|Posted by Matt Posner on March 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM|
Welcoming today the blog-touring supernatural writer Hunter S. Jones. She is promoting the release of an upcoming anthology, A Celtic Tapestry.
First, here is the official blurb about the anthology itself.
The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. Eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.
Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.
Livia Ellis, Hunter S. Jones, Laura DeLuca, Elle J Rossi, Elodie Parkes, Miranda Stork, Carolyn Wolfe, Tara Stogner Wood (Matt says: I have linked to all of them below.)
Tell us about yourself -- your name, where you're from, what you write.
I am Hunter S. Jones, author and music blogger from Atlanta Georgia via Nashville, TN. My music blogs feature musicians that are not yet mainstream whether they are rock, hip hip, Americana. You can find the blogs at ExpatsPost.com. Here's a sample.
My fiction is based on my love of the supernatural and spiritual. My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction is set in Victorian London and Haitian Voodoo plays a large part in the story. One of my vignettes, The Legend, is focused on a Cherokee love spell. My upcoming novella, Magic in Memphis, will be released by Moon Rose Publishing on March 21, 2013. It is an anthology called A Celtic Tapestry and follows the Celtic Festivals throughout the Wheel of the Year. Eight writers, eight stories all with a unique twist. I actually studied with a Third Elevation Wiccan Priest in order to write Magic in Memphis, a Yule story. I wanted to insure that I acknowledged all the aspects of the religion and it's Yule ceremony with the proper respect.
Describe one of your books (for sale at amazon now) that you are proud of.
My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, is a bizarre little book, but it's my bizarre, beautiful little book. This was the first time I tapped into an artistic form and the characters told the story to me. Other authors will say they have had the same experience. Dreams, feelings, coincidences all play a part in creating the story, I have had emails from readers saying it is a new genre. Although, the author is merely the vehicle through which the story is told. It's almost as if I was allowed to channel Fables and I am grateful for that experience.
Describe a book by another writer that you would recommend.
I can't possibly pick just one from all the great authors I enjoy reading.
What did you most recently finish, then?
I just finished the novella Watching Swifts by the English author R.J. Askew. It is so beautifully written - a form of poetry and stream of consciousness fiction. It is just a new literary masterpiece, that's the only way I know to describe it. It will take your breath away.
This anthology is called A Celtic Tapestry. What has drawn you to Celtic material, and what is your individual take upon how to write it?
Anything magical and mystical calls me to it. For all my writing, I listen to music, get a certain vibe. Then, it inspires me to create. I research the subject, but usually I get a feeling or a concept first. So...idea, then research...then the story almost writes itself. I will say that writing about real people with real feelings and a very human romance was much more difficult than writing about the make believe characters in my previous fiction.
I have always used music to energize me also. I use music when commuting to help me think about what I will write later on, and I use it to remove any uncomfortable silences while I am at the keyboard. Talk about your relationship to Celtic culture through heritage, geography, and/or reading taste.
I am a native Tennessean, and the state of Tennessee is known for its Cherokee and Scots-Irish roots. Fortunately, I have a heritage that acknowledged nature and the beauty of our planet. This magic in all that surrounds us has influenced me throughout my life. I respect the Celtic belief system for acknowledging the power of the feminine. Their respect for the seasons, the placement of the moon, the stars...it is all very intriguing and is as old as life itself.
How did you become involved with this anthology?
As with most important things in life anymore, it all began with a click on Facebook. Next thing you know, I'm drawn to a group of people that inspire me to create. Probably, the best way to describe it is to say we're like musicians. Musicians hear others play, have an appreciation for their work, and before you know it, they are recording and/or touring together. That's the way it happened for all of the authors involved in A Celtic Tapestry. We have an energy that drew us together to create in an artistic project. We are artists with words.
Tell us about the story you have contributed.
Magic in Memphis is a love story about a practicing Wiccan who is a PR executive for a firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She meets an English businessman at a global corporate meeting and falls head over heels in love with him. Their fate is sealed by a chance meeting in Memphis. How's that?
Tell us about the other anthology authors.
Miranda Stork, Livia Ellis, Laura DeLuca, Elodie Parkes, Elle J Rossi, Tara Stogner Wood, Carolyn Wolfe are some of the most exciting indie authors on the scene right now. It is a privilege being included in A Celtic Tapestry with them.
I have backlinked to them on amazon above so that readers interested in your work can check out your associates as well.
Any final words for prospective readers?
Support indie writers, musicians and artists. Please think twice before you buy a disposal cup of coffee or tea and buy a book, music or some type of art. Your coffee cup will end up in a landfill. Someone's art will inspire you...maybe forever.
Here are some links from Hunter.
Fables of the Reconstruction is on sale for .99 cents to celebrate the release of A Celtic Tapestry.
I'm very proud of my Pinterest page too!