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[INTERVIEW] Faith Hunter on BLOOD IN HER VEINS, What Makes a Good Story, and What Comes Next

NYT Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes: the nine-book, dark urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock; the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy / post apocalyptic series and role playing game featuring Thorn St. Croix; and the upcoming Soulwood Trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a spin-off character of the Jane Yellowrock/Skinwalker series.

Faith answered a few of my questions for her new collection, Blood in Her Veins. Also, check out a cover gallery of the books in the Jane Yellowrock series below the post!

Kristin Centorcelli: Will you tell us about the new collection, BLOOD IN HER VEINS, and give us a taste of what fans can expect?

Faith Hunter: Blood in Her Veins is a collection of nineteen thrilling adventure stories from the world of rogue-vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock. There are some fan favorites and two all-new novellas. There is the story “The Early Years,” about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal. And the last thing a werewolf ever sees as Jane delivers justice in “Beneath a Bloody Moon.” The collection offers a searing look into the pasts of some of the series’ best-loved characters: Beast in “WeSa and the Lumber King,” Rick LaFleur in “Cat Tats,” and Molly Everhart Trueblood in “Haints.”

In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” Jane goes back to Bayou, Oiseau, where the witches and vampires are again at war, this time over a magical talisman. Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of the City of New Orleans, away from the local witches, and away from the ‘coonass vampires’ who had it and now want it back.

And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most powerful witch in Everhart history….

This group of stories takes the reader from the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire’s lair. With Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a given: Have Stakes, Will Travel. 540 pages of fun!

KC: I love that we get viewpoints of other characters in a few of the stories. Which one of those is your favorite? What was it like writing something from a POV other than Jane’s?

FH: I’m not sure I’ve ever had a favorite book or story. I love all my babies. I have one I always hate and that is whatever novel is currently on my plate, fighting me every step of the way! Soooo, right now that’s Curse on the Land, the second Soulwood book. Book one, Blood of the Earth and book two will both be out this fall and winter and they are kicking my butt!

But seeing a main character from the point of view of a secondary character is always the best fun! I learn things about the main character and see her in different light. For instance, when I wrote the short story of Rick LaFleur’s first full moon as a were-cat, I saw Jane as his were-leopard did: tall, rangy, hard, demanding, a little bit angry. Quiet. Dangerous. And I loved it! I fell in love with Jane all over again!

KC: Is it more or less a challenge to write short fiction as opposed to full length work?

FH: I love both forms. And they both have difficulties and joys. But writing the intertwining plot lines of a novel is way more challenging than writing a single-plot-line short story. That said, getting a whole conflict and resolution into the limited word count of a short story is no easy task. But I love my job, no matter the format.

KC: What’s one of your fave stories from the collection overall?

FH: Okay, this is funny. Mostly because I said I don’t have favorites, but I lied. I really want you to read the short story about Angie Baby, “Bound No More.” I adore Angie. Her powers are rich and fearful and wonderful and she is so young. Watching her grow and learn and fight to become the witch she is destined to be is such a treat for me! And such a trial for Jane, Molly, and Big Evan!

KC: What makes a good story for you? Is there anything that will make you put a book down, unfinished?

FH: I love voice and tone and all the wonderful feelings that a good writer can evoke. When writers can make me block out my world and fall into theirs, that is the best thing evah! But when a character doesn’t grow, isn’t someone I could become friends with, and makes the same mistakes over and over, I want to toss the book across the room.

Also, Pollyannas bore me. I want a character to save her own self. Or go down fighting.

KC: Have you read any good books lately? Anything you’d recommend?

FH: Oh Yes! I am currently reading an Advanced Readers Copy of Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings. It is blowing me away! It’s already on my best of 2016 list and I’m only 60 pages in. It’s that good! Then there’s John Hartness’s Bubba The Monster Hunter series. Bubba is laugh-out-loud funny. David B Coe’s work is a perennial favorite; the newish series, The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, is fabulous. Then there’s Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, which I adore. I’d read Patricia Briggs’ grocery list if I could get my grubby little hands on it. Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series is to die for – ba dum bump. I can’t wait for the new book! But then, I’m in perpetual waiting for every next book!

