Interview with AP Hunt

What is your writing process?
As I am employed full-time, and not able to actively pursue writing as a sole method of income, the writing process involves me finding whatever spare time I can muster on my lunch breaks from my nine-to-fiver. The conference room at my workplace (if unoccupied) has proven over the past couple stories to be a quiet and stimulant-free environment. Having as few distractions as possible seems to really help me get my head down and into the story that is forming.
This writing process could differ as well, in that some days I might write the prose of the story, while on other days I might have a physical notepad and pen, and I will bullet-point the plot points. But one thing has proven true over the past couple projects I have embarked upon - limit the distractions and get into a habit to write every day, no matter how little.
When did you first start writing?
I've written on and off for over a decade now, however I think when it comes to writing a full story, I only truly started in 2015. In the past, there was always excuses; I'm too busy, I can't write a full story, or no one would be interested. Anything that I did start always seemed to fade away into nothing, becoming just another patchy Word document. However, something toward the tail of 2015 clicked in me, and I started writing with more frequency and with more focus. So, while I may have dabbled with writing in the past, I don't think I ever started taking it seriously until that moment in 2015.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a kid, I used to devour books. I can't pinpoint the very first one that I ever read, although I know I was a fan of Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Gillian Rubinstein (Lian Hearn). However, the very first book to have an intense effect on me was Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty Four", not from how prophetic it has proven to be, but from how some scenes are incredibly chilling. Despite the feeling of dread from those scenes, I was captivated by the way the words made me feel as a reader. In those words, I felt the panic sweep through the characters. Their horror was my horror. In those moments I read the words, I truly felt inside that world.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a forest not too dissimilar to that in my first book, Mount Forword. In fact, a lot of the locations visited by the character in that story are actual locations I remember from my childhood. I remember, as a child, wandering around that forest, and I would think of ideas for stories, although I lament not having the drive nor discipline back then to write and complete any of them. I think the greatest gift that upbringing provided me, apart from the joy from living in a serene location, was the ability to zone out while walking aimlessly, and letting my mind explore the ideas that would arrive in my mind.
Not that living in a forest is unique in that way - I am sure many people who live in the city have similar sensations - but the forest was the best environment for me, I feel, to cultivate story ideas. I sometimes go out there, whenever I get the opportunity, just to walk and think.
What are you working on next?
As I get drawn into ideas that amuse or intrigue me, rather than tying myself to a specific genre, my next project is a bit of a departure from the last two stories. I had an idea about the zombie genre that has enjoyed some popularity for a long while now, and I thought about how to flip the idea around a little. I'm currently around 10,000 words into the project, and liking how the ideas are clicking into place. There is still some work ahead on how the characters reach the conclusion, but I will cherish the challenge.
Published 2016-12-19.
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Books by This Author

Spring of this Content
You set the price! Words: 47,540. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Spring of this Content puts a slight spin on the well-beaten path of the zombie genre, providing a light commentary on politics, social media and the relationships we forge. Nicole must search for solutions within the mystery that shrouds the city, and perhaps come to terms with her own profession and how she relates to others.
The Lottery Caller
You set the price! Words: 65,490. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
It was an exciting time for Lacey. She was starting a new job with the Lottery, which should have brought new opportunities, and new challenges. Just as she applies her skills and knowledge, she soon starts to learn that there are rules for some, and rules for others. As she starts to see the disparity, she decides to teach winners, and management, a lesson.
Mount Forword
Price: Free! Words: 30,150. Language: Australian English. Published: November 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Corine has just finished working on her latest movie, and is feeling the effects of burnout taking ahold of her. Her co-star recommends a retreat in a forest in remote Australia, so that she can recharge. As Corine appreciates her isolation, she starts to notice oddities about the forest, and the nearby mountain. She soon learns that she isn't completely alone in the forest.