Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Jules: Hello, I’m Jules
Hunter: Hi, I’m Hunter and I’m 39
Fiona: Where are you from?
Jules: I was born in Texas, grew up overseas
Hunter: I was born and raised in Norwalk, California
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Jules: I grew up as an Army brat and lived in Europe and the Middle East most of my life. I finally ended up in Southern California where I met my husband and have had 19 exciting years with him We have a son and daughter; and a grandson and granddaughter.
Hunter: I played sports through high school mainly water polo and volleyball. After many years in construction, I moved into the electronics recycling world and have owned an electronics recycling company with my wife for 5 years now.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Jules & Hunter: We are currently working on Erased, book 2 of our Animus series. We are also outlining a few urban fantasy RH stories.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Jules: I began writing in January 2019 when an author I respect very much suggested that I write about my life experiences as they have been many and very colorful. My husband and every family member I have had been telling me the same thing so Hunter said let’s do this together and so we did.
Hunter: I also began writing in January with Jules. She is an avid reader of many genres and I knew writing was what she should be doing. As her best friend, I wanted to experience that with her and we had so much fun that we decided to keep it going.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Jules: I don’t really, this all still feels surreal to me.
Hunter: Ditto. I’m a character and world builder but I don’t necessarily feel like a writer yet.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Jules: Ultimately, Hunter. He was also the driving force for me whenever I questioned if we should actually publish Deceived.
Hunter: Watching and listening to Jules read. Her eyes light up every time and I get to watch her go through a slew of emotions. After many years of telling her that she should write, I finally said no more excuses. I told her I wanted to write with her and be a part of making readers feel the same way Jules does.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Jules & Hunter: We went through so many titles. First we tried to make it a pun off of a Bruce Lee movie title, then it became Gambit, then Animus, Under Their Protection and finally Deceived. Jules was diving into our FMC Kaia’s emotions trying to really get her feelings across to the readers and she said Kaia feels deceived by almost everyone right now and we both looked at the other and yelled “Deceived!”
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Jules: I write in first person present tense. I find that with the contemporary RH genre, it is hard to make the relationships believable. It has to make sense for me and the reality of RH is in itself is a rare reality. I’m still trying to convince Hunter that we need to try an RH lifestyle to ascertain the viability of said lifestyle for our scenes. Hahaha to date, the answer is still no.
Hunter: I write in an RPG fashion. I role play each character as Jules types or we record. No, let me say it again love, NO we won’t be trying an RH lifestyle any time soon (maybe someday) and you are working your way to a smack bottom woman!!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Jules & Hunter: The revenge game aspect of The Animus Series is taken from Jules’ experiences in high school with Slam Books. As for the intrigue, that was mostly fiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Jules & Hunter: Travel isn’t necessarily needed for crafting. But it is definitely needed when we feel overwhelmed and want to unplug. We do like to write on the beach and in coffee shops or sometimes even when we are driving to a vacation. Not the sex scenes though! Tried that once on the 4 hour drive to Las Vegas and had to pull over a lot.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jules & Hunter: As for the concept, Jules came up with it with Hunter’s mom and the amazing George Long was our cover artist. He does covers for best-selling authors and it was our lucky day when he agreed to do the covers for our Animus series. He should be done with the cover for our next book Erased in a few days, we are so stoked to debut it!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Jules & Hunter: We don’t think that the reader will realize the entire message until the final book in the trilogy. The first book is mostly revenge can be cathartic and quite satisfying. In the second book Erased the message is ‘Better watch your ass because like the Animus tagline goes…What Goes Around Comes Around’ In the final book well… you will have to wait and see.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Jules: My favorite new authors are Quirah Casey, Amelia Oliver and Melody Calder. As for my favorite writer that is extremely hard because I have so many. Top would have to be Laken Cane, she is the queen of chaos and melee fighting scenes. She never wastes a single word; every word drives the story further. She writes sexy alpha males and sweet sensitive ones too. Every character is so thought out and she always brings a touch of mystery to their personalities. She has a playlist for each book and every song is spot on to the situation. Most importantly she is very involved with her fans and is as loyal to us as we are to her.
