Having joined in with the cover reveal for Just One Time earlier this month (https://chataboutbooks.wordpress.com/?s=just+one+time), I am delighted to be bringing you an interview with the author herself 🙂
Interview with K.S. Hunter…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
I was born earlier this year. I’m actually the pen name of an international bestselling author. Just One Time is my ‘first’ novel. It’s a steamy psychological thriller about lust, seduction, obsession and revenge. I’d liken it to the classic movie Fatal Attraction.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
My novels so far have typically been inspired by other authors’ books and their writing styles. But Just One Time is based on something that happened to me when I was in a theatre in London. I unwittingly shared my mobile phone number with a stranger who offered to help find my phone when I dropped it on the floor in the dark. Only after I’d shared it did my mind fill with a lot of what-ifs. What if this person contacts you and then won’t go away? I thought. So that ended up being the beginning of Just One Time. The rest of it, thankfully, is all made up.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
None of the characters are based on me or anyone I know – and I’m glad because they’re all really unpleasant people. Gone Girl is filled with vile characters, so I didn’t shy away from making them all seem like shits.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
With great difficulty. And it’s usually several pages of writing before I realise I’ve already used a name, or one that sounds like it, in one of my previous books. It’s just a case of trial and error really. I’ve changed my mind many times during writing. In one book, I actually changed a character name right at the end.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
With Just One Time, it was sit down, drink Jack Daniel’s and watch the words flow!
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
K.S. Hunter’s favourite authors are Gillian Flynn, Sidney Sheldon, Harold Robbins, E.L. James and Bret Easton Ellis. But mine are Sophie Hannah, Ian McEwan, Harlan Coben, Tennessee Williams and John Williams.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
John Williams. He wrote the most beautiful novel called Stoner. It was released in 1965 and quickly went out of print. A few years ago, it was republished and became a bestseller. I’d just love him to know the success that his novel found so many decades later and I’d ask him how that made him feel. A movie is about to begin production. I can’t wait to see it.
Were you a big reader as a child?
I started reading when I was about thirteen. I never read books for children or teenagers. I asked my dad, who was an avid reader, to give me a novel and it started from there. That magical book was The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon.
When did you start to write?
I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. It sat in a cupboard for several years and then I revised it. It was published almost a decade ago now.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Gone Girl. It started off so well and had me hooked. Then it just became plain ridiculous.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It is the cleverest piece of writing I’ve ever encountered. One by one, ten strangers who have been lured to an island start to die. And when you’re down to the last two survivors you’re still none the wiser about who the killer is. It’s got an epic twist.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
Why is my name K.S. Hunter?
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
William Stoner from John Williams’ Stoner. I’d give him a kick in the backside to make him realise he needs to stand up for himself.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve got the beginning of a novel written and know the rest of the story, which is unusual for me. Right now, I’m waiting to see what happens with Just One Time. If it sells well, the next book will become a steamy psychological thriller. Otherwise, the story will be twisted into a sequel to my bestseller. So I will either be K.S. Hunter again, or I will be me.
Do you have a new release due?
Just One Time will be out on 7th December.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
I click onto Amazon every three minutes, obsessively checking if the sales rank has gone up.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Facebook and Twitter. And I have a new website. Of course, it won’t really be ‘me’ they communicate with.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂 I’m so intrigued by who you really are!!
K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.
Desire can have dire consequences
Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.
She is irresistible
Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.
What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.
She is insatiable
Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.
She is unstoppable
Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.
A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.