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Thursday, May 20, 2010

I've had a great week, friends! I am employed once again--whoooohoooo!!!

This week I signed a contract with Summerside Press to write a book for their "When I Fall in Love" line. My book will be entitled, "Love Letters in the Sand" and will take place in 1957! How fun is that?

I've been watching "Leave it to Beaver" (yes, complete with Eddie Haskell), and movies set in that timeframe, to get a feel for the clothing, speech, and basically that era.

My story will be set in a fictional town patterned after Kenosha, Wisconsin. We visited there after one of my treatments (it's right near there). Nothing is ever wasted, remember? ;-)

Just had to share with my cyber buddies! You've been with me through thick and thin and I just had to share my good news for a change! Thanks for being there!!

Let me know if you have any other ideas that might help me research 1957. You guys are awesome!
Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:36 AM  
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At 9:59 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

WOOOHOOO Can't wait!!! Now you have to actually WORK again. What is that going to feel like?

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

That's so awesome! Congratulations, friend!

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

That's so great Diann! And what a fun time period to write about. I don't think I've really seen any books set in that era. Sounds like it will make for a really great book. Can't wait to hear more about the plot. That's right around the time my grandparents got married. I always enjoyed looking at their old pictures. Very Leave-it-to-Beaver-esque. :)

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Thumbs up!!!! Yay!!! I'm happy for you...and looking forward to reading it! :)

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Yay! I can't WAIT to read it!!!

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

1957 seems a happier time, doesn't it, Sarah? I know they had their share of stuff, but it seems a more family-oriented time. At least that's what Leave it to Beaver and I Love Lucy seem to indicate. LOL!

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I LOVE it! Oh, the glamour of the time (swooning). And anything written in sand is okay by me (okay, maybe not anything ... but still :)

Congrats on such terrific news, Diann!

At 7:16 PM, Blogger jel said...

YES, A BIGG WOOHOO from me too!

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Woo hoo!! That is so awesome! I love Summerside's covers! I'm so proud of you, Di!!


At 2:20 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Congratulations Diann! That's SUPER news!

The 1950s, a time of innocence and trust, seem eons ago. Those were the days when you never locked your even left the keys in the ignition! And the only time you locked your house was when you left for a month's vacation, and even then the neighbors always had a spare...just in case. We kids were mothered by every mother on the block...and disciplined by them, too. Ouchies!! (You can tell I had my share of "discipline"! LOL)

Ahhhh. Those really were the good old dsys..................

At 7:45 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Congrats! Looking forward to hearing more about it in the coming months. Have fun with the Riardo and Cleaver families in the meantime :)

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Julia M. Reffner said...

Congratulations! I love the 50s...what a fun era and I don't think I've read many Christian books set in that era!

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ruthie, you're describing my town even today. I never lock stuff.

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

Congrats, Diann!!!! I am so excited for you and happy for your readers, and vice versa! I love God's timing, also --- how sweet of Him to send this to you at this time!

I love the time setting, also. Love Beaver and Lucy and Andy ... the beginnings of technologies. Those seem to be some of funniest scenes -- folks either embracing or freaking out about new gadgets, and how fun for us to look back and see the first hair dryers, etc. :-)

Can't wait!!

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

YAY!! I can't wait!

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

It's going to be great! Way to get back in the game, friend!

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Cool picture. I like her 50's outfit. The pic looks like it's taken in London, near All Soul's Church (in the background)... :)

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

LOL, that was a most excellent year....shhhhh... since I was born that year.

Oh, yeah. Looking forward to it. It will be like getting a glimpse at my mother's world.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Is there a way to fit in music and fashion and tv of the times? And food--like jello and creamed corn and stewed tomatoes! And cars such as the wood-sided station wagon?!

I was born in 1953 and have many nice memories of the 50's!!

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

All great ideas, Pam!! I'll see what I can do!

i was born in '55, so I remember a little, but not too much. A good memory has never been my forte. :-(

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...


At 9:44 PM, Blogger adge said...

I was reading on the favorite pasttimes blog that Cathy Marie Hake gets a lot of information from

Don't know if that helps but good luck and congratulations.

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Wow, Adge, that's a GREAT site! Thank you!!

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Brittanie said...

Congratulations. I am a huge fan of your writing. I look forward to reading it. That is an interesting time period that I don't often see Christian fiction set in. :)

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Do you love to read? said...

Congratulations on your new book! Im a big fan of your books. Ive started with the Love Inspired books, and Im planning on looking for your other books also.
Some of the earlier comments mention looking at the Andy Griffith shows, I Love Lucy and you mentioned Leave it to Beaver..:)
I was also thinking about "Happy Days"..or was that show from the early 60's.
Take care, Melissa


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Kristin Billerbeck
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.

Colleen Coble

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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