Hailing from just north of Pittsburgh, Hunter Goss has spent an inordinate amount of time working in what is probably the most obscure and unglamorous corner of the fashion world: making finished leather and selling it to shoe and accessories manufacturers. Hunter has also worked with graphic novels, written articles about wine, and is the author of vampire thriller Night Market.
A little about you, first: give us three fun facts about yourself.
HG: I know exactly how shoes are made. I don’t mind rejection too much, because the biggest sale I made while in the leather tanning business was to a man who threw me out of his office four days earlier. I have incredible recall when it comes to the lyrics for Frank Zappa songs.
HG: In Night Market, love, sex, money, stock market crashes and bank failures punctuate the story of how and why the Undead helped John Pierpont Morgan rescue America’s largest banks during the Panic of 1907.
Oh, that’s only one line. Sorry.
Is there anything you want readers to take away from your writing? What is it?
HG: First, I want readers to be entertained. And vampire stories can be quite entertaining because they’re such great allegories for things we wouldn’t otherwise discuss. Vampires can be put into situations where they have to deal with issues that humans can’t or won’t deal with. And so they have an internal dialogue a human might never have, or they discuss things in ways humans might not. They’re always on the outside looking in. What’s just beneath the surface for humans can be front and center in the mind of a vampire.
Beyond that, I want for the historic parts of the story to draw readers in and get them interested in something that might be new to them. My biggest dream is that people will read the book, think it was interesting and then two weeks later, when they hear something on the news or read an article, they go HOLY C**P! That’s what he meant in the book!
Which other indie authors do you recommend or admire?
HG: One is Suzanne Tyrpak; we share the same cover artist (Jeroen Ten Berge). Read her book ‘Vestal Virgin’. Her descriptions are phenomenal and put you right there for all the action and all the emotions of the characters. And that makes it easy to get into the story. I wish my descriptions were as good. Oh, and she recently gave up a toe for her books, too. You can read about it on her blog.
I also like Joe D’Agnese, who just published ‘Jersey Heat’. When Joe gets a character into trouble, you think you can see it coming, and you’re just waiting to watch it unfold. But then he throws something into the works that sends it spinning of into a place you didn’t quite expect. A good way to spend your book reading time.
Lastly, what question should I have asked you, and why?
HG: You could have asked how I can take such a seemingly dry subject like financial markets and make a story out of it that people will want to read.
Here would be my answer: It’s because money is a thing that stimulates all the human motivations and emotions. It makes us behave in both the worst of ways and the best of ways. And the history of money, when you get beyond the market indexes and charts, is certainly littered with stories of lust, greed, power, politics, backstabbing and betrayal, but also love, passion and the determination to succeed against tremendous odds. Those are all elements of high drama that can make exciting reading.