Interview with Heidi Chiavaroli & GIVEAWAY

Heidi Chiavaroli is a women’s fiction author who seeks to portray authentic women finding boundless grace in Jesus. Her stories are largely split-time novels, weaving the past and the present together with hope. Heidi is the winner of ACFW’s 2014 Genesis Contest, Historical Category. Her debut novel will release this August from Tyndale Publishers. Heidi lives in Massachusetts with her high school sweetheart (AKA husband), two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Heidi is represented by Natasha Kern of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.
Visit her at http://www.heidichiavaroli.com/

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Welcome to the blog, Heidi. I’m so honored to have you here today. Congratulations on the upcoming release of your debut novel. I am so excited to read it. 🙂

Thanks for having me, Savanna!

So tell us a little about your book. 🙂 Which character are you most excited for readers to meet and why?

Freedom’s Ring begins when an antique ring reunites a Boston Marathon bombing survivor with the man who saved her. Together they unearth the two-hundred-year-old history of a woman who suffered tremendous loss in the Boston Massacre, a woman torn between the love of two men—one a Patriot and one a Redcoat.

I am so excited for you to meet all the characters in Freedom’s Ring, but I think if I had to pick one it would be Liberty. She definitely has some spunk to bring to colonial Boston and I loved getting to know her—and learn from her—as I wrote!

It sounds soooo good! I’m so excited to read it soon.

When did you first start writing this book and how long did it take you to finish it?

Although this is my debut novel, this was the sixth manuscript I wrote. I’ve gotten faster at writing with each manuscript. (I think my first manuscript took two to three years—and that one isn’t fit to ever see the light of day!) The actual writing on this book took about four months, which didn’t include research—that was at least another three. 🙂

Who is one of your favorite authors? It’s okay if you want to name more than one. 😉

My all-time favorite is definitely Francine Rivers. Her Mark of the Lion series totally changed how I viewed fiction and inspired me in so many ways. Other favorites include Cathy Gohlke, Katie Ganshert, Melanie Dobson, Susan Meissner, Kristin Hannah and Christa Parrish. I could keep going, but I’ll stop myself!

That’s a great group of authors right there! 🙂

When did you first start speaking? Do you have a personal favorite subject among the topics you offer?

Speaking is definitely a newer thing for me. I’ve done many Bible studies at my church, but only recently began branching out. I recently spoke to a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, and that was tons of fun. I think eventually I would really enjoy speaking encouragement to other writers as well. We’ll see where God leads on that.

I was there in 2014 at ACFW when you won the Genesis Award. 🙂 What a special moment! Can you share with us something you’ve learned along the way as you’ve entered in writing contests?

That was a special moment I will always treasure. Contests though, are a funny thing. The first time I received feedback from the Genesis (about ten years ago) I stopped writing for months. I was devastated over my scores and feedback. But after I finished moping and chose to learn from the judges’s comments, my writing did improve. No one has this writing thing perfected. We can all learn something, so it really is best if we humble ourselves and try to view our writing as a piece of art that can always be bettered. Not always an easy task, I know!

The strange fact is, no agent or editor was interested in the manuscript that won the Genesis in 2014. Tears of the Outcast is still one of my favorites, and hopefully I will be able to share it one day. But while the contest was useful in helping me secure an agent, and while it definitely got the attention of the publishing community, it didn’t magically propel me to publication.

I would definitely encourage writers to enter contests, but don’t hang your entire career on them. Learn from them and use them as a tool to persevere in the industry. 🙂

Wonderful advice, thank you. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

My next novel also has a dual contemporary/historical storyline and will be releasing with Tyndale in the summer of ’18. The story explores what happens when a family is torn apart by the unspeakable actions of one of its members—and how a woman from the past helps them to heal. The historical story will take readers back to the Revolutionary War and will focus on a real historical character—a woman who served as a spy for the Patriots. I’m eager to share it with you!

Awww, I’m adding this to my TBR list already! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Heidi. I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing your book soon. 😉

GIVEAWAY!!

Heidi has graciously offered to give away a copy of Freedom’s Ring. Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering! Contest ends July 4, 2017.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

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64 comments on “Interview with Heidi Chiavaroli & GIVEAWAY
  1. vera wilson says:

    Just started a new one The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachel Johns

  2. Paula S. says:

    Just about to open My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancet Pagels. It came in the mail yesterday. Finished Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund this morning. It was awesome! Thanks for the review. This book looks sooo good!

