Thursday, March 27, 2014

PPWC 2014 Q&A - Jax Hunter

Jax Hunter (with husband, Dan), Author


1. What was the defining moment that made your realize you wanted to be an author?

I made up stories for myself for as long as I can remember. I was an only child so I "played" parts in all my favorite tv shows and made up "fanfic" in my head before it was a word. Never wrote them down. But one story had been hanging around for years and, finally, I decided to write it. That was about twelve years ago and, eventually, that story became "Black Ice," my first novel.

2. What is the one thing you cannot work without? What is your creative vice?

Eek, I don't know that I have one. I have preferences but nothing set in stone.

3. If you could 'revive' any literary figure from the past for a one hour conversation, who would you choose?

I am always interested in a writer's process. I wouldn't mind visiting with Tolkien. But I'd also love to talk writing with Diana Gabaldon or Debbie Macomber or, really I just love visiting with writers about writing. Famous, not so famous. Published, not so published. I've never been one to get in line for an autograph. I don't really understand the whole autograph thing, though I love visiting with my readers and enjoy signing their books for them. I don't do fan things either; if I can't have a real relationship with someone, I don't want to spend time in the crowd wanting just one handshake. Does that make me weird?

4. What is one of your more notable or unusual conference or convention experiences?

Last year at Write Your Heart Out, I had a great conversation that led me to pull my books back and self publish them. So glad I did.

5. If we asked your friends and family to compare you to a cartoon character, which would they choose, and why?

Foghorn Leghorn. Ah say, that's a joke, son! Or maybe Snoopy - Snoopy Dancin' is something I do when I have great news!

6. What is one thing would you like aspiring authors to know about the road to success?

That there are no losers, only quitters. Even if you never get published, your life will be so very enriched by writing. Find the story you were born to tell - it might take awhile to find it - then do your very best to tell it well.


About the Author/Experts: Dan Bubis and Jax Hunter were EMT’s in the high mountains of Colorado for sixteen years.  They worked on a rural ambulance service and also on Search and Rescue.  They both teach CPR.  Jax is a published romance writer.  Her latest series revolves around Air Force ParaRescue, a field that encompasses both emergency medicine and search and rescue.