If you aren’t familiar already with Faith Hunter and her Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series then you’ll definitely want to start with the first book SKINWALKER. She now has 9 books out the latest being DARK HEIR and she was kind enough to join me today for a little interrogation.
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…
For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.
Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.
Tabitha’s reviews of (yeah I just realized I didn’t review the first 4 books lol maybe someday)
- Death’s Rival & Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock #5 and #6)
- Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock #7)
- Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock #8)
Now onto the interrogation!
TABITHA: Welcome and thanks for agreeing to join us today Faith. I have a hot seat style interrogation all lined up for you. *pay no attention to that table with the cloth over it*
FAITH: Does it have food on it?
BEAST: Beast is hungry. Want cow. Is cow under cloth?
TABITHA: Let’s start this off with a twitter style description pitch of your Jane Yellowrock series.
FAITH: Jane Yellowrock is a Cherokee Skinwalker who hunts rogue-vampires for a living.
JANE: Don’t forget about Beast. She’s in a snit today.
FAITH: Oh yeah. And Jane is a two souled. She accidentally did black magic when she was five years old and pulled the soul of a mountain lion inside with her… It’s crowded in there, but they make it work. Most of the time.
TABITHA: Would you care to give a shorty few words about some key characters to entice readers that haven’t yet tried the series? Something like this perhaps….
TABITHA: scatterbrained, book devouring, art obsessed klutz who should be her own walking hazard zone. Will work for cookies.
What I’m not a character yet? For shame…Ok your turn.
FAITH: Overworks, under-exercises, allergic to corn and everything made from corn. Likes to cook (laughing hysterically), but is really bad at it. Lies about her age online. Really isn’t 112 years old.
JANE: Oy. Is actually older than 112 years. Six-foot-tall, Cherokee, who can change into the shape of other animals (if she has sufficient DNA samples and if the mass-conversion works. Jane doesn’t understand the science but accepts it works. Like magic. It works too.) Lives on snark and killing vamps. But also works for them. Her life is complicated, confused, and complex.
BEAST: Want to eat cow.
LEO: Wants to drink blood. Without the Bella Lugosi accent. Is French, gorgeous, and can dance like nobody’s business. He runs the lower half of the US.
BRUISER: Six-feet-four of solid muscle, magical Onorio powers, and might be able to out dance Leo. Has the best butt in the entire history of butts.
RICKY-BO: Stupid. Has tattoos that make him susceptible to magic…
ELI: Mixed race, best friend to Jane. Taught her to flirt. Is her staunch second.
ALEX: 19 year old hacker-boy, addicted to World of WarCraft and garlic. Always needs a shower.
TABITHA: Do you think you’ll ever venture over into the realm of traditional fantasy or your post-apocalyptic type fantasy versus the urban fantasy? I remember reading your Rogue Mage series and really wanting to know where everything would go from there. Do you think we’ll ever see anything more from that world or any other upcoming books in a world other than the Jane Yellowrock universe?
FAITH: I am easing into more traditional fantasy with the SOULWOOD Series, featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. It’s still in Jane’s world, but less urban, less killing vamps, more magic and crime solving. Sort of a paranormal police procedural.
I am writing 2 Rogue Mage shorts this year and publishing a comprehensive RM compilation. Book four is in the outline stages and I will get it do\ne sometime next summer.
TABITHA: Do you personally read much urban fantasy? What do you think about the trend of strong female protagonists as main characters?
FAITH: All females are strong. Or we should be. Pollyanna went out with the fifties. We have female warriors serving in dangerous places, lives on the line. That is way more ass-kicking than Jane.
TABITHA: Something I notice in long urban fantasy series is that each book usually gives the main character a bigger and badder opponent to face then the book previous hence growing the character. Do you think there is a threshold point of ass-kickery that a main character can reach?
FAITH: Yes. I’m trying to avoid that with Jane. And really – the final opponent is always ourselves. Many writers forget that. Jane has two souls, making her doubly likely to fall into the old quote. “Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.” In the end, Jane will have to face herself.
TABITHA: Thanks so much for agreeing to this hopefully not too painful interrogation. I know many of us definitely look forward to more of Jane’s adventures.
FAITH: My pleasure, Tabitha! Thank you so very much for having me!
New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes fantasy in several subgenres: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker; the post-apocalyptic Rogue Mage series and RPG, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage; and the upcoming SoulWood trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a woman who can siphon off the magic of others and is drawn into solving paranormal crimes. Faith writes mystery and thrillers under the name Gwen Hunter. When she isn’t writing, Faith likes to make jewelry, run whitewater rivers (Class II and III), and RV with her hubby and their rescued dogs.