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I met Heather during one of my book promos on Book Funnel, so when her book Clover Creek came out, I immediately fell in love with the cover and storyline. I quickly downloaded it, and I’m sure glad that I did because it was such a sweet and funny read. I mean what’s not to love about a small town, second chance romance, right? (It’s actually book one of a four part series- of which, book 2, Hickory Falls, premiered TODAY, so be sure to grab your copy! * Link at the bottom of the interview)
After I read this adorable novel, I knew that I wanted to interview her and ask her what inspired her to write it.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Heather, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Heather: I think it was gradual, actually. I have always loved reading. And for as long as I can remember, I’d hear a song or see a person and this story would play out in my head. Weird, I know lol. Then one day, I opened my laptop and started writing them down.
Me: LOL! I hear ya! Those stories in your head won’t be quieted! Now, what inspired you to write The Sweet Southern Nights series?
Heather: I love small town romance. Like the Hallmark stuff. And I’m from the South. So I thought it would be fun to write a small town series set around places I know.
Me: I’m southern too, born and raised. Which character in Clover Creek is your favorite? Why?
Heather: Gram! Because she is modeled after my own grandmother. Some of my best memories are of the times I’d spend at my grandparent’s house.
Me: Awww. I just loved Gram and yes, I can’t totally get that and relate. Just love my Nanny :-D So Gram’s character was inspired by a real life person, what about Claire? Jayce?
Heather: Jayce was actually inspired by- don’t laugh- but my sister in law. She works at a real life diamond supplier much like Sterling’s Silver. She started at the bottom and worked her way all the way up to the top. What she does and how the whole diamond industry works has always fascinated me.
Me: That’s awesome!! What are you working on now?
Heather: I am working on Sycamore Park, book three in the Sweet Southern Nights series.
Me: How many books are in The Sweet Southern Night series?
Heather: Four books
Me: Tell us a little bit about your writing process?
Heather: Oh gosh! Well, I’m definitely a plotter. I outline my outlines lol And I know a lot of authors pace themselves by word count. I don’t. I set a goal like - Okay today I’m going to get to such and such point in the story then, I can stop. I focus more on where the story is going than the actual words.
Me: Got ya! Tell me a bit about the next book of the series, Hickory Falls.
Heather: Hickory Falls is Bennett’s story and I LOVE it. It’s probably my favorite. Korie Lawson is a coffee shop owner who reads and reviews books as a hobby. Bennett is an author. She reviews his book. He doesn’t agree with her review so he emails her and…sparks fly. It’s super cute. I love bringing the book world into my books. And it released today, June 4.
Me: OMG!! I love it already! Can’t wait to read it!!! Now, what drew you to the romance genre?
Heather: Two words: Mr. Darcy
Me: Ha, ha! Got ya LOL!! Who are your favorite authors/books?
Heather: Jane Austen, obviously lol. I love the classics. Emily Bronte, F. Scott Fitzgerald, those guys. More modernly, I like Nancy Naigle, Brenda Novak, and tons of Indie authors. I love your book, Abundance!
Me: Awww, thank you! (blush) What do you, personally, love about writing?
Heather: Writing is therapeutic for me. I love the escape. I love creating this whole new world with these people I’d love to meet.
Me: Yes, agreed one hundred percent! It’s totally therapeutic and yes, me too! Final question, Heather: What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Heather: Sooooo many things! Meeting new people. Learning more about the business side of writing. Growing. Seeing where all my hard work takes me. I’m super excited about 2019.
Me: Awesome, well thank you so much for being my guest tonight, Heather. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading book 2, Hickory Falls.
You can find Heather's novels, Clover Creek and Hickory Falls on Amazon.
Heather Michelle is a brand-new contemporary romance author and shameless coffee-holic. When she's not putting words together to create heartwarming stories about love and life, she's either curled up under her favorite blanket reading Jane Austen, watching Hallmark, or sorting through endless piles of laundry. She spends the rest of her time with her wonderful husband, four amazing boys, and two spoiled furbabies.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart...she also enjoys supporting her fellow indies :-D