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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Spotlight on Diann Hunt!

It's Tuesday, and you know what that means. Another Tuesday, another author in the spotlight, and another FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY CONTEST.

This week, I have the distinct pleasure of featuring one of my web design clients and fun friends. Thanks to fellow author, Colleen Coble, Diann and I connected and have had fun working together. Now, I have a chance to shine the light on her.

Don't forget to comment on this post or the one above to be entered into the contest for an autographed copy of the spotlight book.

A BONUS CONTEST can be found on Diann's web site, where she is holding a "Name that Book" contest. Check out details here.

And without further ado, here we go....

1. Your second 'lit' novel, RV There Yet?, is full of as much romp-roaring laughter as Hot Flashes and Cold Cream. How much of your own experiences influenced the main characters in this one?

Okay, I admit it. I'm a chocoholic. I probably put on five pounds researching for DeDe (how rude of her to put me through that). And I have a teensy bit of her attitude, but only a teensy bit, mind you. Lydia and Millie did not come from my experiences. I have never played the trumpet, but if I did, I'm pretty sure it would sound the same as Millie.

1a. What was your most difficult part to write? Your favorite?

I guess organizing the trip was the tricky part, making sure it worked time-wise and all that. I bought a map program and my husband helped me map it out.

My favorite part to write was probably the scene where DeDe breaks into the RV. :)

2. What themes exist in in RV There Yet? that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

The obvious theme: Life is a trip, and we need to enjoy the journey. Another that developed: "'Starting over."

3. You and fellow author Colleen Coble recently completed an RV Booksigning Tour which included a spotlight of your novels being part of the Women of Faith collection. Can you share some of the highlights?

Colleen and I had a blast on our RV tour! Her husband drove and my husband avigated, leaving us free to sit in the back and gab. :) We visited over 65 bookstores and met many of the wonderful people who sell our books. It was great!

4. Describe your writing space and schedule. How many words per day do you write and do you have a minimum goal you hope to reach before you push away your keyboard?

Have I mentioned that I hate to file? I have a writing room but currently it would take a bulldozer to get in there. I'm a little behind in my, um, filing. So most of the time I end up sitting in a recliner in our family room or I go to a nearby Christian bookstore and write in their coffee shop. It energizes me to be around people.

I try to write a chapter a day, around 10 to 12 pages (emails don't count).

5. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

My next book is Hot Tropics & Cold Feet. It's the sequel to Hot Flashes & Cold Cream. The release date is January 2007. Maggie and Lily are back and Lily is engaged! BUT she's having second thoughts. Maggie and the girls take Lily to Siesta Key where they have a girlfriends' getaway, but things get crazy and it's anybody's guess if the wedding bells will ring.

Thank you, Diann, for being in the spotlight. We hope everyone enjoyed the interview.


Jennifer Y. said...

Great interview!

Anonymous said...

Great Interview! I enjoyed learning more about Diann.

Diann Hunt said...

That could be a scary thing, Cherie! :-)

My editor told me she wants to eat chocolate and drink coffee while reading my books. I suppose I should start writing about salads and vitamins, but well, I'm just not there, you know?

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Salads and vitamins? Blech! I wouldn't relate at all. :-) Now chocolate and coffee.....breakfast of champions! LOL. Except I don't let my 2 year old get in on that!

Thanks Diann and Amber for the interview.

<>< Shauna