Courtney Hunt (Author Interview)
Interview with Courtney Hunt
September 14, 2015
Please tell us a little about yourself, the romance subgenre(s) in which you write, and your newest book.
I write smart, sexy contemporary romance. An attorney by day, I live near Washington, DC, with my husband and son.
My newest release is Forever a Bridesmaid, the first in the Always a Bridesmaid series, about professional bridesmaids who find their happily-ever-afters.
I’m also participating in Amazon’s Kindle Scout competition right now with my second novel, The Lost Art of Second Chances. Kindle Scout is like the American Idol of books. People have 30 days to nominate their favorite books for a publishing contract with Kindle Press. It’s fast, free, and easy to nominate. All you need is an Amazon account. I’d love to have your support at: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2ALMAM3A5NB8S
What inspired you to write romance fiction?
I’m a life-long lover of romance novels. I’ve always also been a scribbler, writing short stories and epic sagas all through my teen years. Now, with the advent of self-publishing, my stories can finally be shared because there’s nothing better than a happy ending.
Some people love them, some hate them. What’s your stance on alpha heroes?
I adore a good alpha hero. Matthew, my hero in my current release, Forever a Bridesmaid, is an alpha hero and he was a lot of fun to write. Jack, the hero of my Kindle Scout nominee, The Lost Art of Second Chances, is a bit more on the beta side. I love them both.
What’s the most exotic setting you’ve chosen for one of your stories and why did you choose it?
World War II Italy for The Lost Art of Second Chances. It required a great deal of research to write the historical storyline in The Lost Art of Second Chances. When I started writing it, as my National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) novel in 2011, I just wanted to write a second chance at love story. But, within a few pages, Nonna Belladonna showed up with a tale to tell. Pretty soon, I was chatting to my history buff of a father about Italy’s role in World War II and how the Monuments Men preserved the cultural and artistic treasures of such an ancient country in a war-torn world.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
I’m just about to send the second in the Always a Bridesmaid series, Once a Bridesmaid, to my story editor. After that, I’m starting a new series of novellas set around Cupid’s Coffeeshop. They’ll publish one a month in 2016.
Courtney Hunt is a recovering attorney. She lives outside Washington, DC and spent the last seventeen years working for the federal government, buying everything from satellites to copy paper. Courtney met her own Prince Charming (aka the Pilot) in a training class and married him two years later. They have one son, Fox, who keeps life fun and full of surprises
From the day Courtney snuck her first romance novel (Partners by Nora Roberts) out of her mother’s library bag, she’s enjoyed reading about all the many paths to happily-ever-after. Though she’s always been a scribbler, a recent life change to be a write-at-home mom allowed her to pursue a writing career full-time.
When Courtney isn’t writing, she enjoys photography, sailing, and reading. She can never resist a craft store. After an early stint as a Disney cast member, she is a life long Disney addict. She’s also an avid fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Sherlock, Harry Potter, Buffy…just to name a few.
Will family secrets lead to second chances?
When Lucy Parker’s eccentric grandmother dies, Lucy must return a beloved painting to a mysterious man in Italy, leading her on a journey to discover long-buried family secrets that could change everything. When Lucy’s childhood best friend, estate lawyer Jack Hamilton, agrees to accompany her, will they find their second chance at love? From the tiny town of Applebury, Massachusetts to the rolling hills of Tuscany, never-told family secrets unfurl in…the Lost Art of Second Chances.
Lucy Parker celebrated her fortieth birthday by burying her grandmother. The following day, her only child would go off to college. And the day after that, Lucy would figure out what to do with the giant blank that was the rest of her life.
Lucy stood—wearing her only dark suit, too hot and too tight—on a grassy hill in the Applebury cemetery, between her beautiful teenage daughter and her fighting-old-age-with-all-she-had mother, as the crimson roses on Nonna Belladonna’s casket fluttered in the late summer breeze. They scheduled the funeral for early morning, before the baking summer heat took hold. A wicked heat wave gripped Massachusetts so the weather was already hot and humid, ripe for another miserable scorcher of a day.
An airplane zoomed overhead, leaving fluffy white contrails across the cerulean sky. Cars whizzed past on the nearby freeway. The world still turned even as Lucy’s life lost its axis, leaving her disoriented, wobbly, and shaken in her one good pair of shoes. The gleaming mahogany casket reflected the three Castillio women, surrounded by an ocean of mourners, blurry through Lucy’s tears. The ancient priest mumbled prayers, the same prayers they always used…dust-to-dust…eternal rest…perpetual light…blah, blah, blah. Her vibrant, vivid grandmother could not be in that box. She couldn’t possibly…
“Ma, do you have a mint?” Juliet, her eighteen-year-old, leaned over to whisper. Lucy dashed at her face, swiping the tears away, and shook her head. Her mother, Susan, leaned over Lucy to hand Juliet her designer purse. It probably cost more than the monthly rent on Lucy’s apartment. Juliet rummaged through and, in the front pocket, came up with a small, dusty white wafer. Juliet bit it and handed half to Lucy who absently stuck it in her mouth, as her eyes strayed to the scorched brown grass on the slight mound over her husband’s grave. Andrew. Already gone a year, and her a widow at only forty…
The mint dissolved on her tongue, leaving a bitter, chalky aftertaste. Coughing discreetly, she glanced at Juliet. Her daughter screwed up her face into the same expression of disbelieving disgust she made when Lucy tried to feed her baby cereal all those years ago. Give the bambino my pastina, Lucia! See how she likes the little stars…
“It’s a Tums!” Lucy hissed, swallowing hard against the chalky aftertaste. Susan and Juliet met her gaze, both of them dissolving into laughter on the spot with Lucy joining in. The three women embraced, holding each other up, in a tight huddle of grief and laughter, as the priest droned on and bumblebees buzzed among the flowers. Lucy raised her face to the sky, focusing on the fluffy clouds scudding across vast blue expanse. When the sunbeams pierced through the clouds, like a celestial wave, Lucy knew somewhere up there, Nonna laughed too.
Will she fall in love or will she be…Forever a Bridesmaid?
From romance author Courtney Hunt comes the Always a Bridesmaid series, a fun, contemporary romance series about professional bridesmaids who end up finding their own happily ever afters…
Erin Delaney’s struggling professional bridesmaid’s business needs an infusion of cash—quick—so she can support herself and her younger brother. When she gets a last-minute contract for a week of wedding festivities in Savannah, she jumps at the chance to create the perfect wedding. But she didn’t count on the groom’s disapproving brother…
Charming architect Matthew Westbrook will do anything to stop his younger brother’s pell-mell rush to the altar. He just didn’t count on falling for the smart and sexy bridesmaid that his mother hired…
When his matchmaking mama offers to sweeten the deal, Erin will earn the money she needs, if she can manage to keep Matthew from destroying the wedding. But, when her secret deal comes to light, will she lose her chance at love…in Forever a Bridesmaid, first in the Always a Bridesmaid series?