Interview with Kathryn Hunter

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read on my own was Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. My aunt had acquired an autographed copy, one in which Mr. Silverstein had drawn a tree and carved my name into it. A kindergartner can't quite grasp the coolness of that, but I did love that book. I read it aloud to my mother dozens of times. I've passed it along to my son now.
How do you approach cover design?
One of my good friends is a graphic designer, and I've approached him about handling the art for my short stories; he's kindly obliged. I'm fortunate to be surrounded by brilliant artists, so covers are never a big concern for me. That said, I tend to shy away from traditional erotica covers. While the content may be NSFW, I want the exterior to be, well, pretty.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I am a Dark Tower junkie. Stephen King can really do no wrong. My next tattoo is actually a shoutout to the series, as is the title of my Aym volumes. Nineteen really is everything. Along with King, I constantly reread Arthur Miller, George R.R Martin, Anne Rice, James Frey and everything Augusten Burroughs.

Do I really have to list five? Ok, ok. Let's go with:

1. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
2. Tropic of Cancer
3. A Million Little Pieces (hey, sobriety!)
4. Memnoch the Devil
5. Insomnia
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Can you believe I don't have an e-reader? I don't. I love the smell and texture of books. I have downloaded two books ever on my iPhone, and I've yet to read them. That's lame, I know.
Describe your desk
I do actually have a writing desk, but it faces a wall and that makes me uncomfy. I tend to write on the couch with a blanket and a tiny terrier pawing at me for attention. When I plot or conceptualize, I like to be either in bed or in the bath -- and the world needs to be perfectly quiet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the southside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As far as I can tell, no, this didn't much influence my writing. I am, however, decidedly southern.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Haha, i don't know yet. Ask me in six months.

Actually, Smashwords has been great thus far, by simply offering the opportunity and ease of self-publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is rarely a joy for me. We're being honest, right? I find it incredibly difficult to overcome my own inertia, to allow myself the (numerous) imperfections of a first draft, and to rigorously review and revise and edit after the shit's on paper. It's difficult for me. There are sparks of joy, though: When I write a sentence that says precisely what I want it to say, when I hit send on a piece and it flies to my editor, when someone digs what I've written. Those are joys.
What do your fans mean to you?
If no one read, I wouldn't write. If you're a reader, know how valued you are. Writers love (need, crave, must have) validation. Anyone who says differently is a liar. When you read and when take the time to leave a review -- good or bad -- it means the world.
What are you working on next?
I'm actually oscillating between the erotic shorts and my first novel. What I work on depends on my mood. I'd like to tackle some more taboo topics -- my mind goes to dark, strange little worlds.
Published 2014-01-27.
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Books by This Author

Ruthless Flight
You set the price! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Months of online interaction lead Davis to board a plane bound to meet Seth, her Master. What she doesn't count on, though, is the dominant in the seat beside her. This is a 4,000-word erotic short story with strong D/s themes.
Taking Nineteen, Volume 3
You set the price! Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
After their tumultuous meeting, Aym sends Anne away with a zip drive in her hand and his instructions to learn in her head. She denied him once, but what happens when everything she knew as truth is shattered?
Worshipping Pan
You set the price! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Emma takes a long jog through the woods, and meets an ancient god. While his notoriety may have faded, Pan's libido is legendary. Worshipping Pan is 2,680-word erotic short story.
Taking Nineteen, Volume 2
Price: Free! Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Anne Westmoor meets Aym again in part two of the Aym Chronicles. Set in a dimension parallel to New York City, Anne learns more about Aym -- his history, his fate -- and is compelled to submit. Will she join him, or will she navigate alone, in a world made dangerous by her knowledge?
Taking Nineteen, Volume 1
You set the price! Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Aym was a Watcher, one of God's most beloved. His fall from favor and sentence on earth has led him to Anne Westmoor, who has seen this Familiar Man since she was a child. At 29, Anne's life is stable, predictable, successful. Until Aym returns for her, and she learns the truth about who she is, and what he wants.