Writer’s Spotlight Episode 2: Amy Hunter

For this sophomore episode of Writer’s Spotlight, we have Amy Hunter – another member of the Scribes’ Circle I have gotten to know pretty well over the past year. Like Jacklynn, she was also in A Journey of Words with me, and her story “Core” I found to be especially moving. Amy is one of the most dedicated writers to the craft I have come across. Couple that with her tight writing skills, and she is a force to be reckoned with.

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 Give us a short introduction to you.
I was hatched in 1983, the third of a clutch. I have several other siblings, including maybe one who talks to me, but I’m not sure because I haven’t spoken to him in over a year. I was born in Orange, Texas, and since then I’ve lived in pretty much every small town in the immediate area. I don’t sit still for long. I’m always packing. It’s my goal to find someplace by the water where I can fish in the mornings and write at night. Unpack, you know? Throw away the boxes.
I’ve been married once. Can’t say I miss that. Except maybe the part where I didn’t have to take the garbage out all the time…
I have a fat Corgi and a Mini-Schnauzer who needs some female attention. Badly. I’m thinking of finding a canine dating site for him. Maybe something along the lines of www.ilikeitruff.com. ‘Cause he really does. P.S. Help. My leg can only take so much.

How long have you been writing, professionally and/or as a hobby?
I’ve been hobby-writing since I was about thirteen. I’m thirty-#@%&* now. I told you the year of my birth. That’s all you’re getting. Professionally? About a year and a half.

In what genre(s) do you write?
I normally have no clue which genre I’m writing in until I’m finished, and sometimes, I don’t even know then. I prefer the freedom of closing my eyes and taking that leap into the unknown. My style is to come up with a storyline and write it blindly. That might seem amateurish, sure. So be it. But honestly, most of the stories I write aren’t that easy to categorize.

Do you outline your stories ahead of time, or do you let the story grow as you write?
Not only do I love to outline, but I would be lost without the outline. I plot everything. I make outlines and lists of how to clean my room. My grocery lists have footnotes.

Which authors have influenced and inspired you the most?
J.R. Ward, Neil Gaiman, and Chuck Palahniuk. I wish I could claim to be attracted to the classics, but really, I’m not. No, some are great—hear me out. Charles Dickens. Mark Twain. Those are great authors, but I don’t think to myself, “Wow, they influence me.” They just don’t shape my style.

Do you write in other ways, such as poetry, songwriting, technical articles, etc?
I used to write poetry. I wrote dark, angst-filled poetry when I had no idea what life was about. Haha. I was a black-wearing, cigarette-smoking, woe-is-me teenager who bitched about everything. Oh, I still smoke and wear lots of dark colors, but now I know more about life, so it’s somewhat justified. *smile* I also helped write a few lyrics for my ex-husband before my divorce. Crap. Utter crap. I was so bad at it.

How has your life experiences affected your writing?
“Core,” my first published story, was creative non-fiction, so as you can tell, it was based somewhat on fact. Since then, I’ve branched out and written about my experiences in the mental hospital, my misspent youth… There really isn’t a lot that I won’t talk about or write about. Maybe one day someone will find my experiences helpful.

What scene that you’ve written has moved you the most, and why?
Which scene has moved me the most? I can tell you which was the hardest to write… The last scene of “Core,” when the angel of Lucas visited Corey in the hospital. She fell to her knees. She was “broken” mentally, and Lucas put his finger to his lips trying to calm her. He didn’t tell her who he was, because she was too far gone to understand.

Beta Readers – Yes or No? Why?
Beta readers are great when I can find one or two who have time to read my stories.

What inspires your story ideas?
My past. I’m very nostalgic.

Do you belong to any Writing Groups?
I am the co-founder of The Scribes’ Circle.

Tell us about all of your works in progress (include your favorite snippets).
Monster’s Edge—I don’t have a snippet, because it’s in the outline stage. It’s about a young woman, Coralie, who falls in love with the wrong man, Cole. She wants to run away with him and go to school, but her rich, snob family won’t hear of it. Coralie and Cole stage a home invasion to take the money from her father, but things go South when Cole, takes things too far. Coralie tries to back out of it, so he turns on her, too. Things escalate, and before the evening is over, Cole makes Coralie’s father choose which of his children for him to kill.
Cemetery Music—Again, this is in the outline stages. An elderly man brings a stereo to the cemetery every night to play music for his deceased bride, and an onlooker fantasizes about what their life may have been like.

Have you been published?
My story “Core” was published in A Journey of Words in 2016. “Core” is a story that drives the reader through domestic violence, mental illness, and the unbreakable bond between siblings. To purchase AJOW: http://www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-journey-of-words
Another story of mine, “Salted Ground,” will be published later this year in “A Haunting of Words.” Marley was convinced she had found happiness with Adam when he helped her escape an abusive relationship. When tragedy strikes, will she find hope or torment?

How can readers follow you?
Readers can email me: amyshunter@yahoo.com
Follow me on twitter @amyhunterauthor

Follow me on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15700724.Amy_Hunter
Like my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmyUnleashed/
My blog: www.amyhunterauthor.com

Is there anything else you want readers to know about you?
I think everyone is sick of me by now. 🙂

Thanks, Amy, for taking the time to share a little piece of you with us!

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