Interview & Giveaway: Faith Hunter & win Blood Trade plus Swag

April 11, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 45

A big welcome to Faith Hunter who is here for her blog tour celebrating the release of Blood Trade, Jane Yellowrock #6 (published on April 2, 2013 by Roc) which we described as, “a perfect blend of dark fantasy and mystery with a complex and tough vampire killing heroine”. Want to win a copy and swag? Enter via the widget below.

Interview with Faith Hunter

ATUF: Tell us about Jane Yellowrock’s voice and Beast’s voice. How did you find them?

FH: Their voices are not easy, because to me, Jane is like one of those faceted crystal prism balls. It’s clear, but when you hold it up to look inside, it bends light around in strange and wonderful ways, and throws off rainbow hues. Jane is like that. Violent, broken, tender, loving, giving, solitary. She is a Cherokee Skinwalker—possibly the last of her kind. She is a modern woman. She is a warrior woman who accidentally did black magic once, very long ago, and now has the soul of a mountain lion inside with her, and that panther has her own voice, too. Jane is … complicated, partially because her own history is lost to her in a version of traumatic, protective amnesia that left her isolated from everyone. I thought that as I wrote the series, she would unravel to me, become an open book (koff-koff). Instead, it seems she is growing more complicated! Her love life is growing more complicated… Jane is a really complex character, and not only because of her coexistence with Beast.

Beast’s voice was even more difficult because Beast started out with an animal brain and learned the concept of language from Jane. This made her voice primitive, and language skills nascent at best, and her understanding of social skills … well, let’s be kind and call them minimalistic. (writer rolls eyes)

ATUF: So far you have SKINWALKER, BLOOD CROSS, MERCY BLADE, RAVEN CURSED, DEATH’S RIVAL and now BLOOD TRADE. How many do you plan to write?

FH: I have contracts for three more, and perhaps I can see as many as 15 total. But there will certainly be an end to the series. And then? Maybe spinoffs. I’d LOVE to write Angelina’s story. Love me some Angie Baby! And Rick’s story. HOT!

ATUF: If your Jane Yellowrock series were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

FH: Rhona Mitra comes to mind. She was in SHOOTER, UNDERWORLD – RISE OF THE LYCANS, and others. But I’m open to any female actress Hollywood can find who is 6 feet tall, looks Cherokee, and has mad fighting skills. Oh – and yellow eyes.  (rolls my own)

ATUF: Tell us 4 reasons why people should read your books.

  1. If you read urban fantasy, like action, mystery, and a little romance, Jane Yellowrock is your gal!
  2. Something totally different in a character voice: Jane has two – herself and Beast.
  3. My heroes are very sexy, complicated men. And Jane just can’t pick between them. Sexual tension is the name of the game.
  4. Bad guys you love to hate, and good guys who are To. Die. For. Maybe literally. And even, good guys who are dangerous, and Jane might have to fight someday.

ATUF: Which 4 characteristics should a perfect heroine have in your opinion? And do you think  Jane fits this description?

FH: This is a great question, and a difficult one for me.

  1. DEATH'S RIVAL book cover - Urban Fantasy / ParanormalThe perfect kick-butt heroine should be strong. Readers want to read about a character who can kick bad-guy butt, but who also knows when to fight, and when to walk away. A character who is violent for no reason, or whose first and *only* response to violence is more violence, is boring. While violence against women is unacceptable, sometimes violence back is just as unacceptable. Sometimes a character who takes a licking should just walk away, or she could become predictable or two dimensional. (Like that line in that line the old song, “Know when fold ‘em.”) A character should be able to surprise readers to keep them interested.
  2. She should have weaknesses or be broken. Readers like to see characters who have flaws, problems, empty or dark places in their souls, people who are fighters and who push through the darkness no matter what. Life is hard. If a broken character can do it and find joy, then maybe I can too. I think that’s why I write broken characters. I’m broken. Healing, but broken.
  3. She should be tender. A character who is too hard is a robot. A character has to care for someone, and in Jane Yellowrock’s case, there are a lot of secondary characters that she loves—more noteworthy Angelina (Angie Baby). Without tenderness, a character is just a psycho killing machine. Something has to make her weep. Children make Jane weep.
  4. She should be capable of love, even if she fears it. She should be willing to try a committed relationship, even though she’s scared.

Is Jane all that? I think so. Despite Beast’s *little problem* which happened in RAVEN CURSED Jane is Beast-strong. She is broken by her past. She loves Angie Baby and Molly, her godchild and best friend. She wants to love. Even though it hurts. And she pushes on, no matter what, even when she wants to give up and die.

ATUF: Can you tell us a bit more about the worlds your novels are set in?

Cat Tales (Jane Yellowrock, #3.5)FH: The Rogue Mage novels are set in a post-apocalyptic world where the angels of judgment came and raised their swords of punishment. Billions of humans died of the plagues they sent, of war with the demons and Darkness that followed. When the first generation of post-apocalypse babies were born – they could do magic. Thorn St. Croix is a stone-mage. And becomes a battle-mage as well.

The world of the Jane Yellowrock novels is our world in every way. Except for a shift in the historical timeline when vamps and witches came out of the closet. When Marilyn Monroe was staked by the Secret Service while trying to turn the president of the US, in the oval office, the millennia-long secrets were revealed. From that moment, everything is both the same and very, very different. These books are more lighthearted and funny and real, in the sense that the world is our world. But they are also dark and violent and painful, because Jaen is so broken. But such a fighter too!

ATUF: Thanks so much for stopping by Faith.  Come back anytime!

 Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy: Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock with Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, Death’s Rival and Blood Trade. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality.

