A quickie with…Kelly Hunter

A quickie with…Kelly Hunter
Kelly Hunter (source: Kelly Hunter)Source: Kelly Hunter

Mills and Boon author Kelly Hunter was a finalist in the 2011 RITA Awards for her Sexy release, Red-Hot Renegade, which features something not often seen in mainstream romance novels—an Asian heroine. I haven’t read this book yet (it’s on my list of books to read!) but based on Kate’s review I think I need to get to it soon.

Kelly’s latest Australian release was The Man She Loves to Hate (Sexy, 2-in-1). Her latest North American release was With This Fling (Presents), and her latest UK release was Taken By The Bad Boy (Paradise Nights anthology).

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Kelly is giving away a copy of her RITA-nominated book, RED-HOT RENEGADE. For a chance to win, tell us which renegade (living or historical) would make a fantastic romance hero and why.

Some rules: Post your answer as a comment to this post. Multiple entries are fine. By entering, you give us permission to quote your entry in future blog posts and articles. You also give us permission to send your email address to the author, who will be organising delivery of the book. Open to Australian readers only this time. The giveaway ends midnight on Thursday, July 14 AEST. Wandergurl, Decadence and I will pick our favourite answer. The winner must provide a delivery address within one week after we announce the result on the blog.

Website: www.kellyhunter.net
Social networks: Twitter | Goodreads
Genre: Contemporary category romance
Latest release: The Man She Loves To Hate

Where you do your best writing

At home, in any number of chairs, with the laptop on my lap.

Favourite thing in your writing space

A window.

Best food and/or beverage to accompany a good read

None. So boring. I just read. ;)

One thing you would never do in the name of research

Only one? I’m not big on doing much at all in the name of research…

How friends and family would describe you two days before a deadline

There in body only.

One book you’d save in an emergency and three words to describe it

No Place Like Home by Barbara SamuelNo Place Like Home by Barbara Samuel. Live. Learn. Forgive.

Your life in a book—what would the title be? In which genre or category would it be shelved?

Don’t tell my mother I’m a romance writer, she thinks I’m a piano player in a brothel…

One book you loved as a child

The Last UnicornThe Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Describe yourself as the heroine of a romance novel

She wanted to be doe-eyed, waiflike and a joy to the people around her. Unfortunately, she was none of those things.

Best advice for surviving the zombie apocalypse

Find Dean and Sam (from Supernatural) and get thee behind them.

Favourite method of procrastination

Ironing. Seriously.

Do you kill fairies?

Absolutely not! I believe in fairies.

The Man She Loves To Hate by Kelly Hunter/The End Of Faking It by Natalie Anderson (Sexy 2-in-1)The Man She Loves to Hate by Kelly Hunter (UK edition)The Man She Loves to Hate by Kelly Hunter (US edition)The Man She Loves To Hate (Sexy)

Mills and Boon | 9781742770284 (Australia) | 9780263883732 (UK) | 9780373528271 (US) | 9781742907444 (E) | Excerpt

The last place Jolie Tanner wants to be is stuck in a ski gondola in a blizzard with Cole Rees. There are three reasons why she should keep away from him: her mum had a scorching affair with his dad—just think how awkward that ‘meet the family’ would be. His arrogance drives her mad—he might be gorgeous, but she hates that he knows it. And every time he touches her, she goes up in flames—and it’s utterly terrifying!

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This post is part of a series of Q&A-type posts featuring authors who write romance fiction or fiction with romantic elements. Each post will feature the same set of questions or prompts. We tried to make them fun and easy for the authors—and we hope you enjoy them, too!


  1. Kelly Hunter says:

    Tough question, Kat! So many of history’s renegades have already been romanticised in stories and on film. May I confess a fondness for Robin Hood? But wait! There’s also Guy of Gisborne. Black leather clad renegade or an arrow slinging man in tights? How does a girl decide?

  2. Mary Preston says:

    Claude Duval: gentleman, thief, rogue. A notorious French-born Highwayman who plundered his way through Britain during the mid 1600’s. Reputed to be daring, courteous and dashing. Swoon!!!

