About the Author
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 in 2000 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.
What inspires you to write romance books?
As a life-long romance reader, I love to read about smart, sexy characters finding their own happily-ever-after…so that’s what I write. And I also want to be a good example for my son about the importance of living and following your dreams
Tell us about how you write:
First, I start with about a week of character exercises and story development. After creating a scene list, I start drafting by scene. I basically write straight through from beginning to end (though occasionally I write the epilogue first). From there, I get story and developmental edits and revise. My final step is to read it aloud (in one sitting, if possible) and send it off to the copy-editor. Then, I move onto the next idea.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, absolutely. I know that it’s time to start drafting when I can hear the dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep writing. Starting and keeping a daily writing habit, with a small daily goal, is the most important first step. Read craft books and keep learning. Try to make each book the best you possibly can and then let it go so you can move on to the next one.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing just seemed like the easiest and most straightforward choice for me. If an author is just starting out, self-publishing is the most certain route to get your stories out into the world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is the way to go. I also believe we’ll see the rise of new and different storytelling mediums but that the principles of storytelling will stay just the same.
What genres do you write:: Contemporary romance
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print
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