Author Interview with Heather Huffman
I’m interviewing Heather Huffman on my blog today. Heather is the author of contemporary romance “Waiting for You”, which releases today. Welcome to my blog, Heather!
When did you know you wanted to become an author?
I’m a little slow – I didn’t figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up until I was 31. I’ve always loved to write, but I shrugged it off when friends suggested I be a writer. I was so busy figuring out what kind of “real” job I wanted that I almost missed the best job.
Where did you get the inspiration for Waiting for You?
Waiting for You came from a couple of places. Like most of my books, there was a dream that sparked it all. In that dream, an architect with a boring job and the “right” fiancé met a man at an art showing that turned her world upside-down. Most of the first few chapters of this novel came from that dream. The rest of the story – who the architect was, who the mystery man was – took shape from my other novels, real-life experiences, and a bit of daydreaming.
What is your editing process like?
I’m lucky to work with the best editor in the world. She does a great job of gently pointing out ways the book could be better. Sometimes, a book goes through extensive editing. This one came out the way I wanted it the first go-round. Erica (my amazing editor), was great at catching my stupid mistakes, though.
As for the process itself, I send her chapters and she sends back tracked changes I rarely (if ever) question. I trust her completely. Ultimately, I’m the one who gets the polished document to the proofreader. I happen to have a new proofreader with this book and I’m happy to say she is pretty fantastic, also.
What was the most challenging part about writing your book?
These days, finding the time! There are never enough hours in the day to write, and it never fails that once I settle down to do so, something or someone needs my attention.
And I always hit a point in the murky middle where I question my ability to finish the book. Pushing through that is tough, but then something will spark again and I get all excited about finishing the book and the rest flies by. Then I’m a little sad when it’s over. I start to miss the characters and my time with them – until something new captures my imagination and it starts all over again!
What are your writing goals for 2014?
For years, my readers have been asking to hear more about Vance Davis. He’s a favorite character of mine and my readers. I threw him for a loop in Devil in Disguise (some people are still mad at me over that one!) This year, I want to get his story out there. And, depending on scheduling, I still have high hopes that one of these days Sylvain Reynard and I will get around to finishing our collaborative project for charity.
Are you working on something? If so, can you tell us more about it?
Right now I’m working on a series of short stories to fill in the gaps for Vance Davis. Someone from my marketing team came up with the perfect name for it: Vance Davis Dossier. It’s a new twist for me and my writing. I’m enjoying the challenge and I’m hoping my readers enjoy it, too!
Waiting For You
Author: Heather Huffman
Release date: May 7, 2014
Print ISBN: 978-1-62015-396-3
epub ISBN: 978-1-62015-406-9
Blurb: For years, Karise McAlister has been running: from her family, from herself, and from her dreams. Now she’s made it, with a successful career and a promising engagement. But when she meets the compelling and creative Aidan Donnelly, his down-to-earth charm provides the wakeup call Karise badly needs. Moving across country to start over, Karise devotes herself to her work, convinced she needs to be independent. But with handsome Aidan just down the road and a mischievous group of friends determined to set her up, Karise must face her concerns about life and romance head-on.
Tagline: Sometimes a single spark is all it takes to change your life for good.
Heather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is busy raising three boys or tending the family’s myriad of animals, which includes alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks. Huffman’s optimistic and somewhat quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels.
Heather is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy, Ring of Fire, Tumbleweed, Devil in Disguise, Roses in Ecuador and Fool’s Game. You can find out more about her family’s adventures as they strive to live off the land, as well as her writing and charitable work on http://www.heatherhuffman.net.