  3. Robyn Grady says:

    Avoidance ironing!!! Noooooo.
    Really enjoyed your quickie, Kelly! As for renegades being protrayed as romance heroes… I’m partial to those kinds of bad boys, particularly when I imagine Antonia Bandanas or Johnny Depp playing the part =)

  4. Kelly Hunter says:

    Claude sounds divine, Mary. And Robbie, lame though it is, avoidance ironing is my thing. Avoidance ironing while working my way through US television series ‘Justified’, at the moment. Me an’ Boyd and Raylan are tight. Raylan’s a US Marshal and quite the not-so-squeaky-clean gentleman vigilante lawman. Plenty of hero material to be going on with (plus, he’s so purty). Research.

  5. What’s an iron?

    “She wanted to be doe-eyed, waiflike and a joy to the people around her. Unfortunately, she was none of those things.”

    I love this so much… 

  6. Kate Hardy says:

    Ironing? Clearly I need to introduce you to online logic problems… ;o)

    Loved the interview – and this is exactly why your books make me smile, for all the right reasons. (Kat, you will LOVE “Red Hot Renegade.)
    Robbie – Antonio in Desperado. Sigh…

  7. Helen says:

    Kelly I soo love your books and Kat great questions but ironing Kelly yuk I do as little of that as possible.

    A renegade for me would be William Wallace (Mel Gibson) although I know that a lot of this story from Braveheart was not factual I just fell in love the passion created by his fight for freedom and who can resist a man in a kilt.

    Huge congrats on the Rita nomination Kelly

    Have Fun

  8. Kelly Hunter says:

    Helen and Kimberly, not saying I ever get to the bottom of the ironing pile. Or that I’ll stand there and iron sheets and tablecloths and teatowels and the like. It’s more of a ‘look, see? At least something’s getting done when words are not forthcoming.’ 
    Kate, give me a story in which Antonio is not deliciously heroic. I can’t think of any.
    Helen, William Wallace works for me. Apart from everything else there’s the accent. Yum.

  9. Heidi Rice says:

    I am a firm believer in creased clothing! Life is simply too short for ironing of any description..
    Loved your answers Kelly and already have The Red-Hot Renegade, but couldn’t resist joining the debate. Got to be Guy of Gisbourne for me, a bad boy in black leather…. And seeing Richard Armitage play him never hurts!

  10. Captain Thunderbolt. Every time I drive through Uralla, in the New England ranges, I wonder what his life story was actually like, because it is so romanticsed. There is also Thunderbolt’s Boulder just outside town where he used to hide out. He was a horse theif and was arrested, did hard labour, and then his wife’s helped him escape. They became bushrangers and lived hard, mostly between the hunter valley and the new england. 
    May family is origianlly from the central coast of nsw (near wyong) but we moved to toowoomba when I was 6. I’ve spent my entire life driving back and forth along the new england highway, singing bush ballads and reciting bush poetry, romancising the old way of life that my forefathers lived. Hell, even I grew up in a stock saddle and was riding before I could walk. We would stop for a pie at Uralla on most of these trips and every time I would make dad stop in front of captan thunderbolt’s statue to eat. I always wonder about his wife. He is the one with the name captain thunderbolt, but she was on the run with him too… Maybe it is the archaeologist in me, but I love the past, and knowing the stories that make up people’s lives. I’d love to know more about this couple, and I love reading about life in the bush back in the 1800s. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t easy, but there is something so real about it.

  11. Kelly Hunter says:

    Uralla is home turf for me – I know the statue and Thunderbolt’s Rock well. I think a well motivated highwayman could indeed make a rather dashing hero. I think you’re right about it being a hard life, though. Not sure I’d want it. Hand me my iron instead ;)

  12. I don’t know, Kelly. I’ve lived a life without electricity. If I had a choice between stealing horses or wielding a flat iron, I’d choose the horses, every single time! The irons weigh a tonne, and I still have burns from heating them! Mum still uses her Granny’s old iron. You also have to make sure they are clean and do not get rusty or sooty, or red hot, because they mark the clothes. I used to hate that my school uniform was cotton, because it was my job to keep it ironed LOL I can’t imagine how much ironing and starching you would need to do for 19th century clothes. Although, I guess if you were living in a shack in the bush, you would have bigger things on your mind than wrinkles in you pinny :)
    It is a lovely area! I have to say the New England is one of my favourite parts of Australia. The history is rich, the land is pretty and the pies at Uralla are delicious! *grins* If I didn’t think the pies at my local bakery in my home town on the Darling Downs were better, I’d be jealous!
    I think the other thing that captures my interest with Captain Thunderbolt is no one can agree on what happened to him. There is no record of his death or capture, there are legends but not historic facts. Some people even say he and his wife boarded a ship to America :) My imagination is afire.

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