Interview with Denise Hunter & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Denise Hunter & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDenise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion 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 experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the 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 coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.

You can learn more about Denise by visiting her FaceBook page at


Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Denise.  Congratulations on your newest release, The Wishing Season. Can I just say, first of all, how much I love the cover?! The story sounds so good too! Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

Can you tell us what first gave you the idea for PJ and Cole’s story?

Interview with Denise Hunter & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDenise:  I had no idea what PJ’s story was going to be when I wrote the 1st two books of the series. I did, however, make her a culinary student in those books, so I knew I needed to work that into my plot. A couple of different things went creating PJ’s story. One, I’ve always wanted to write a story in which a character wins a restaurant. Two, I had recently become aware of the problems that foster kids face when they age out of the system. So I created an eccentric resident who wants to give away her ancestral home, a heroine who wants to open her own restaurant, and a hero who wants to open a transition house for foster kids. The hero and heroine are competing for the same space, and the eccentric resident insists on seeing their plans in action for a year before deciding which one wins. Voila! “The Wishing Season”.

Savanna:  Love that. What a cute idea!  So what’s something you hope readers will remember most about your Chapel Springs series?

Denise:  I hope the characters stick with them. I intended the McKinleys to feel like family. It’s always my desire that readers connect with the characters and grow to care about what happens to them, cry for them, and root for them.

Savanna:  As a writer of “happily-ever-afters” yourself, do you have a favorite romantic movie and a favorite romantic book?

Interview with Denise Hunter & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDenise:  I love romantic movies! My all-time favorite is “You’ve Got Mail”. I’ve seen it dozens of times. I also love “While You Were Sleeping” and “The Notebook”. My favorite romantic book of all time “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers.

Savanna:  All great choices, I must say! 😉 Describe your favorite place to write. What’s your ideal setting for inspiration?

Denise:  I write in my living room, on the end of the sofa, with the leg-rest kicked out. It’s all about comfort. 🙂 Honestly, besides being comfortable, nothing else really matters. I’m locked into my story while I’m writing so I’m not going to notice, say, a beautiful mountain view out my window. I guess it’s just as well that I live in flat, northern Indiana. LOL

Savanna:  Hey, whatever works, right?  Sounds nice!

Interview with Denise Hunter & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordYou’ve won multiple writing awards. What has been one of the greatest lessons and fondest memories you’ve taken away from those experiences?

Denise:  The biggest thing I’ve learned about awards (and reviews, for that matter) is that it is all subjective. The same story that one reader loves, another will hate. When I receive an award I feel pleased, honored, and very blessed, especially when I get to celebrate the moment with friends.

Savanna:  Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Denise: Next up is Married ’til Monday, the last book in the Chapel Springs series. Here’s a blurb:

Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive 2-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.

Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th anniversary party.

Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as devastatingly handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still thinks they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. Besides, he only wants to check in with his best friend from college—her cousin Beau, who just lost his dad. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who utterly destroyed her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

Savanna:  Sounds like another cute story! Can’t wait to check it out. 😉  Thanks so much for being with us today, Denise.  It’s been great having you as our guest.  Can you tell us how can readers connect with you?

Denise:  I love hearing from my readers! They can email me or sign up for my newsletter through my Website. I often have book giveaways just for my newsletter members. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.


Denise has graciously offered a copy of The Wishing Season to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends December 24, 2014.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉

37 comments on “Interview with Denise Hunter & GIVEAWAY
  1. Melanie Backus says:

    I loved P.S. I Love You

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  2. Jordann Langness says:

    Pride and Prejudice for the book and Gone with the Wind for the movie!

  3. You’ve Got Mail

    Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  4. Trixi Oberembt says:

    While you were sleeping
    Or Sleepless in Seattle 🙂

    • Trixi Oberembt says:

      I should say thank you to Denise for taking the time to do an interview & for the chance to win a copy of “The Wishing Season”. Savanna, where do you find such great authors to interview? Thank you for introducing me to new ones & the books they write. Merry Christmas to you and yours & may the love of God pour over you this blessed season! Remember John 3:16 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Awww, more good ones!! 😉 Thanks so much for your kind comments, Trixi, as always. I’m blessed to know how much you enjoy our interviews. I’m grateful too for the many authors who have taken the time to stop in and share with us. Their lives are busy and yet they truly care for their readers. It’s been a treat to connect with each one of them here and you all as well. 🙂

      The answer to your question varies…. I’ve contacted authors I already knew personally, some I heard had new releases coming out soon, and those whose books I’ve been hearing so many good things about. 😉 Every author I’ve talked to has been more than happy to be my guest on the blog. I’m really excited to share next year’s line-up with you all too. 🙂 Merry Christmas and good luck in the drawing!

