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A Visit with Faith (and Gwen) Hunter by Paula Gail Benson

Until I had to introduce her as a speaker for the
Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, I didn’t realize my friend Faith Hunter
had her own article in Wikipedia. She is listed as Gwendolyn Faith Hunter, an
American author and blogger, who has written thrillers as Gary Hunter (in
collaboration with Gary Leivelle) and Gwen Hunter and fantasies as Faith
Hunter. In addition, she is a founding member and contributor to
MagicalWords.net, a writer assistance blog, some of the messages from which have
been compiled into a book.


When I first met Faith, we called her Gwen. She was
writing the Dr. Rhea Lynch series for Mira Books, which we considered medical
mysteries rather than thrillers, although they have plenty of action. Only four
are listed, which seems odd to me, because I remember how much my book club
enjoyed them and how we looked forward to each new novel. Surely there must
have been more than four!


Gwen came to talk to our small book club and even
attended one of our Christmas parties to visit with her readers. That’s the
kind of author she is. She stays connected to those who have supported her.


Now, as Faith Hunter, she has two series: the first
about Jane Yellowrock , the last of her kind, a skinwalker of Cherokee decent,
who can shape shift to become other creatures as she hunts for vampires, and
the second (the Rogue Mage series) about Thorn St. Croix, a neomage in a
post-apocalyptic world where seraphs and demons constantly battle. Hunter has
developed a role-playing game based on her Rogue Mage books. Her website list a
new Soulwood series coming in August of this year.


The announcement that Faith would be appearing at our
Palmetto Chapter meeting brought out a record crowd and garnered our chapter
several new members. A number of people who attended have been loyal Gwen/Faith
Hunter readers for years and drove an hour or more to attend the meeting.


Because Palmetto Chapter membership is primarily
writers, Faith spoke with us about the business, something she has watched
develop over the past few decades. She predicted that new markets for genre
fiction would be developed by smaller specialty publishing companies rather
than the big houses in New York. And, she urged our chapter to work together to
support each other’s efforts. She suggested that we consider inviting a
well-known author to a two day intensive workshop retreat, where we have
classes, writing time, and critiques. She also recommended we look into developing
an anthology seeking stories from well-known authors to be included with
stories by our membership.


We were all drawn to Faith’s enthusiasm and her
generosity in sharing ideas and encouragement. She pointed out that she had ups
and downs in her writing career, but still found that the old adage “keep on
writing” was the best way to overcome obstacles and find new opportunities.


As the session ended, she stayed on to sign books and
take pictures. I had recently purchased her latest release, Blood in the Veins, a collection of Jane
Yellowrock short stories and novellas. Her husband, Rod, publisher of Bella
Rosa Books, was with Faith and mentioned that she had forgotten to talk about
the Easter book. I asked them to tell me about it. Its title is His Blood Like Tears and it is the story
of Mary Magdalene, after she was healed by Jesus and became his follower. Faith
said it was the first book she had written. She had reworked it many times and
finally Rod had published it. The cover image was a picture her mother had


Because I’m currently working on an Easter production about Jesus’
disciples, I purchased a copy of the book. Since buying it, I find I cannot put
it down. Gwen brings to the historical period the same dynamic storytelling and
details she conveys in all her other books. She’s truly a writer to be reckoned
with and proves that believing in yourself and never giving up are how to get your
work in print. And, it only enhances her readability that she’s one of the
nicest people you’ll ever meet.