Author Intro: LK Hunsaker

Hello!

Those of you who have been reading the CRR blog have already been ‘introduced’ to me in a way, but this is my official Intro. I’m LK Hunsaker. Those who know me call me Loraine, or sometimes now they’ve gone to calling me LK. I’ve answered to a lot of things through the years.   At online bookstores you may see my name listed as L.K. Hunsaker or as L K Hunsaker because I guess the LK doesn’t make sense to them. I’m an EE Cummings fan. His name is often seen as ee cummings, but that wasn’t his doing. It was a slap in the face from “more serious” poets and critics who saw his work as … well, they didn’t much respect what he was doing. How can you not love someone who writes, “The world is mudlicious and puddle-wonderful”? Anyway, I tend to like oddball creative types who stretch the boundaries.

 

That said, I write romance. Well, of course I write romance or I wouldn’t be here. But I don’t exactly write genre romance. I write oddball romance: a curious blend of genre romance and literary fiction. (WAIT, don’t run off!)  I actually call it Literary Romance with an Artsy Twist. Every novel I write and most of my short stories revolve around the arts. My official bio says I have a psychology degree and an arts degree. Yes, so I mix them.

 

My characters are deeply full and rich and multi-layered. I know their birthdays and astrological signs and sometimes I let readers in on those details. The stories are filled with social and cultural issues, psychological nuances, family relationships and backgrounds, friendships, and of course love in all varieties (not quite all, everything I write is within CRR boundaries). But … and this is a big BUT, although it’s part literary, it’s not any harder to read than this intro. I’m a casual type. I don’t see the point in using big words just to prove you can. I like dialogue. I like letting the characters react to each other “in person” so to speak. And I like humor. You’re bound to find some of it interspersed in most of my work. Anyone who knows my Stu character will be thinking of him about now.

 

So, what else do you want to know? I do tend to be verbose in my work. A writer friend suggested recently that I must be a very chatty person. Well, only online. In person, good luck getting me to say much at all. I’m terrified of public speaking but I did do a couple of author day chats at my son’s middle school a few years ago. They loved my mood pencils so how I did at speaking probably didn’t matter. I’m also terrified of heights but I went bungee-swinging with my husband a while back, just to prove to myself I could. I did. I won’t do it again, but I walked away knowing I did.

 

Let’s see, I’m a chocoholic but I’ve mainly switched to dark chocolate since it’s healthier. I have two kids who are both taller than I am making me (finally) the shortest in the house. I have two dogs: lab and lab mix. One of them was partial inspiration for a short story. The other fetches rocks. Honestly. I’m an amateur photographer and all of the photos you’ll find on my blog as well as featured in my guest blogs are my own (except the one here that my daughter took). I’m an amateur gardener who gets excited when grass actually grows as it’s supposed to. And I’m fairly friendly, so if you email or leave comments on my social networks, I’ll pretty likely answer. If I don’t, I missed seeing it because I’m obsessively busy. (I don’t tend to answer email forwards, jokes and such, even the ones I laugh about.) 

 

Oh, and it’s September 4th, which makes it my birthday. For anyone joining the party today by commenting here, I’m holding a drawing for:

 

One gift package including:
~ A personally signed copy of either Finishing Touches or Off The Moon — your choice. If you go with Off The Moon, I can’t mail it until the end of November because I won’t have it before then!

~ A special promo CD featuring the song used as a music epilogue for Finishing Touches along with the first chapter of the book, signed by me and by Duncan Faure, the singer/songwriter (you can hear it on my novel’s site)

~ A set of music note soaps specially made to match my Rehearsal series theme, from SchoolCornerCrafts.com

~ And I’ll throw in some bookmarks and mood pencils

 

I’ll be here in and out today in between birthday celebrating and football gaming, and I’ll check in over the next couple of days. Say hello back and I’ll throw your name in a hat (or a bowl or something) and have one of my kids pick a winner. Raffle is open through mid Sunday US Eastern time to allow time for our overseas readers to join in.

 

Anything you wanted to know I didn’t say? Ask!

 

Find info about my books at http://www.lkhunsaker.com

Download a pdf file of the beginnings of each of my novels on the main page.

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17 Responses to “Author Intro: LK Hunsaker”

  1. Lindsay Townsend Says:

    Super introduction, Loraine, to you and to your fascinating novels! I wish you much success with your blended work.
    Happy Birthday, too, LK! Hope you have a lovely day!!

  2. Lyn Says:

    Grast post Loraine, interesting to leanr more about you and your books.

    Wishing you all the best and a Very Happy Birthday.

  3. Sandi Says:

    Happy celebrating! Glad to learn more about you!

  4. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Lindsay, Lyn, and Sandi, Thank You and thanks for stopping in!

  5. Kathleen Says:

    Happy Birthday LK.. What a great way to spend the day, but with friends and fans…
    I loved your intro, thought it really set the tone for this blog..
    We all have some kind of thing we are afraid of, me it’s tight spaces, like crowds..
    I too love dark chocolate… the only way to go..

  6. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Thank you, Kathleen! I don’t like tight spaces, either. Glad you enjoyed my intro.

  7. Linda Banche Says:

    Happy Birthday, Loraine. And you can write as many words as you like. They’re all good ones!

  8. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Linda, thank you. What a great compliment from a fellow writer!

  9. Paul Bucalo Says:

    Hey! Great to see you highlighted here! Looking forward to your newest and I definitely need to read what you already have out. I’m sold. Best to you, Loraine.

  10. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Paul! Thanks for coming by. I’m honored that you’re sold on my work, and flattered.

  11. Dawn Colclasure Says:

    Great bio post, Loraine! I am a chocoholic too and also trying to switch to dark chocolate. And, like you, I’m very chatty online but not so much in real life. Haha. That’s funny, isn’t it? It was great to stop by and happy birthday again! Have a wonderful and fun B-day void of public speaking engagements and filled with lots of chocolate.

  12. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Dawn, it’s great to have this chatty outlet, isn’t it? No public speaking today. I did find chocolate! Thanks for coming by!

  13. Ken Rhodes Says:

    (Belated) Happy Birthday, Loraine… so how does it feel to have finally turned, what… 30?

    I must confess I’m not a romance novel reader, although I don’t run them down like some gents I know. However, the concept of “literary romance” has me a bit intrigued. If I can ever find room on my “to be read” list, I’ll have to give one a try!

    Best of luck!
    Ken

  14. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Hi Ken! 30 is close enough - you got one of the numbers right.

    Maybe start with one that’s closer to the literary edge than the romance edge. I have them on both edges and in between. My next-to-come (Off The Moon) would probably be more in your interest range than the others, although my main character in Finishing Touches shares your last name!

    I appreciate you coming by!

  15. Steph Burkhart Says:

    Great intro, Loraine. I didn’t know you were a chocoholic! Haha. We just discovered my son, Joe, has peanut allergies so I ordered some choc from the Vermont Nut Free Choc company. I’ll let you know how it is.

    I agree - you’re a mainstream writer and mainstream is not my forte. “Rehersal” is a nice story. The love story with Susie and Duncan is very sweet. I read your excerpt of Off the Moon and I enjoyed it very much.

    Smiles
    Steph

  16. LK Hunsaker Says:

    Hi Steph, thank you. I like nuts in my chocolate but I’m glad you found a way to get chocolate for Joe without the allergy risk!

  17. LK Hunsaker Says:

    And the WINNER…

    I used writing.com’s virtual dice because it’s easier than putting names in an actual hat, and it rolled number 5

    So, the 5th commenter and winner is Linda! Congrats

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