by to respond.

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Roc (April 2, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0451465067
ISBN-13: 978-0451465061

Book Excerpt: http://www.faithhunter.net/wp/2013/02/27/blood-trade-excerpt-chapter-one/

Website: http://www.FaithHunter.net
Faith’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter
Jane Yellowrock’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeyellowrock
Beast’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeastNotPrey
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterFaith

Other Novels in the Jane Yellowrock Series: 

   July 2009                             January 2010                         January 2011

      January 2012                        October 2012

Other Collections and Stories in the Jane Yellowrock Series: 

            eCollection                eCollection                eCrossover            Anthology Story

Audiobook Sample for Blood Trade:     Pause Blood Trade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 6


  1. I adore Jane Yellowrock and just finished reading Death's Rival so I'm all ready to read her newest adventure. :D

    1. Thanks for dropping by Barb. Nice to see a familiar name. Jane is one of my go-to series. You'll love Blood Trade.

  2. Congrats Faith on your newest release. Enjoyed reading the interview.
    tweeted - https://twitter.com/elaing8/status/324331357486608385

    1. Thanks for the tweet and the kind words...

  3. LOVED Blood Trade! Cannot wait for Black Arts, but holy cow does January seem so very FAR away right now... :)

    1. This series is on my must buy list and I'd love to see stories more frequently.

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