1. Where did you get the inspiration for The Elemental Mysteries?
This is a really common question with no clear answer except my overactive imagination. In a more general sense, I usually start with characters first. That is, characters come to my fevered brain, and the plots to my books usually follow that, not the other way round. So, I guess you could say that the Elemental Mysteries are inspired by the character of Giovanni Vecchio.
2. How many books will there be in the series?
Even though Giovanni and Beatrice’s story arc is finished, this is a universe where I will continue writing. Gio and B have already shown up in both Elemental World novels, Building from Ashes and Blood and Sand. I have books planned for other characters, as well as a future series roughly planned that will feature Ben and Tenzin as main characters. Please check out the rough calendar on the FUTURE PROJECTS page.
3. Where do I get my own fire-wielding vampire?
You can find them, but they sell out fast. Try Target or (surprisingly) Walgreens on Tuesday nights. Amazon doesn’t carry the actual vampires. Just my books. They told me it was a shipping cost thing.
4. Enough about the other characters WILL TENZIN GET HER OWN BOOK??? (And what’s going on with her and Ben?)
This should probably be the first question listed, right? Everyone wants to know about Tenzin. Tenzin shows up all over the place, and despite what some reviews on Amazon or Goodreads say, The Bronze Blade is not the end of her story. That’s her origin story. She has others to tell. She’ll show up occasionally in other books until her series starts. She’s a recurring character. And she’s a wind-vampire, so she can travel really fast. Everyone loves Tenzin. Except the people that really, really hate her. But most of them are fictional.
And I’m not going to tell you about her relationship with Ben. They’re close. It’s complicated. You’ll just have to wait and see.
5. How do you pronounce Baojia?
This might be the second most common question. (Note to self: Name everyone George from now on. Just kidding.) I know it’s an obscure name, but I love it and it has meaning that is important for the character. I’ll explain it the best I can. “Bao” sounds like “bow” (That’s the bow of a ship, not the bow on a present. Got it?) And think of the way you say “j” in Beijing. It’s pretty close. So, Baojia’s name sounds like “Bow-jeeah.” That’s the best this non-Mandarin scholar can do, folks. I wish I had a good recording of it. Sorry.
6. Will there be any follow up novellas or books for prior characters like Carwyn/Brigid or Baojia/Natalie?
Probably not books. Maybe novellas or short stories, if I feel like there’s a plot thread I want to resolve independent of other stories. And remember, those characters will probably show up in other books, because the universe overlaps a lot.
7. How did Natalie get pregnant if vampires can’t father children in the Elemental universe???
Duuuuuude, stop asking me that. Give Baojia and Natalie some privacy, all right? Use your imagination. But no, that’s not going to change. Vampires can’t get humans pregnant in my world because I find vampire babies creepy. Just a personal thing.
8. Have you been to all the places you write about?
I wish! I have been to a lot of them, but not all. I was in China over the summer, but there are still a lot of places to go. I love travel. It’s one of the best writing inspirations, in my opinion, and definitely a perk of being able to work from anywhere. My son and I have a list of about thirteen places we want to travel to. (I got to pick three.) So our summers will be busy for a while.
9. When is your next book going to be released?
I usually give readers a season and a year, but not an exact date because a) usually I’m still writing the next book and b) I have to allow time for stuff like revisions and editing and (shudder) the possibility that I just get STUCK. Which doesn’t often happen because I’m pretty disciplined about planning everything out before I start writing, but it is a possibility. So I just give conservative estimates.
10. Is there going to be an Elemental Mysteries movie?
As of right now, I’m not aware of any film studios interested in the Elemental Mysteries/Elemental World books. To be honest, my books would be pretty special effects heavy, so it would be a huge project that would be kind of daunting to take on. But who knows? Crazier things have happened. Like… the platypus.
11. Will you come to a signing in my city, please???
I’d love to! But you know, I have this awesome little kid and while lots of authors can do signings, I’m the only one who can be his mom. So if it’s between soccer practice and a book signing, soccer usually wins. I try to do as much as possible, but I’m not an author you’re going to see at all the cons or indie signing events. I try to go to RT every year, though. And that’s a really good reader-focused con.
12. I hate e-readers, why can’t I get your paperbacks at my bookstore?
Sorry you’re not an e-reader fan. I do my paperback publishing through Createspace which is a print-on-demand outfit, and I’m pretty happy with them. Though my books may not be on the shelves of your local bookstore, they should be available for order if you ask your bookseller to look. Createspace distributes through Ingram’s distribution, which is very widely used. They can be printed and shipped through the U.S., Canada, and Europe. All my paperbacks are also available for order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
13. Why don’t you sell signed copies of your books on your website?
Honestly? I’m pretty busy. I don’t have an assistant or anything, so signed books are probably not going to happen anytime soon. But you can bring any books (or your kindle, or a postcard, or napkin… you know, anything not attached to your body) to any event I’m at, and I’ll probably sign it.
14. Why do you have so many other series? Why can’t you just write in the Elemental World?
This is a great question. Two things are at play here. The first is that, as a creative-type person, spending all my energy only writing in one fictional universe would get tiring after a while. And, well, kinda boring. I spent about two years writing nothing but Elemental books. By the time I started writing in the Cambio Springs series, I was ready for a new scene. A new challenge. A different format. That keeps me fresh and makes future Elemental books better. The last thing I want is for this fictional universe that I love so much to become stale or formulaic.
The second thing at play is sometimes, I just get sideswiped by an idea that won’t leave me alone. Case in point, the Irin Chronicles. I was supposed to be working on the second Cambio Springs book when the idea for The Scribe hit me over the head. And… that was it. I couldn’t think of anything else. It’s pretty useless to try to write something when another thing is totally occupying your brain. That’s just a recipe for disaster.
So, I have three ongoing series. Does this mean you’ll have to wait longer for books? Yes. Does this mean the books I put out will be better, more interesting, fresher? I hope so! Does this mean that as much as you love the Elemental series, you may love Cambio Springs or the Irin Chronicles just as much? You’ll have to decide for yourself on that one. (My vote is yes.)
15. Do you object to fan fiction of your work?
Nope. Not only would that would be grossly hypocritical of me (because I used to write it! *lets my geek flag fly*), I’d actually be very flattered if someone cared enough about my characters to create their own stories featuring them. I’m not going to read it (let’s face it, that could be a little weird) but I don’t object to that at all. Don’t post fan fiction on the website here or try to publish it as your own work. That’s about it.
16. No really, will there be any movies made of the Elemental Mysteries or Elemental World books? How about TV?
I promise, I’m not holding out on you. I really don’t think so.
17. How do I get in contact with you for rights or publicity opportunities?
Depending on what the publicity opportunity is, you can email me directly at ElizabethHunterWrites@gmail.com or you can contact my agent. For any rights inquiries, please contact my agent, Jane Dystel, at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. They handle all my subsidiary rights.