Welcome to the blog, Heather. I’m so thrilled you could join us today!
Who was one of your most memorable characters to write?
Hands down, it would have to be Freydis Eiriksdottir, the main character in Forest Child. I knew from history that she was a deadly warrior woman, and it took me a couple of years and many prayers to try to find a way to present her motivations so that readers wouldn’t find her violence repulsive. Conversely, she’s now my favorite character. 🙂
I must read this book ASAP! It looks amazing! 🙂
Do you remember the first time meeting one of your favorite authors? Who was it and can you tell us a bit about it?
I’ve met several authors—one of my faves is Susie Finkbeiner, and it was great to meet her at Breathe Writers’ Conference last year. My critique partner, Becky Doughty, is also one of my favorite authors, and I was thrilled she was able to stop by my home in West Virginia and show me how to format my debut novel back in 2013. But I have SO many authors I’d love to meet! I need to get to more conferences, but they’re so expensive!
Conferences are definitely a great place to connect with many authors at once. 🙂 Hope we get to meet someday! 🙂
What is one of your favorite things about where you live?
The very thing that made me want to move away when I graduated from college—the mountains. Back then, they felt oppressive. Now, they are comforting to me, and I’m thrilled my kids are growing up in the same place I did (West Virginia).
On your website, you mentioned you enjoy gardening. I do too! What’s one of your favorite things to grow and what’s something you’ll never grow again?
Yes—flower gardening—I’m not so great with GARDEN gardens. I love growing perennials and some of my favorites are beebalm (the hummingbirds/butterflies love it!), poppies, and peonies. Actually tulips are my all-time fave, but the deer eat them here. 🙁 As far as something I’ll never grow again…hm. I had a hard time with hyacinths, so I haven’t bought those again, but that was when I lived in Western New York. Maybe they’d grow better here, who knows!
I should take notes from you. I always struggle with growing flowers. But that doesn’t keep me from trying! 😉
What’s one of your favorite things about being an author?
My readers, for sure! They are such an amazing group of people! They lift me up in prayer, share about my book sales, offer suggestions for my book blurbs, titles, and more…one of the loveliest things in the world is opening an email or talking to an appreciative reader in person and knowing they really “get” your characters and fictional world!
Thanks for sharing, Heather. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I’m so excited about my upcoming cozy mystery series that will start releasing in June of 2019 with Kensington Books. I haven’t shared a lot about it yet, but suffice it to say it’ll be different from many cozies out there. I’ve written books 1 and 2 and I’m getting ready to write book 3 in that series. I’m also planning another cozy mystery series that may start releasing as soon as next year.
That’s so exciting, Heather. We’ll be anxiously waiting the details. 🙂
Heather has graciously offered to give away a copy of either “God’s Daughter” (historical) or “Out of Circulation”(contemporary romantic suspense) — winner’s choice. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉
Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends November 20, 2018. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!