Today we have a special guest!! Yes we do. Welcome Inspirational Regency romance author Kristi Ann Hunter.
Kristi says hello!!
Kristi and I have known each other a few years, now. She is an amazing girl, awesome author, and a great mom and wife. She wears so many hats! But today, we are going to focus on her author hat–or mask I should say. I asked Kristi a few questions! Here we go.
Lindi asks—-Why do you love Regency romance?
Kristi: The Regency is such a state of transition that anything can happen. Technology, class structure, and even religious practices and views were in a constant state of flux. It makes a fascinating backdrop for almost any story imaginable. This is also what makes the time period so relatable for modern readers.
From a Christian standpoint, the Regency is the beginning of a new era. Movements and changes were beginning that would eventually raise up the leaders of The Great Awakening. DL Moody, Charles Spurgeon, and so many other great evangelicals came out of the new mindsets being developed during the early 19th century.
Lindi: How does having a deadline affect you?
I have to have deadlines. Deadlines are my very dear friends. Without them I am the world’s worst procrastinator. Before contract, I used contest entry deadlines as well as critique groups and beta readers to keep myself on track. Now I have hard deadlines written in to my contract, and it’s a lovely, motivating thing.
Lindi asks: Tell us about your free novella-A Lady of Esteem – what does it lay out for us?
A Lady of Esteem is an introduction to both the Regency era and the Hawthorne family. For readers unfamiliar with the era, the upstairs/downstairs structure of the book will provide a good idea of how society worked at the time.
Readers will also get to know the Hawthorne family as the heroine, Amelia, becomes a part of the family. I hope everyone will feel like Amelia, pulled into the fold of a family that loves each other and the Lord. Amelia is caught between two worlds – the drudgery of the servants and the glinting of the aristocracy. Anthony is also caught feeling like he doesn’t belong as he tries to establish himself as a new Christian in spite of all the rakish sins of his former lifestyle. There is something for everyone to relate to as they take the journey with Amelia and Anthony.
Here is Kristi’s debut novel, A Noble Masquerade–and the blurb.
Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. 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, the Duke of Marshington. Since she’s never actually met the man she has no intention of ever sending the letters and is mortified when her brother’s mysterious new valet, Marlow, mistakenly mails one of the letters to the unsuspecting duke.
Shockingly, this breach of etiquette results in a reply from the duke that soon leads to a lively correspondence. Insecurity about her previous lack of suitors soon becomes confusion as Miranda finds herself equally intrigued by Marlow, a man she has come to depend upon but whose behavior grows more suspicious by the day. As the secret goings-on at her family’s estate come to light, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
Lindi here again: I went to Kristi’s book launch at FoxTale Book Shoppe. Talk about fun–she had a photo booth!
This was so much fun! I had to ask Kristi about it in our interview. (And yes that’s Yours Truly behind that blue mask.)
Lindi: Tell us about your photo booth – how it came about.
The photo booth is one of my happiest strokes of genius. When looking for ideas and gimmicks to have at the book launch, we really wanted to play off the whole masquerade idea. That, of course, led to the idea of masks, but a random wall makes for a very unpredictable backdrop.
After a good bit of trial and error (and some horribly grandiose plans on my part that had to be greatly scaled back) the photo booth/backdrop was born. The Hubs built the frame and my mom sewed the curtain so my main contribution was a trip to Wal-mart to pick up the posters for the backdrop, but the end result is great fun. I’ve taken it several places in the past couple of months and it’s always a big hit.
We can’t have a photo booth on the blog, but we can have fun! State something fun you’ve experienced at a book signing. Every comment will be entered to win a print copy of Kristi’s book. Don’t forget to pick up her free novella–link above!
Thank you, Kristi, for being on Inspy Romance today. All right–let’s show Kristi the love!