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An Interview with C.L. Hagely, Writer of Hunter: The Serpent Mounds

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2018

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Your new book Hunter: The Serpent Mounds - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The newest edition continues the saga of Lian and his best friend Gabriel, this time versus a new enemy force Ė giants. The Reptilian presence in the world from the first book is still evident, and maybe stronger than ever.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Hunter: The Serpent Mounds?

 

Iíve always been a fan of the futuristic and dystopian science fiction genre of novels. No matter how bad things get, they always seem to carry a great deal of hope with them.

 

Hunter: The Serpent Mounds is a sequel to your Hunter: The Fallen One - so how do these two books compare, how closely does one follow the other, and what were your inspirations for their main character Lian Hunter in the first place?

 

The two books are very similar, they have the same feel and tone to them. One of my goals is to make each book stronger than the previous ones, which I think occurs rather naturally as the events unfold in the future stories.

 

The second book closely follows the first in every respect, and some questions used to keep readers wondering what happens in the first book, are answered in the second. For instance, there is only one chapter in the first book on the military aspect Ė which is an integral theme of the entire series Ė compared to four chapters in the second.

 

The inspirations for Lian were quite simple. I wanted to write a novel from a young adultís perspective. I know the problems I faced as a teen, and I realize the obstacles teens face today are even more compounded. I surmised a teenís troubles in the future would be even more complex. That point is interesting to me, as it should be to any young adult.

 

Do talk about Hunter: The Serpent Mounds approach to science fiction for a bit, and is this a genre at all dear to you, and your genre favourites (in whatever medium)?

 

I believe anything written about the future would have to include some science fiction, and it is true in this series, as I use technological advancements far beyond our limits today. Driver-less cars (that don't get in accidents), classroom teachers using fantastic manipulatives, and other amazing things one would use every day are just a few of those fictional aspects.

 

Iíve always been a very big YA science fiction reader Ė series like Harry Potter, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Hatchet, etc., are all books Iíve read and enjoyed. Iím also a huge fan of adventures and mysteries.

 

With Hunter: The Serpent Mounds being a young adult novel - how do you write for this particular age group, and how does it differ from, let's say, writing for kids or adults (if at all)?

 

Iíve written a couple books for younger kids, complete with illustrations. The pictures are the biggest difference in literature for small kids, and they are completely necessary for them to follow the story. I find there is not much difference in writing for young adults compared to adults. The most I do is just try to keep the themes simple, which is not the case in writing for adults. My plots are usually more complex in those for adults.

 

As a writer, do you have any routines you follow - in other words, do take us through your writing process?

 

I donít have any real routines. Sometimes when I am out and about, Iíll start writing down my ideas on notebook paper, but most of the time I just start typing it out as things come into my head. I donít need to be in an absolutely quiet location when I write, but I do need that kind of atmosphere when I edit. You have to be in the mood to write, or youíre just wasting your time.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Hunter: The Serpent Mounds?

 

I have one reviewer who really loves both books, and the other reviews Iíve seen have been excellent and fair, at least for the first one. Word of mouth comments are usually pretty good.

 

Any future projects you'd like to talk about?

 

Besides the next two sequels in this Hunter series, there may actually be more Lian Hunter adventures, either following him beyond his high school years, or perhaps a prequel book or two of some sort. I also have a couple more books on the back burners, and they are more in the adult fiction than in the YA genre.

 

What got you into writing in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

Iíve always enjoyed creating things, such as writing songs and other such endeavors of pleasure. Iíve written short stories in college in a science/science fiction class, which not only included writing science fiction stories, but investigating the science behind the stories. Iíve also written a couple stories on my own for no particular reason.

 

What can you tell us about your writings prior to Hunter: The Fallen One and Hunter: The Serpent Mounds?

 

As Iíve said previously, Iíve written a couple books for younger kids, and have experience writing some short stories, plus the books for the adult readers I now have in waiting.

 

How would you describe yourself as a writer?

 

I have fun writing, at least most of the time. How well I write, create moods and characterization, and establish plots, etc., is really not for me to say. Iíll leave that to the readers and reviewers.

 

Writers who inspire you, and books you couldn't live without?

 

As I mentioned previously, Iím not only a big fan of the other popular YA authors, but some writers of adventures and mysteries - Dan Brown, Stieg Larrson, Stephen King, John Grisham, Michael Crichton, just to name a few. Although I love them, I would have no trouble living without them.

 

... and since this is first and foremostly a film-site, your favourite and least favourite movies?

 

Since youíve brought it up, I honestly believe this Hunter series would make a great adventure movie series. My faves would have to include Young Frankenstein, and any Gene Wilder and/or Mel Brooks films, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, and any Albert Brooks films, The Godfather, Ghostbusters, The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight series, and so many others, even some pretty goofy ones. 

I cannot think of a least favorite film, although I know some pretty lame ones exist.

 

Your/your books' website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Link to Hunter: The Serpent Mounds on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07DFXY2JQ/

Link to Hunter: The Fallen One on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M7U9GJU/

The C. L. Hagely Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/C-L-Hagely-457432311281465/

The Lian Hunter Adventures Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Lian-Hunter-Adventures-120247685298884/

The C. L. Hagely Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CLHagely

The C. L. Hagely webpage: http://stmanley007.wixsite.com/clhagely

   

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I think you were pretty thorough with your questions. I just hope everyone who reads the Hunter series truly enjoys the experience.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you.

 

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