Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Story Time: The Fine Art of Insincerity - Interview and Giveaway

Today I'm thrilled to welcome the amazing Angela Hunt over to chat about her newest release, The Fine Art of Insincerity. You can read the Christian Review of Books' review of the book here. (Written by my pal Dina Sleiman.)

Angela has been gracious enough to offer a giveaway to one lucky reader, so to be entered to win, please leave a comment below with an email address where you can be reached. You can also leave a comment at the Christian Review of Books for a second entry.

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About The Fine Art of Insincerity

Three grown Southern sisters have nine marriages between them—and more looming on the horizon—when Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”: the tendency to like the casualness of courtship better than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her two sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George?  It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time, for the sisters to really unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind . . .

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About Angela

With nearly 4 million copies of her books sold worldwide, ANGELA ELWELL HUNT is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don't Bet Against Me!, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book Don't Bet Against Me!, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela's novel The Note was filmed as the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel's history. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences. She and her husband make their home in Florida. Check out her website at http://www.angelahuntbooks.com.

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What's your latest book?

The Fine Art of Insincerity just released from Howard Publishing on May 1, 2011.

What's your favorite part of the story?

The ending. The ending is always my favorite.

=) Nothing beats a good ending! What was the hardest part to write?

The ending. Once I get my characters into a muddle, I’m not always sure how to get them out of it!


LOL. Fitting, since it's also your favorite. What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

I hope they will think about their family relationships, about love, and about responsibility.


Is there a theme to this book?

Of course: insincerity.  All three sisters are false with each other, smiling on the surface, hiding secret resentments. Only when they open up and let the truth out are they free to really love and understand each other.

Hmm, I should have known that from the title alone, right? And I gotta say, it's a title that grabs me and sticks with me! What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

I really don’t have a favorite. I enjoy reading and writing just about everything.

Well, that we must test. ;-) What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I’m currently reading LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleaver in fiction; and I’m researching near death experiences in nonfiction. I’m working on my dissertation for my Th. D.


Okay, I believe you, LOL. So other than the Bible, what's your favorite of all the books you've ever read?

The Nun’s Story, by Katherine Hulme. I read it as a young girl, and the protatonist’s devotion to God really impacted me.


What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?

I don’t think I want to know . . .


Tee hee. What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

My dream office would have a fireplace and be a bit more spacious than my present office . . . but only because my present office is always occupied by myself and two 200-pound dogs, and I have to constantly step over them! I’ve actually tripped and ended up on the floor with them.


400 pounds of dog?? Wow. I must confess I love those big ones. Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?

For this book I kept photos of St. Simons Island nearby . . . it’s a lovely place. I wouldn’t mind living there.

What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?

I can barely remember my pre-published days, but I think new writers are amazed to discover how economics impacts this business.


Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

Writing takes up more time than you’d think—because when you’re not actually writing, you’re thinking about writing, or reading about writing, or dreaming about writing.  I do get on “kicks” that pique my interest.  My current kick is cupcakes. I’ve been buying cupcake cookbooks and trying out recipes on my book club. (And I think I’m going to write cupcakes into my next book).

Oo, cupcakes! Yum! Do you remember where you were when you got your first or most important call about a book contract?

I received a call saying that I had won a contest—and first prize was publication—back in 1987. That was my first book, a picture book called IF I HAD LONG, LONG HAIR.  I stayed awake that night for a long time, not because I was too excited to sleep, but because I kept thinking about the responsibility that had just fallen onto my shoulders. Books have the power to change lives—so I prayed that my books would always change lives for the better.

If you could take your family on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Italy, particularly Florence.  I’ve been studying Italian Renaissance art, and Florence is where the action is . . . or was. 


Ah, I did some Renaissance art-related writing research of Florence too. Looks like a fabulous place to visit! That Tuscan countryside . . . but back to business. ;-) What are you writing right now?

I’m beginning a new book called FIVE MILES SOUTH OF PECULIAR. What’s it about?  Too soon to tell.  =)

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Thanks so much for visiting with us, Angela! Readers, be sure and check out her website at http://www.angelahuntbooks.com and her blog at http://alifeinpages.blogspot.com. You can find The Fine Art of Insincerity at Amazon and CrossPurposes!

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 6/1/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.

14 comments:

  1. I love Angela Hunt's books! have read them all...and I am anxiously waiting to read this newest one!

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  2. I have read a few of Angela Hunt's books and have enjoyed them. By far, this one sounds quite interesting and would love to read it. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  3. This sounds like a wonderful book, would love to have it!
    Blessings.....Joy
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  4. Angela Hunt is one of the finest authors around, bar none! I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've read that she's written, and I would love to read this one.

    cindy.swanson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. By the way, Roseanna, I enjoyed visiting your blog for the first time, via Angela's tweet. I'm following you now on Networked Blogs. I'd love it if you'd stop by my book blog, which I'm trying to get off the ground! :)

    Cindy at Cindy's Book Club

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  6. Angela Hunt books never disappoint.

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  7. Fun interview!!
    What a fantastic plot. It's going on my list!!
    Thanks

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  8. I was lucky enough to attend one of Angela's writing classes back in 2006. It was a fabulous class, and I know the advice she gave led to the Skylar series getting published.

    I'm so excited to read The Fine Art of Insincerity. I love the title and cover.

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  9. This sounds like a great book!
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  10. This book really has piqued my interest. I can't wait to read it.
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  11. i'm a huge fan of angela hunt...thanks for the opportunity to read her latest novel :)

    karenk
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  12. Angela Hunt is an awesome writer!

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  13. I am a huge fan as well and would love to enter to read it myself! Thanks so much -Breanna Wheeler - breleewheeler@yahoo.com

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  14. I love Angela's books, so this would be a great one to win. Thank you

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