Welcome – Bienvenue
I write to entertain, educate and inspire.
I also document experiences with photography.
I occasionally paint.
“Good writing is true writing. If a man is making a story up it will be true in proportion to the amount of knowledge of life that he has and how conscientious he is; so that when he makes something up it is as it would truly be.”
― Ernest Hemingway
I strive to keep my writing true by writing from my “knowledge of life.” I work to avoid writing “pure” fiction. I weave my “knowledge of life” and enough fiction to make a story flow and enhance the readers’ experience. I detest writing about something of which I have no personal experience. It makes me feel like a fraud and inevitably makes my writing feel less “true.”
I am a 5th-generation Texan (Texas A&M, class of ’89) and have lived and traveled across North America and Europe (including having lived and written in France for five years). My work has been published by Texas A&M University Press, University of Texas Press and the Houston Chronicle. I currently split my time between the Washington, DC area and Louisiana.
I am drawn to the aesthetic of the 1920s (think Art Deco, streamlined styles, cubism, dada, flappers) and 1960s (think Sinatra, Mad Men series and martinis) as well as the political era and music of the 1970s (think Rolling Stones and when Americans liked each other at least some, weren’t so tribalized and protecting the environment was bipartisan).
My geographic influences and inspirations include the American West, American South, Chesapeake, Mexico, France, and Spain.
Of late, I have also been a student of Tiki Culture. I am intrigued by what Americans were seeking through their admiration of what they perceived to be the cultures of the South Seas largely from the 1930s to the early 1970s. It is making a modest comeback so the “seeking” may still be underway.
I invite you to enjoy my first published work of fiction, “A Moveable Marfa.”
A sequel, “The Sommieres Sun” is anticipated for publication in the spring of 2021.
Please stay in touch by subscribing to my website here or follow me on instagram at c_e_hunt.