Recently I had the chance to interview Denise Hunter, who is one of my co-authors in the contemporary romance anthology This Time Around. You might be familiar with her–she’s the author of numerous contemporary romances, and has had several of her books made into Hallmark movies, including A Convenient Groom. Thanks, Denise, for spending a little time with us. At the end of the interview, find out how you can win a copy of This Time Around, autographed by Denise!

What is the first book that made you cry?

Jane Eyre

Who are some of your author friends and how do they support your writing?

One of my first writer friends, Colleen Coble, also became my critique partner. We’ve been crit partners for more than twenty years and have also become best friends. We’ve been through so many ups and downs together—in writing and life. She’s been a tremendous support, and I can’t even imagine what the journey would’ve been like without her.

What was your inspiration for writing your novella from This Time Around?

I was thrilled when my editor approached me about writing a novella for a collection with two fabulous authors. She wanted a compilation of light, heartwarming stories that might appeal to Hallmark fans. Well, sign me up! Not only do I enjoy watching Hallmark movies, but three of my novels have been adapted into them. All I needed was an idea. I thought it might be fun to toss around ideas with the woman who produced my movies, so I got in contact with her. It was fun to brainstorm with someone who viewed story with a visual format in mind. Ultimately, I think that viewpoint greatly enhanced the final plot.

What is your writing process?

I have a book due every six months, so the first thing I do is make a schedule. I write six pages a day during my first draft stage (which takes about four months), then I do three more drafts before I turn it in. I usually write at a local coffee shop every morning M-F until I have six “good” pages. Some days that happens faster than other days!

Who is your favorite literary character and why?

So many to choose from! If I only get to pick one, I’d choose Michael Hosea from Francine Rivers’s Redeeming Love. Even though he goes through tremendous pain in his relationship with Angel, he never gives up on her. It’s such a beautiful picture of Christ’s love for us.

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“A Summer Detour” in This Time Around: A woman is tasked with the responsibility of delivering her grandparents’ newly-restored ’57 Chevy for their 50th wedding anniversary party. But she must make the road trip with the man who broke her heart years ago.

GIVEAWAY! To win a copy of This Time Around, autographed by Denise, answer this question in the comments: What is your favorite Hallmark/Romance movie? Giveaway runs from July 12-16. Be sure to pick up your copy of This Time Around. Visit my Books page for ordering information. Good luck!