Everyone’s Story welcomes award winning author Kristi Ann Hunter, who just so happens to be a finalist for debut novel this year for the RWA’s RITA. Congratulations, Kristi and best wishes!! I became acquainted–as well as inspired–by Kristi when she appeared on the Seekerville blog. When I contacted her to see if she’ll appear on Everyone’s Story I was so pleased she said yes. Please check out Kristi’s BookGiveaway and excerpt, plus a very encouraging message for all. Both Kristi and I look forward to hearing from you.
Kristi is offering 1 printed copy of A Noble Masquerade–US only. The winner will be announced here on Friday, April 15th between 5-6 PM EST.
** Please note something new regarding BookGiveaways: to further protect your privacy, and since emails are appearing for “my eyes only” when the comments go into my moderation box, emails within comments are no longer required. However, if yours does NOT appear I will leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.
A bonus for everyone from Kristi: Anyone can download the prequel novella, A Lady Of Esteem, for free from most major ebook retailers.
Excerpt from A Noble Masquerade:
Living Your Story by Kristi Ann Hunter
Let me tell you a story about a book. No, not mine, or rather at least not the one you know of as mine.
This is about a book I wrote a long time ago. It isn’t very good, I’ll admit. There isn’t much of a plotline and there certainly isn’t much suspense to it. It’s about a baseball game between fairytale heroes and villains.
The heroes win. Aren’t you shocked?
The importance of this book, though, lies not in the pages and pages of boring this-happened-next prose or even the questionably drawn fairytale characters. It lies on the last page of the book where my third grade teacher had us put an “About the Author” page.
Underneath a copy of my school picture is a paragraph talking about how I wanted to be an author when I grew up.
This book, laminated and bound together with one of those plastic round tab things, sat in a box for many, many years. It moved from house to house, from storage area to storage area. Until one day I came across it during one of my spells of cleaning determination. Those never last long and I usually end up making more mess than I resolve, but on this day I found a box of old school projects.
Including the baseball book.
At this point you’re probably thinking that’s cute that she wanted to be an author and then she became one and was able to look back and say she did it. But that wasn’t it. When I found this book, I was considering quitting. You see I had discovered that writing was hard. It was time consuming. I wasn’t naturally perfect at it. (Obviously, I wrote a book detailing a really boring baseball game.) And with three young children at home, I was convinced that it just wasn’t in the cards for me, at least not now.
But then I found that book. And so many other projects from over the years where I had written things, where I’d gotten better. I had projects from high school that actually resembled real stories with beginnings and middles and ends. I found a project from my British Literature class that I so wish I could go back and do over now because I actually understand the assignment thirteen years later.
I found a short sequel I’d written to Ayn Rand’s Anthem. The diary style book report of Judah from Ben Hur sat next to the false journal historical report on the life of Abraham Lincoln that understandably ended with an entry about heading off to Ford’s Theater.
Never again, though, did I find a place where I’d declared my desire to write stories.
Somewhere along the line I’d given up that dream – a dream that started when an author came to our school and told us his first book started as a writing assignment for his fifth grade English class. I turned it in for more practical things, like computer programming and advanced math. Stories became a hobby.
And I don’t regret that. I don’t regret the path my life took that brought me here with the life experiences and relationships and moments. But I’m also ever so grateful for that third grader who didn’t understand practicality yet. Because years later, when God was steering me back around to that initial passion he’d placed in my life, he used that third grader to remind me who He made me to be.
Sometimes we need that. Sometimes life gets in the way of hearing what God wants from us. Practicality is important. It pays the mortgage and keeps the lights on. But obedience is important, too. Be open. Be willing. When the time is right God will speak. For me it was an old school project, a piece of paper that reminded me this passion wasn’t new. Who knows what it will be for you? Don’t be so busy that you miss it, because God made you to live your story and no one else can do it.
Be the you God made you to be. You won’t regret it.
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Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.
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