Author on the Couch: Kristi Ann Hunter


This week I’m conducting a session with…

Kristi Ann Hunter

*GIVEAWAY*

Kristi is giving away an autographed paperback copy of one of her books!(U.S. Only)

 

Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Kristi: When I was in my early twenties, I got the opportunity to go to Switzerland. Standing at the top of Jung Frau, looking over the Alps I was struck by how much work and creativity God put into creation centuries upon centuries before man would ever see it. That freed up my own creative process in a way I hadn’t expected, making it more about the story and less about what people thought about it and more about the tale I wanted to tell.

 

Me: What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Kristi: The ability to consider multiple angles and views of a situation can be an annoyance when you find yourself making excuses for why people do stupid things. As a writer, though, it can be quite an asset when trying to put myself into the shoes and heads of my characters.

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Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Kristi: Procrastination! Combined with my ability to convince myself I can do one hour’s worth of work in five minutes and I often find myself scrambling as deadline approaches. It’s hard to learn the discipline to do things differently but I’m slowly creating better habits. When I don’t put it off.

 

Me: What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest, on cloud nine, flying high? What happened?

Kristi: My first year as a published author was one high point after another. When A Noble Masquerade came out, I was terrified. Then I got a social media contact from someone who didn’t know me, who only knew my book. And they loved it. I was elated. Then the book finaled in contest after contest, somehow managing to pull out a win in the Rita competition. It was an amazing year and it will be difficult to ever top it.

 

Me: What was your low point as a writer—a time when questioned your path, a time when you felt really crappy about your writing? What happened? How did you get over it?

Kristi: There’s a point in writing every book where I end up in tears, convinced that I’m a horrible writer, unsure why I do this, why I put myself and my family through the ups and downs caused by my procrastination and general artistic craziness. I’ve learned by now that it’s a cycle, that soon I’ll circle back around to actually liking my story and being glad I get to share it with the world.

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Me: What’s the worst piece of writing advice you were ever given? How did you get beyond it?

Kristi: To never, ever use adverbs. I love a friendly adverb. I discovered that when I tried to actively pull adverbs from my writing it turned stiff and formal. I lost my voice and my pacing. Is it possible to use too many adverbs? Absolutely. And when I first started writing I would highlight them all and count how many per page and stress over it. Now I don’t. I have weasel words I check for and beta readers I trust. I may have more adverbs than you’re “supposed” to, but it works for me.

 

Me: How do you deal with rejection or bad reviews? What advice can you give others about how to handle rejection and bad reviews?

Kristi: I don’t read reviews unless they are personally sent to me or I’m tagged in a post. I discovered early on that good reviews went to my head and bad reviews kept me up at night. When people don’t like my books, though, I just remind myself that they aren’t who I’m writing for. First and foremost, I write for God, and second I write for my fans. I’m not going to change what and how I write to make one person happy when it would mean losing all the people I already make happy.

 

Me: What do you collect? Why? What personal meaning does this item have for you?

Kristi: Squishy stress ball toys! I started this collection when I was in college because they were a popular thing to give out at school events and career fairs. When I got frustrated with an assignment I’d throw them around my dorm room. I have some fairly unique ones including a brain, an astronaut, a potato, a bomb, and an ear.

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Me: Tell me about your Regency with Spiritual Elements titled An Inconvenient Beauty.

Kristi: Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

 

Me: Share with us one of your favorite excerpts from An Inconvenient Beauty.

Kristi: The passage below is from Chapter One, but I absolutely love it because for me, when I wrote it (which wasn’t first because I write out of order) I finally clicked in to who Griffith was. He’s formal and proper, but only on the outside. On the inside he’s witty and possibly even a bit snarky and he wants his family to be happy. I love that about him.

 

He looked away from his mother to note the girl in question— a plain young woman hovering near a doorway, her dress an unfortunate color that was remarkably similar to the ballroom wallpaper. Given her supposedly close relationship with tonight’s hostess, one would have thought the near-professional wallflower would have known to avoid that particular shade of rose. “If there is a true need for a member of our family to rescue Miss Watters from the wall—a position which I’m sure you know she takes up at every social gathering—there are other male members you can appeal to.”

Mother’s lips pressed together into a thin line. “They are married.”

Griffith slowly lifted his own eyebrow in a perfect imitation of his mother’s earlier expression. “I had no idea the institution affected a man’s ability to dance. No matter. Up to now they’ve shown remarkable resistance to whatever marriage related malady might inhibit a man’s dancing talents. I’m sure they can hold it off for another night.”

