Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 30 books, including "The Convenient Groom" and "A December Bride" which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.
In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are currently enjoying an empty nest.
You can learn more about Denise by visiting her FaceBook page.
Tell us a little about the real Denise Hunter behind the books. Married? Write full time or part time? Introvert or extrovert?
I’ve been happily married for 28 years, and we have 3 boys—1 married, 1 in college, one finishing high school. I’m definitely introverted, and I’ve been writing for 20 years.
What are three unique or fun things about you?
I play the drums, I love to travel the world, and I eat my cereal dry.
When you read for relaxation, what genre, books or authors do you turn to?
I’m a romance reader all the way. I also read women’s fiction, but it has to have a romantic thread. Some of my favorite authors are Francine Rivers, Diane Chamberlain, and Kristin Hannah.
Tell us about the Chapel Springs series.
The series is set in the fictional river town of Chapel Springs, Indiana (my home state) and features the McKinley family. Each book stands on its own and tells the love story of one of the four grown McKinley children. Readers can expect family drama, romance, tears and laughter, and always, a happily ever after sigh.
Why write for the Christian market?
Since faith is integral to my life, I can’t imagine writing anything else. It’s a challenge to show faith in an authentic way in a novel, but doing so gives the reader a chance to walk in a character’s shoes, to feel her feelings and think her thoughts. Showing a faith journey in novel form can help readers see things in a new way or cause them to ponder their own circumstances in light of what they’ve learned. What a joy to go on that journey with readers!
As the writer of over 20 books, have there been changes in the publishing industry that you've had to adapt to?
The publishing world is changing, and rapidly. I feel blessed to have contracts, a wonderful publisher, and loyal readers (whom I dearly love!) in this evolving industry. So much of it is out of my hands, but that’s true of life in general. All we can do is trust God, day by day, and be thankful for the blessings we already have.
What are some ways we can support and encourage you, both personally and as an author, Denise?
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