Interview with Heather Manning & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Heather Manning  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word————————————————————————-

Heather Manning is a young lady who loves to read–and write. She has won multiple competitions for her writing with “Nextgen Writers” and placed first in some writing contests with the “Go Teen Writers” blog and is a proud member of ACFW. She lives in Missouri where she attends high school, acts in community theatre, eats donuts and reads every Inspirational Historical Romance she can get her hands on. She is proud to say that her first novel was professionally published while she was only 16 years old.


Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Heather, and Congratulations on the recent release of your debut novel, Swept to Sea. I can’t wait to read it. 😉 Can you tell us what first inspired the story?

Heather:  Thank you! At first, I just wanted to write a story about three best friends who are English ladies. Then I wanted to somehow transport them to the Caribbean and involve pirates. I ended coming up with the story of Lady Eden Trenton, who stows away on a pirate ship to escape her abusive fiancé. The trilogy will focus on her other two friends, Aimee and Ivy.

Interview with Heather Manning  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  Sounds very intriguing!  I still can’t believe you published your first story at 16.  That’s incredible! 😉 When readers look back after reading this novel, what’s one lesson you hope they take with them?

Heather:  One of the main things that my characters Caspian and Eden learn throughout Swept to Sea is to place their trust in God, rather than in their own hands. This lesson can apply to everyone, and I hope my readers take that away as well.

Savanna: Since we’re both Missouri girls, is there a famous Missourian – past or present – you would enjoy ( or would have enjoyed ) having lunch with and getting to chat?

Heather:  There are so many cool people from Missouri! I would love to have lunch with Harry S. Truman—he’s a pretty neat guy! I’ve been to the Harry S. Truman library in Independence and I really loved getting to learn more about him and his presidency than my history books tell.

Savanna:  Can you tell us an author who challenges/inspires you and why?

Heather:  I am really inspired by my three favorite authors: MaryLu Tyndall, Deeanne Gist, and Mary Connealy. I love MaryLu’s sea-fearing adventures, Deeanne’s love stories, and Mary’s comedy. I strive to put at least a little of each of these in my story.

Savanna: What is one of your most unforgettable moments from your writing career to date?

Heather:  I think lately, my most unforgettable moment was when I was recently interviewed by my local news station about Swept to Sea. It was such a fun, exciting event. I absolutely loved it.

Savanna:  I bet! I enjoyed watching the interview. (You all can catch it too. Click here.)

Anything else you’d like to share? Can you tell us a little bit about your next book you’re working on?

Heather:  My next novel, Carried Home, focuses on Gage and Ivy, who are secondary characters in Swept to Sea. It follows their journey back to England, where Ivy’s younger brother is waiting for her. Gage is new at being a captain, and he struggles with his insecurities in commanding his ship.

Savanna:  We’ll be watching for it!  🙂 Thank you so much for joining us today, Heather!  Where can readers go to keep in touch with you?

Heather:  You can also find me here:

Facebook Author Page:

You can also watch the book trailer to Swept to Sea here:

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Heather is offering one e-copy of SWEPT TO SEA to one lucky winner!

Interview with Heather Manning  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends July 29, 2014.
Winner will be notified by email.


27 comments on “Interview with Heather Manning & GIVEAWAY
  1. Thanks so much for having me today!

  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Enjoyed the interview, Heather.

  3. This sounds like such an interesting book! Even if I don’t win, I hope to read it sometime soon!
    I liked this blog on facebook!

    Alexa Skrywer

  4. Britney Adams says:

    What a delightful interview! I enjoyed meeting Heather and am eager to read SWEPT TO SEA.

    Subscribed, liked, and shared on Twitter!
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  5. Nancy M says:

    I already have Heather’s book. It is really good. I was shocked that a teenager had written it. It was so well written in my opinion. And to be a debut novel as well. Keep your eye on this young lady.

  6. Debra Stevens says:

    How cute she is!!! SO ENCOURAGING!!! She totally handled that interview like a boss. yeah that trailer definitely looks intriguing. cant wait to get my hands on it.

    Debra Stevens


    Thank you!!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Debra! It’s wonderful to have you here. Heather’s quite an inspiration, isn’t she? 🙂 We appreciate you sharing the interview. You’ll receive your 4 entries in the giveaway drawing. Good luck!

  7. Laura Pol says:

    Great interview! I’m so intrigued by this novel!
    sylvesternator AT yahoo (dot) com

    Also I liked The Engrafted Word on FB and subscribed by email!

  8. Loved this interview. Thanks for hosting this promotion! I’ve liked The Engrafted Word facebook page, subscribed and shared this through my online radio station, as well! I would love to win a copy of Heather’s book!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for visiting, Jeremy, and helping spread the word! You’ll receive 4 entries in the giveaway. I’ll notify you by email if I draw your name. Good luck and have a great day!

  9. Linda Marie Finn

    I liked
    I subscribe
    Shared, Tweeted, Pinned also…smile

  10. Rachel says:

    Sounds so fun! I subscribe, shared, and like.

  11. Elizabeth Dent says:

    Love the interview ladies . Swept To Sea is awesome and I would love to win this book. I think Heather did an awesome job writing this book. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Elizabeth Dent says:

    I also Shared

  13. Jackie McNutt says:

    Savanna, I enjoyed the interview with Heather and learning of her books. I am looking forward to reading “Swept To Sea” soon.
    Congratulations on your book Heather.
    I subscribe To The engrafted Word liked on FB and will share.
    Thank you

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Jackie! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Be sure to follow Heather’s blog for her future writing updates. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. You’ll receive your 4 entries as well. Good luck in the giveaway. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. Anne Payne says:

    This is my first visit to The Engrafted Word and I’m delighted to be introduced to a ‘new-to-me’ author! The book sounds lovely. Published at 16…wow!!!

    I’m now following through email, ‘liked’ your FB page and shared on mine 🙂


    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Welcome to my blog, Anne! We’re happy to have you here. Thanks for following and sharing. You’ll receive 4 entries in this giveaway. Be sure to follow Heather as well. I have no doubt more promising stories of hers are on the way! 🙂

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