Today I’m pleased to welcome K S Hunter to the blog. K S Hunter is the pseudonym of a best-selling author and their debut novel under this pseudonym, Just One Time published by on 7 December 2017.
K S Hunter kindly answered a few of my questions.
1. Tell us a little about Just One Time.
I’m calling Just One Time a steamy psychological thriller. It is ostensibly a fast-paced thriller, but there are erotic elements in it, so it’s very much a hybrid piece of writing and I hope I’ve come up with an ending the likes of which readers won’t have seen before. It’s about David Madden who meets an alluring woman called Nina when he’s at a theatre in London. She helps him find his phone when he loses it in the darkness and by revealing his mobile number to her he unwittingly invites her into his life. The problem is once she’s in it, she won’t get out of it. It’s a story of lust and desire, seduction and revenge – like a modern-day Fatal Attraction, only steamier.
2. What inspired the book?
I was in a theatre in London and the early part of what happens to David – his phone ends up on the floor, he can’t find it, he gets on his hands and knees, a stranger next to him asks for the number so that she can call it to help him find it – happened to me. Fortunately, everything else in the novel is made up. The moment I told her my phone number, my imagination kicked in and I started to wonder what would happen if she got in touch with me later and then somehow found a way into my life. I was literally on my hands and knees when I realised I had a story – it’s the oddest way I’ve ever been creative.
3. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you?
I’m too undisciplined to plan. I have an opening and I go with it. It can be very painful at times, and I write far too slowly as a result, but it means the journey can be exciting and surprising for me as well as for the reader – ultimately, if I can surprise myself then I know I’m on to a good idea that will have the potential to engage the reader.
4. KS Hunter is a pseudonym. What do you find are the benefits of writing under a different name?
I’ve been able to write things I wouldn’t typically write. Some of my other books have been dark, but I’ve taken things to another level here. And in my research I discovered how graphic erotic fiction can be, so I haven’t held back when I’ve tried to create the steam in the story. In that regard, it’s been quite liberating. At the same time, it’s created a bit of mystery and fun for readers – and I’ve enjoyed seeing the interactions online and I’ve even been able to join in a bit while maintaining the anonymity.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I also write journalism, so I write a lot. In fact, I write far more journalism than I write fiction. So I’m very rarely away from writing in some form and I very rarely relax. I enjoy reading – different genres, different authors – and I love going to the theatre. I play tennis as well – that’s a great stress reliever.
6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
There’s so much depth in Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love and it’s an exciting thriller, so probably that one, although Amsterdam is my favourite novel. It would be hard to choose.
7. I like to end my Q&As with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
What is your real name? But you know I can’t answer that – sorry!
About the book
Desire can have dire consequences
Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.
She is irresistible
Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.
What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.
She is insatiable
Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.
She is unstoppable
Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.
A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.
About the author
K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.