Hi, Everyone! Today at Author Stalker, we have Iris Ann Hunter. She is one of the best new writers this year! Her book, Tragic Beauty, is in the top 50 in the psychological genre, in the top 100 in the romance genre as well as the mystery, thriller and suspense genre. How awesome is that for a first novel?
Me: Congratulations on your new book, Tragic Beauty. How do you select the names of your characters?
Iris: Thank you! The names come to me in different ways. Either I hear them somewhere, in person or on TV, or I see them in a book or magazine. Sometimes I have a name I’ve been wanting to use, like I did with Ava, and sometimes just writing a character, a name will come to me. I try to keep it a very natural process, and most times, they come to me, rather than me having to go searching.
Me: What did you edit out of this book?
Iris: I wrote some chapters from Red’s POV, but I ended up cutting them out, and instead used Shayne to tell those parts of the story. I still love those chapters though!
Me: If you can collaborate with any writer, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Iris: Charlotte Brontë. She is my all-time favorite author, and Jane Eyre, my all-time favorite book. She has a brilliance to her prose, and her ability to craft a story is mesmerizing. Working with her on anything would be a dream come true.
Me: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Iris: I have quite a few author friends… Anita Gray, Charity Bailey, Mia Knight, Jennifer Bene, Deedee Prince, just to name a handful… not only are they all amazing writers and talented ladies, but they are always so helpful in giving advice and offering support. I’d be lost without them!
Me: In all of your books, what was your hardest scene to write? If given the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?
Iris: The hardest scene to write would have to be in Tragic Beauty…the last scene Ava and Shayne have together in the cell, and probably the darkest scene I’ve ever written. Anyone who’s read the book, probably knows exactly what I’m talking about. And in terms of changing anything in my books, I try not to look backwards too much, but I do have little regrets here and there…ultimately though, the stories are as I would want them.
Me: How do you come up with such characters? What is your inspiration?
Iris: Honestly, they sort of just show up in my head. I have certain traits I love…a strong but vulnerable heroine, a dark brooding man with a heart buried somewhere deep, and so on. I’m intensely drawn to those who are damaged, then I try to help them find their way.
Me: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Iris: I usually try to read them. In general, I think they are a good gauge for how people are responding to my book. The good ones always help bolster my confidence, and the bad ones, if they’re constructive, can be good and honest feedback, for which I try to keep an open mind to.
Me: What is your writing Kryptonite?
Iris: Haha… Facebook! I go take a quick look and end up on there for hours!
Me: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer? Do you have any interesting quirks or writing rituals?
Iris: Hmmm… that first one is a tough question. There’s plenty I would give up, but in reality, I suppose I would give up all my free time…I’ve done that before, while reading and studying the craft. It helped invaluably! And in terms or writing rituals, I love to write by a fire, but as we don’t have a fireplace, I use a TV and play a fire video that goes for hours, then I light a campfire candle to give the smell. And it actually works pretty good!
Me: Now for some harder questions… if you can choose 1 book of yours to be made into a movie, which one would it be? Which actors do you want to represent your characters?
Iris: I would love to have Tragic Beauty made into a movie, but given some of the scenes in the book, I’m not holding my breath, lol! For actors, I haven’t quite come across any that fit the bill exactly for Gavin or Shayne. I’m very fond of Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, although I’m not sure they’re right for the parts. For Ava, I’m still searching!
Me: What’s the funniest prank ever played on you?
Iris: It wasn’t played on me direct, but it was an April Fools Day joke, played near my house when we lived in a small town. Someone put a big, professional looking sign that said, “Coming Soon-WalMart,” in a field by my neighborhood. Needless to say, it spooked quite a few people including myself, but in the end, I laughed my ass off!
Me: If you can have any super powers, what would it be?
Iris: To heal others. I’m not really sure if that’s a super power, lol, but if I could choose that, I would.
Me: If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? (Example: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we all die.)
Iris: Live each day like you’re on vacation.
Me: Can you tell us about any new books/projects you are working on?
Iris: I’m currently at work on Hunted Beauty, the second book in the Beauty & The Darkness Trilogy. I can’t wait to finish it!!
Me: Any last thoughts for readers? Just to say that I’m so grateful for all the love and support from my fans. Tragic Beauty was my first novel, and the welcoming it has received means the world. I cherish every message I get, every review I garner, and every tag or share that a fan does for me, and I always will!
You can stalk Iris at the following:
MAILING LIST – http://irisannhunter.com/mailing-list/
WEBSITE – http://www.irisannhunter.com
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/IrisAnnHunter
FACEBOOK GROUP – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HuntersOfTheDark
INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/irisannhunter
GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/IrisAnnHunter
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