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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Okay, it just doesn’t get any better than this. See the picture. That is a perk that comes with my job. May I never retire . . . .

Tuesday night I spoke to a ladies book club in Georgia (via telephone speaker). This club knows how to do it right, let me tell you. First of all, they dubbed the evening “Death by Chocolate.” They brought chocolate desserts to the event, and even set up a chocolate fountain (wish I could have gone there in person, doggone it!). And get this, the UPS man showed up at my door with a huge box from this group. What was inside? You guessed it, a huge basketful of chocolates and coffee!!! Now I ask you, does it get any better than that?

I have no idea why chocolate and coffee always finds their way into my books, but they do. I think it’s because chocolate spells party for me. Coffee equals energy. Put the two together, and we’re talking a fun time! That’s what I want my readers to have when they read my books!

The down side to all this is that I can’t lose weight. I mean, I put chocolate on the page, and I gain five pounds. I could write about brussel sprouts, but that would just be wrong.

Now don't misunderstand. I'm not like those teachers who teach solely for the three months off in the summer (though we can't blame them, right?). I don't write for the chocolate. But hey, if it comes with the territory, who am I to complain?

So if you’re thinking of writing as a profession, remember every job has its ups (free chocolate) and downs (forget the diet), but the pros far outweigh (pardon the pun) the cons, as far as I’m concerned. Course, I could change my mind when I hit 500 pounds!
Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:17 AM  
  Comments (27)
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At 9:27 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

What a great gift! I hope you had a blast with them -- but with all that chocolate and coffee you had to!

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Katy said...

See, now I'm worried. What if I get published? I've written choco, coffee, and my FAVORITE BBQ joint into the female lead's faves. Also Thai.

But the male lead loves the smell of a classy cigar wafting from a storefront. Phooey. With my luck, I'll get sent cigars. Or I'll get sent to Cuba. Sheesh.

Katy McKenna

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

Yes, chocolate would definately be a pro to being a writer! Though I'm not sure my weight could take it. Maybe my female lead should love fruit and granola....

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You're right, Cara! Sheer fun!

Just so you know, my husband did manage to tear--er, uh, get some chocolate from me. Also, I shared some with my grandkids. But I've been munching chocolate like crazy and the two mocha frappes they sent to me are history. YUM!!!

LOL, Katy! I'm seeing cigars in your future. LOL!

Kim, fruit and granola is much better than brussel sprouts! :-)

At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Georgia. Where can I sign up for that book club? :-)

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Death by Chocolate--what a way to go ;-)

So, Diann, does this mean you'll be reading Chocolate Beach? (she said, shamelessly plugging her upcoming novel...)

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Heather Ivester said...

I'm also in Georgia -- would like to know about a book club that serves up chocolate, coffee, and Christian women's fiction. There's a party going on somewhere near me!

--Heather, Mom 2 Mom Connection

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Janet Rubin said...

What is so great about chocolate and coffee is that they are with you all the way. They are friends pre-publication. They comfort your through rejections, encourage you through the hard times, keep you awake while writing late into the night... Then they are there when you celebrate-- you or your friends getting published, getting an agent, spelling "conscience" correctly. And when you've "made it," it's still there. Such faithful companions on the writing journey. Think I'll go pour a cup.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger allen said...

I've managed to write coffee into several scenes of my stories...

Katy, send the cigars my way...I have a friend who had a Cuban on holiday and now loves them

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Note to self: only write about non-perishables.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'd love to read your book, Julie! I love the title!! :-)

Anonymous and Heather--the book club is in Lawrenceville, Georgia--the North Metro First Baptist Church Ladies Book Club. :-) Awesome group!

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

When I was little, I hated chocolate. And then when I REALLY started reading insatiably and writing all the time, I started loving it. *facepalm* My skin doesn't but yeah, that's okay. Extra makeup works.

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'll be right over, Di. I'll help you keep those pounds off by eating some of the chocolate for you. I know, it's a huge sacrifice, but hey - what are friends for?

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Katy said...

Allen, I will gladly share any cigars in my publishing future!!! But here's the deal: I don't eat sugar in any form, and so I am constantly grieving the utter lack of chocolate in my life. If any of you have ever ingested Russell Stover's Sugar-Free chocolates, replete as they are with the Evil Sugar Alchohols, otherwise known as malitol and sorbitol, you will understand my angst.