  3. Hi Savanna and Heidi! I’m just finishing For the Record by Regina Jennings. Fun stuff. I’m so excited about this release by Heidi! I had the privilege of being a Genesis Finalist in 2014 alongside her and was so thrilled to get to know her. Wishing you all the best, my friend! I hope to win a copy of your book. Can’t wait to read it!!

  4. Thank you so much for having me here, Savanna!

  5. Rebecca Maney says:

    I literally just finished “Distorted” by Christy Barritt, love her books! Will be starting a lovely historical next, ” So Pure a Love” by Amber Perry.

  6. I just – as in today 🙂 – finished The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers – It was *phenomenally* good! Now, on to the next book… 🙂

    • LOVED that book, Alicia (love everything by Francine Rivers, actually!). They made a movie out of that book, too. It was done well. Thanks for commenting!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Francine Rivers is one of my favorites! That book is still on my list to read. I didn’t know it was made in to a movie, though. How cool! Thanks for visiting, Alicia.

  7. Nancy M says:

    I just finished Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh.

  8. Bev Lewis says:

    I’m just starting one named In Everything GiveThanks

  9. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to being published with Tyndale! They are high on my list of awesome. 🙂

    Okay, so in answer to the giveaway question, I’m reading a few books right now.

    Born for Battle (a book on prayer)
    Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl
    My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
    A Sort Of Southern Serenade by Krista Phillips

    I like to always have a few irons in the fire. 😀

  10. Connie Saunders says:

    I am almost finished with My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by Susanne Dietze and it has been such an enjoyable book. Congratulations Heidi on your debut novel. I loon forward to reading it!

  11. I am just starting Naomi’s Hope by Han Drexler. Great so far.

  12. Caryl Kane says:

    Today I will begin reading To Write a Wrong (Justice Seekers #2)
    by Robin Caroll. She is a new-to-me author. I enjoyed her first book in this series.

  13. Polaris Northstar says:

    I’m reading The Tethered World by Heather L. L. FitzGerald
    Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne
    And Scarlet Moon by S. D. Grimm!
    And ALL of these books are AWESOME so far! =D

  14. Amanda T. says:

    Almost finished with “The Convenient Groom” by Denise Hunter, next read “High As The Heavens” by Kate Breslin.

  15. Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    Just started The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd.

  16. Sonnetta Jones says:

    Rising Strong and Finding Love

  17. Megan says:

    I just started ‘Killer Assignment’ by Maggie K. Black.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Melanie Backus says:

    I just finished A Table for Two.

  19. Joan says:

    I am reading “The Bound Heart” the second book in the Everstone chronicles by Dawn Crandall
    Joan

  20. We were going to take a family trip to Boston for the 4th, but airfare costs were prohibitive. Instead, my hubby will take the kids to see his parents towards the end of the month. Originally, I thought this book would be the perfect travel read for the trip. I confess that I was also looking forward to bookstagraming from Boston. 🙂

    I have a random question for Heidi. Why did you and the team fromTydale House decide to change the cover art? Is it because the majority of the story takes place in the historical period? The other cover was kind of half and half.

    • Oh that would have been neat, Amanda! But I can imagine how crazy the airfare costs would be, especially around the 4th. 🙂

      That’s a great question about the cover. Tyndale does such a great job–I loved both of the covers they came up with! Though this is truly a time-slip novel in that we spend almost equal time in both the contemporary and historical stories, you might see as you read that the historical story drives both parts of the book in many ways.

      Also, while we loved the initial cover, it was difficult to lay a finger on a definite historical time period with it. The new cover conveys the American Revolution with a quick glance, and hopefully communicates (with its colors and that gorgeous dress) some of the romance thread a bit more strongly.

      Thanks for asking that question, Amanda, because it has come up here and there, and it’s nice to give an answer!

      I hope you enjoy the book, and thanks so much for stopping by!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Amanda! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us here. Loved your question for Heidi. (And thanks, Heidi, for the answer. That makes perfect sense. Loved hearing some behind-the-scenes to your book cover!)

      Hope you get to go to Boston some day soon, Amanda! 🙂

  21. kelly woods says:

    Thanks for the chance!

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