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ANGELA HUNT TALKS about BOOK CLUB ENCOUNTERS






ABOUT AUTHOR: ANGELA HUNT is a
Christy-Award winner; she writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to nonfiction books, to novels.




Now that her two children have reached their twenties, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City.

Afterward, the dog gave out pawtographs at the airport.














Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life— in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind.





Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.




Also in 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree. She completed her doctorate in 2008 and was accepted into a Th.D. program in 2009. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.



BOOK CLUB ENCOUNTERS INTERVIEW




Which do you prefer? Live, on the phone, or the on-line author chat? Why?



When it comes to being interviewed by a book club, I prefer on-the-phone, for simple time constraints. I don't always have time to travel to and from a book club.



Please describe a book club experience that really moved you, encouraged you. Why did it touch you?




One club told me they were praying for me . . . and that meant more than anything else they could say.

What surprised you most about doing a live book club event?





LOL. I always thought that if I was present in person, people would hesitate to say what they DIDN'T like about the book. They don't. :-)



What do you like most about the book club experience?




What I enjoy most--about talking to a book club and being IN a book club--is being exposed to other people's ideas. I don't always agree, but I enjoy hearing what other people think.



Did you get an unexpected reaction to a book your read? Didn't expect your audience to find something on one of your books or react they way they did?



I'm often surprised when people don't "get" something I think is obvious, or when they misinterpret something. But I think that's a risk you take when you respect your reader's intelligence and write a book that takes some effort on the part of the reader. If you don't spell everything out, then some folks aren't going to "get" everything, and others are going to form their own interpretations. And that's okay, as long as they understand the main principles. That's why lately I always include discussion questions at the end of the book. That way I can invisibly guide the conversation toward the truths I want to teach.

I know that you run a book club can you share what you've read recently?

Our club read Dewey, The Library Cat. We had so much fun.Here's some pictures from that meeting.

























ANGELA: Pictures in the kitchen--we had just read DEWEY, THE LIBRARY CAT, and someone brought "kitty" cookies and we all brought photos of our favorite cats! Fun! We've been meeting once a month for about six years. :-)
Thanks for the opportunity to share, Nora!

Angie
Angela Hunt
www.angelahuntbooks.com




NORA: THANKS ANGELA for Sharing your book club with us. I LOVE your pictures. Would love to stop by your meeting sometime. It really looks like fun!!



Blessings to you in your writing and book club adventures!! CAN'T WAIT to read your NEW book found in stores DECEMBER 2009 called LET DARKNESS COME. Remember if your are ever in the Atlanta area you'll have to stop by and speak to my book club.
Sincerely,

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org

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