Portrait II - Version 3Ariel Hudnall writes primarily character-driven fantasy, in such sub-genres as urban, Gothic, uncanny, and regional fantasy. Sometimes, she dapples in science fiction, horror, and LGBT literature.

She was raised in the wilds of the south. Lightning storms and hurricanes created the playpens of her youth, and in the summers, she used to spend all of her time dodging horseflies in a golden river, catching fish and snakes with her bare hands, swinging from vines, and falling out of magnolia trees.

In the dawn of her adolescence, her family took her on a journey across the United States, from the white sands of Pensacola, FL, to the razor’s edge of the Hell’s Backbone in Utah. They finally landed in Marin, CA, where lotus eaters tried to make city folk out of them (but miserably failed.) She lived in Kyoto, Japan for six years, working as a writer and English teacher, before flying out to Vancouver, where she currently is pursuing a Masters in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. She has, and always will be, a dream-smith.

She used to freelance as an editor for the Writers’ Anarchy anthology series for Fiction Writers Group, where she was an admin, as well as a volunteer workshop facilitator. Until its hiatus, she was also one of Fantasy Scroll Mag‘s slush readers. These days, she designs book interiors at Country Mouse Design and volunteers as the Digital Development arm of Kyoto Journal, a quarterly culture magazine published since 1987. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Publishing at Simon Fraser University.

Feel free to stay a while, leave a comment or send her an email. If you feel so inclined, you can also follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Note: Until September 2016, Ariel Hudnall went by the pen name Alex Hurst, which was retired in order to pursue professional work.


I’ve been lucky enough to be interviewed a few times by bloggers around the web. Feel free to read any of the below to learn more about me.

61 thoughts on “About

  1. compliment for your long way and development from
    – “…catching fish and snakes with bare hands, falling out of magnolia trees.
    – …on a journey across the United States, from the white sands of Pensacola, FL, to the razor’s edge of the Hell’s Backbone in Utah.
    – …finally landed in Marin, CA, where lotus eaters tried to make city folk out of you (but miserably failed.)
    – …currently living in Kyoto, Japan, working as a writer…”


    1. Thank you very much! It has been a very, very long journey. Maybe one day I’ll actually write the whole thing down, haha.


  2. I recently wrote my first novel, “FAST ESCAPE” and my book covers designed by EBOOK INDIE COVERS. Love her work !
    Also, do you assist, work with emergent writers/authors, editing? Look forward to hearing from you.
    Dr. Bonnie Vause, Ed.D. & Author of Fast Escape on KINDLE/Amazon.com
    Find me on FB: Bonnie Vause, Author or Bonnie Vause (bonniewvause@yahoo.com)


    1. Hello Dr. Vause,

      Yes, I assist when possible, though my editing schedule is pretty full at present. What are you specifically looking for? I may be able to connect you with some others who aren’t as busy as me. If you’d rather not discuss here, feel free to send me an email at info@alex-hurst.com.

      All the best!



  3. It appears you’ve lived a thousand lives, Alex. I imagine you are a wellspring of ideas just bubbling to the surface and desperate for voice.
    I look forward to reading many more of your words!


    1. Thank you! I’ve lived in a lot of places, yes, and done a lot of things, but there’s still so much I want to do!

      Thank you so much for the comment. I love your blog!


  4. Hello Alex! Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. That was one of the best About pages I’ve read in a while!

    We’re both in Japan. Until the end of the month, I’m still in Gunma. Loved visiting Kyoto a few years ago. How long have you lived there? Compared to the countryside with rivers and hurricanes, Kyoto is the opposite. I grew up in the mountains outside of San Diego, with the rattle snakes and scorpions. In comparison, yes, Kyoto must be like Mars.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ciara! It took a while to compose it, so I’m glad that it was entertaining. 🙂

      I’ve lived in Kyoto for about four years now. Gunma looks like such a beautiful place, but I haven’t visited yet. Hopefully someday! I live right next to the mountains in Kyoto, so I still get my nature fix, but also live close enough to the trains for convenience, so it all balances out.

      I love San Diego! Will you be going back to SD when you leave, or are you off to another adventure in a new place?


      1. It looks like San Diego right now. Excited to be going back. It’s been almost 18 years since I left, though I visit family there regularly. You’ve passed through SD in your varied travels?

        Nature fixes, a necessity of life!


  5. Hi Alex.

    My, you have already lived an eventful life, truly exciting! Thanks, by the way, for dropping in and joining my small community, it’s much appreciated. 😀


  6. It is so nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog. It’s always nice to meet another well travelled Southern Girl. I look forward to reading your work.


  7. Hello Alex! Thank you so much for visiting and liking my blog! I really appreciate that. I also would like to say that your blog is amazing, the way you tell stories is so simple and yet fascinating! I look forward for more 🙂


    1. Wow, how sweet of you Veronica! Thank you very much. And not at all…. your photography is stellar, and is definitely getting *my* creative juices flowing. 😉 See you around!


    1. Thank you so much! I will be sure to respond after the April madness! And congrats on getting the award yourself!


  8. Hi Alex
    Thanks for gracing my review blog with some life 🙂
    I live in Sendai and blog about books at bensbooks.org, EFL teaching at sendaiben.org (I have a thing about .org sites, I guess), and money at retirejapan.info
    Look forward to reading more of your writing.


    1. Wow! Small world! 😀 That’s awesome. I’ll have to follow both of those blogs as well then. ^_^ And happy to meet you!


  9. Hi Alex

    Thank you for showing an interest in my writing. But I’ve decided its time to move beyond the blogosphere, so I will be closing my blog at the end of the month.

    Best of luck in your pursuits,



    1. I’m sorry to hear that, Jack. Hopefully, whatever your next pursuit is, it brings you lots of happiness. Good luck with everything. 🙂


    1. Thank you very much, Princess. That was very thoughtful of you, and I’ll need all the luck I can manage! 🙂 Appreciate it, and congratulations to you, as well.

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    1. Thank you very much! That is quite the compliment. 🙂 Of course I really like the atmospheres in your photography, so I’m excited to see more over time.


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