I bring you this wonderful author: SABLE HUNTER. Learn more about her and her work!
Let's start of by asking, what got you into writing?
I began writing for two reasons. First, to please myself.My writing served as a source of entertainment and as a source of escape. It gave me another world to visit when the world I lived in was not where I wanted to be. I could create an alternate reality and immerse myself in a life of love, adventure and sensuality. My writings are my fantasies – they are extremely personal. If you want to know me – read my books. I am the heroine in every one. All of the insecurities, failures, hopes and dreams of those women are all me. And the men….well, that’s the fantasy part of it. Second, I like to read a particular kind of book. I like alpha heroes and women with challenges in their life. And I want the hero to fall for the heroine hard – hook line and sinker. I want him to go to his knees at her feet and love her just the way she is. So, I couldn’t find that many of those types of books to write – so I wrote my own. I’m fortunate that other people enjoy visiting my fantasy world. That’s a blessing.
How did you decide to publish your work?
When I first started, I submitted to Harlequin but they said my work was too dark. My first novel dealt with abuse and a rape, it was aptly called TROUBLE. About that same time, Kindle Publishing on Amazon came to the forefront and I was one of the first who ventured into that world of self-publishing. I put out 8 books pretty quickly and to my shock, they began to sell. A published author introduced me to Secret Cravings and I gave them seven of those books. So I have been traditionally published and I put out another series on my own. I learned from both experiences. Since then, I’ve put out about 30 books, mostly self-published and made the huge leap to publishing other people’s work in BEAU COUP, which is the culmination of what I’ve learned all along the way. I see the value of both pathways and tried to lead people in the best journey for them. Writing is a lifestyle I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Tell us a little about yourself? Something readers might not know about you?
Well, I’ve been around awhile and told most everything on myself that could be known. I’m a private person. I don’t make public appearances. I don’t do book signings or conventions. I have never met a ‘fan’. Where I live, I’m mostly incognito. Sable Hunter is me, but I’m more than Sable. I’m a country girl. I grew up around cattle. Texas and Louisiana are both my homes, we have placesin each state. I cook – I’m a damn good cook. I believe in the supernatural. I ghosthunt for a hobby. Elvis Presley is my favorite singer, but I love rap music also. I play piano – classical. At one time I had 40 piano students. I’m also an accountant. But now I write full time and own BEAU COUP. I am an animal nut. I have six cats and three dogs. Flowers are a passion. My home in Texas has a yard full of old fashioned roses. I don’t like clear stones like diamonds, I prefer opaque stones. My favorite color is purple, but my houses are decorated in earth tones. I collect Beleek and Waterford. My favorite spot in my house is my shower – its huge and when I get stuck on a story line, I go in there and sit on the bench and get rained on. It has 14 showerheads and a waterfall and I could entertain a professional basketball team in there – its that big. Hmmmm – I like to drive fast. I like foreign cars. I’ve owned a Jag – my favorite, but now I drive a Lexus GFS Sport. My family is very small. I really only have Jess, but he’s enough. I travel by myself on research trips and I travel incognito. I’ve been tempted to put SABLE HUNTER on one side of my RV and SO MANY COWBOYS SO LITTLE ROPE on the other side – but I have refrained – ha!
Why romance books?
Love is one thing we all long for. And if we can’t have it in real life, we should be able to escape and enjoy it a little while in a book.
What drew you to write this type of book? –
Hmmm romance – I love happy endings, I think everyone deserves one. And I write erotic romance because sex is the icing – the very best part of life and I want as much of it as I can get.
What inspires you to write? Do you use real life events in your writing?
Poignant things – photos, songs, news stories – things like that inspire me to write. And yes, I do use real life events in my books – mostly things that have happened to me. Many of the funny and sad stories are mine – from the bull chasing the lady in Hot on Her Trail to Avery getting a microphone hung in her mouth in BADASS – all me. I even write Sable Hunter in my stories. I use my background, my ghost stories, my nana – my neighbors – if you live around me or do something funny – you’re in my book. After all, they say write what you know – so I do.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My interest developed because I like to read. I never did play dolls or games – I read. When I was in Junior High, I would write stories about my friends and then let them read the finished product. I was a good student in school and writing was a strong point of mine – so I always knew I could do it. I just had to make myself be still enough to start.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several – Maya Banks, Lorelei James, Sarah McCarty, Shayla Black – and the one thing that I admired about their work was that they told a helluva story and it was so hot the kindle singed my fingers. So, I’ve taken up that banner. I write a story complete enough and compelling enough that if the sex were removed, it would still be good. But who wants to do without sex? Not me.
Who designed the covers?
