Interview with Remi Hunter

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My books do not fit the cookie cutter formats of what is considered a standard genre, like Romantic Suspense, or Suspense. I got tired of editors requesting that I chop my books up to fit those cookie cutter guidelines, so I decided Independent publishing was the way to go.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is clearly the way to self publish my book, it's easy, and certainly affordable. It opens doors that were once closed for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating; a world, people, places. Putting a new spin on what is familiar to me. Writing is therapy to me, it takes me away from the real world and before long, I'm relaxed.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!! But how to explain it? There is no greater thrill, no greater compliment to an author than to have a fan applaud your book!
What are you working on next?
Book two of the Windy City Cops series, Windy City Freeze.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nelson DeMille, Tara French, Karen Slaughter, Tony Hillerman, Stephen King, Brenda Joyce,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm retired from my former job a year now. I am a normal, everyday Jane. Right now I'm babysitting my 7 month old granddaughter, who has reintroduced me to the chaos of babies. How did I do this and work full time?? I try to "work out" everyday. I do housework, shop, cook. I watch a little television. That's my life now.
Why do you write suspense?
About 20 years ago, when I finally decided to take writing seriously, a former partner's wife read my first attempt at a book, and told me, "You can write. But write what you know." What she meant was I should write about being a cop. I didn't want to write about the police, but I took a stab at it and the first Windy City Heat was born. It's been revised many times to what it is today. When I first started sending it out, publishers weren't interested, because tough, female cops just weren't selling. Especially not in romance! According to the editors I'd queried, readers wanted mouthy heroines who stumbled into trouble, and needed a tough male cop to bail them out. But that's not what I knew. I knew tough female cops. I WAS a tough, female cop. One editor told me my book was "too sleazy" to be a Romantic Suspense. Sleazy! Another one told me she'd buy the book if the female heroine "hooked up" with her partner! I was actually appalled. Finally, I found an editor who loved the book, loved the characters and told me something that changed everything. She said, "You are NOT a romance writer. You're a suspense writer. Your characters can still have romance." So here I am. I got tired of reading books where the cops did "cop stuff" the wrong way, because the author didn't know the truth about what cops did. So,‚Äč I wrote what I wanted to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes... I was 10 or 12 years old. I wrote about a record, a 45, that when played, sent the people listening to another reality.
What is your writing process?
I am definitely a by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer. I get an idea, start the first chapter, and then, maybe, write a very rough synopsis.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a born and raised Chicagoan, and a Chicago cop for 30 years. I've always lived in the city, and in fact, grew up in Bridgeport, the neighborhood infamous for the Daleys, and the White Sox.
Published 2016-01-16.
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Books by This Author

Windy City Heat
Series: Windy City Cops. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,230. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Tactical cop Gina Aletti doesn't see a problem with bending rules to get the bad guy. Her new, straight arrow boss doesn't agree; and the battle lines are drawn. When Gina's informant goes missing, her search for him threatens her life, career and new found love.