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Travis Hunter

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Author Spotlight:
 
Travis Hunter
Author of
 
The Hearts of Men
Married But Still Looking
Trouble Man
One Woman Man
 

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SC:When did you decide you wanted to write?
TH:  I decided to write my first book in 1999.
 
SC: How many novels in all have you written?
 
TH: 4 almost done with number 5
 
SC: Do you have a favorite?
 
TH:  i have a few favorites but the all time great is Richard Wright
 
 
SC: How long did it take you to write your first novel?
 
TH: About 9 months.
 
SC: Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?   Are the characters based on real people?
 
TH:  My inspiration comes from life. I want to show black people in a different light than the masses (television, music, movies). All of the characters are fictional.
 
SC: After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?  If so, how was that experience?
 
TH: I did self publish. The experience was priceless because I learned so much about the business as a whole.
 
SC:  What feedback have you received from fans?
 
TH:  I always get wonderful feedback for the stories I choose to write. Every now and then someone will say they didn't like my work but that's to be expected when you put things out for public scrutiny.
 
SC: What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you?
 
TH: I'm good friends with Eric Jerome Dickey and he's been a wonderful asset to my career. He tells folks I'm his favorite author :-). I wasn't inspired to write because of another author, I was inspired to write because if the negative images I saw of black people.
 
SC: Is writing your only passion?
 
TH: I wouldn't call it a passion. I'm passionate about my people and I use writing as a vessel to get my thoughts out to the world.
 
SC: What made you start The Hearts of Men Foundation? Do you plan to expand it to other cities?
 
TH:  I wanted to give a little back to those who were unfortunate enough not to have a positive male role model in their lives. I can't express how much men cheat themselves when they choose not to be apart of their children's lives. But some men need to stay away especially if they are not prepared to build the next generation. I would love for THOMF to venture out into other cities. Eventually that will happen.
How can people make a donation? Just write the check :-)
 
SC: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 
TH: I don't know. Somewhere helping those who could use a hand. That's my best bet.
 
 
SC:What advice would you give aspiring authors?
 
TH: This is a question that a lot of people ask. My advice is to find out if you truly want to write. This is a very lonely job and it takes discipline. After all of that, read, read, read. Then take writing classes if at possible. Once your manuscript is complete, find a book editor. E-mail me and I'll refer you to a great one. then pray the masses will take to you.
 
SC:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories?
 
TH: That they are some really good black men out there. That all of us aren't pimps and lowlifes. That we care about our children, our women and our community as a whole.
 
SC: Are you working on another novel? What is it about?
 
TH: I'm always working on a new book but I'm taking 2005 off. So look for two books in 06. one fiction and one nonfiction.
 
SC:  Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website?
 
TH:  My books should be wherever books are sold. I do have a web site it's www.travishunter.com . thanks for the interview.

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A One Woman Man is primarily about Dallas Dupree. Dallas has lost the love of his life and feels that he’ll never find another woman like her. Women throw themselves at him, but he’s content to raise his daughter alone. When he drops his guard for a second, in walks a woman who sets his life on a collision course with misery. Lucky for him, there’s a young woman waiting in the wings to show how a real woman takes care of a good man.

Dallas’ sister, Carmen, has issues of her own. After dealing with a weight problem all her life, it’s now behind her because she’s found a gorgeous man who treats her like a queen. But her picture-perfect world is shattered when her wayward niece moves in and she finds out that her husband’s not the man she thought he was.

Then there’s older brother Priest. Well, words alone won’t do him justice so I’ll let you enjoy him on your own. I hope and pray that you have as much fun reading A One Woman Man as I did writing it.

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