Monday, August 15, 2011
FEATURED AUTHOR: Kymberly Hunt
Kymberly Hunt is from Rockland County, NY. She was employed for many years at an educational book publishing company and she has also worked in sales and in healthcare. Even though she has only recently started submitting her work to publishers, Kymberly Hunt has always considered herself a writer. Her first novel entitled Havana Sunrise was published in 2006 and the second, Dawn’s Harbor, was published in 2008. Her latest is The Sea of Aaron. All were published by Genesis Press.
How did you start out your writing career?
The writing actually started as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. Most of my stories were generally kept to myself, but occasionally shared with siblings. I wrote out of necessity because it was a more effective means of communication than talking.
What did you learn while writing this book?
That unless you're self-publishing, you should always be aware of the word count. It’s not an easy thing to hear that significant portions of your story (portions that affect the flow) must expire on the cutting room floor before it can be published.
What did you hope to accomplish with this book?
I'd like it to appeal to readers of women’s fiction and romance who are looking for an alternative to erotica—something that is somewhat spiritual without being preachy and that features a heroine who considers the moral consequences of her actions before jumping in.
Which character did you have the most fun writing about?
All of them were fun, but since I have a distinct love for the strong, capable, silent type, Aaron was a favorite. Not sure he exists in real life. If he does, I've never encountered him.
What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
How much time one is expected to devote to marketing and promotion. When I first dreamed of becoming a writer, it was because writing seemed like a good occupation for an introvert. Unfortunately, that is no longer true in the 21st century.
What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?
I love the research and the actual writing process, but editing and revising are not always so enjoyable. Ditto marketing and promotion.
What are three things you wish you'd known before you reached where you are now?
Three things? Hmm…can only think of one, and that is unless you're a lawyer, it’s always best to have an agent to negotiate contracts.
Can you give us one do and one don't for those aspiring to be a writer?
Always, always read publisher guidelines before sending out material and never allow the barbs of critics to deter you. Just like music and art, writing is very subjective; some will like your work and others will hate it. Not sure where I heard this celebrity quote but it goes something like this: Do not allow success to go to your head. Do not allow failure to go to your heart.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
That writing really is work. Just because a writer spends a good portion of his/her time at home in front of a computer does not mean that they're free to drop everything and do whatever friends or family may want. When you have a deadline, you must stick to it.
If you could be a character from any book you've read, who would you be?
Let’s see…I'll go with the Genesis account as written in the Holy Bible. I'd love to have been either Adam or Eve and possibly made the right decision that wouldn't have doomed mankind to sin and futility.
When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Going for long nature walks and reading and hanging out in bookstores and libraries.
What do you do to interact with your readers?
I have a website and a blog. Whenever someone writes me, I usually respond. www.kymberlyhunt.com.
Our theme for this month is NON-FICTION. Have you ever written non-fiction? If so what did you write?
I have written nonfiction, although I've never submitted any articles for publication. This is something I'd like to attempt in the future, as I frequently enjoy the essays that are written in magazines such as Essence and others.
Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?
I know for sure that God is watching the world situation and that he will soon rectify the injustices that still exist.
Can you give us a sneak peek at your next book?
I'd sure like to, but since there is the possibility that it may never come to fruition, I'd better not be presumptuous and reveal anything.
How can readers get in contact with you?
Readers can reach me at my website http://www.kymberlyhunt.com
The Sea of Aaron features private-duty nurse Valerie Redmond, the daughter of a troubled, dementia-stricken woman who resides in a nursing home. A spiritual-minded and usually responsible person, Valerie harbors fantasies about a man she knows she should not be in love with. He is wealthy Israeli-bred Aaron Weiss, who works for a clandestine organization that is dedicated to fighting terrorism and ensuring global peace. Aaron finds Valerie attractive too, but because of his hazardous occupation, he deliberately avoids her
When harrowing circumstances send Valerie and Aaron on a collision course, the flames of love are fanned and the two must determine if it is possible to make a relationship between a God-fearing Christian and an extremely self-reliant agnostic work.
This story follows characters that were first introduced in Dawn’s Harbor, but it is a stand-alone title and not part of a series.
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