Today on Writer Wednesday we welcome Denise Hunter, author of On Magnolia Lane.
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What was your favorite book as a child?
I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. But in my elementary school years, I discovered the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and my love of reading soared to new levels. I’m not sure how many times I re-read those books. In the sixth grade, I found a new favorite when my older sister handed me a copy of Jane Eyre. I swooned over Mr. Rochester, and from that point on, love stories were my favorite.
What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?
It wasn’t one particular book but rather the cumulative effect of many books. As I read I began to dream of writing my own novel. But life was busy so I put the dream on a back burner for years. It wasn’t until my grandfather’s death—and the realization of my own mortality—that I decided to take my dream off the back burner. That was 22 years ago, and I’ve been writing ever since.
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
What books are currently on your nightstand?
I’m always reading Colleen Coble’s latest work-in-progress because I’m her critique partner. I’m also reading SuzanneWoods Fisher’s upcoming release, On a Summer Tide for endorsement. My current devotional is 100 Days to Brave by Annie F Downs. I’m currently 25 days brave. 🙂
What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
I’m always looking forward to Francine Rivers’s next release—I don’t even know what it is, but I know I will buy and devour it. I’m also eager to read Rachel Hauck’s upcoming release, The Memory House. I’m a big fan of hers, and the cover is so intriguing.
More about On Magnolia Lane
From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the final book in the Blue Ridge Romance series.
“I have never read a romance by Denise Hunter that didn’t sweep me away into a happily ever after. Treat yourself!” —Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of Who I Am with You
Falling in love with Daisy was easy for Jack. But finding the courage to tell her becomes problematic when his secret feelings lead to even bigger complications.
After two years of counseling sessions with Daisy Pendleton, Pastor Jack McReady has earned a permanent spot in her life as a spiritual leader—and nothing more. Jack would never risk losing her trust by exposing the depths of his heart, but he’s hopelessly in love with her.
Daisy loves her southern small-town life and her job at her family-run flower shop, but she doesn’t have the thing she longs for most: someone to share it with. Her recent foray into online dating has been a disaster—until she meets TJ.
Jack could kill his friend Noah for using his initials and some indistinct photos to set up a profile on the dating app Daisy is using. But when he’s finally afforded the opportunity to show her a different side of himself, he’s sucked into the plan before he has time for second thoughts.
Online, Daisy shares some of her greatest fears with TJ, but in person, Jack and Daisy are spending more time together. When a devastating family secret surfaces, Daisy knows that only her trusted friend and counselor can bring her comfort. Jack wants nothing more than to be both men for Daisy, but revealing his secret will prove to be the ultimate test of Daisy’s grace.
“Move over You’ve Got Mail because in Denise Hunter’s On Magnolia Lane you’ve got an e-romance with enough RAM (romance and magic) not only to sputter your software, but to tug at your heart while touching your soul. Easily one of the top romance writers in the CBA, Hunter is a master at inspirational love stories that linger in one’s memory—and hard drive—long after the last page.” —Julie Lessman, award-winning author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including The Convenient Groom and A December Bride which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.
In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.