About Sable Hunter:
Oh, my goodness. Well, I’ll start with the books. I’m a USA Today, New York Times best seller who has written about 40 books. I also have some sweeter versions of a few of the Hell Yeah! so I have about 50 different books for sale including translations. And I have about 45 plotted for the future if I live long enough to write them.
As for me, I’m just a country girl. My books are much more interesting than I am. I love animals. I used to love to cook until I moved back to Austin and am surrounded by wonderful restaurants. I play piano. I used to teach piano, at one time I had 40 students. I am an accountant by trade. I also sing and have written songs, poetry and plays. My favorite colors are earth tones, like sand and burnt orange. I love flowers and the beach
What inspires you to write?
Real life disappoints. When I write, I’m in control. So, I create a world I want to live in and I people it with characters I’d love to be with. So many people spout off about books being ‘realistic’. Hell, if I wanted realism, I’d lay the book down and just live my boring life. Romantic Fiction allows us to experience the excitement of that first date, that first kiss, that first ‘time’ – over and over again. It isn’t just reading for entertainment, it is allowing ourselves to relive the glory of first love as many times as we want. I don’t think there is a higher calling than giving people that experience
Tell us about your writing process.
I plot in my head all the time, keeping a notebook at hand to jot down ideas. I have about 45 basic one-line plot ideas already set ahead for new books. I decide what is next either by deadline or by reader request. When I begin, I outline. As I write, I flesh out that outline. I find if I try to panster it, that I usually waste a lot of time rewriting, it’s best if I know where I’m going from the beginning. I outline in notebooks and on the computer. I do create character sketches. I have created hundreds of interlocking characters, so I have to keep up with who is related to who, who married who, how many children – who knows who – – unfortunately, all of that is in my head. I need to make a huge database – but who the heck has time.
I write on the computer, I only write in a notebook when it’s not possible to have the computer because of space, etc. No music playing – ever! I write, then I send it to betas, then editors, then proofers. I tend to write longer stories, don’t like to write or read short stories or novellas.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Well, sorta. I allow them to live, but I’m still God in this situation. Also, I try to at least give the appearance of sanity, so I don’t talk to them in front of others – ha!
What advice would you give other writers?
Write a good story. Series sell. Sex sells. HEA is better. 3rd person is easier. Past tense. 50000 words or more. Don’t spend a fortune on covers or special models – write a good story and a better blurb. Start with a bang – don’t describe the setting in the first paragraphs. The way people shop now is to read the first few pages in the sample and if you don’t catch them there, the reader will move on.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started self-publishing back when kindle publishing was brand new. I started selling my books on the first day. A publisher picked me up later, so I was traditionally published. Then I went back to self-publishing because of the control. Then. I published others because I had learned the tricks of the trade. Now, I’m self-publishing again, I enjoy being in the driver’s seat. I’ve done a little of it all – tried every trick in the book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
My crystal ball is cloudy. But, I can say that it will never go back to the way it used to be. Self-publishing is here to stay. I think the process will change over time to weed out the unprofessional and the less talented, but the environment for an author to do well on their own is not going away. Authors need to be flexible, they need to watch the markets and adjust their tactics but the possibility for greatness is limited only by your determination, your grit and your ability to tell a story that people want to read
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Romance /Erotica / Western / Contemporary
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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