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?
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!
a country wedding i love !!
My favorite romance movie ever is Serendipity, a rom-com about love at first sight and what lengths some people will go to to make serendipity happen, haha. It’s simply adorable.
I’m a book reviewer, and if I happen to win a copy of this book I’d be glad to review it when I read it.
Sadly I do not get the hallmark channel. We have antenna tv so only tv is local stations. Good luck everyone
I love any of the Hallmark Christmas romance movies.
I don’t really have a favorite movie, but would love a chance to win this book.
I love all the Christmas movies in July!
I love the movie. A Convenient Groom. And all Hallmark movies too. Thank for the chance at the giveaway!
My favorite Hallmark romance movie is a Princess For Christmas ❤️
Titanic. Thanks for the chance.
I love the hallmark movies Eat,Play,Love and Love, Romance & Chocolate.
The Christmas Detour
I have to say that I especially loved “Christmas on my mind”, truly (and her other two, but this one first=… But to say a non Denise Hunter Movie I loved would be: The Christmas Card!
Thanks for an amazing chance!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the movie, Paty!
I don’t think I can actually say which Hallmark movie has been my favorite, I have watched alot of them and I have loved them all. I enjoyed reading this interview and getting to know you a little better. Have a Great week and stay safe.
It is really hard to say a favorite but I’m going to go with Very Very Valentine with Cameron Mathison and Danica McKellar.
My favorite movie would be Sleepless in Seattle. Thanks for the giveaway.
My favorite Hallmark movie is “Follow Your Heart.” Thanks for the chance to win a contest!
My favorite Hallmark movie is Love Under the Olive Tree. Thanks.
My favorite Hallmark movie is Very Merry Mix Up even though it is so embarrassing as times too, lol.
I have two – Sleepless in Seattle and While You Were Sleeping.
I loved THE COLOR OF RAIN with Lacey Chabert and Warren Christie
My favorite romance movie is “When Harry Met Sally.” I love almost all of the Hallmark movies … too many to list!
Love Comes Softly, it originally aired in August 2003.
It would take hours to figure out my favorite Hallmark movies, but A Country Wedding and Straight from the Heart are two that I never tire of seeing. The banter, the scenery, and the love story flow together beautifully. Add a little music and strong characters and it’s a wonderful time.
Decoration Day /James Garner and Sally Field are my favorite actors
Thanks for a great giveaway–Best Wishes for all releases!!! What a tough question–I have so many Hallmark favorites! I have to say that I adore “Valentine Ever After”, starring Eric Johnson and Autumn Reeser. The movie was actually written by another Hallmark star, Dylan Neal. I love this movie, and I watch it every time it is shown.
I love The Birthday Wish, also December Bride, and Winter Castle. Oh there are a lot of them that I love!
My one of my favorite Hallmark movies is A Country Wedding.
The Lost Valentine and The Beach House are my favorites. However, I love, love, love, all Hallmark movies with the exception of a few that go against my personal Christian beliefs. What is better than”happily ever after”? One of my husband’s favorites is A Very Merry Mix Up. I can’t wait to read this new book! Have a blessed week.
Over the moon in love
Two of my favorite Rom-Com movies are “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve got Mail”…..my favorite Hallmark movie is “December Bride” 🙂
Thank you for the chance to win a copy of “This Time Around”!
My favorite Hallmark movie was Elevator Girl.
Mine is The Christmas Card.
One of my favorite romance movies is While You Were Sleeping.
I don’t have cable, so I have to rely on DVDs. Of the ones I have, my favorite is Straight From The Heart. In addition to the romance, I like watching the joining up of horses.
I can’t pick a favorite movie but I love to watch When Calls the Heart and The Good Witch.
I don’t watch a lot of romance movies, but I have a few that I’ve loved for a long time, like Thirteen Going on Thirty and P.S. I Love You. Thanks for the chance to win!
I love watching the Hallmark/Romance movie called The Lost Valentine starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Betty White and Sean Faris.
I Love all The Hallmark Movies they all are so good Thank you for the chance to win this amazing book!
The Lost Valentine starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White.
The Christmas Waltz starring Lacey Chabert.
My favorite Hallmark movie is Nutcracker Christmas starring Sophia Luca,
I am going to go with Let it Snow. I enjoyed this movie. If Candice Cameron Bure is in it then I am watching. I also loved A Country Wedding.
I love Hallmark movies and it is so hard to pick a favorite! I’m a country girl at heart and one of my favorites is “The Country a wedding”. I never get tired of watching that movie.
One of my favorites is The Magic of Ordinary Days. There are several others like Loving Leah, Sarah Plain & Tall.
I love Hallmark’s “All of My Heart” movie starring Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott.
I really love all that I have seen. They are all good!
Thank you for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway!!!
To be honest, I enjoy watching them, but I rarely check what the movie is called. But I enjoy them and watch them when I can. I especially like their Christmas movies. I watched a bunch of Christmas ones, maybe it was last year, not sure, and they were like a Christmas in July type of programming. It was kinda fun!
Love Comes Softly is one of my very favorites as well as any Amish movie.
I have loved all the Christmas in July movies as well as the new ones that come out every Christmas!
Ummm…I don’t own a TV, so I don’t think I’ve watched a Hallmark movie! Years ago, I watched an old movie called “White Christmas” & enjoyed that!
I can’t think of a favorite but love most, Christmas ones are my favorite genre hallmark movies though!
Thank you for this opportunity as anything you write is amazingly good!
I love Christmas Town. I always enjoy Hallmark’s Christmas movies.
I’m a big Hallmark movie lover so it’s hard to pick just one but I especially loved The Lost Valentine. I must say we watch less now that Hallmark has chosen to put content in that we don’t agree with.
My favorite is I think it is called holly and Ivy and it is about a mom who has cancer and a new lady bought the house next door and they become friends. She asks the lady that when she passes if she would raise the girls well then she does and then they go to court and they all become a family . It is so good and so moving . Although I love all the Hallmark movies although recently they have chosen to include content that I am against and those movies when it starts I turn off. It is too bad that Hallmark has chosen to include those movies in their lineup.
The Christmas Shoes