Welcome to Stitches Thru Time, Heather. For those of us who don't have the privilege of knowing you, tell us a bit about yourself.
First and foremost, I am a humble follower of Jesus Christ. He shapes my worldview and everything I write. Speaking of which, I write historical fiction, with an emphasis on Western romance/inspirational Westerns. I think my fascination with Westerns (I always capitalize the word) started with my daddy. When he was a young man he worked for a time as a Florida cracker—a cowboy with a whip – check out his story http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com/2017/01/daddy-dotty-and-judging-books.html . He always had that larger-than- life John-Wayne swagger (at least in my eyes) and I adored him. He taught me to shoot when I was five and I just loved sitting on the couch with him watching Gunsmoke, the Rifleman, and Bonanza. It was especially cool because I knew my daddy could do a lot of the stuff I saw on TV. Even shoot a hole through a quarter!
But I’m also a history freak, in general. I’ve held an outlaw’s note in my hand, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, trekked some of the Oregon Trail, explored ghost towns, camped on Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway, gazed out across the Sweetwater Valley…well, you get the picture. If it’s in my books, I’ve been there. I think that’s important for a writer. I try to show readers what I’ve experienced. Make it real for them.
|Heather atop Independence Rock staring down at one of the oldest inscriptions on the rock: Milo Ayers, 1849.|
She looked him up. He did indeed reach CA and had a good life.
That's so cool your dad could shoot a hole through a quarter! And I definitely wanna go to some of the places you've been. I love travelling.
Congratulations on your newest release! What is your story about?
Sounds like a great read! Where did you get the inspiration for your story?
The story was inspired by two things: Comes a Horseman, a movie with James Caan, was set in this same period and I loved the play of Old West against New West. Cars vs. Horses. Independent living vs. modern luxuries. And, I wanted to tell a little bit of my parents’ love story. How they met when they were seven, but had to overcome a lot of obstacles to finally reach the altar together.
Oh wow! You used part of your parents' story! That's wonderful!
What do you hope folks will take away from Love, Lies, & Typewriters?
A reviewer over on Amazon said this: “The story has a great theme about listening to God and doing the right thing. Sometimes we let pride get in the way which leads us to wrong decisions.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself. But there is one other thing I want readers, especially young women, to take away. At one point our heroine’s father says about choosing the right man, “I want Mr. Right to love you like Christ does: unconditionally and sacrificially.” Don’t settle. Wait for the right man.
Definitely great takeaways.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?
Oh, yes! Bryce and Lucy are coming home from a war bonds show and they happen upon a drunk cowboy bobbing in the saddle, the horse trudging toward home. When they try to assist him, he insists that he play one more song on his fiddle and they must dance to it. So right there, in the middle of nowhere, bathed in the car’s headlights, they slow dance to the mournful, haunting ballad Annie Laurie. They look into each other’s eyes… well, I guess you’ll have to just read the book. But if you’d like to know what Annie Laurie sounds like, give a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF_3BGATxOc
Sounds like a very romantic, very unique scene.
Where did you get your love of cowboys and the Old West?
As I said, it’s primarily because of my daddy, but there are certain attributes that make the Western unique. It just ain’t a Western Romance if you don’t have horses, a Western setting, a hero with a strong sense of justice, and a woman with a strong streak of self-reliance.
What do you plan to work on next?
I am writing a novella for another collection, a mail-order bride story. Like all my stories, though, I pride myself on twists and this one is no different. There is more than meets the eye about this bride and the potential groom. No title as of yet.
I also plan on turning out book 2 in my Love and War in Johnson County series, and hope to get to book 4 in the Defiance series. Book 3 was supposed to end the tale of three sisters living in a rowdy mining town, but readers have made it clear they don’t want to let Charles McIntyre go!
Haha! That's great. Sounds like you've got a lotta irons in the fire. And speaking of readers, where can they connect with you? Where can readers buy your book(s)?
I love to hear from readers! They can join me at https://www.facebook.com/heatherfreyblanton, https://www.facebook.com/authorheatherblanton/ , https://twitter.com/heatherfblanton, sign up for my mailing list (which has lots of exclusives) at https://www.facebook.com/authorheatherblanton/app/100265896690345/, or follow me at http://amzn.to/2kkl4nI
I also Skype pretty frequently with groups, so reach out. Let’s chat!
My books are available everywhere, but I suppose the easiest place to find me is on Amazon. :)
Last but not least, what is the quirkiest thing you've ever done?
|An abandoned boardinghouse in a ghost town|
in CO. Mineral Point
We got lost at one point, drove around till we saw avalanche warning signs, followed those backwards, and came out at the top of a ski resort near Telluride. Fortunately, it was summer. No skiers were harmed in our descent down the slope. We had a fabulous time!
Sounds like loads of fun! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm so glad you could join us today. It's been a blast.