Friday, April 30, 2010

VBT Pit Stop with Cissy Hunt - Author of A Rose Blooms Among The Thorns


Today our guest is Cissy Hunt, author of A Rose Blooms Among The Thorns. This woman never ceases to amaze me. She is a very giving woman with a big heart and great writing talent. Please welcome her.

Please tell us a little about yourself......

I was raised in Louisiana but now live in the beutiful Ozarks with my husband, Ray. We have been married for almost eight years.I have two grown children. A son, Ronald who is 38 years old and a daughter Amber who is 35 years old.

I have been an ordainded minister since August of 2007. I am called to minister to hurting women who carry the emotional scars of domestic abuse.

For as long as I can remember I have always loved to write. When I couldn't express myself verbally, one only had to hand me a pen and paper and out would flow my thoughts.

I have written poetry most of my life and now my life-long dream has come true. I have written a book.

What inspired you to pen your first title?

What inspired me to write this book is the subject matter it covers, domestic violence. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing most of my life, mostly poetry

What was the hardest part about writing this particular novel?

The hardest part of writing this book was having to take a trip back into my past. This was a trip I didn't want to take but it was one that needed to be made in order to accoplish the end results.

Have any dreams been realized as a result of your writing?

Yes, it has helped in my ministry with other women. It gives women who have come out of an abusive relationship, hope when they can relate to another woman who has been where they are now and see they have overcome and found a new live without abuse.

Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?

Yes, take time to heal after an abusive relationship and find yourself. A woman in an abusives relationship has been told what to do, when to do, what to think, where to go, what to wear, who they can talk to. They haven't been able to think for theirself. Don't enter into another relationship without taking the time to heal.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

I love writing so I hope to be able to write many more books. I have been thinking on a sequal to this book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns

What advice do you have for writer's just starting out?

If you love to write don't stop and do it for the love of writing not for money

Anything else you would like to share with us today?......

I want to thank you for having me and for all you have done putting this virtual book tour together for all the new authors.


Thank you so much for being with us today Cissy. It has been a pleasure talking with you. Cissy is on Virtual Book Tour. For anyone that leaves a comment for her here, and on her other stops will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of her book, A Rose Blooms Among The Thorns, and other great prizes. Cissy's next pit stop is with Cate Masters, on May 5, 2010.

I have read this book and it was fantastic!

Cissy's tour schedule can be found on her website http://cissyh.webs.com or on Virtual Book Tour Cafe, with links to each hosting site. I hope you all follow her tour, to learn more about this amazing woman.


Purchase A Rose Blooms Among The Thorns through Publish America, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and other online bookstores.


My contest: For everyone that leaves a comment with each author I interview, and follows my blog, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of these great prizes:

  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • Book Light
  • A Free Virtual Book Tour
  • A Writers Prize Pack (journal, pen, book light, book marker)
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4 comments:

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Thanks for the interview. :)

-Bryce
seaklos(at)gmail.com

Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. said...

I am glad that you wrote this book. Sometimes truth is easier to take when it is cloaked in fiction.

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Cissy said...

Thank you Seak I enjoyed doing the interview

Cissy said...

You are so right Stephanie. I didn't want the readers reading a nonfiction about my life, another woman that had went through abuse.I didn't want to be the center of the book, I wanted the statement I was making to be the center of the book.