EEEEEEK!! (That was Jaime screaming) So much excitement today as we feature Bethany House Author, Kristi Ann Hunter. Not just because her novel is to die for, but because she's also freakishly cool!
Please. Round of applause for Ms. Hunter ...
Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?
An Uncommon Courtship is the story of two people who thought they knew where they were going in life only to have that idea completely disrupted by an accident that caused them to have to marry. While Adelaide always expected to marry a near stranger, Trent had grand plans of marrying for love. Now he was a wife he hardly knows and no idea what to do with her. The story was inspired by the question, "What is love?" What happens when the choice of finding that person that makes your heart flutter is removed and you really have to examine what it means to choose to love a person.
Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Oh, that's difficult. I'd spent so much time with Trent as a side character in the earlier novels that it was great to really spend time in his head, but at the same time Adelaide was such a joy to get to know because she ended up being very different than I originally thought she would be.
When it comes to side characters, though, it was great to really show people the hidden depths of Trent's mother, Lady Blackstone. She's got some great lines.
If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play them?
I have an appearance inspiration board for each book. For this one, Adelaide was based off of Zooey Deschanel while Trent was based off of Bradley James from Merlin.
How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel?
I love Regency England, which is why I've chosen to write in that time period. Unlike the other books in the series, though, this one takes place almost entirely in London. This is mostly because it shows a distinction to Trent as a younger brother. He's always been more social, more connected and so, for him, home has really been London since reaching adulthood.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it and why?
I never say never because as soon as I do, God starts laughing at me and plops a story in my lap. That being said, though, I very much doubt that you will ever see me writing true suspense or thriller because I simply can't go there mentally. I can't even watch procedural cop shows because they creep me out.
Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We'll help! What literary character is most like you and why?
I can never answer these questions so I asked my husband and he says I'm Debra Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond. The fact that she's on TV and not in a book means nothing. ;)
What strange writing habits do you have? Like standing on your head while you write with a pen between your teeth?
Sadly my talents do not extend to contortionism. I don't know if any of my writing habits are really that strange. I listen to movie sound tracks while I write and contemporary music while I plot (there are inspiration playlists on my website). I use a lot of Post-It notes. Like… a lot… of Post-It Notes.
Do you have a writing mentor, or another author who has inspired/encouraged you in some way?
There have been so many because they've all come at different times and in different ways. Patty Smith Hall took me under her wings and really guided me through those first few years of pitching and querying and what to do with my first contract and signing an agent and the like. My inspiration to become a writer stemmed from Karen Witemeyer and Julia Quinn and I've had the opportunity to speak with and learn from both ladies but there have been so many more that have helped me on the way. Authors in general are an amazingly helpful and supportive bunch.
We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?
Faith threads through every aspect of my writing. I truly believe the stories are God's to do with what He wills. When ever I launch a book I have a prayer group at my house to pray over the book and pass it into God's hands, trusting Him to get it where it needs to go. I know He can do amazing things with obedience, so I try very hard to write the book He has given me.
Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were responsible to write your own epitaph for your tombstone, what would it say?
I've moved. See Jesus for directions.
Anne is an insatiable romantic with a serious vintage aura in all she writes. Do you have fabulous love story in your family history that you could share with us in a few words? If not, what about your own?
My parents met on a bet at the Baptist Student Union in college. They were the first married couple to graduate together from Georgia Tech. Many years later, my brother met his wife and I met my husband in the same building.
Erica and Gabrielle both write sweet historical romances. How does romance influence your own writing?
I love romance. I cannot write a story without a romance in it. There is so much revealed about ourselves and humanity as people walk the path to joining forever with another person. Two becoming one is a powerful game changer.
And for some extra fun . . .
If you could pick one superhero to save you from impending doom, who would it be and why?
Just one? I can't have all of the Avengers ride to my rescue? Fine. Thor. Because then I'd get to fly but I wouldn't have to worry about annoying him and making him drop me like I would if Iron Man rescued me.
If you could guest star in one TV show, what would it be and what would your ideal role be?
Okay, this is going to be a little strange, but it would be some action show, probably a super hero one. Because I would really like to pretend that I have the ability to kick major butt while saying really awesome, snarky one-liners.
Name one significant heirloom or keepsake you have and why it's important to you:
I tend to be rather sentimental so there's a lot of these. I'll stick with writing, though. I have a Pandora bracelet with a charm for every book I've published or contracted and every award I've won.
We'd love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! Please share something below:
Lord Trent Hawthorne was convinced that breakfast was one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity. What better way to celebrate the Lord’s new mercies and fresh beginnings than rejoicing in the day’s opportunities by eating a crispy rasher of bacon? Even after his father had passed, the morning meal had been a source of consolation for Trent, a reminder that God still had a reason for him to be in this world. Yes, for most of his life, Trent had awoken every day secure in the knowledge that nothing could ruin breakfast.
It took a wedding to prove him wrong.
Specifically, it took his wedding.
To a woman he barely knew.
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