IndieView with Hunter Dennis, author of The Crimson Heirlooms

Being historical fiction, many supporting characters actually existed. Don’t make fun of me. I think that Dumas’s The Three Musketeers was also hugely influential as well as Charles Dickens. Marx and Hitler were poor plagiarists. The other ephemeral – a secret hidden within the lyrics of a song. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? The time period is so contentious and so well studied – not to mention written about – that I could not afford to be anything else but a world-class expert in the field. I did not feel qualified to do it, although I did all of the interior maps, illustrations and lay-out – which was amazingly frustrating and difficult. Get your copy of   The Crimson Heirlooms from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? But together, the price of ownership is death or salvation. Smart People. When I do, it is classical, movie themes, chant and classical-style video game music like World of Warcraft, which is excellent. Make your book. Where did you get the idea from? Hunter Dennis – 2 May 2018
The Back Flap
The Crimson Heirlooms. Writing is the quickest and, by far, the most fun part of a novel. I have a friend named Daniel Rabourdin, who is from Lyon, France. After that, I gradually begin building my characters, my setting and the action between them all. I highly recommend it, in fact, but there are spoilers if you don’t know anything about the Vendée. I constantly rewrite everything all the time. Anything I write will be from the best effort I can achieve as a person. You must understand something. About You
Where did you grow up? Legally defined, there are two. It was amazing. Everything seems to be in constant flux during this process, except when it suddenly turns to concrete. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Sometimes I did not show, but told, sometimes I showed when I should have told. It’s actually amazing. Did you hire a professional editor? You will have all of me. Do you listen to music while you write? Each holds the power to change the course of history. They are used car salesman, only deal with them if the car is magnificent and the price is right. For historical fiction, you are talking about research and outlining, especially for one of those “cast of thousands” type sagas. I was a military brat. Anyway, I helped him with the writing and discovered a part of the French Revolution I knew absolutely nothing about. I had the cover done by Damonza, a European design firm specializing in books. I push forward as much as I can but find it to be impossible sometimes. I thought I had a plan but being in the battle ended up to be much different from the drawing table. I was a scriptwriter, remember. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Deal with them on your terms and only from a position of strength. Where do you live now? I don’t think a novel can be successful otherwise. She is the best in the world. I started research perhaps two years ago, continued research and outlining while writing, had about 80k words, went to France for a month exactly one year ago, and the novel came out on the 31st of January of 2018. I start with ideas that I think are important that I wish to convey. The second, as defined by the High Court, is “the words of the devil’s song as he danced across the blood drenched hills of the Vendée militaire.” The book alternates between the American student and the time of the Heirlooms, where we see two different but connected families at the time of the Heirloom’s forging. Knowing that, where are you on that scale? End of Interview:
For more from Hunter, visit his website, follow him on Twitter, and like his Facebook page. They did a magnificent job. About the book
What is the book about? I think the book that influenced me the most was Dune by Frank Herbert. One tangible – a priceless necklace called the Cross of Nantes. When did you start writing the book? What are you dealing with, how do you communicate? Coming from scriptwriting, I had no idea how long my chapters were going to be, or even how to proceed with the multitude of decisions regarding how to tell a story in such a loose framework. Agents don’t want to make books, they want to make money. Everyone will have to wait for future books to hear my whole crazy tale. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? My favorite place was Spain, just outside of Madrid. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Your books will be on your shelf forever. Being a scriptwriter is constant torture via stumbling block. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? You could write a book detailing a conversation between two people at tea. Excuse the vulgar but… hell no. I will always leave it all out on the field. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Do you outline? An American student in Paris in 1832 is legally blackmailed by the highest court of France to search for the Crimson Heirlooms. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Do you have a target reader? If anyone criticizes anything in my novel, it is because I didn’t listen to her, or wrote it without her seeing it. The world was completely fleshed out to the extent of having multiple languages, history going back thousands of years, invented and competing philosophies and dynasties. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? If so can you please describe it? Part of the joy of self-publishing is the ability to just do it without anyone getting in the way. They are your true heirlooms. What would you like readers to know about you? I never intended to submit Heirlooms to anyone who would prove to be any kind of a stumbling block to publishing. They aren’t the cavalry, they aren’t knights in shining armor. But all my friends and family are in the sunshine so I’ll probably be here forever. Hmm… I would say a little less than a year. I enjoy Tolkien for the same reason. Most of my main characters are fictional… and borrowed from people I know. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? There is an amazing adagio with a harp and cello on Burning Crusade that grips my soul. It was exciting and fast-paced, smart and unique. I have a good memory and my outline would be considered the bare minimum because so much is inside my head. What came easily? I lived everywhere and moved all the time. In a novel you have so many choices that must be worked out beforehand regarding things that seem very simple. Now I am winging it and trying to learn what works and what doesn’t. I ended up writing approximately one act of my outline. Create the best work you can given your talents and abilities. I usually start with a theme, believe it or not. I sometimes write with music and sometimes I do not. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? He made a documentary called The Hidden Rebellion, which is completed and available to be viewed now. I traveled all through Europe. Write write? The first is a priceless necklace called the Cross of Nantes. I live in Thousand Oaks, California and nearly by accident. I began to realize that most of our modern problems, in terms of our world view and our politics, were created during this period. It’s strange talking about writing. The time period is so contentious and so well studied – not to mention written about – that I could not afford to be anything else but a world-class expert in the field. How long did it take you to write it? Whether it is written or not, you could say I am a firm believer in a good, basic structural outline. You could also condense it into a sentence. My mother, who has extensive editing experience, as well as forensic, journalistic and teaching credentials, is my editor. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? We all know how important it is for writers to read. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Everything both men said was said somewhere by someone else during the French revolution. If the agents can make money from it, they will crawl out of the wood work to get it. If I had my druthers I’d live in a deciduous rain forest, like Forks or something. Action came easily, and dialog. Yes, unfortunately.