Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
My. name is Heather. I abbreviate it because my name is so long it’s hard to fit on covers LOL I’m a woman of many talents. I’m a degreed teacher, but have been out of the classroom for sixteen years. I found my passion for writing when you daughter was a baby. I started as a fan fiction writer, and it evolved from there. Since then I’ve worked as a preschool teacher, a nanny, bartender, and now I’m an Instacart shopper. I have 2 kids, a boy and a girl, a sweet puppy who I treat as a third child (she’s spoiled, but don’t tell her that), and an awesome husband.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
The others. The first is easy because you can pretty. much do whatever you want. When book 2 comes along, you have to remember all the little details from the first so someone doesn’t end living in a different city, or changing hair color, or names. Don’t laugh, it happens.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I try to be realistic, but in a unique way.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Feel your feelings. It is draining, but if you’re writing something that’s supposed to be sad, or happy, or nerve wracking, and you’re not feeling it…your readers won’t either. I’ve spent many times sitting at my laptop bawling my eyes out in pubic as I write an emotional scene. I’ve learned to ignore the stares. LOL
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
It’s sad. Not as much as I used to. Right now, life is so busy that I usually only get 2 days a week of writing time. On those days I might spend 3, maybe 4 hours writing. I used to write every day, and was producing a book about every 3 months. Now I’m lucky to get one every 6. Life happens and when kids get older the require more time.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
I wouldn’t say a favorite character, but a favorite family, yes. The McKay family in my Broken series and the second generation from those books are a favorite of mine. They’re just easy to write. When I decided to write a second generation, I was worried that it would be difficult to top the first series, but I flew through those books with ease.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
I always envisioned Theo James as Dev in Being Nobody, and Joe Manganiello as Cole in the Broken books. I never really cast the females.
What is your definition of success?
Being happy with what you’re doing.
Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?
Yes!!! Angie, Melinda, Jillian, and the rest of the team are awesome.
What are your social links?
What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)
I am only on Amazon. Signed paperback can always be purchased through me. Just message me on FB.
Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?
They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com
$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.
$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.
$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.
$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.