The first part of the creative section follows childhood events in the lives of three people, Sasha Hunt, Anthony Miller and Carmen Gault: the disappearance of Sasha's father, the breakdown of Anthony's parents' marriage and the destruction by fire of Carmen's family's timber mill. As an adult Sasha becomes a private investigator and also becomes pregnant, but the child dies. Carmen and Anthony meet and marry and have a son, Carl. Anthony has an affair: an event which places strain on the marriage. Anthony, Carmen and Carl journey to Florida to see a space shuttle launch, something that has been Anthony's lifelong ambition, and have a holiday. Sasha, conducting an investigation, follows them. In the final section Sasha becomes frustrated and unbalanced as she has little success with her investigation. In a campground in a state park Sasha confronts Carmen and Anthony, believing that the child she had been told was stillborn is actually Carl. It is
revealed that Sasha was the woman with whom Anthony had the affair and that her investigation was to claim maternity. With the aid of some American campers, Sasha, her descent into madness complete, is subdued but not before fatally shooting one of the Americans and Carmen.
The critical section examines the influence of three American writers on the writing of the creative section: John Irving, Richard Ford and Raymond Carver. Irving is a novelist whose works are both bestsellers and literary fiction. While some of his work may be viewed as postmodern with such features as self-reflexivity and embedded texts, ultimately the contribution of his work to my writing, examined here, is in terms of readability. Richard Ford writes in a variety of genres including novels, novellas and short stories and his career path - returning to stories after publishing novels - is acknowledged as an influence on my own writing goals and approach to writing 'Hunter'. The influence of Ford's
works is examined in terms of creating 'story'. Raymond Carver is acknowledged as a leader in minimalism. Some of his stories were adapted by Robert Altman for his movie Short Cuts and it was through seeing the movie that I began to look at Carver's work in developing this thesis. The influence of Carver's work is examined in terms of style - how the reductive nature of his work impacted the way I approached writing and editing 'Hunter'.