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.
Savanna: 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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Manning-Author/140994172751360
You can also watch the book trailer to Swept to Sea here:
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