Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fabulous Feature-Kristi Ann Hunter-The Lure of Stories

Today we welcome author:
Kristi Ann Hunter

One commenter will win a copy of
Kristi's books:

 A Noble Masquerade

Scroll down to see how.

Mary here. I'm so glad you joined us today. The most amazing thing happened. I totally enjoyed an acceptance speech for an award. Seriously! Kristi words after receiving her Genesis award had the entire audience laughing. She has such a gift. Today, Kristi shares how God led her on her writing journey. This is what she said:

The Lure of Stories

An author weaves a story, planting seeds in chapter three that won't bloom until chapter twenty-two. Sometimes we go where we set out to. Other times we ourselves are surprised, but we are always pulling together many seeming unrelated strings into a united picture.

Though He is never surprised, God does similar things with our lives. He drops notions, experiences, and plans into our lives that we might think are leading to one thing, but turn out to combine into a new path that we never saw coming.

Sometimes He even turns us into writers.

Mary here: I like this. 

I have always loved stories. Whenever there was an option to do a creative version of a writing project in school, I took it. I've written short sequels to books, journals for characters or historic figures, and numerous other story related projects in the name of avoiding the traditional book report or research paper.

Mary here: really? I did that, too and ended up in trouble with my teacher for not following the instructions.

I learned early on that stories were a great way to work out my feelings. This is part of the reason my Barbies stayed accessible in my room long after the time when playing with them was considered embarrassing. We're talking high school, here.

That love of stories didn't lead me immediately down a creative path, though. Instead, I became a computer software engineer. A programmer. A business systems specialist. Armed with a computer science degree, I spent nearly a decade in corporate IT departments working with databases and shell scripts. It wouldn't seem this had anything to do with stories, but I spent a lot of time making sure the different pieces of information were flowing correctly through the computer programs. A bit like the way the plot of a story flows through a book.

Eventually the lure of stories drew me back again. After we decided that my staying home was best for our family, I tried my hand at independent film making doing short illustration videos for churches. While I am a decent editor, it was soon obvious my scriptwriting was the best part of the endeavor. I did learn a lot about visualizing what I wanted to say during that time, though.

All of this meant that when God finally led me to the written word and called me to write, my arsenal was ready. I knew how to organize a plot, how to visualize a scene, and how to hide the crazy little voices that come along with story creation. It isn't your average path to the call of the written word, but God knew what I was going to need in order to be effective at the mission He called me to.

He is the great author. The One who is weaving my story from a mass of seemingly unrelated strings. In the end, the picture will be a glorious tale that shows His power in molding the lives of those who let Him.

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. 

You can learn more about Kristi Ann Hunter at:


A Noble Masquerade
Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love. 


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A Noble Masquerade
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Thank you, Kristi, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hey all, Mary here, just wanted to let you know I have read this book and was so amazed at the quality of writing. Kristi weaves humor, a great story line, and this is one you're going to want to read.


Loraine Nunley said...

Great interview! I really like the letters aspect of this book. My parents courted through letters and I think that is sooo romantic. I am looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Loraine.
Yes! I can say (after having read it) that the letters are superbly done. She works them into the story like a tapestry.
Great to see you this morning! I have virtual coffees and teas on the counter this morning. Help yourself. mmmmmmm they're yummy.

Morgan said...

Thanks for the interview! It's very apparent that Kristi has a way with words. A Noble Masquerade sounds absolutely amazing, especially the letter writing! It seems so different from most stories. It's definitely on my to-reads list! Mdp94(at)bellsouth(dot)net (I follow the blog and receive emails)

karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful story.

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Caryl Kane said...

HELLO MARY! Fantastic interview with Kristi. Kristi, thank you for sharing your writing journey. Also, thank you for the reminder that the Lord is more interested in the journey than the destination. I so excited for the release of A NOBLE MASQUERADE. Thank you for the giveaway.

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J.Grace said...

This book was wonderful and entertaining.

I had the opportunity to receive an advanced copy-the winner will surely be in for great treat with this book!

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kim hansen said...

Nice interview and thanks for the giveaway. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Awesome! You're gonna love it!
Did you also find the virtual pastries I have on the counter? Please, help yourself and chat with us some more. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

You're welcome, Karen.
It sure is one many readers are going to enjoy. So glad you stopped by today. Stick around and chat with us a spell.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Caryl!
Good to see you today. The sun is shining here. It's a bit windy so better bring Mary Poppins' umbrella with you. Winds in the east, fur sure.
I am so sure that you are going to enjoy this book. Can't wait for everyone here to read it.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I totally agree! Did you put a review on Amazon to help Kristi?

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey, Ann
How yah doing? I'm so glad you came. We're having such a great chat about this book. Glad you could join us. Be sure to grab some virtual coffee or tea from the counter.

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are so welcome, Kim. This will make an awesome treat read for someone. Maybe you! Yeah!

Patty said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies. I read Kristi's novella last week and really enjoyed it! I look forward to reading more by Kristi.


J.Grace said...

Yes, I also have it posted on as well.

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are a gem. These reviews help the authors so much. Thanks!!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey Patty!
How yah doing? I'm guessing there are components of humor in Kristi's novella. She really is an entertaining author.
I'm so glad you came today. I've brought out the Pettit Fours for tea time. Be sure to have some.

Kristi Ann Hunter said...

Thanks for stopping by, everybody! I hope all of you enjoy A Noble Masquerade. You can also check out my free novella, A Lady of Esteem.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great interview. This book sounds great! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway: miraclewelsh at gmail dot com Thak you!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks for joining us today. Nice to meet you. Please feel free t chat with the others who are with us this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the giveaway, I have read A Lady of Esteem and am really looking forward to reading A Noble Masquerade!

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Trixi said...

Kritsi I can honestly say that I haven't enjoyed an author interview more than yours in a long time! You certainly DO have a way with words :-) And I LOVE that you give credit to our Lord, He IS the great author of our lives. Just like you stated here....(again, I LOVE this) "He is the great author. The One who is weaving my story from a mass of seemingly unrelated strings. In the end, the picture will be a glorious tale that shows His power in molding the lives of those who let Him". I could sit and listen to you talk all day, I'd be enthralled, enraptured & delighted beyond measure :-) I am now super excited about the possibility of winning a copy of "A Noble Masquerade" if your written words are just as good as your interview! I'd not be able to put this down if I tried, lol!!

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Mary Vee Writer said...

Welcome Lietjie, I'm so happy you've joined us. We chat with authors every weekend then on Tuesday I post something for us to consider and chat about. I look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful day!

Mary Vee Writer said...

I can say this, because I've read her book, her story writing IS as exciting as her interview. You'll laugh, you be so engaged. Make sure you get a copy of this story! And help yourself to some virtual coffee or There's some over on the counter.

Britney Adams said...

I loved learning how God has led her on Kristi on her writing journey! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post and giveaway. I have read glowing reviews of A Noble Masquerade and am eager to read this story!

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Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey Britney,
So good to see you!
Yes, and there is a good reason for glowing reviews for this book. It is very well written. You definitely will want to read this one. When you do, let me know. We can share parts that tickled us. For you, I have left some virtual comfort tea on the counter. It is late and don't want to make you stay up. Have a cup with Kristi and me.