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Why Author C.V. Hunt Is The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

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When you think of horror-style writing and authorship where do your immediate thoughts go? Stephen King? Dean Koontz? Matt Shaw? Well, those names and their work are well and good, but you are surely sleeping on C.V. Hunt. She is a powerhouse author, owner, and editor at Grindhouse Press who specializes in a feminist approach to horror and gore writing. Her voice is unique and badass, to say the least. She writes about topics that are inappropriate and awesome. She pushes the envelope with her storylines and she pounds out some major work. From a fangirl perspective, she is living the dream. As a business owner and writer, I know there’s more than what meets the eye (or the four-eyes).

I was lucky enough to get an interview with C.V. Hunt. I mustered up the courage to ask her (there was no sliding in the DM’s, it was more of a sneaking and hoping in her DM’s) and she said yes! Of course, now I feel that we should be best friends…I digress. However, being able to interview her almost seems surreal. You read someone’s work, you see their books all over your wishlist and you follow their updates on social media, it can feel like fantasy featuring that person on your website, but alas, it is real! And I am super excited to be able to fangirl over her!

FEM: When did you start writing? When did you realize it was something you could do for more than just a hobby?

C.V: I started writing about eleven years ago. A lot of major things happened and I realized I wanted to leave something behind when I died. My brother and I had a long conversation and I don’t know what made me decide I was going to try to write a book but I went home and started writing the next day. After I finished my first book all I wanted was to find a way to get a physical copy of it to put on my shelf—I didn’t care if it was just printed off at a Kinko’s—and after a few rejections, I discovered self-publishing. 

FEM: You have an extensive list of books under your belt, what is your process for starting and finishing books?

C.V: Normally something will inspire a thought. Something like a song or even going on a vacation. I’ll play out either the beginning or ending of the book in my head as if it were a movie. If it’s something I’m drawn to I will sit down with a piece of paper and write down my main character(s) age, occupation, physical description, and pick their name based on common names of people born the same year they would’ve been born. I may write down a few ideas or dialogue but I don’t do an outline. After that, I spend the most time on the first sentence. I really try to capture the readers’ attention in the first sentence and pique their interest to keep going. From there I just write it as it comes. A lot of the time the story ends of being something completely different than what I originally had in mind. It depends on my mood but I usually write for a couple of hours in the evening after my day job or on the weekends. I usually don’t write for more than three hours at a time. 

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FEM: You love horror and sleaze, but is there a genre you are secretly drawn to? 

C.V: I really enjoy true crime and biographies from people with unusual professions. 

FEM:  What is your favorite book?

C.V: This changes all the time. At the moment I’m always recommending Wetlands by Charlotte Roche. 

FEM: Who inspired your writing? Your business ventures?

C.V: Authors like Bentley Little, Bret Easton Ellis, and Dennis Cooper inspire my writing the most. As for my business ventures, I don’t know if there is any one person who inspires it. I enjoy being able to curate the look and feel of a line of books.

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FEM: 10 years for Grindhouse Press, that is a huge accomplishment, how does owning a small press affect your writing? Does it hinder your process or help it?

C.V: Publishing is definitely a hindrance on my own writing. I used to be able to write two or three books a year. Now I’m lucky to write a novella a year and have considered taking a couple of years off from my own writing to give my authors the attention they deserve. I knew this would be the case after talking to a few publishers who’d started as writers. 

FEM: What advice can you give other business owners to help with the longevity of their businesses?

C.V: Be prepared to have it consume all your free time. Set some sort of schedule so you’re not working every moment you’re awake. Don’t burn yourself out.

FEM: If you could start your writing career over again, what would you do differently?

C.V: Oh, yes. I would’ve had a couple more pseudonyms. I write several genres and I feel having some of my work under a separate name would’ve been beneficial. 

FEM: What do you want people to know about Grindhouse Press? 

C.V: If you’re looking for some gritty horror that can at times push some people’s comfort level you might want to check out our books. I publish all types of horror sub-genres but favor things that are more transgressive or over the top.

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FEM: Do you have any events, podcasts, interviews coming up that you would like to share?

C.V: With the pandemic happening we’ve canceled all events for the rest of 2020 but I will be in the celebrity room at Scare That Care in Williamsburg, Virginia 2021. I don’t currently have any podcasts or interviews coming up.

FEM: How many pairs of glasses do you own? What is your favorite pair? Can you share a picture?

C.V: I just recently had an eye exam and my prescription changed. I had to get rid of eight, I think. I kept two pairs I really like and I hope to get the lenses changed in them sometime. I have another two with the correct prescription. So, four at the moment. 

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FEM: Lastly, what does C.V. stand for?

C.V: My first name is Carrie. V is my real middle initial. My last name is not Hunt. I don’t exist online under my real name. I prefer to keep that a secret. 😉

BIO: C.V. Hunt is the author of Ritualistic Human Sacrifice, Baby Hater, Cockblock, Home Is Where the Horror Is, Halloween Fiend, Murder House, and many other books. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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Risky Business

During these trying times we are all facing, it almost seems selfish to share what F.E.M is offering. I want to be open to the pandemic, but I also want to push people to want to create. How can I offer that to people when morale is so low with the human race? How can I tell creators I want to lift them up through this trying time and share their voice, their work and what they are contributing to the world?

It seems like risky business to promote your business at this time with so many losing their jobs and money being a hot topic through the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems insensitive; almost. But the answer is simple, you just do it! Give people the opportunity to know you and what your company offers and let them decide if you are ruthless or encouraging, and hope for the latter!

