Featured Interview With A. Renee Hunt
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Alyssa Hunt and I’m originally from Orange County, CA. I’m the daughter of a Marine, so I’ve traveled and lived in many places, including the U.K., Japan, Hawaii and many states. I currently reside outside of St. Louis, MO with my son and husband. I own a 9 week old chihuahua named Magnus.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I didn’t discover a fascination with books, I was punished into it. I’m laughing as I state this, because my brother and I were so bad, my father would give us books to read that he’d previously read. Once finished, we had to give oral reports. It wasn’t until I was given The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells and The Dragon and The George by George R. Dickson that I became a true reader.
I began writing in fifth grade. I would write stories for my friends in thinned out, spiral notebooks. I literally ripped pages out to create books and drew my own covers. Needless to say, I got in more trouble for wasting paper.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are all the people who’ve either terrified me to death, grossed me out or made me leap or attempt to detach myself from my own skin! Authors like Stephen King, Mark Tufo, Scott Sigler, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, Justin Cronin and so many more. They have truly planted seeds within me. But other authors like Stephenie Meyer, Marissa Meyer, Brom that caused me to develop a desire to write with a voice that resonates with my readers.
I want to write with the finger strokes of a poet and all of the aforementioned authors, along with those unnamed have pressed me to do so.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I have one short story about releasing at the end of the month and an indie novel in the works. It will be my first novel (The Malignant Soul) since leaving traditional publishing behind. My latest book, An Omniscient Memoir: A Dark Retelling is the story of a young woman who decides her best way to get back at someone is through revenge. Sadly, she discovers no dish, served either hot or cold, can assist her in her situation.
I was inspired to write the story by a roadtrip to the Georgia Mountains. The seclusion, quite and constant crackling of leaves by critter feet helped me write it in two days!
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