Determined to escape the Aussie sun on a scorching camping holiday, Heather picked up a pen and notebook from a corner store and started writing her very first novel—Chills. Eight years later, she is the author of over thirty romances and publisher of several anthologies too. Addicted to all things tech (never again will Heather write a novel longhand) and fascinated by English society of the early 1800’s, Heather spends her days getting her characters in and out of trouble and into bed together (if they make it that far). She lives on the edge of beautiful Lake Macquarie, Australia with her trio of mischievous rogues (husband and two sons) along with one rescued cat whose only interest in her career is that it provides him with food on demand.
Heather is a member of the Romance Writer’s of America (RWA).
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Unlike a lot of writers, I haven’t been writing since the moment of my birth. I have always been a reader, but it wasn’t until both my kids were in school that I put pen to paper, but the story just didn’t go anywhere. I needed help. So I joined a writers group, got feedback and studied how to write my stories better. The first time I was asked for the remaining chapters in the story being critiqued was pretty special. I don’t write every day of the year, but its pretty close.
Take us through a typical writing day for you.
I work at my writing career full time, so after I gently guide the family out the door, I usually grab a coffee and settle in to write as many words as I can before midday. After lunch, words are often much slower to come by, but I persist until I finish the chapter or scene I’m working on. After that, I answer emails, read industry related blogs. I’m self-published, so there is always something new to discover and talk about with friends. Late afternoon is spent with my family. I don’t like to write my stories late at night because I find it hard to switch off and go to sleep.
What advice do you have for other authors wanting to indie-publish?
Don’t ever believe self-publishing is going to be easy or a quick way to make money. There are so many decisions you have to make that you just don’t anticipate before you start. Having someone to talk to about it is a huge help. Also joining up with like-minded authors can fill any gaps or at least steer you in the right direction when panic is about to set in. Keep an open mind and prepare to pivot as the publishing industry grows and alters course. (It does that a lot!)
How would you describe the characters in your books?
Sexy, funny, flawed, occasionally deadly, but always willing to connect with others and take a chance they’ll find love.
What do you want the reader to get out of your books?
Entertainment! An escape from reality, a laugh, an urge to wake their partner in the middle of the night for the right reason, and to smile at the end of the story because it was time well spent.