I am at the IRC (Indie Romance Convention) in Lebanon, TN. Sitting here with me is Author G.A. Hurst.
What genre do you write?
So far, Paranormal Romance with a dystopian theme.
Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and do you read the same genre as you write?
I love the paranormal romance genre, I read it and others as often as possible. When I’m not writing, I’m usually reading. I also love other romance sub genres too…I’m eclectic. As for about me, I’m a mother and grandmother. I love gardening and sometimes cooking. I love lots of different writers, Feehan, Kenyon, Koontz, Ward, Rhoades, Langlis, Eddings, Woodwiss, McCaffrey…just to name a few.
What inspired you to write in this particular genre?
Always loved the paranormal, whether romance or not. My Friend Jacqueline Rhoades started a series or two in paranormal romance and the ideas just kept coming back…so I began writing them down.
Where are you from?
I was born in Muncie, IN. Lived in Loveland, OH most of my life. When Ken and I married, we moved to a little rural community in Batavia, OH.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Actually, I’ve only one published book to date, but I loved the strong female character, Rissa. She’s a sweet, but kick-ass independent woman. I also love strong males and it’s cool to get to look at things from their perspective.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters’ names?
No, not a formula. Since I’m writing wolf shifters, I’ve done research on old names with anything to do with wolves…I use a lot of those. Also, I just have some names I like and tend to use them. Rissa…was a made up one, just out of the blue…
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
I think men are harder to write, as I’m a woman. It’s hard to get out of your head and think as you might expect to see them think and act. Sometimes, a damaged character is a challenge because they don’t think like I do and that presents reactions I didn’t originally think of.
What is your motto?
For this series it’s “Rebuilding the world, one story at a time.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
LOL…only one? Chocolate, wine, good food, good stories…not necessarly in that order.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Anne McCaffrey. I’d love to know how she built the world of Pern and some of her thoughts.
Tell us your latest news?
Book two, Blaez (yes it’s a wolf name – Old Breton), is almost finished…I have the sequencing and events for the end of the story and now I just have to find time to sit down and put it on paper. Then the fun begins…edits, finish the cover, blurb, ….never ending bliss – LOL!
I want to thank G.A. Hurst for taking the time to answer our questions today.
About the Author:
I was born in Muncie, Indiana. Started life in a rural area, I remember helping my parents with a family garden and canning corn at an early age. Times changed and work took us to Ohio. I spent my school years here. Growing up and marrying the love of my life, a local boy.
We still live in a rural area and raised a family of five kids. I’ve always loved reading and story-telling since I was a young girl. Some of my fondest memories are of teachers that did “story time” by reading out loud each day from various and wonderful books.
I have a varied love of books, adventure, history, paranormal, mystery, and yes…romance. One of my early favorites was a book by Katherine E. Woodwiss, The Wolf and the Dove (no it’s not a shifter). I was hooked. Later I fell in love with Christine Feehan’s Dark series. I’m a true fan of many writers: Eddings, Koontz, Kenyon, and of course my bestie Jacqueline Rhoades. Believe me the list could fill up volumes, as most bookaholics can attest.
Children, work and life kept me pretty busy for a lot of years. My dearest friend Jacqueline Rhoades started writing stories and sharing them with me. We had so much fun just going over the plots, characters and more. She got enough courage to put her stories on Amazon and had a lot of success in having readers like them. This gave me the courage to step out there and follow my dream.
Grandchildren and life still keep me pretty busy, but now I also have the fun of putting my stories into books. So now, we’re two old friends, still telling stories and having great fun doing it! While going about life with our children and grandchildren.
That’s how I came to be writing, how about you? I love to talk and chat on Facebook (GA Hurst, author), sharing pictures and fun. You can often find me there on or my website, which is coming soon.