I absolutely love it when the stars align and multiple reading boxes get checked off for me. The authors behind a new group of books being released on Feb. 18th fill all of my needs. They are giving us mature, seasoned romance characters as well as paranormal/fantasy storylines. Do not wake me from this dream!
The authors are using the term, Paranormal Women’s Fiction(PWF); the paranormal part is obvious, the “women’s fiction” part of the moniker is meant to let readers know the characters are more mature/seasoned in age. Elizabeth Hunter took some time out to tell us all about her latest project. As a woman turning 50 in July and huge PNR fan, this project ticks off all of my reading boxes and I am excited beyond measure!
Donna: Tell us a little bit about yourself and when you started writing?
Elizabeth Hunter: I’m a forty-two-year-old writer, wife, and mom from Central California. I’ve been a full time writer for about nine years now, almost entirely self-published. In my former life, I was a business writer and an English teacher, but writing about vampires, shifters, ghosts and romance is way more fun than writing employee manuals!
What was the trigger that made you realize PNR is the world you want to write in?
I’ve been a fantasy fan my whole life. I was reading CS Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, and Tolkien for as long as I’ve been choosing my own books. I think paranormal is the perfect blend of relatable and familiar worlds with dark and twisted edges. I love being able to bend reality and explore the humanity in characters that some might consider monsters.
How do you go about researching to build the worlds of your characters?
I travel as much as I can and I’m a huge library geek! I love research. I can research obscure swords or extinct languages for days if I don’t have to do real grown-up stuff like laundry, cooking, and paying bills. I love in-person research the best. I visit museums, libraries, galleries, and any place I can see things close up. That’s actually how I met my husband! I was in Ethiopia researching a book for my Elemental World series and he was my guide.
Your involvement with the PWF group, how did it come about? What is your favorite thing about being a woman over forty?
I am over forty! All of us knew each other professionally or personally just from existing in the same publishing space, and I think we were all starting to feel this gap in what we were reading and writing. We’re all going through these midlife changes that are so common to women, but we wanted to put our own twist on how to deal with them. Sometimes you want to commiserate with wine and friends. And sometimes you want to banish ghosts of dead relatives who are keeping you from living your best life. Ya know. Methods vary.
My favorite thing about being over forty is having the confidence of knowing who I am and where I want to go in life. There’s still so much to do! But now I feel more positive about knowing how to get there.
What can you tell us about your book, Suddenly Psychic?
Suddenly Psychic is about big changes that come at you unexpectedly and the friends who stick around to help you figure them out. Robin, Val, and Monica are truly #friendgoals. These are three really different women who have been friends since childhood and know what it means to have each other’s backs through death, divorce, and the sudden onset of unexpected psychic powers. They may not start out the book kicking ass and taking names because—like most of us—they’re still figuring things out. But they deal with all the weirdness with humor, honesty, and perspective that I think is super-relatable for readers.
Have you ever had a psychic experience?
I think all women have instincts, and I don’t know how to classify some of them. Are they psychic? Ancestral memory? Unusual perception that we don’t really understand? I think especially that when it comes to our loved ones, our instincts tend to be very accurate. Some might classify that as psychic. I’ll leave it up to readers to decide.
Is this book a standalone or can we expect more in a series?
This book is a stand-alone, but I’m happy to say there will be another book in the series. Robin is the main character of book one, and her story has a great resolution, but Val’s story will be the next one. I’m working on it right now, and hoping for an April release. That one will be called Semi-Psychic Life.
If your heroine had a Netflix queue, what would we find on it? If not Netflix, what about Disney+?
Robin is an artist, but she also owns an antique shop, so her Netflix queue is pretty eclectic. You’re going to find the Great Interior Design Challenge lined up, but I’d say she also loves a good drama. I’m going to guess that Downton Abby is on there, maybe Outlander, and she probably watches the Tudors when her husband and kids aren’t bugging her. She’s also a big fan of the Handmaid’s Tale and her daughter got her hooked on Stranger Things.
About the Author:
ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international best-selling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family. She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.