I love reading, and I love to discover new authors. So what better way to do that than to join in with this online book tour, and introduce you to Bettina Hunt who is promoting her second book, Without A Hitch…
Hi, can you tell me a little more about yourself?
Hello, thanks for having me on your blog. I am a 40 something mother of two small boys. I am a beauty and afternoon tea blogger and now a contemporary women’s fiction writer. I love to be social and am found most days on twitter.
What is your writing background?
I have always been writing in one way or another since I was very young. I love writing poems and short stories which I do as part of my Friday Column on my blog although it isn’t always on a Friday! Since I was a teenager I have always had a burning desire to be an author but it took years before I felt ready to attempt a full-length novel. I only wished I had started earlier.
Are there any similarities between Without A Hitch and your first novel, A Tempting Trio?
They are both feelgood, heart-warming and funny tales of love and of the search for ‘the one.’
What did you learn from writing A Tempting Trio that you were able to use to your advantage when writing Without A Hitch?
I learnt that I had the discipline and tenacity to be a novel writer. I am capable and people like my stories, that spurs me on.
What (or whom!) was your inspiration for writing Without A Hitch?
Having been a bride to be and having the honour of being my sister’s matron of honour, I spent a lot of time wedding planning and taking part in the process. I wanted to bring this to life as it is such a tumultuous time with plenty of highs and lows!
Do you have any real-life characters in your novels?
There is a bit of real life inspiration, but no one person exists.
Which of your fictional characters is most like you?
I would say there is a little bit of me in all of the female characters…however, I consider myself to be quite strong so if you spot any strength of character and a no nonsense attitude, that could be me.
Which of your fictional characters are you most connected to and why?
I do like Agnes’s character and lifestyle – and she was named Agnes in a nod to my favourite author and book – Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield.
What draws you to writing in the genre of Romantic Comedies?
I absolutely love the idea of Happily Ever After and even though I am not particularly romantic in real life, I do like writing about it with humour and the idea that the perfect someone out there does exist. You just have to find them.
How long did it take you to write Without A Hitch?
Without A Hitch took me two years, because just as I started writing it, I found out I was pregnant… I don’t do pregnancy very well and I was quite ill for months so I had to take a break from writing because I could barely function. When my little boy was born it took us a few months to find our feet, once I had a routine in place, I returned to writing. A few months later I had to deal with another major family situation which again put our lives on hold…
What kind of research do you do before writing a book?
I don’t actually do much research before writing a romantic comedy because a lot of the time I don’t know what path my characters are going to take, they do like to tell their own stories. I certainly research and check things as I go along with my story, sometimes I make a note and return to it at the second draft stage. I imagine if I was working on a psychological thriller I would be doing a lot more planning and researching before I start!
What do you find most difficult about the writing process?
Finding the time to write, it’s very frustrating when you are itching to write to find that other things have to take priority. I also dislike the self-doubt that creeps in midway through writing a book.
What do you find most satisfying about the writing process?
I love the fact that ideas that were just random ideas popping into my head can be turned into a novel. Once the book is complete, I really do enjoy it when a reader tells me how much enjoyment my book has given them.
Do you have a favourite spot to write in?
I can pretty much write anywhere, although I would love my own writing room with a seaview 😊
If Without A Hitch was to be made into a feature film, who would you love to see in the roles of Sienna, Bryony and Agnes?
Gosh this is hard! It sounds bad but I am not really up to date with the younger actresses on the scene but someone like Blake Lively for Sienna. Audrina Partridge as Agnes. Rose Mciver as Bryony. I am not asking for much, am I?
Who do you think your book will appeal to?
Anyone who loves an easy to read, feel good romantic comedy. Brides-to-be, those who have already been through planning a wedding and those working in the wedding industry.
How do you hope your readers will feel when they finish Without A Hitch?
Uplifted and wanting more…
And finally, what’s next for you?
I am currently writing a novella sequel of Without A Hitch, their honeymoon stories. This will then lead nicely into the novel of what happens next in the lives of Agnes, Sienna and Bryony…
Also in the pipeline are two standalone novels and, in the future, I would love to try my hand at a psychological thriller. I do like to keep busy.
Thank you Bettina! Good luck with your next book.
Without A Hitch is available to buy now from Amazon.