Just follow through with an open heart and an open mind that not everyone is okay and even if you offer something amazing, others might not be on board right now. Just encourage the best you can and stay as positive as you can. I create, so I want others to create. There are so many wonderful voices out there that need to be shared, why would I ever stop trying to do that?

Stay healthy and safe and know that my services are still available through this crisis.

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Keeping Business and Author Brands Separate-An Executive Decision.

When I first decided to start F.E.M I was going to merge everything I was doing into one business, but now that I am working out some of the kinks I am finding that my imprint and author brand are different and should stay separate.

Of course, my imprint will be what I use when I publish, but what I am doing under the F.E.M umbrella is a little different than what I am doing with my author brand. They both go hand-in-hand, and I am okay if people link the two, but I am not sure how to make them fit into one project.

I am learning so much as I go about how I want to shape my business and my author brand, I am learning about what kind of writer I want to be and also what kind of business woman I want to be. I know this is going to take time, but I will do what I can to get things rolling in the right direction for me.

Do you wear many hats? Can all of the projects you have going on fit under one main project? Do you think it’s better to keep these brands separate or should they be one brand?

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2020 Is Here!

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The new year is finally here! What that means for F.E.M. is more goals, more business relationships and more awesome-ness. This means that I will move with purpose and I will develop F.E.M to become something that I am proud of.

Every day I am making lists and thinking of ideas, but with the new year, those lists will start to become tangible things. Four-Eyed Media, will become the imprint that I wish I had started with instead of the shotty publishing house I began with. F.E.M is lessons learned. My business practices will be how I want to be treated in business.

Is there something you want to accomplish in the new year? Can F.E.M. support you? Happy New Year all, I know that I will be better than I was yesterday.

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NaNoWriMo 2019-Publish with F.E.M

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National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, starting on Nov. 1, 2019 writers everywhere began their journey to completing 50,000 words. This is a special time for those who put in the time to set goals and reach goals.

I am a wannabe NaNoWriMo writer, but this year will be different. I have a lot riding on the success of this round of the competition. Not only will this year help set me on a path of a more consistent writing routine, but it will feel good to finish something in the time-frame I set for myself.

What I would like to offer for one lucky winner of NaNoWriMo is a chance to publish with Four-Eyed Media. I have a few projects I am personally adding to the new brand, and the whole “NEW” imprint can be scary to work with, but what I can promise is effort. I will put the effort in to marketing your book, I will help format it, I will publish it all for YOU. If it doesn’t work out, then you can take over where I left off, no harm no foul.

That is what is so special about F.E.M I want it to be an open-book imprint. I want to give the author what they need to share their voice. Of course, we will have contracts that will bind us to business, but if you tell me this isn’t the direction you want to go, then you will be released from anything that you feel is binding.

The awesome thing about this deal is that the one lucky winner for NaNoWriMo will be my first client as of right now. You will be my featured author, my featured partner, and I am so excited for this opportunity.

Any questions? Leave a comment, email me, I am easy to get a hold of! Good luck writers.

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Why a Feminist Imprint?

When I think of what I went through with my past publishing experiences, I wondered why I wasn’t more important. I wondered why my ideas and voice didn’t matter beyond the original idea or after the threats. It was a huge struggle that has really caused a direct effect on my abilities as a writer.

As if being a writer, creator or artist isn’t hard enough. We already have self-doubt lurking (at least some times), having someone not listen to you or care about your work like you do can be discerning. That’s why I chose to start this imprint.

My goal is to be the person right next to you encouraging your voice and work. I want the creator to feel like their ideas and voice matter before payments and after publication. The spectrum is broad and to feel important through the entire process is important. I know first hand, how important that is.

Feminism to me is accepting and encouraging voices on an equal level. Yes, what I am doing is important, but what you are doing is important too. This imprint is open to everyone who wants that camaraderie on an equal playing field.

Feminism is flexibility, we are human and change our minds, our thoughts, what we want or like. All of those things are subjective, and FEM is subjective too. I will encourage and help you make up your mind to feel comfortable with your choices. I will be the support system you need to feel empowered and important throughout your experiences.

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The Beginning

I decided during my master-degree studies to pursue a digital internship to gain experience in publishing and writing. At this point, I had pursued journalism and journalistic-style writing. My program was in Creative Writing and English. I found an independent publishing house and I reached out. I got the internship.

I started helping with marketing for an author and did a few projects on the side. I had an almost completed (rough draft) manuscript from my program and decided to submit it to this publishing house.

They accepted it! I was elated. I cried. I was so happy to start this journey and was surprised how easy it was. Little did I know this was the start of a very confusing and devastating time in my publishing career.

It started out as missed deadlines on their part, no communication, editor after editor, and an all together tough time. I stuck it out. My book needed to be published. Finally it was available, after almost a year of not getting it out when I was told it would be published. I was happy for a time.

Then the non-communication started over. The website was taken down multiple times. I started stalking anyone I could that was related to this publishing house just to get an answer. Nothing. Then I would get a hold of someone and be appeased for a while. Then the cycle started.

I was fed up. I threatened and fought and finally was given the rights back to my book and was able to publish under my own imprint. Hence, F.E.M. I wanted to feel like my voice mattered, like my words were important. That is why I created this imprint to help those like me to get published. I want to help people who have a voice feel important. I want writers to have 100% access to their writing, stats, money and me!

This imprint in a work in progress but I have control now and that feels great. Do you have a horror story from publishing?