Driftwood Lane, A Nantucket Love Story Series #4Driftwood Lane, A Nantucket Love Story Series #4
Denise Hunter
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Meridith can handle anything: guardianship of three distant siblings, a dilapidated Bed-and-Breakfast, even an ever-present handyman who's dismantling more than her fireplace--or can she?When the death of Meridith's estranged father leaves her with custody of three siblings she's never met, she reluctantly goes to Nantucket to care for them--but only until their uncle returns from his trip. Little does she know, the uncle is already there under the guise of her friendly handyman, with plans of his own.Will the love that grows between them be strong enough to overcome the secrets that brought them both to Driftwood Lane?
     

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deniseDenise Hunter has garnered multiple awards for each of her books, which include being a two time Holt Medallion Winner for "Finding Faith" and "Surrender Bay." ( She's also an outstanding drummer!) She lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons.

Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6a "Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you."


 

 Christianbook.com Interview with Denise Hunter


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m happily married (for 21 years), have 3 sons ages 11, 14, and 17, and we live in Indiana. I love to read (big surprise!), travel, and watch romantic comedies. Chocolate fits in there somewhere too. I started writing my first novel in 1996, writing while my sons napped each afternoon. My July release, Driftwood Lane, will be my 16th novel.

What inspired you to write Driftwood Lane?

I conceived of the idea for Driftwood Lane on my 40th birthday. My brainstorming buddies and fellow authors, Colleen Coble and Diann Hunt, took me out to eat. Over lunch, they helped me shape a story about Meridith, a safety inspector who inherits a dilapidated Bed & Breakfast and three half-siblings she’s never met. Adding a hero who was her polar opposite was just part of the fun. 

How did you choose the location for the setting?

Driftwood Lane is the 4th book in my Nantucket Love Story series, so I knew the setting going into this story. Initially, I chose Nantucket as the series setting because it’s a beautiful, charming island. The perfect setting for a love story.

How long did Driftwood Lane take you to complete?
 
My books tend to take 6-7 months. 1-2 months for planning and research, 4 months for the first draft, and 1 month for self-editing. That doesn’t include the rounds of edits with Natalie Hanemann, my fabulous editor at Thomas Nelson.

How many books will be in the Nantucket Love Story Series?

Driftwood Lane is the 4th and last book of the series. Readers always ask if they have to be read in order, and the answer is no. The characters don’t overlap between books, so read them in any order you like!

Do you have a favorite character in Driftwood Lane? Why?

Meridith, the protagonist, is my favorite character. She had a difficult past that left her a little tightly strung. But at heart, she’s loving and willing to reorder her life for three kids she’s never met. It was fun to bring easy-going Jake into her life to help her unwind a little. 

 

How much research did Driftwood Lane take?

When I started the series, I took a trip to the beautiful island of Nanucket with my family to research the setting. Such suffering—but someone has to do it! For this book in particular, I researched Bed & Breakfasts, the legalities of guardianship, and property taxes on Nantucket. Thank God for people willing to answer all my questions about imaginary scenarios!

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
 
Just like any working parent will attest, balancing family and work is very challenging. Also difficult is the instability and uncertainty. Will my book sell enough copies to get me that next contract? It’s such a competitive business. If I’m not trusting God for my future, it can be a scary proposition.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

I love connecting with my readers! The best thing I ever did was start a Facebook Group. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124248046980

It’s been a great thing to work at home, to have a schedule flexible enough to be available to my boys after school and during breaks. I also love traveling to the setting of my stories for research. I love the creative aspect of writing, the fine details of honing the words, and the spiritual lessons I learn from my characters. I love the people I’ve met—fellow authors, readers, and the incredible Thomas Nelson team.

What writing clubs or organizations do you belong to?
 
American Christian Fiction Writers—I highly recommend it for writers of all stages! (www.ACFW.com)
 
What were your favorite books as a child?

I devoured all the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

What is your writing style?   (Do you outline?  Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants?   Or somewhere in between?)

I like to have a fairly thorough outline. It gives me the security of knowing I’ll be able to get through the messy middle and pull off a happy ending.

What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
  
I’m currently working on a cowboy series set in Montana. The first one is A Cowboy’s Touch and is due out April, 2011.

What do you do to get away from it all?

There’s nothing better than a good book, but I also enjoy watching romantic comedies, playing drums on my worship team, taking long hot baths, and then there’s chocolate, of course.
 
Is there anything you’d like to add?

Readers can learn more about my books at www.DeniseHunterBooks.com I love to have new Facebook friends and I also Twitter.

 


 

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