Welcome, Sable Hunter.
For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself?
Thank you, Kam. I am 34 years old. I live near New Orleans part time and near Austin TX the rest of the time. I lived till I was 9 in an uptown section of New Orleans where the old-timers went to mass in the morning and made mojo bags in the afternoon. I rode the street car and waded in the Mississippi and ate red beans and rice on Mondays. When I was nine, my mom married a Texas rancher and we moved lock stock and barrel to a place outside of Wimberly, Texas and I became a cowgirl. Jess and I raised cattle and handfed bulls and learned how to ride horses. I went to the University of Texas and was an accountant until I decided I’d rather live in a book. Ha!
How did you get your start in the writing business?
My start in the writing business was just determination. I wrote a couple of books and sent them off to Harlequin, and they asked for the full manuscript but then told me they were too ‘dark’. So, one day I was searching on the internet and saw that amazon had a program where you could put stuff out there yourself and so I did. I don’t know if it was the cover – or the title – but my books started selling, not hugely but consistently. I wrote seven – two paranormal erotic romance, two cowboy erotic romance and 3 regular contemporary erotic romance – and then one day I was talking to another author and she said – “who is your publisher?” and I said – me and amazon and she introduced me to her publisher and they bought them all. Now, I suppose that gave me legitimacy and I did learn a lot. Those seven books are still with that publisher, but since then I have wrote seven more that I have put out on my own and using what I have learned, those self-published books have taken off. This past week I sat at #41 amazon author rank in my erotica genre alongside Maya Banks and Lora Leigh and Heather Ranier and others that I just think hung the moon. So, my sales have been good enough to allow me and Jess to live off of them and feel comfortable. He manages me now and edits for me and is writing himself – that’s my brother.
All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
I can’t say that I have ever been truly blocked. Sometimes I struggle with a plot twist, but I have 3 books ongoing at all times and if one isn’t flowing, I just go to another. My process is to know where my book is going and loosely plot it. I come up with hooks and adventure and humor and tears and sex to include in the story. I write 75000 to 100000 word books that are part of series. I even outline ten sex scenes per book and include varied positions and situations, but I also include dialog in my sex and both viewpoints. I have insisted on ignoring the proverbial POV rules and I write my novel more like a movie – you know what both characters are thinking. It is not everyone’s cup of tea but my readers enjoy that style and have told me so.
Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
When I am not writing . . . . hmmm. Well, I start writing at 8:30 in the morning and I work at some phase of it – writing, plotting, marketing, blogging, facebook or twitter until 10 pm at night. I enjoy it. I rarely take a day off and never a whole day.
But I do enjoy cooking. I enjoy my home, I have recently redecorated it. Animals are a passion of mine. And I ghost hunt. Wow – that looks funny, but it’s true. I roam cemeteries and battle fields armed with a camera. And I’ve found stuff, too.
I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
My family knows and approves of my writing. My brother edits my work. My uncle and aunt have read my books and my 94 year old Nana who died last year would fan herself and read. Once she got so caught up in my stories, she missed her standing hair appointment. That was funny, because she never missed her hair appointment. One day she asked me if every man I wrote about had a big dick. I told her, ‘yes’ – she said good – ‘who would want to read about a man with a little dick’. I miss her.
Now my community is a different story. I am incognito. I live in a section of the country that is extremely conservative and I have no wish to come under scrutiny. So I am a plainclothes Southern Belle by day and a caped erotic romance writer by night.
Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
Sarah McCarty, Lorelei James, Maya Banks, Lora Leigh, Lori Foster, Heather Ranier, Cherise Sinclair, Shayla Black, Shiloh Walker and Kalypso Masters.
If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
I would choose Cowboy Heat because Aron is my most popular character. That is also the gateway book for the Hell Yeah! and if it caught on I have 7 others – I could be the next Nora Roberts! I even have an ongoing – Where is Aron? mystery that I have patterned after the infamous “who shot J. R.?” tempest of Dallas fame. And if I had my druthers – I would pair up Joe Manganello and Jennifer Love Hewitt as Aron and Libby.
Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
I’m writing the third Cajun Spice called FINDING DANDI.
It is going to be humorous and a tear jerker. It pairs up Beau’s cousin Dandi who works in his ‘sons of guns’ type weapons store with the sex therapist who helped Harley in BURNING LOVE. But they have a past, and I say this every time, but this book is breaking my heart. I type and cry and type and cry and then I get hot and have to go visit the toy room – – ah the life of an erotic romance writer – – – it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.
Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
My stories can all be found on Amazon and some at the Secret Cravings store.
On Amazon just type in Sable Hunter and a whole slough of them come up.
I will list my series for you – since you asked.
TEXAS HEAT – – – Book 1 – T-R-O-U-B-L-E and Book 2 – My Aliyah
HILL COUNTRY HEART – Book 1 – Unchained Melody, Book 2 – Scarlet Fever and Book 3 – Bobby Does Dallas
MOON MAGICK – Book 1 – A Wishing Moon and Book 2 – Sweet Evangeline
HELL YEAH! – Book 1 – Cowboy Heat, Book 2 – Hot on Her Trail, Book 3 – Her Magic Touch and there is a free read that slips in here after Book 3 called A Brown Eyed Handsome Man that if they email me, I’ll get it for them and BOOK 4 – Badass and Book 5 – I’ll See You In My Dreams
CAJUN SPICE is a cross over series for the Hell Yeah! and these two should actually be read after Book 4 of the HELL YEAH! – Book 1 – Burning Love and Book 2 – Forget Me Never
Currently I’m working on Book 3 of Cajun Spice – Finding Dandi
Book 6 of Hell Yeah! – Skye Blue
And a new series with Jess – and the first book is FOR A HERO.
Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
I am everywhere.
I twitter @huntersable
Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
I value my readers. I try to give to them and I love to hear from them. My writing career has been a blessing – not only for the place it has give to me to escape, but the writers and readers that I have met have made the journey a blessed one. And I hope to write for many years to come.
I strive to make my readers laugh, cry and sweat – all good things to come out of a book. And I also long to create a world where right prevails, love conquers all and holding out for a hero is not an impossible dream.
Oh yeah – and where I live – orgasms only come in multiples. Ha!
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Sable Hunter for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and dish. Which knowing us, it’ll be very soon. *smiles*
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