  5. Cheri Oggy says:

    It would have to be Gone With The Wind

  6. Judy B says:

    I have always loved Gone With The Wind. I have read this oldie many times as well as having seen the movie several times.

  7. Caryl Kane says:

    Savanna, thank you for this wonderful interview with Denise. I loved The Princess Bride! I am looking forward to reading about PJ and Cole’s story. 🙂


  8. Patty says:

    While You Were Sleeping is a good one that I haven’t seen in quite a while! I miss the local movie rental stores… can’t find some of the older movie at Redbox.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I miss the old rental stores too, Patty. My sister and I always loved going and checking out all the movies. Watching Netflix just isn’t quite the same. 😉 Thanks for visiting the blog. Good luck in the giveaway!

  9. Joan Arning says:

    That’s a hard question! Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz is a current favorite. There are so many I like!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Joan! I so want to read that one! It’s on my list. 😉 Hearing all these mentioned is making me want to sit down with a good book and a good movie asap! 😉

  10. Robin Bunting says:

    Favorite book: Book of Hours by T. Davis Bunn

    Favorite romantic movie: You’ve Got Mail

    love love the interviews, Savanna.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Wow, You’ve Got Mail is a favorite of all of ours it seems. 😉 Haven’t read Book of Hours. I’ll have to add that one to my list too. Thanks, Robin! I’m always glad when you visit. Have a blessed Christmas!

  11. Deanna S says:

    I liked the book Whisper if you have too… sad but romantic..
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOT coM

  12. Pam K. says:

    I can’t choose just one favorite romantic book; there are so many good ones. A couple of go-to authors whose books I know I’ll always enjoy are Becky Wade and Susan May Warren.

  13. Kelly Youngblood says:

    I enjoy several romantic movies, but Sweet Home Alabama and While You Were Sleeping rank right up there at the top.

    As for books…there are so many amazing ones, but the Bible by far is the greatest love story!

    Blessings and Merry Christmas!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Loved your answers, Kelly! Now that you mentioned Sweet Home Alabama I’m wanting to watch that again. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that one. 🙂 And you’re totally right about the Bible. Best love story ever!!! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too!

  14. Bonnie Roof says:

    Hi, Denise and Savanna!!

    Wonderful interview – thank you!! Enjoyed learning more about your writing, Denise and would love to read “The Wishing Season”. A unique, heart-warming story which especially appeals to me in that it pertains to foster children – I previously worked as a houseparent for a children’s home in which some of the children were placed in foster homes. I haven’t read any of your books but have read some wonderful reviews on them.

    There are so many romantic movies and books that I’ve enjoyed – one fave movie is “The Notebook”.

    Shared post!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi dear Bonnie! Thanks for taking the time to share your sweet comments with us. I hope you get to read Denise’s book. And I have to agree… the Notebook is one of my favorites as well. 😉

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  15. Heidi says:

    I always love re-reading Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson!

  16. Svetlana says:

    My favorite movie is notebook. And favorite love story of course the bible. There’s lots of other favorite like the measure of the heart and the princess and many more.

  17. Deanne Patterson says:

    Denise and Savanna thank you for the interview. I always enjoy a well thought out and informative interview such as this one in helping me to decide if want to read a book or not. A favorite romantic boo of mine is The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. With this well written interview I can’t wait to read this book. I am really looking forward to it.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      We’re glad you could join us, Deanne. These interviews are such a fun way to gather friends together. 😉 I hope you’ll check out Denise’s book soon. I’ll have to look up the one you mentioned too. Happy Holidays!

  18. Merry Z says:

    I love Pride and Prejudice (book & movie). I am partial to the newer movie… I’ve watched it many times!

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