Hunter: I like JK Rowling. Her skills with world and character building are phenomenal. The movies were good, but the books were outstanding and were so much more than the movies, as books tend to be.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Jules & Hunter: We actually have three entities that have equally supported our commitment to become published authors. Our PA Misty Anable, and authors Amelia Oliver and Melody Calder have been invaluable to us. They have been amazing, supportive, knowledgeable and the best friends an author can have.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Jules & Hunter: I don’t know if either of us see it as a career, we both love it and don’t have any plans to stop writing any time soon. We have the Animus trilogy to finish and would like to get into a few antho’s
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Jules: I don’t think I would change a thing. I cut it up and questioned myself so many times that I had to finally let it go and take on a Zen attitude about it. We learned a lot through this process and it is an experience I wouldn’t change for the world.
Hunter: I wouldn’t change a thing. Through our process this book had gone through many different changes. Some great, some not so great. I was amazed with the end result that Jules and I were actually able to do this.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Jules: Too much to list but I think the biggest lesson I learned is to create a writing group with other up and coming writers.
Hunter: The most important thing I think I learned was that it’s not a race. For us it was a marathon. It took months and making sure the readers would connect with the story and feel our characters journey.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Jules: Arielle Kebbel, she is a beautiful fantastic actor I would like to see more of.
Hunter: Kaley Cuoco, she does funny well and nails sarcasm which is a lot like Kaia our MC
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Jules: Don’t listen to the people that try to bring you down. Keep writing if that makes you happy. There is a book for every reader and a reader for every book is what my wonderful editor Christa Desir always tells me.
Hunter: When you hit a brick wall, don’t keep ramming your head into it. Take a step back and have a piece of pie. Be constant, when writing, start and end with the same enthusiastic attitude.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Jules: Thank you for taking a chance on us. We truly want to provide you with a quality story that makes sense for you to spend your hard earned money and valuable time on.
Hunter: Sorry for what happens in our next book Erased, Jules made me do it!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Jules: A co-write by two of my fave authors Shayla Black & Lexi Blake. It is the final book in the Perfect Gentlemen Series titled At the Pleasure of the President. Fantastic series, also every book by both of these authors are awesome!
Hunter: I’m not currently, between work, writing and marketing I unfortunately haven’t had the time. Jules however tells everyone she is working on taxes and needs peace and quiet but I think she is really hiding in her office and reading.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Jules: I do, but the first book that I remember affecting me significantly was The Witch’s Sister – W.I.T.C.H Trilogy by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. It is a fantastic YA story with a mystery. I have never forgotten it and love it to this day.
Hunter: Indian in the Cupboard. I actually prefer it when Jules read aloud to me. She comes up with the greatest voices and I can listen to her for hours. Especially the Harry Potter series, it’s my favorite and her accents are terrible.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Jules: Books and family make me do both. Also Hunter and slapstick comedy makes me laugh until I cry.
Hunter: Jules and family
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jules: Bruce Lee, I’ve idolized him since I was a young kid
Hunter: JFK, that man knows the answers to many secrets
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Jules: Well of course reading but I also love roller derby, showing horses and working in the pits when Hunter races.
Hunter: Love cooking, especially for Jules! It started when she broke her ankle in roller derby and Jules won’t let me stop. Racing, video games and fantasy football.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Jules: Oh goodness we are big TV watchers. A lot of SciFi like Orphan Black, Killjoys, Dark Matter, Deadly Class. I especially love Claws;Niecy Nash is one of my fave actors. We also have Walking Dead block party potluck viewings. We set up a projector on the side of a house and everyone brings food and we BBQ and watch it as a neighborhood.
Hunter: Anything Scify like Preacher. Reality TV junkie, The challenge, Hell’s Kitchen, Big Brother, Master Chef & Master Chef Jr. I especially love the Lord of the Rings and all of the Harry Potter and Underworld movies
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Jules: Purple is my favorite color, As for food, anything Hunter cooks and music why choose? I love all music and food, cannot pic a fave.
Hunter: Blue is my favorite color. Wu Tang and Snoop. BBQ is my favorite type of food.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Jules: Wait…I can still keep reading right??!!!
Hunter: Continue running our business and everything I do now.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live, how would you spend that time?
Jules: I would gather all of our family and we would enjoy it together, laughing.
Hunter: Locked in a room doing naughty things to my wife..
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Jules: She will be missed and remembered well
Hunter: Loving father, supportive husband, beast between the sheets.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Jules & Hunter: We do! You can find our website/blog at https://www.juleshunter.com/
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