Cari Hunter is a UK based author who writes beautifully. Her work is thriller and action related novels rather than romance and lighter. I love her use of language and absolutely consume her novels with a vengeance.
This is what she says about her own work:
A brief description of your writing:
Crime thriller/action adventure/hurt-comfort romances, usually set in the bleak but beautiful English Peak District.
One word to describe your books:
Who/What inspired you to start writing?
My wife, who asked me to write her a story for Christmas. Her Christmas present turned out to be my first novel, Snowbound. That I originally wrote it for her eyes only explains its rather unusual structure and the fact that it’s full of colloquial northern English. I expected Bold Strokes to reject it because it’s so bloody English, but they liked it and didn’t try to Americanise a thing, bless their little cotton socks.
Why lesbian fiction?
In the first instance it was a case of write what you know. I knew lesbians and medical stuff! Six books down the line, I continue to write lesbian fiction because there are thousands of lesbians out there working in the emergency services and we are all but invisible in mainstream crime novels. I think we deserve to have our stories told.
If someone is new to your work, which of your books should she read first?
Crikey, good question. The books in the Dark Peak series – starting with No Good Reason – are my favourites, so I’d go for those. Also, they contain Hobnobs, and you simply cannot go wrong with Hobnobs.
What inspired you to write Snowbound:
This one was purely for my wife’s Christmas stocking. She and I love hiking in the Peak District (the hills and moorland near our house), and I’m a paramedic, so I threw a few bullets and bad chaps into the mix and created a hostage crisis in a remote barn. It’s a fun story which starts with a bang, stretches out the tension for a while and adds a sweet bit of romance. I don’t think it’s my best work – first novels rarely are – but it’s certainly loved and very popular.
What inspired you to write Desolation Point:
One holiday in Switzerland, I set out for a walk on my own. We’d done the route the day before and I decided to reverse it. What could possibly go wrong? I was halfway along an exposed ridge when the sky turned black. I could see lightning hitting the mountain just off to the right and the thunder was deafening. All I could think of was flash flooding and me being swept to my untimely doom. I am not ashamed to admit that I turned tail and ran back the way I’d come. I never got to finish that route, but the idea for Desolation Point was hatched that day.
What inspired you to write Tumbledown:
I knew as I reached the end of Desolation Point that I didn’t want to let the characters of Sarah and Alex go after only one book. I’d been playing with the idea of a revenge/miscarriage-of-justice plot and the story evolved from there. I like to think that I did the Lesbian In Jail thing before Orange is the New Black made it trendy!
What inspired you to write No Good Reason:
Simple answer? I wanted to write a crime series, so I decided I’d do that. I returned to my favourite setting of the Peak District and I created Detective Sanne Jensen – small, not Scandinavian, quite timid – and her best friend and sometime lover, Doctor Meg Fielding – feisty, scruffy, likes swearing. These books are more me and my world than anything else I’ve written. They’re full of the types of people I work with and deal with on the road, and they’re full of my language, my area and my job. I love them to bits and I’m very proud of them.
What inspired you to write Cold to the Touch:
I wanted the second Dark Peak book to be…well, darker. Book two is traditionally the one where you muck everything up and try to piece it all back together, so it’s a rocky ride, particularly at the beginning. I based the crime on a real set of murders that happened in Cambridgeshire in 2013 and gave this book a far more urban feel than No Good Reason. There’s one scene where Sanne goes into a derelict warehouse to find a homeless chap who’s wanted for questioning, and everything I’ve described in that scene is based on an emergency call I did, even down to the little shelf of ornaments the lad had collected. Unfortunately, there is one distinction: Sanne’s chap is still alive, whereas we found a dead body tucked under the mess of bedding.
Anything else you think readers may find interesting:
I like novelty socks. Preferably with sheep on them.
Other Works In The Lesbian Genre
Your favourite lesbian book (not written by you):
Stoner McTavish by Sarah Dreher. It was my first ever lesbian novel, and I still remember the thrill of going into Gay’s The Word (the UK’s only remaining GLBTQ bookshop) and finding shelves full of lesbian stories. My wife and I bought Stoner McTavish and then went back PDQ for the rest of the series. I still reread them on occasion; they’re warm and funny and full of life.
Your favourite lesbian movie:
Imagine Me and You. Lena Headey yelling on a footy terrace. Do I need another reason?