Welcome to one of my characters from my inspirational romance, No Greater Loss. By the way, I put a picture of daisies on this page because she loves daisies!
Before I get started with the interview, I want to mention that No Greater Loss is available in ebook format at Samhain Publishing and in print. It is sold at various bookstores plus online at Amazon. I’ll be giving a $15 Gift Certificate to Amazon on Friday, June 15th, here at my blog. If you leave a comment this week about any character, your name will be entered into the drawing for the GC. Each time you visit and leave a comment, you increase your chances of winning because I’ll put your name in for each comment. If you want to know more about any character, feel free to post questions in the comment section.
BACKGROUND OF DR. JENNIFER HUNTER:
Physical Appearance: blue eyes, light brown hair with blonde highlights, tall
Martial Status: single but was married
Mother: school teacher
Father: police officer
Jennifer’s Occupation: psychologist
Colleges Attended: Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio - undergraduate degree
Ohio State University - received Master’s and Doctorate
Favorite Dessert: cherry cordial ice cream
Residence: Recently moved to rural Brown County in Ohio, but her practice is located in Cincinnati so has a lengthy commute.
Let’s get started.
DC: Hello, Dr. Hunter.
JH: Please call me Jennifer.
DC: Would you like a cup of coffee?
JH: No, thank you. I just had a cup.
DC: Did you always want to be a psychologist?
JH: No. I originally majored in social work. I really had planned on being a social worker.
DC: What changed your mind?
JH: I lost my husband and baby during college, so to get through my grief I had to find something that would take a lot of time and hard work. I decided to continue my education, and majoring in psychology seemed like the right choice for me. I’ve never regretted it and love being a psychologist.
DC: I’m so sorry about your losses. You definitely made a good decision. I’ve heard wonderful things about your weekly radio program with Father Ryan Whitney. How did you get started on the radio?
JH: I’m glad you asked. Father Ryan is my uncle. He’s been like a father to me since my own died during a drug raid. My dad’s backup didn’t get there in time. Uncle Ryan and I both have suffered family losses so we have a strong bond. A few years ago, Uncle Ryan started a daily religious program on the air. He had me on as guest speaker one Sunday. We were flooded with calls from women who needed help, so now I’m on every Sunday.
DC: What kind of things do you discuss on the air?
JH: I cover topics like dating, childbirth, mothering, menopause, cancer, battered women…this next Sunday I’ll talk about eating disorders which is a serious disease in our country.
DC: How can you really help someone during an hour program?
JH: That is what is so frustrating about giving advice in a short period of time, but I always encourage the callers to get additional help from me or other places. We do hear again from many callers after the radio program. Uncle Ryan is so caring, and he also offers to help after the show ends. His sincerity in wanting to help comes thru so well on the radio.
DC: I heard you just bought an old farmhouse in bad condition. What made you decide to do this?
JH: I love old houses. I saw all kinds of possibilities with the one I bought. But I didn’t plan on moving before it was remodeled. My other house sold quickly because the young couple wanted to move in before their baby was born. Harry, a friend, keeps telling me that I have no business living there. I didn’t even have running water in the kitchen when I moved in so I called a plumber right away. (laughs) I can actually do dishes in the kitchen now instead of a small plastic tub. Remodeling is a challenge, that’s for sure.
DC: I’m sure it will be beautiful when finished. Have you thought about remarrying and filling your house with children? I hope I’m not being too personal.
JH (thoughtfully): I don’t plan on ever remarrying. I think God wants me to remain single. I have a full and satisfying life, so have no plans to make any changes.
DC: But if the right man came along, you might change your mind.
JC: Even if he did I’d keep my distance. Losing loved ones is just too painful. I have learned to keep my feelings intact so that no one gets hurt. I hired Luke Brunsman to help me renovate my house. After he kissed me, I told him our relationship is a business one only.
DC: If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
JH: That’s a good question. I might read or watch a romantic comedy. Or sew. I have several sewing projects I’d love to get busy on.
DC: Who’s your best friend?
JH: I have two best friends. My secretary, Natasha, is a close friend even though she keeps playing matchmaker. (laughs) She’s married and thinks I should get married again. Then there’s Becky. I don’t get to see her often enough. She lives in Indiana and has a busy law practice. I’m also godmother to her baby Christine. I actually delivered Christine. Becky and I were on vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains, staying at a cabin when she went into labor. I had to deliver the baby. But everything went fine so that was a relief.
DC: That is a really neat story. Jennifer, thank you so much for visiting today. I really enjoyed talking with you.
JH (smiles): I enjoyed our chat, too. I think I’ll take that cup of coffee now.