The gracious Elizabeth A White reviews The Chosen on her site.
I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to read that I have not make a hames of accents ( I worried a lot about this). I did a lot of re-writing and constant replaying of taped conversations to make sure I did not turn a rural American accent into a pastiche, so I am delighted when I read – “Hunt did extensive on location research for The Chosen in the U.S., specifically in the Pisgah National Forest (read her guest post). She explored the terrain, learned about hunting and weapons, and spent time in local watering holes to get the feel and pace of the people. And she completely nails it. In fact, if you didn’t know it going in there is absolutely nothing about the book that would tip you to the fact Hunt wasn’t a North Carolina or Tennessee native, let alone that she was Irish”
As I said over at Elizabeth’s blog, research for The Chosen was more pleasure than pain, but also something I undertook quite seriously. American Crime fiction has been my ideé fixe in some form or other for the last near 40 odd years, so I am very pleased indeed to think that people are enjoying this particular novel. Though my next novel is set here in Ireland, I would like very much to return to the States and do another in the very near future. I doubt you could keep me away at this stage.