KC: Is there anything else you’d like to share? Will you give us a teaser for SHADOW RITES?

FH: Squeeee! Yes! Shadow Rites – Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story…

Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, during the National Witch Conclave. But trouble, as usual, comes knocking on her doorstep—not too surprising for the Enforcer of the Master of the City. When her house is magically attacked, the wild pursuit of her assailants unearths a mystery that has been buried deep.

A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit…undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war—vampires versus witches, with Jane in the middle. Thanks for having me!

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

19 Comments on [INTERVIEW] Faith Hunter on BLOOD IN HER VEINS, What Makes a Good Story, and What Comes Next

  1. Judith Bienvenu // February 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm //

    Great interview by my favorite author! Thank you!!

  2. Joan Bennett // February 4, 2016 at 3:36 pm //

    Love this series…Thank You!!

  3. I love Jane’s world, and the richness of Faith’s characters. Faith and Jane are, and forever will be, on my “auto buy” list!

  4. Wow! Great interview. If I wasn’t already a fan, I would be now.

  5. Great interview. It was cool to get some insight on the characters from the author’s vantage and pick up some reading suggestions as well. I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Hunter’s work and I am always on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment. Can hardly wait to get my paws on the new Soulwood series coming out this year!

  6. Brenda R. // February 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm //

    This is my favorite series! Yes, Angie Baby is terrifyingly powerful even though she is an adorable seven-year-old. Bound No More lays out AT LEAST four major pieces of information about Angie, Molly, the Grey Between, and arcenciels that I’m certain will be very important in Shadow Rites or other books.

  7. Rachel V. // February 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm //

    I just adore this series and can’t get enough.

  8. I love this series!


    And her new series, out in August. High summer heat can’t get here fast enough!

  9. Love the interview! Jane Yellowrock rules! 🙂

  10. I love Jane Yellowrock and her world! Thanks for a great interview with Faith Hunter. I always enjoy behind-the-scenes info!

  11. I’m with Faith, voice is so important. I want to relate to POV character…feel like those words or thoughts could come out of my mouth too. So yeah, no pollyannas!

  12. Great interview, love the line up of all the book covers. Awesome answers from Faith.

  13. Great interview. Love Faith Hunter and Jane Yellowrock!

  14. I love Jane Yellowrock for exactly what Ms Hunter says in her interview…she has grown so much since Skinwalker, the 1st novel. She (and her world) are more complex with each installment. The Jane/Beast relationship (not at all what it sounds like) is especially fascinating! I can’t wait to dive into the new novellas, and re-reading old favorites in order gives me new perspective.

  15. Great interview! I love how Faith has created a strong female who also deals with self worth issues just like the rest of us. It makes her relatable, and draws you in. I listen to the books on Audible, and I have to say Faith found a gem in Khristine Hvam! The character voices are the same from book to book, and she really brings them to life! I also love seeing what our favorite authors are reading.

  16. Great to hear more interesting perspectives from Faith! This collection of short stories is just great. And now I’m dying to read Shadow Rites. Anne

  17. I love all of Faith’s books and automatically pre-order them as soon as they become available. 🙂

  18. I’m so anxious to read Shadow Rites… and Blood of the Earth… and, well, OK, I’d probably read Faith’s grocery list if I could get it! But, I’ll have to be content for now with these wonderful morsels in Blood in Her Veins.

  19. Great interview!! BIHV was fantastic, although not great for my sleep patterns. 😉 And I LOVED getting a teaser about Shadow Rites!!
    Do you think you could talk her into coming back in a few months and squeezing some teasers out about the new Soulwood spin off series?
    Pretty please???
    Thanks again! And thank you, Faith Hunter, for being here!

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