Author Spotlight Thursday: Kristi Ann Hunter, 2014 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist

KAHunterHeadshotBigOver the next few weeks, I’ll be spotlighting my fellow Inspirational category finalists. First up is Kristi Ann Hunter from Georgia. Welcome Kristi!

Tell me about your GH Finalist manuscript. Is this your first time entering and/or finaling?

My GH finaling manuscript, My Lord Valet, is a Regency romance set in 1813 England. It deals with spies, families, and an embarrassing childhood crush that never quite died. This is my second time entering the Golden Heart, but my first time finaling. Last year they didn’t have the Inspirational category, so I entered the Historical.

Chocolate or peanut butter?

BOTH! Love me some peanut butter M&Ms.

What’s your day job?

Mom to my kids and a bit of a personal assistant for my hubs.

Tell me a bit about yourself. Family, hobbies, etc.

I have three young kids that keep life more than interesting. My husband is a bi-vocational youth minister (he works a full-time job in addition to part time at the church). That keeps us busy, but I love working in ministry with him. When I’m not living out of our mini-van I enjoy over-analyzing television shows, crocheting, and messing around on my computer.

Who are your favorite authors? Your go-tos for fiction?

I read a wide variety of authors. I have everything from Karen Witemeyer and Julia Quinn, but they have some good company on my shelf. Robin McKinley, Lindi Peterson, Laurie Alice Eakes, Patty Smith Hall, and Trish Perry take up a good bit of space as well. While certain authors get my first attention, it usually matters more if the story catches my interest.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere. Seriously, we don’t get to vacation much. We do take an annual trip to the lake (Lake Blackshear) with my whole family and that is a lot of fun and very relaxing.

Are you coming to San Antonio this summer and what are you looking forward to most?

Sadly, no, I won’t be in San Antonio. I’ll be on that annual trip to the lake, which might take a little of the relaxation out of it. 😉 I’ll be anxiously waiting by my phone for my friends to text me the results from the gala.

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Gee, I don’t know. I would NOT be a Bradford Pear. Those are the worst trees ever.

I don’t know what kind of tree it is, actually, but there’s a style of tree my husband likes to photograph a lot. I’d want to be that. The limbs are always in interesting angles and twists. They make great sun flares when he takes pictures through the leaves. I like them because he can go back and photograph the same tree and it is recognizable but then not the same. I want to be a tree like that.

What did you do/think when you got “the call” (that you are a finalist) on March 26th?

Danced around my house squealing, then proceeded to be ticked off at all my friends and family because none of them were answering their phones.

What are you currently working on?

This questionnaire. 😉

I actually have two projects going at the moment. One is another Regency. The other is a contemporary. Having two projects going at a time allows me to step away from a problem area but still keep my brain engaged in writing. This is the first time I’ve had two projects going from different time periods though, so that’s interesting.

Thanks, Kristi! And God’s blessing on you and your work.