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One copy of Blood Trade by Faith Hunter and a Jane Yellowrock swag pack!


Available on April 2, 2013 by Roc


Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.

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45 Responses to “Interview & Giveaway: Faith Hunter & win Blood Trade plus Swag”

  1. nickie

    I feel any good heroinee falling in love. I no need of a man to do the dirty work for her. I hate when tportrayed as wimpy and “blonde”. are barely able to get themselves out of a bad situation.

  2. sharonstogner

    I agree with your characteristics for a heroine. Courage is doing something even though it scares you, that is very important.

  3. Katy L

    I agree with Faith – she has to be tough, but also willing to have real relationships, and of course kick butt when needed.

  4. erinf1

    Oh!!! What an awesome post! I’m such a fan of Faith’s books! Love ’em! I don’t really have anything more to add. Faith listed all of the things that I love for my heroines and why I love Jane so much!!! 🙂

  5. Laís Roque Gonçalves

    fast-mind resolution! when she can think fast and deal with the problem with the best way!

  6. Chris

    My perfect UF heroine would have a brain – she would not be wreckless or sniveling or run head in to situation without thinking.

  7. C.L.

    My favorite UF heroines are tough, but in a girl-next-door sort of way.

  8. Rebe

    I think a UF heroine needs to be a strong woman, but strong doesn’t necessarily mean physically strong.

  9. KimG

    Love a heroine who’s strong but has something in her past that she has to deal with. It doesn’t need to color her every waking moment, but should make her just a teeny bit vulnerable. I also tend to be a fan of sarcasm, so a little wicked humor is nice.

  10. Jamie.M

    I think a heroine should able to defend themselves in almost everyone dangerous situation.

  11. KMichelleC87

    I like her to be strong and independent but can sometimes show a sensitive or emotional side


  12. Jessica Elkins

    My perfect Urban Fantasy heroine must be able to kick ass and take names. She doesn’t let a man call the shots, but she’s not afraid to be vulnerable with the right one. And she never needs anyone to come to her rescue. She’ll do the rescuing herself, thank you very much!

  13. leannessf

    Be kick-ass, with lots of confidence and who doesn’t take crap from anyone, including boyfriends! 🙂


  14. Random Michelle

    Oooh! I love this series!

    I pre-ordered Blood Trade so already have it, but really really want swag?

    Any good heroine should be be strong enough to rescue herself, but also strong enough to admit when she needs help.

  15. Barbara Elness

    The characteristic I like to see most in a UF heroine is heart or persistence – no matter what gets thrown at her, she keeps going and never gives up until she beats the bad guys, wins the day, etc., whatever she needs to do. I think Jane is a great example, as well as Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco.

  16. Linda Townsend

    They should be smart, independent and able to take care of themselves. Thanks for the contest!

  17. Kimberly B.

    Great question! I like a physically strong heroine, but one quality I really appreciate in a heroine is resourcefulness. If you can stick her in any situation and she can find her way out of it, whether it’s being stranded in the wilderness or locked up in someone’s basement, she’s probably a character I’ll find appealing.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  18. Kai W.

    My UF heroine will need to resourceful, brave and know how to defend herself. She wouldn’t be a damsel in distress.

  19. Carol Gilreath

    I love the Jane Yellowrock series! Jane is believable and very human. She makes human mistakes and has human regrets but keeps on keeping on. No giving up for Jane. These are the characteristics i like in a heroine.

    • Pauline Easter

      Yes Carol…the inspiration to take your own small risks…don’t have to be an Urban Fantasy heroine to make good decisions in life!

  20. Josephine

    Well, first and foremost, she has to be smart. But I have to say I like it when the heroine has knife fighting skills.

  21. Dani

    I need to catch up on Jane-I finished book 2 a few weeks back and got distracted with life. 🙂 Love the Beast.

    • Pauline Easter

      You’ll love every book, and as someone who has read all of them, I recommend you enjoy the time it takes to read them…it’s a long wait for each one to be written so enjoy the lot!

  22. Pauline Easter

    What a great interview! Loved the descriptions of Jane/Beast voice and reading what basic traits Faith believes an UF heroine should have. Most of all, this is what I like about the Jane Yellowrock character, right from Faith’s interview: ” If a broken character can do it and find joy, then maybe I can too. ”

    How inspiring! Moms and Aunties, get your daughters and nieces to read this series. There are just too many ladies out there who feel they can’t make a difference in their own lives, and Jane’s character helps them to see that maybe, in some less heroic way, they can.

  23. Audra Holtwick

    I think our heroine must be smart as well as kicka**.

  24. Lucas

    Love you choice of actress to play Jane, I could certainly see that.

  25. Readsalot81

    I love it when a heroine has discipline and the ability to get back up after being knocked down 😉 Speaks to her state of mind and the willingness to keep going. Persistence, determination – that sort of thing!

  26. Kristen Heyl

    I think a heroine needs to be strong both physically and emotionally and kick ass!

  27. Jen B.

    The perfect UF heroine must be strong while still being a woman. I hate it when the UF heroine is always whining about being alone but always drooling over the men in the story. Gah! Is she a grown up or a teenager?

  28. Stephanie Grant

    I think one of the main characteristics is to be both smart and strong…there is nothing better than a woman who can kick butt and solve problems 🙂

  29. Damaris

    I like all types of heroines, but they should all be smart and courageous, even though they’re not entirely sure of what they’re doing. But they have the courage to follow through. Thanks for giveaway.

  30. Michele A

    She should be independent and strong (even if she doesn’t really know it yet), but not hard to the point she can’t open up to the possibility of love.