I always love hanging out with Kristi Ann Hunter – whether in person or online. She’s super fun and really sweet, not to mention that she’s also a talented author!
Her latest release is the final book in the Hawthorne House series – An Inconvenient Beauty.
Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.
Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.
Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?
Hi Kristi! Welcome back to the blog!
Kristi: I ADORE chatting with you, Carrie. 😉 You have the most…. Interesting questions.
Carrie: <heehee> I’m glad you think so 😉
As you know, I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Kristi: Lemon poundcake. Or maybe Halo salted caramel ice cream. Dark chocolate? No, no, I’m sticking with the pound cake.
Carrie: Yummm… I need to find me some of that salted caramel ice cream! And I’m always up for lemon pound cake.
Carrie: Another excellent answer!
Kristi: Christmas. Hands down. No contest.
Carrie: Yes. Amen & amen.
Kristi: Um…. Um….. This is only slightly better than what’s your favorite book. You realize that, right? I guess right now as in, the last song I played on repeat in the car and sang really loud with, it’s Something Greater by Zach Welliver (New artist! Go check him out.)
Carrie: Haha! I would have the same problem answering this question.
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read lately.
Kristi: Ok, so this isn’t a fiction book, but I’ve been talking about it everywhere because it’s awesomesauce amazing. Finish by Jon Acuff. The subtitle for the book is Give Yourself the Gift of Done. As someone who struggles SO MUCH with procrastination and perfectionism, this book was incredibly eye-opening. And it’s practical and laugh out loud funny and short.
Carrie: I love Jon Acuff’s sense of humor. Going to have to check this book out!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Kristi: 1) I am the laziest person on the planet. Is it really that hard to stick the receipt into the wallet instead of shoving it in the bottom of the purse? 2) I have children that I take to church based on the several crumpled guardian pick up tags among the unfiled receipts. 3) I have pen snobbery issues and go nowhere without three Pentel Energel pens. 4) I have great concerns about oral hygiene. And an inability to throw away the empty floss and breath mint containers. 5) All of the shrapnel in my purse makes it easy to lose my keys but instead of cleaning out my purse I put an octopus of ribbon on my keys to make the easier to find.
Carrie: You’re bad for my Amazon cart, Kristi! <adds Pentel Energel Pens>
Q: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Kristi: Well, the other day I leaned over the edge of the couch to pick up the remote control and I reached too far. My center of balance shifted off the couch and I couldn’t find the leverage to get back up. I was stuck. The only solution was to flop over and roll off the couch like a lazy sea lion dropping off his rock into the ocean. Then, because it’s an L shaped sectional with a chaise lounge, I had to roll across the carpet to get to an area big enough to actually push my way to standing. Then I still had to go back and lean over to pick up the remote. It was a horribly traumatic minute and a half and I’m sure it will inspire the torture of many characters to come.
Carrie: I think too many people downplay the dangers of this kind of situation. I’m so glad you survived. 😉
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Kristi: How much alcohol would need to be drunk at what speed in order to make a 250 pound, fit male just a little bit drunk. (By the way the answer, according to the basic scientific drinking formula… is five shots of liquor taken within about five minutes.)
Carrie: does anyone else hear the NBC lead-in for those ‘The More You Know’ segments? Just me? ok then.
Q: Your latest novel, An Inconvenient Beauty, ends your popular Hawthorne House series (wail!). Which Hero/heroine pairing has been your favorite across the books? Which story was the easiest to write? The most difficult? Favorite hero? Heroine most like you? Heroine least like you? (And yes, you must answer ALLLLLL of these 😉 )
Kristi: ALLLLL of them? Are you sure? Fine.
I love and adore all of my couples – I couldn’t write them if I didn’t – but there is a special place in my heart for Colin and Georgina. I just loved how they guided each other’s growth while still being their own person.
In some ways A Noble Masquerade was easier to write because there were no expectations on it and no deadlines. The actual writing, though, was easier for An Inconvenient Beauty. Because I had it set against a real historical timeline, certain key points in the story were already determined for me.
The most difficult was, hand’s down, An Uncommon Courtship. It was the first one written entirely on a deadline, it is considerably more character driven than the others (really, there isn’t a whole lot of subplot driving the action), and the story was so intimate and personal that I was terrified I’d get it wrong.
Carrie: you got it right 🙂
Kristi: My favorite hero is…. My Hubs. 😉 There’s a little bit of him in every hero I write. He’s got Griffith’s logic, Trent’s playfulness, Ryland’s annoying ability to see everything even when he doesn’t comment on it, Anthony’s practicality, and I have a little version of him living in my head. And yes, sometimes I stab him with a fork. And yes, I also realize this is a cop-out answer. Deal with it.
Carrie: Total cop-out answer 😉 but it’s a good one!! Maybe we should talk about the whole stabbing him with the fork thing though lol.
Kristi: The heroine that’s most like me is probably Miranda. Emotional. Impulsive. Seething cauldron of boiling reaction just waiting for the right moment (ie – wrong moment) to explode. Yep. That’d be me. The heroine I’m least like, though, would have to be Isabella. I can’t even manage to pull off a surprise birthday party much less be sneaky enough to take down the aristocracy of London.
Q: Did you have Griffith’s story planned all along or did it grow on you gradually as the series progressed?
Kristi: The basic idea of Griffith’s story has been there all along. I knew I wanted him to be swept off his feet by someone he thought wasn’t a good fit. The only key thing that wasn’t decided early on was the dancing. Fortunately, when I wanted to make that a characteristic I went back through and realized it worked just fine with the already established books.
Q: I’ve heard rumors that you have a playlist for An Inconvenient Beauty – care to share? 😀
Kristi: Absolutely! I was obviously in a bit of an old school country mood when I was plotting, but hey, whatever works!
Song List: Must Have Done Something Right ~ Relient K, I Don’t Dance ~ Lee Brice, Heart Don’t Fall Now ~ Sawyer Brown, Haven’t Even Kissed ~ Moriah Peters, Remind Me Who I Am ~ Jason Gray, Forever ~ Third Day, Get Back Up ~ tobymac, You’re Beginning to Get to Me ~ Clay Walker
Carrie: ahhhh! ‘I Don’t Dance’ is one of my very favorite songs!!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from An Inconvenient Beauty?
Kristi: Never hold life so tightly that God can’t reach through your fingers. Both Griffith and Isabella forgot to leave room for God in their plans. We forget all too often that He isn’t bound by human logic and capabilities. He can do the impossible. But He won’t snatch the choice away from us. We have to offer it to Him with open hands.
Carrie: That’s so true. And sometimes we think we’ve left room for God when really we’ve just told Him what we’re going to do and hope He’s on board :-/
Thank you so much for taking time to answer my … ‘interesting’ questions! 😉 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Kristi: Next year I have a brand new series starting. The name of the series is Haven Manor and I am very excited about it. We’ll be leaving London for a bit and exploring a “what if” sort of idea together. Jess, Ryland’s parlor maid, will be a major player in the series. Eventually she’ll even get her own book. There will be an opening novella for the series coming out next Spring.
Carrie: Eeeee!!!! I CANNOT WAIT!!! I may or may not be fangirl clapping right now. (totally am)
IT’S ALMOST KRISTI’S BIRTHDAY…
…and she wants to celebrate with you!
Kristi is graciously offering a copy of An Inconvenient Beauty to one of my readers! (International winner will receive an ebook. US winner will receive a paperback. Void where prohibited by law) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
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