What fantastic sugar-free and low-carb goody can I weave into my stories? For the sake of making gift-giving easy for book clubs down the road? It's a quandary, I tell you..... ;)

Omaha Steaks has some pretty nice deliverable T-bones, I'll bet....Mmmmm, meat.

Katy McKenna

At 6:25 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Chocolate and coffee seem to be an inescapable combination. Of course I love the smell of coffee but don't like the taste, so I'm only in danger of gaining weight via chocolate.

Did I mention today, okay technically yesterday since it's after midnight, was my sister's birthday and she got a huge box of Godiva? One bite of those dark chocolate mints and York will never cut it again. Off to steal one and have another Pepsi. If you haven't tried the combination you should. The two just enhance each other somehow. I figure I deserve it with all the papers I did this week and the Milton presentation I'm working on now. Aren't y'all glad your college days are over? :/

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Katy, you're my hero. I don't know how anyone gives up sugar. Amazing!

Malia, hope your sister had a nice birthday. Sweet of her to share her chocolate. :-) I did share the FABULOUS chocolates you brought me from Hawaii with my husband (well, a few pieces anyway). Those were to die for!!!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Malia, I started to ask, "What is the Milton presentation?" and then I saw your last line about college.


I'm married to a Milton!

Chocolate? Anybody ever tried Ghiradelli's from San Francisco? It's luscious.

Thanks, Diann, for sharing about your chocolate. And so neat about your radio interview. I tried posting yesterday, but I guess Blogger was burping and wouldn't let me.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

LOL I have a coffee shop in my book... and a heroine that can't live without coffee. :o)

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Well, because the coffee idea has been used in everyone's potential manuscripts :) :) :), I think i'll change mine to a soda shop with cherries and whipped cream ... mmmmm!!!!!

Wait a second ... how will adoring fans ship me ice cream sundaes???

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I love the idea of the soda fountain, Jaime! I say go with it! Fans can always send gift certificates. :-)

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Giiiiiffftt Certificates ... ahhh ... my relief is 10-fold! thanks, Diann! :)

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

Oh I LOVE chocolate and coffee together. That's a great looking gift basket.

But since I'm trying to be healthy I keep mostly dark chocolate (antioxidants, you know?) and I drink decaf. But only the good kind of decaf, the kind that you get at the health food store....and it has antioxidants too!

However, every now and again I splurge on a Snickers bar (the king size of course) and a cup of the leaded.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

It's Friday. I have eight kids in my house, and they'll probably be here all weekend, so I think you should do the friend thing and send me some of that box. : )

At 10:44 PM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

DiAnn, Denise, Colleen and Kristin--just have to tell you how much fun your blog is. Totally different from mine, of course. I mean, sheesh--surrounded by pink. Did I take a wrong turn? Colleen, what are YOU doing here? Don't you kill people in your books, too?

Girls just wanna have fun sometimes. Hang out and chat together. Seems like that's what they get to do here. I think it's great that your bloggees are a mixture of writers and readers. Kudos on building a great virtual cafe.

(Okay, if I wear Prada while I kill somebody--or maybe spout chick-lit angst--or do the foul deed in an RV--or eat chocolate (there's the ticket!)--would I get to post here, too? Promise to behave. No talk about criminal investigation stuff, or how traumatic death by strychnine can be. I'd, um . . . tell funny stories. Do my comic shtick.

Uh-oh, I think I just sent your bloggees screaming. Come back, come back, all of you! I shall now hunker back to my dark and fearsome cave...

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Wow. Better than an advanace. :)

At 11:25 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Brandilyn, you'll be pleased to know we're getting our blog professionally designed and NO PINK! LOL

Sure come on over to the light side. We'll be sneaky as we kill people. You'd be surprised how many suspense writers are here. When I asked if the title and premise of my new hardcover was too graphic, they told me "slice and dice", baby. Ghoulish crowd. LOL

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

GHOULISH? Sheesh, I resemble, oops, I mean, resent that remark! LOL Sure, Brandilyn, you can play...hey, I'm already plotting to kill off Kristin's Prada-loving character's alter ego in my next book! LOLOLOLOL


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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