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A writer’s first time | Mark R Hunter

A writer’s first time | Mark R Hunter

    There are certain first times that I suspect surprise all writers, no matter how often they may have fantasized about them.

    Emily and I went camping last weekend at Chain O’ Lakes State Park, where several scenes in Storm Chaser were set. At the gatehouse the lady who checked us in asked all the normal questions, including, of course, my name.

    “Hunter,” I replied. “First name Mark.” (Which for me was the logical answer to that question.)

    She gave me a startled look. “The writer?”

    I’d like to say I responded with something witty, but the best I could do was stammer, “Yes …” In addition to having never been recognized by a stranger, there was a lingering fear that park employees might not like the way I portrayed their workplace.

    “I have your book on my Kindle!”

    Turns out she claimed to like it very much, and took my business card with the promise of telling her coworkers about Storm Chaser. She even got my autograph. By that I mean she got my signature on the check-in paperwork.

    That was the first time someone who didn’t already know me recognized me as a novelist … and yes, it did make my day.

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kerkevik
May. 17th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Just remember us little people when you oick up your Hugo, huh?

;-)

Ray.
ozma914
May. 17th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
Why, I think I have to publish SF to get a Hugo, unless they've loosened they're requirements! But I have SF in mind for future projects, so -- I won't forget!
deborahw37
May. 17th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
You'll be " The famous writer" in no time
ozma914
May. 17th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
I'm not so sure about "no time", but we'll see what happens! I'll keep plugging away at it.
curiouswombat
May. 17th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
Yay! That must have been a very sweet moment for you.
ozma914
May. 17th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
Sweet ... surreal, startling, headspinning ... all that good stuff. :-)
lynnylou
May. 17th, 2012 07:48 am (UTC)
That is so cool to be recognized for you writing. I got you book on my Kindle as well and have read it and it is excellent.
ozma914
May. 17th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! My sales haven't been huge, but so far they've been steady.
kazzy_cee
May. 17th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Yay - congratulations!!! :) I've thought of you as a writer for ages mind you - now I think of you as a novelist!
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Novelist ... has a nice ring to it, that's how I'm going to answer the phone from now on. "Hello, Mark Hunter, novelist speaking."

I'm considering an idea now to write some fanfictions crossing my Storm Chaser characters over with characters from shows ... mostly for fun, but also to keep my fanfic writing credentials alive.
millysdaughter
May. 17th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
As Margaret Mitchell once said, "You, sir, have arrived!"
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I disagree ... I've only just begun the journey! But at least I'm out of the driveway.
mardeen
May. 17th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
How completely cool is that? Congratulations, Mark!
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
*Completely* cool!
cornerofmadness
May. 17th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
that is so cool!
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
Cool is just one of the many good words! And we were really needing some good words, lately.
cornerofmadness
May. 20th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
I will not argue that
trystan830
May. 17th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
that's pretty cool!
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm pleasantly pleased!
trystan830
May. 21st, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
=D
amelia_seyroon
May. 18th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
:->
cbtreks
May. 18th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
I'm not surprised she liked it; it's a good book. Congratulations! What a cool (and perhaps a little odd?) experience!
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
I hope someday it'll be a not unsurprising experience, but I hope it never gets less odd! Sadly, my short story collection didn't come out as planned this month; I'm checking into it, but it'd sure be nice to give people more of my Storm Chaser characters.
ex_angstchi
May. 18th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Awesome! You should be pleased!
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Very pleased, indeed!
kevenn
May. 18th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
That is pretty damn cool!!!!
ozma914
May. 20th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Couldn't get more cool!
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