His mother said nothing, though he could tell from the crinkles forming at the corner of her eye that she wanted to laugh. Almost as much as she wanted him to dance with Miss Watters. As he only danced with women he considered family, her laughter was the only desire he was inclined to grant. One more sardonic remark from him should send her over the edge.

“It is a comfort to know, however, that public scrutiny of my lack of dancing finesse will diminish once I’ve married. Until then I shall endeavor to plant myself among the married men on the rare occasion that I join a dancing formation with a sister or cousin. Perhaps then we shall all be equally bumblesome.”


You can purchase all of Kristi Ann Hunter’s books here:  http://www.kristiannhunter.com/aib

Or…

You can find An Inconvenient Beauty here…

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Inconvenient-Beauty-Hawthorne-House/dp/0764218271

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-inconvenient-beauty-kristi-ann-hunter/1125516138?ean=9780764218279

Books a Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Inconvenient-Beauty/Kristi-Ann-Hunter/9780764218279?id=7015982631781

Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780764218279`

Lifeway: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/an-inconvenient-beauty-P006162785

Christian Book Distributors: https://www.christianbook.com/new-4-an-inconvenient-beauty/kristi-hunter/9780764218279/pd/218279?event=AAI

Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/kristi-ann-hunter/id1019268396?mt=11

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kristi_Ann_Hunter_An_Inconvenient_Beauty_Hawthorne?id=QP_CDgAAQBAJ


 

Be sure to connect with Kristi Ann here…

Website: http://www.kristiannhunter.com/

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My books: http://www.kristiannhunter.com/bookshelf

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48 comments to “Author on the Couch: Kristi Ann Hunter”

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  1. Rochelle L - Sep 18, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the interview. Its always fun to learn about a writer’s process. I adored A Noble Masquerade and am current reading An Uncommon Courtship. I look forward to Griffith’s story.

    • Nancy - Sep 18, 2017 Reply

      The covers of your books are so appealing! I wish we still dresssed like that, sometimes, but other times, living in the hot and humid South, I’m glad I can wear shorts and t-shirts. 🙂 Your interview was quite interesting, you seem like an open and friendly author.
      Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16-21

  2. Deanne Patterson - Sep 18, 2017 Reply

    I don’t blame you for not changing your writing style for anyone Kristi Anne, be who you are that’s who God intended you to be! I very much am looking forward to reading An Inconvenient Beauty.

  3. Katrina Dehart - Sep 17, 2017 Reply

    Your books sound really good!

  4. lori byrd - Sep 17, 2017 Reply

    Sounds so good. Loved the interview.

  5. Heidi Robbins - Sep 15, 2017 Reply

    I’ve heard so many great things about your series! I’m looking forward to reading it!

  6. Raechel L. - Sep 15, 2017 Reply

    These books all look so beautiful, and I can’t wait to read them!
    Thanks for this fun interview, and giveaway!

  7. Terressa T. - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I love that you stay true to your voice when writing. I have thoroughly enjoyed your stories and cannot wait to read An Inconvenient Beauty. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  8. Sheri Humphreys - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I loved that excerpt, Kristi! Your book has been in my TBR pile for so long–two of them, in fact. I’m moving them UP!!! Enjoyed the interview!

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Movin’ on up…. the TBR pile… 😉 I hope you enjoy them!

  9. Arletta - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Are you actively collecting stress balls? Do you want us all to start sending you ones we come across?

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Arletta,

      I will ALWAYS accept stress balls! 🙂 You’re welcome to bring them to me at any of my events or send them to the PO box address at the bottom of my newsletter.

  10. bn100 - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    nice covers

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      I know! The cover team at Bethany House is amazing.

  11. Susanne - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations on your first series, Kristi! 🙂

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Thanks!

  12. Connie Scruggs - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi, Kristi! I have loved every book in this series. I have especially been looking forward to Griffith’s turn as lead character.

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      He was a fun one to write. Enjoy the book!

  13. Ashley Kendall - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I definitely understand what you mean by visiting another country and getting super inspired. I visited China when I was a freshman in high school and have been inspired ever since by Asia 🙂

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Other cultures are fascinating. It’s almost like reading a fantasy novel sometimes.

