Monday, September 10, 2012

Hydra Blog Hop - R.S. Hunter

What's so wonderful about the blogosphere? Meeting new people. This week, I'd like to introduce you to a group of authors published by Hydra Publications. First up is fellow steampunk author, R.S. Hunter. And down at the bottom, take a look at his novel, The Exile's Violin. I'm totally in love with his cover. So much steampunk-goodness!

So to help you get to know R.S. Hunter, I've asked him to share his "Lucky 13 Fun Facts" about himself.

Take it away, Mr. Hunter:

I was instructed to share 13 interesting/fun facts about me—my personal life, my writing, etc. Let’s hope I can find a way to appear less boring than I think I am! Let’s dive right into this.
  1. I’m the fourth in my family to have my name, and I’m named after my grandfather. I partially blame him for giving me the “gift of gab.” The man was always telling (sometimes long-winded) stories.

  2. R.S. Hunter
    The first science fiction book I ever truly fell in love with was Dune by Frank Herbert. I read it for the first time in about fourth grade. I’ve reread it so many times that my copy is falling apart. I’ve never seen the 80’s movie with Sting, but I do own the Sci-Fi Channel’s miniseries from 2000. I ended up writing my honor’s thesis in college about the book and Octavia E. Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy.

  3. The first science fiction movie I fell in love with was the original Star Wars. I watched it with my grandma, and she taught me how to play the main theme on the piano. Over the years, I’ve watched all the movies, read some of the comics, played the games, and read almost all of the novels.

  4. I want to become a full-time novelist. My ultimate goal is to support myself and my future family through my writing. With my first book, The Exile’s Violin, coming out in September, I’ve taken my first step towards that goal.

  5. Even though my first published piece was a short story, I like longer works better. Novels aren’t inherently better than short stories; they’re just not my calling.

  6. I have to write with music. Pure silence scares me. My favorite genres when I’m writing are electronica/videogame soundtracks and death metal. Polar opposites, right?

  7. I have one tattoo on my left arm, and I want more. One of my goals is to get a tattoo that represents each novel I get published.

  8. My parents are the ones that got me reading at a young age. They said to me that “they’d never say no if I asked them to buy me a book.” I made them regret that promise. Though, seeing how I’m a published author now, I don’t think they’re complaining. I’m very grateful that they pushed me to read.

  9. I almost pursued an education and career in chemistry. I was always good at math and science in school, however, in college, I went to the orientation for the chemistry major and changed my mind right then and there. I went back to my first loves: books and reading.

  10. I’ve lived in California all my life, but I would love to live in another part of the country or abroad. Maybe when I become one of those rich, famous author types I hear so much about.

  11. When it comes to genre fiction, I rate science fiction as my favorite, fantasy second, and horror in third. I like reading some horror books, but you won’t ever catch me watching horror movies or playing survival horror games. They scare me way too much.

  12. I am one the extreme end of the spectrum when it comes to “plotting.” My novel outlines usually are around 40,000 words. They’re basically rough drafts by themselves. That’s just how I work best.

  13. I love videogames, especially RPGs. I think videogames represent an interesting place for the development of interactive fiction. However, the medium is still in its relative infancy. I can’t wait to see where the medium and games industry will go in the future.

    40,000 word outline? Holy cow!

    If any of that makes you interested in me or my work, feel free to visit my website ( or follow me on Twitter ( Be sure to check out The Exile’s Violin when it comes out if you love steampunk, airships, gunfights, and a smattering of magic.

    The Exile's Violin

    Why hire mercenaries to kill an innocent family just to obtain one little key? That question haunts Jacquie Renairre for six years as she hunts down the people responsible for murdering her parents.

    Not even accepting an assignment to investigate a conspiracy that aims to start a war can keep her from searching for the key. Armed with her father’s guns and socialite Clay Baneport, she continues her quest for answers abroad.

    With the world edging closer to disaster, Jacquie is running out of time to figure out how the war, the key, and ancient legend are intertwined. The fate of the world hinges on her ability to unravel both mysteries before it’s too late.

    Tomorrow, come back here to meet fantasy author Rachel Hunter


Vero said...

Great bits of info, R.S. Cheers to another metal fan! :) Also, the tattoo idea -- awesome! I'll totally join you in doing that. I've already got 4 tattoos, none of them is of my (yet unpublished) novels, but this definitely sounds like a plan. Ha!

Wish you good fortune with your stories!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Book sounds good!
I can't write to silence either. And I think Star Wars was a first for a lot of us science fiction writers.
Good luck, RS!

Jay Noel said...

Vero: I'm too chicken to get a tattoo myself. Guess I just don't like how permanent they are!

Alex: Yup. Star Wars really started it all for me too.

Erin said...

Even though I don't write a whole lot of science fiction, thanks to my parents, Stars Wars started it for me as well. :) Great posting, R.S.! Love the tattoo idea as well. Can't wait to read your book!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I'm starting to outline in the neighborhood of 10,000 words. It just works out better that way to get a solid synopsis down before I try to do any writing. But wow, 40,000 words is a huge outline!

Great to meet another spec fic lover :)

Ciara said...

Star Wars was the first sci-fi movie I fell in love with, too. I saw it 13 time. My poor mother. LOL

David P. King said...

Glad to meet Mr. Hunter, and his book sounds awesome (and the cover is great). Thanks for that, Jay! :)

M Pax said...

Great to meet RS Hunter

Jay Noel said...

Erin: Too bad Lucas got too greedy and put out the Prequels. But the original Trilogy is my favorite.

Michael: Yeah. That's half a book!

Ciara: I saw Star Wars in a drive in. I guess I was 7 years old?

David: It is a great cover!

Mary: Thanks for stopping by.

R.S. Hunter said...

Thanks for all the great comments everyone! Glad to see a metal head or two out there.

The Desert Rocks said...

Exile's Violin sounds way cool. I'll have to remember it!

Cynthia said...
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Cynthia said...

Nice to meet you, R.S. I too live in California. And good luck with your quest to get a lot of tattoos!

Emily R. King said...

I don't know how people write to music! Then again, I write with a baby in my arms and three kids running around me. :)

Great interview! Sounds like a great read!

Kelley Lynn said...

I write to music!

Book sounds great!

Jay Noel said...

R.S.: I can't do metal. I get the urge to kick someone's ass..

Eve: Can't wait to read it!

Cynthia: Wish I was in California!

Emily: I like background lyrics.

Kelley: I bet you sing while you write.

Melissa Bradley said...

I am very late to this party, but it is great to meet R.S. and I definitely want to get his novel. A 40,000 word outline sounds daunting. And I have one tattoo as well and plan to get others. They are addicting.

DEZMOND said...

a lovely post today, we do love us sf and fantasy and R.S. seems like a nice fella with a nice book. All the best to him in his future career.

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