AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: USA Today best-selling author R.E. Hunter took some time to speak with DwN about her writing journey. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, DwN would like to present, R.E. Hunter the author of the Disclosure Series; Undone, Unbroken, and Love in Motion. DwN has a particular appreciation for self-published authors and R.E. Hunter is a great example of an author who has been able to navigate the self-publishing world with great success. Check out the interview below to learn more about her and find out where you can purchase her work.
Book Trailer for Undone (Book 1 in the Disclosure Series)
DwN: What inspires you to write?
R.E: A little bit of everything. It’s almost like once I opened the door I couldn’t shut it. Sometimes the simplest or most silly thing can inspire a scene or a story in my head. Watching the Winter Olympics had me wanting to write an entire story for the Ice Dancing Gold Medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lol. But most of all, it’s music. I can’t plot, brainstorm or write without it. The right song can inspire a whole scene in my head.
DwN: Can you talk about what projects you have in the works?
R.E: I’ve been working on a story called Lost Stars for some time. It’s a heavier story-line than I’ve written in the past, and for some reason the words are just coming realllllly slow. But I’m in love with these characters, so I’m willing to take the time to make sure I get it right.
DwN: What is the self-publishing process like?
R.E: It’s tough, it’s a lot to learn and can be a full-time job on top of the job I already have, but it’s so worth it. You have control over everything from your cover, to your title, to your release date. It’s a ton of work. You are responsible for every aspect of your book. Whereas trad pub authors have a team to work with, an indie author has to find and build their own team from the bottom up, not to mention marketing themselves, being on top of social media, etc.
DwN: Why did you choose to write romance novels?
R.E: It’s just what inspired me. It’s funny, because I was never a big romance reader when I was younger. I love political suspense/thrillers and I love a good fantasy book. I got into romance reading Twilight and it just kind of grew from there. I became a big fan of contemporary romance/realistic fiction so I think it was just the natural choice for me. They say to write what you know, so for my first series I wrote a contemporary romance that takes place in law school and is based a lot on personal experiences.
DwN: What were some of the challenges you faced writing your first novel?
R.E: Working on the first novel, the biggest challenge was time. I had it plotted for quite a while, but when I actually decided to sit down and write the story I was working full time and planning a wedding. The other challenge was learning the indie book publishing world. You are really running your own business when you publish this way. I had to put myself out there, learn how to market myself, promote my upcoming book, find a photographer and cover designer, find beta readers, an editor, proofreaders and a promo company. It was definitely a lot to juggle at once. And then there was the challenge of getting book two started as soon as I was finished with Undone, because I left things hanging a bit with the first one!
DwN: Can you share a quote from your favorite author and explain what it means to you?
“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.” – Colleen Hoover, Slammed
This is one of the first “indie” books that I read that started me on this self-pub journey, so it holds a special place in my heart. Colleen Hoover started as a self published author and became a hugely successful trad published author. She is incredibly talented and she’s proof that you don’t need a publishing house behind you if you are a good writer and you’re not afraid to put yourself out there. As far as the quote itself, I just think it applies to so much in life. I’m big on never becoming complacent, never settling, always striving for more. I think this quote represents that.