Married but Still Looking

Paperback $12.95

Jun 10, 2003 | 272 Pages

Ebook $9.99

Oct 12, 2011

  • Paperback $12.95

    Jun 10, 2003 | 272 Pages

  • Ebook $9.99

    Oct 12, 2011


“Hunter’s writing is fluid and fast, and the dialogue is often raw and gritty yet comical.” —Black Issues Book Review

“Travis Hunter offers insight into the male psyche in ways that will captivate the reader, with stories that are both entertaining and compelling.” —Lolita Files, bestselling author of Child of God

“Despite its title, Married but Still Looking is about the sanctity of marriage, accepting responsibility for one’s actions and understanding the consequences of bad choices.” —The Dallas Morning News

Author Q&A

Book club favorite, Travis Hunter, author of the upcoming novel, A One Woman Man on book clubs and his new book.

Why are book clubs important?
Meeting with book clubs is one of the few chances I get to meet the readers who support my work and hear what they think — the good and the bad — which makes for a better book the next time.

I’ve met with book clubs in person and over the phone. They’ve reached out to me via email, my website, or word of mouth and if my family schedule (I’m a single dad), writing and promotional schedule permits, I’ll do the book club chat.

Does anything in particular stick out to you about the book club meetings you’ve done over the years?
A 65 year-old man in a men’s book club told me that my novel, The Hearts of Men, made him want to be a better man. At another a woman told me that Trouble Man was the first book her son read on his own. It really touched my heart to hear these things and let me know that I was enlightening people as well as entertaining them with my works.

Tell us about your new novel.
I’ve never had as much fun writing a book as I did this one. A One Woman Man is primarily about a man who loses the love of his life and thinks he’ll never find another woman like her. He’s raising their child alone, but he lets down his guard and messes with the wrong woman. That decision could cost him everything — his family, his reputation, and his freedom. But that’s just part of the story, and you’ll have to pick it up to find out the rest!

From the Hardcover edition.


Random House: In your new novel, Married but Still Looking, Genesis Styles seems to have everything going for him – he’s handsome, smooth talking, successful. Yet he has definite problems with commitment. Why do you think men like Genesis are scared of settling down? What does it mean to be "married but still looking," and what does it take for Genesis to end his cheating ways?
Travis Hunter: Genesis’ problem with committing to women goes deeper than his just being a self-centered person. His behavior was passed down from his father, a man who didn’t know how to treat women. I suppose a lot of men are afraid of settling down for a number of reasons. For instance, some men have a certain conception of what a "wife" should be, and many women don’t fit that mold. These men fear a power struggle within the home — they don’t want to have to fight their wives in order to "wear the pants" in their own homes. Another reason that some men stay single might be that women simply outnumber men. The man who fears commitment might say, "Why should I give up all of my options just to be with one woman?" I mean, I could go on and on with guesses why some men do what they do, but I know one thing for sure: when that special lady comes into your life, you had better be ready to step up to the plate and be a man or you’ll be "married but still looking." The title phrase "Married but Still Looking" could mean different things to different people. To me it means searching for happiness once you’re married WITHIN your relationship.

RH: In this novel you present siblings who are dealing with some heavy issues: infidelity, drug abuse, racism. What was your purpose for doing this?

TH: We all have to deal with the past. Whether it is a good past or a bad past, we have to deal with it and try not to let it dictate the future. In Married but Still Looking I show how one family’s past has set a negative tone for the rest of their lives. My message is this: move beyond the past. Learn from the past and take the good memories with you, but get rid of the negative baggage and live your life.

RH: Your first novel, The Hearts of Men, was a huge success. What themes did you carry through to Married but Still Looking? What differences should your readers expect?

TH: I try to write positive fiction or better yet "faction." The best stories, I believe, are those that seem to take place in real life. The carry-over from my first novel into my second is the theme of responsibility. A man must be responsible for his own actions. While the main message of responsibility is present in each novel, my characters confront responsibility in different ways. In my first novel, The Hearts of Men, the lead character Prodigy Banks had someone practically take his hand and lead him into true manhood. In Married but Still Looking, the lead character, Genesis Styles, has to bump his head a few times and figure out on his own what it takes to be a real man.

RH: The need for positive black male role models is one of your main messages. Can you tell us a little bit about the Hearts of Men foundation?

TH: Well, The Hearts of Men Foundation is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that I founded in 1999 with the purpose of helping to mold the minds of young black men. (We don’t discriminate against any child in need — boys and girls of all races and religions are welcomed.) We have rap sessions and we try to provide a positive influence in the kids’ lives.

RH: When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? How did you make that dream into a reality?

TH: I started writing The Hearts of Men because I wanted the guys in my organization, The Hearts of Men Foundation, to start reading. The idea of writing a full-length novel was kind of overwhelming, so I started with short stories. The praise I received from those who read my stories encouraged me to pull them together into a full-length novel. I self-published The Hearts of Men and took a few books to the BookExpo America in Chicago of 2000 where I met my current editor Melody Guy. A week later she called me to ask if I’d like to have Random House/Strivers Row republish my novel on a national level. The rest is history.

RH: What’s next for you? Are you working on another novel?

TH: Well, right now I’m working on my third novel, It’s A Man’s World. I’m trying my hand at a screenplay and my second novel, Married but Still Looking, will hit the stores May 14, 2002.

RH: How can your readers get in contact with you?
TH: They can e-mail me at or visit my web site I answer all of my e-mails personally so please tell me what’s on your mind.

RH: Is there anything else you’d like to say specifically to your fans out in cyberspace?

TH: I’d like to thank each and every one of you guys for the support. Keep telling your friends and family about my work and I’ll do my best to keep bringing you interesting stories with humor and drama. Take care and much love to you all.

From the Hardcover edition.

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