For the most part – Barb, my assistant, makes my covers both for me and for the company. But the design and vision is my own. I try to bring a scene in the books to life and no one knows them better than I do.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part - - letting go. So, I solved that by letting my books be all interconnected. So, I never have to say goodbye to a character because their stories never end. I let each book be about a particular couple and I do give them a nice tidy HEA, but all of my characters still interact with one another so you get to revisit and catchup and be a part of their lives and their world – on and on.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Gracious me. Yes. Write. Write. But study your market and realize that you have to have a GOOD story to tell. As a publisher, I can assure you that I can fix- usually – a poorly written story, but I can do nothing for a well written boring piece of literature. Create an addictive world that people want to move into – and you’ll write a book that will sell. And develop your characters – spend time letting us know what made them the people they are at the time the story is taking place. Build their personalities and their past. And make sure that you allow the reader to see your story when they read it. So many times I read books that I can hear – and by that I mean there is dialogue and introspection, but there is no action or description or setting. And you have to do both. You want that reader to envision the book unfolding just as much as you do when you’re writing it. And EDITS – get your book edited if you are self-publishing. In Beau Coup, we go through a three prong edit process. And know this – a cover will attract a reader, but seldom does it sell a book. The BLURB is all powerful, that’s what attracts me – sell me on your book. The cover is bait, but it’s not the main thing. AND lastly – writing a book is the easy part. Marketing is the hard part and it has to be done. Not a choice. There are millions of books out there for readers to choose from so you have to do something to bring attention to your book – you have to move it from the back of the book store to the front – and that’s not an easy thing to do. Getting attention for your book is hardand its critical. But having said all of that – this is the time. There is no other more writer friendly time in our history than now. If you have a good, addictive, creative story – you can do well.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love my readers. They are the most wonderful people in the world. I write for them, now, as much as I write for myself. So here is my commitment to you, readers of SABLE HUNTER and the HELL YEAH! Series. I promise to do my best to create for you tales that are meaningful. I will give you of myself when I do. I will foster hope that we all can be loved for ourselves – no matter what mountains we have to climb or difficulties we have to face. We all deserved to be loved. We all deserve a hero. I’m holding out for one – and I hope you do too.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Right now I’m working on several things. WELCOME TO MY WORLD – Hell Yeah! 14 will be about Bowie Travis Malone and Cassie Cartwright. Cassie is in a wheelchair. And when you find out how and why – it will break your heart. But their love is going to make a helluva tale.
Ryan and I are writing a 4th of July story called COME FOR ME about a girl, Lacy, who has been unlucky in love. Her ‘inadequate’ former boyfriend has convinced her she’s frigid. And she’s never had an orgasm. So she listens to her girlfriends talk and wishes she could know the joy of having someone in her life who would desire her. And don’t worry – we’ve created the perfect solution – and his name is JAKE. And I want him for myself!!
This book will kick off the DIXIE DREAMING series and introduce another couple who will carry the dream forward.
I have others too – my head is full of stories.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questionsfor us!
Check out Sable's work:
Hannah Montenegro is a woman who has sacrificed her life to help her family, never knowing the joys and freedom a young girl should enjoy. She lives in constant fear of being discovered in a country where she has no citizenship and no hope for the future.
But fate has a plan…the night Kyle comes back to Texas, they meet in a bar where he is drowning his sorrows and she is spreading her wings to learn how to fly. From the moment they touch, the heat between them is undeniable. But unfortunate circumstances separate them and neither dares dream they will see one another again.
Kyle is from a powerful Texas family. Because of his work with the Equalizers, his stance on stem-cell research and internet security, he is the only one surprised to find the people of the Lone Star state want him to run for Governor. Many get behind him, including the McCoys. But the one person he wants at his side eludes him.
Hannah is always on his mind. From the beginning their relationship is complicated, but when she comes back into his life, he grabs onto her with both hands. Politics, a sex tape, immigration issues and a baby complicates their pathway to happiness. But Kyle is the Thunderbird and Hannah is his soul mate in the truest sense of the word. Their journey to love is one you’ll never forget.
A modern day Cinderella story with a twist…
Sable Hunter writes erotic romance. She writes what she likes to read and enjoys putting her fantasies on paper. Her stories are emotional reads where the heroine is faced with challenges, like one of her favorite songs – she’s holding out for a hero – and boy, can she deliver a hero. Her aim is to write a story that will make you laugh, cry and sweat. If she can wring those emotions out of a reader, then she has done her job. She grew up in south Louisiana along the mysterious bayous where the Spanish moss hangs thickly over the dark waters. The culture of Louisiana has shaped her outlook on life and made its way into her novels where the supernatural is entirely normal. Presently, Sable lives in Texas and spends most of her time in wild and wonderful Austin. She is passionate about animals and has been known to charm creatures from a one ton bull to a family of racoons. For fun, Sable has been known to haunt cemeteries and battlefields armed with night-vision cameras and digital recorders hunting proof that love survives beyond the grave.She writes for Secret Cravings Publishing as well as publishes much of her own work. Join her in her world of magic, alpha heroes, sexy cowboys and hot, steamy, to-die-for sex. Step into the shoes of her heroines and escape to places where dreams can come true and orgasms only come in multiples.