  14. Haley - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Great post! I had a fun time reading it!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

  15. McCall - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi, Kristi and Abbie!

    Thanks for the amazing post.

    I love this: I don’t read reviews unless they are personally sent to me or I’m tagged in a post. I discovered early on that good reviews went to my head and bad reviews kept me up at night. When people don’t like my books, though, I just remind myself that they aren’t who I’m writing for. First and foremost, I write for God, and second I write for my fans. I’m not going to change what and how I write to make one person happy when it would mean losing all the people I already make happy.

    I need the constant reminder.

    Huge hugs!
    McCall

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Yes! McCall, I would do some serious thinking about whether or not to read reviews. I discovered very early on that I shouldn’t.

  16. Melanie - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    An Invonvenient Beauty is going to be great! The book is in the mail, so I can’t wait until I get it!

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Happy Reading!

  17. Debra Spencer - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I love your story about Switzerland! That’s such a great perspective to have. And I’m super excited to read An Inconvienant Beauty. Thanks for sharing the first chapter!

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      You’re welcome! Happy reading!

  18. Barb C - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I loved this interview. OH and now I have to start collecting squishy stress balls! 🙂
    I really enjoy meeting new to me authors this way and now I have to go check out her books.
    Thanks Abbie!

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Stress balls are the absolute best! I love them. And when you’re really annoyed you can throw them at people.

  19. Adrienne Everitt - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I so can’t wait to read An Inconvenient Beauty!
    I think the way you handle reviews is awesome–that’s so smart!

  20. Jennifer Kracht - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Love Kristi Ann Hunter’s writing! The release of An Inconvenient Beauty is bittersweet. I am thrilled to read Griffith’s story as I have always liked him, but I don’t want to say goodbye to this family. But I am sure that Kristi Ann Hunter will have something wonderful coming that I will fall in love with also.

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      I’m pretty excited about what’s next! And you never know when old friends will make a cameo appearance…. 😉

  21. Christi Fuller - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I seriously love Kristi Ann Hunter … and I love her books! I am really looking forward to reading Griffin’s story and going back and rereading the whole series in completion!

  22. Beth Erin - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I’m looking forward to Griffith’s story! It’s still hard to believe this is Kristi’s DEBUT series, it’s fabulous!!!

  23. Carrie Padgett - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I’ve loved your other books and I’m excited to read this one. Griffith deserves his happy ever after!

  24. Debbie Clatterbuck - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Kristi Ann, I love your books and can’t wait to read Griffith’s story. I hope I win the chance to get one of your books. If I can choose I would choose An Inconvenient Beauty. You are a very talented writer and one of my favorites. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  25. sarah andre - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi girls! Taking a break from hurricane-cleaning (minor damage) to enjoy my Dreamweaver friends. 😉
    I agree, Kristi, I’ve always wondered at people’s inability to see a myriad of sides in a situation, but I think that separates the ‘boys from the men’ when it comes to writing in different points of view.
    So fun to see you in ORL and watch you ‘represent’ onstage!

    Have a great weekend, guys!

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Take care! Hopefully you don’t have anything major to fix. We lost power for a day and Internet for about three days (torture!)

  26. Shelly Chalmers - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Love the exerpt you shared – very witty and Austen-esque in the best sense. 🙂 I look forward to reading it. Wow, that debut year sounds remarkable, and a great way to kick off your career! Your advice for reviews is so balanced–something I hope to be able to replicate. Wishing you all the best ahead, and great interview.

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Shelly! I know some authors get really inspired by their reviews, but they just mess me up. I wish you luck in your own writing career!

  27. Erika Kelly - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Pretty awesome, that RITA win! I agree with so much you said here–I get that same way with every book I write, wondering why I continue to put myself through so much torment. But then I remember that there’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment of coming out the other end with a book you’re proud of.

    • Kristi Ann Hunter - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

      Yes! Each book is such a roller coaster. I always think the next one will be better… but it isn’t. 😉

  28. Becky B - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    Love your thoughts on reviews. My son loves squishy stress balls as well.
    Enjoy your day.
    Becky B.

  29. Beth - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I’m so excited to read Griffin’s story! I love all of the insider details here – thanks, ladies!

  30. Lucy Reynolds - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    I enjoyed the interview. Kristi’s book covers are so beautiful. Thank you for the chance.

  31. Kailey Bechtel - Sep 14, 2017 Reply

    That was a great interview! Kristi, you do a great job writing.

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