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A novelist's hallmark moment

One of the stories of a prolific Christian writer has been turned into a TV movie.

By WAVENEY ANN MOORE, Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007

In The Note, Genie Francis plays an advice columnist who finds a note that was hastily written by a passenger in a fatal plane crash, and sets out to find the intended recipient.
[Courtesy of the Hallmark Channel]

SEMINOLE - Last year, Angela Hunt was commissioned to write a novel about a movie. This year, a movie has been made about one of her novels.

Hunt, a prolific Christian novelist who lives in Seminole, plans to cuddle up on her couch Saturday to watch the premiere of the Hallmark Channel movieThe Note, based on her book by the same name.

"It's very exciting," she said.

"I've had some of my books optioned in the past, but this is the first one that's actually made it to a film. I'm still in sort of the pinch-me phase."

Hunt's novel is set in the Tampa Bay area, though the movie is set in North Carolina. Both tell the story of advice columnist Peyton MacGruder, who finds a note that was hastily written by one of the passengers who died when a plane crashed into the waters near her office.

Peyton sets out to find the person to whom the note is written. The movie, filmed in Toronto, changed the story to let Peyton deliver the note in time for Christmas, Hunt said.

The Note was produced by Faith & Values Media and the Hallmark Channel. It stars Genie Francis - Laura to longtime General Hospital fans - as Peyton MacGruder.

Hunt downplays her celebrity. Her book club, though, is reading The Note this month. Members will watch a tape of the movie at their meeting on Monday.

"We are going to have popcorn and snacks," Hunt said.

The author will celebrate her 50th birthday on Dec. 20. She lives in a gated subdivision and is married to the Rev. Gary Hunt, middle school youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. They have two adult children, daughter Taryn, 24, and son Tyler, 23. Hunt also has two English mastiffs, Charley and Babe.

Last year she was commissioned to write a novel based on the screenplay for The Nativity Story, which premiered at the Vatican last November. She also attended the U.S. premiere of the movie in Los Angeles.

She is currently working on a series about a woman who inherits a funeral home in Mount Dora. A recent book, The Elevator, which was published in July, tells the story of three women trapped in an elevator as a Category 5 hurricane approaches.

"They are strangers, but as they sit in there for hours and hours, they discover they have something in common," she said.

"Lifetime is looking at that for a movie right now."

Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at or 727 892-2283.

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The Note, 9 p.m. Saturday on the Hallmark Channel.

[Last modified December 5, 2007, 07:43:30]

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