All Mitch wants for Christmas is a quiet holiday free from grief. Patching up the target of a mugging in the back alley of his bar seems to throw that wish right out into the cold Chicago night. But the tatted, pierced, and skinny-jean wearing Keller Graham is fearless and proves to be more than a pair of icy blue eyes lined in black. Keller may be a thief, but Mitch never expected him to steal his lonely heart.
I really enjoyed this short holiday story. It was cute and fun and kept me engaged from the first word. There were some good lines that had me laughing. My favorite was “He hadn’t seen heads turn that fast since the tank backfired at camp in Fallujah.” Was dying laughing, which is awkward to do when trying not to wake up a sleeping husband. I loved how much character development there is in the story. The scene with the angel at the end is my favorite. Perfect way to round out the story and bring everything together. I want more from both Mitch and Keller. They have more to story to tell. At least I hope they do because I want more to read!
Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Hunter: Typically, I tend toward electronica or indie rock. I like mood music and songs with meaningful lyrics, but I can listen to anything really. Except jazz. I don’t get jazz.
Like many other writers I know, I create playlists when I begin to lay out the ideas for a story. Often, a song will even give me the idea for a story itself. Yet mostly, I have this storyline going in my head and I either seek out music that fits well with it, or I hear something that snags my interest on my web radio stations. I plan to include those playlists on my website eventually.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Hunter: I’m a part-time writer. At this time in my life, I feel I need the stability of a steady paycheck and decent insurance. I work for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and I love being around academia in this transient, money-driven town. It grounds me and inspires a lot of my work. Besides, I can take any class I want for free AND I have access to the best library in the city! How amazing is that?!
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Hunter: After 5 -7 years when I’m vested with the state and I have the security of knowing money for retirement will be coming in, I’ll turn to writing full-time.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Hunter: It depends on the project. Starting in January when I begin writing my full-length novel I’ll be doing 500 words on weekdays and 2750 words on weekend days. That’s the plan, but it could change at any moment. I like flexible goals.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Hunter: I usually work on multiple projects at once in different stages. I like to have one that I’m writing and a couple that I might be plotting and doing research for. So when I finish one, I jump right into writing the next one. I hope to get 4 novels and 4 short stories done in 2015. It’s exciting, but I’ll need to keep moving forward. Ha! I get tired just thinking about it 🙂
Thank you, Molly, for the great questions!
Hunter lost a bet at a blackjack table and begrudgingly traded temperate Southern California for the sweltering heat of Las Vegas. There she resides with an extremely tolerant boyfriend and two cats named after her favorite beverage, Latte and Java. When she’s not dreaming of returning to coastal living, Hunter works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from where she recently received her Master’s in British history. In order to appease her muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.