Interview with H.D. Hunter

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of the main reasons literature is special for me is because of its ability to transform its meaning and significance in the minds of readers, through time and space. I love creating. Coming up with an idea, putting the pieces together, and telling the story is awesome. But the real magic comes when your work spreads and people start to have opinions about it, perspectives on it. The way something I write can take the form of what a reader needs it to be for them, based on their own life experiences -- that's the magic. That's the greatest joy of writing for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors to read are Edgar Allan Poe, Rita Dove, Charles Dickens, James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Paul Laurence Dunbar, J.K. Rowling, and Zora Neale Hurston.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
For me, each day is another chance to be as great as I can be -- whatever that means. Maybe I learn something new, maybe I achieve something I've never done before. Maybe I fail and have to learn to be more creative. Either way, each day is a story with a lesson. I live for the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first "story" I ever wrote was a comic book. I wrote it in the second grade with my next door neighbor. In actuality, I did more illustrating that writing, but the comic was about an elementary aged superhero who could identify and solve problems way better than grown-ups.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first, but in 4th grade I real "Annabel Lee," by Edgar Allan Poe. I remember it was a visceral experience for me. I could feel that pain of the narrator's loss through the poem. I remember thinking two things. The first was that my problems weren't nearly as serious as those of some people, and I should be thankful. The second was that if it's possible to make a life of expressing such true, raw emotion so beautifully in written form, then that is what I wanted to do.
Describe your desk
My desk is wherever I put my notebook down, my friend.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and the environment there was probably the most influential thing for me growing up, not only as a writer, but as a person. For one, it's a much more creative city than most folks give it credit for. Because it's a city with folks from so many other places, the mixing of arts and culture there is really unique. In addition, for people of color, the opportunities and ability to succeed are far greater than other places in which I've lived. I was able, from a very young age, to see professionals who were black like me. Business owners, artists, athletes. All black, all doing great things. I can't help but believe that environment helped me visualize exactly what I wanted to be and gave me the confidence to believe I could really achieve anything.
When did you first start writing?
As far back as I can remember, I was about 7 or 8 when I started writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
One of my fraternity brothers is a music artist. He's self-funded and released three albums as of 2016. By day, he's actually a lawyer. He encouraged me to go to graduate school and get a foundation that would allow me more independence and mobility in my endeavors. When I saw what he was doing with his music, I realized that I could do the same with my writing. I didn't see a reason to keep waiting for somebody to find me and say I was great, so I decided to try to bring greatness to the world.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading news and articles about politics. Essays and think-pieces on class and race. Anything with social commentary normally piques my interest.
Describe your perfect writing environment
A small room. A slice of cheesecake. A documentary playing in the background. A notebook by my side, and a computer in my lap.
Published 2016-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Torment: A Novella
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 23,210. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Throughout the weekend of his brother’s funeral, a young man reflects on life. The story steps through the tangled web of coming-of-age identity crises, complicated by society and the environment around us. Dealing with grieving and rambunctious aunts and uncles, a role model sister he rarely sees, and the ever-mounting pressure of misfortune, the young man must decide: what is worth living for?
A Magic Door and A Lost Kingdom of Peace
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 55,260. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
There is a solution to life's every problem, we need only to be a little more creative, a little more aware. Ten stories blur the line between reality and fantasy as protagonists struggle to come to terms with their rose-colored expectations for life and the current nightmares they face. What truly lies behind the magic door of our imaginations? Everything we’ve ever dreamed…or our worst fears?