**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, HEATHER LONG
Before we get started talking about your writing, I want to thank you for joining us today. We can’t wait to learn more about you and your stories!
1. How did you get started writing?
I wrote the words Chapter One…actually, I think the first story I ever wrote began Once upon a time… But I’ve wanted to write since the first time I realized stories were actually written by people. If you go by Sister Act 2 logic – if you wake up in the morning and you want to write, if all you think about is writing all day and if you dream about writing when you go to sleep—chances are, you’re a writer.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write in multiple genres. My friend Nikki Duncan teases me that I am a schizophrenic writer. I write:
Military Romance – I adore my Always a Marine series from Decadent. It gives me a chance to celebrate the service of our men and women in uniform while helping them find love, too!
Paranormal Romance – From my Las Vegas paranormals with their tongue in cheek sensuality and romantic comedy set against the backdrop of Vegas to my paranormal western historical romance Fevered Hearts with their gritty challenges in a world made harsh by too many obstacles – I love adding that touch of magic to my romances.
Urban Fantasy – One of my all time favorite genres developed the first time I read Emma Bull’s War of the Oaks, my Chance Monroe series lets me bring magic into our world with a heroine who embraces her inner snark.
Contemporary Romance – There is something about contemporaries that fills me with an inescapable hope that fairy tales really can come true!
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love writing. I love watching a story unfold on the page in front of me. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been surprised by characters as I read!
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Hmm…probably the part where you realize a scene or a section doesn’t fit the story and you really do have to cut it. That’s always hard!
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere. I can get a story from a snippet of dialogue, from a title, from driving along the highway—everywhere. I know everyone in the world has a story, and I am looking for them-one line at a time.
6. What is your typical day like?
I am usually up by 5 a.m. I let the dogs out, I make food (usually a protein shake), then I settle out in the garage at my computer, read email for a few minutes, check my Facebook and then dive into my writing. I take a break around seven and make sure my daughter gets off to school and then back to writing. By lunchtime I am doing edits or blogs or guest stuff and day job stuff. I work on that throughout the afternoon and then it’s time for the kiddo to be home and we hang out, she does her homework and we have dinner and depending on the day of the week, we watch some shows or a movie and then its housework and crash time!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Every book is different. I actually find those things that are difficult are usually the most rewarding. Overall, I think humor is the most difficult to write because what cracks me up doesn’t always crack up the reader.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Releasing this week is Into the Spotlight, Soulgirls #1! I am so excited about this book. It’s the first in my new series from Samhain. It’s paranormal romance, but I like to think of it as a sensual romantic comedy, because so many places in the book made me laugh out loud as I wrote it.
Soulgirls is set at the Arcana Royale in Las Vegas, a casino resort run by paranormals for paranormals. You’ll find vampires, shapeshifters, succubi, nymphs, demons, imps and so much more! Pandora, the headliner for the Midnight Mystery Lounge is a Marilyn Monroe/Jayne Mansfield beauty who lost her soul and desperately wants it back. She sees a chance when she meets the fabulous Malcolm Reynolds, a vampire who is at the Arcana Royale on a mission of his own.
The story surprised and delighted me, but the dancers have so many stories that I can’t wait to share!
Links to Heather’s website, blog, books, etc.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Heather and her novel, INTO THE SPOTLIGHT, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Heather will give away a copy of one of her backlist releases (reader’s choice) to one lucky reader!! Comment on either her Monday Interview and/or Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs for a chance to win. Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, March 11, 2013. Thanks, Heather, for sharing your stories with us!