Say Hi to Heather!

Posted on May 10 2010

Heather Paye grew up in a small town in Arizona. She has been writing since 2001 and taking up every challenge that comes her way.

Heather’s latest book is titled “A Gift From Above.”  In the book, Celia Meyers gets everything that she wants, but when she requests a sibling and gets it, it’s not all that she expected. Her parents ignore her, threaten to send her to a “summer camp” and the worst possible things happen to her all of the time. Finally she can’t take it anymore, so she confides in her best friend Tommy Hanson, about searching for her long lost nanny Milicent Potter. But when she finds Millie, she learns some disturbing facts that she’s not quite sure what to do with. 

1. What inspired you to write this story, Heather?

I would say that my younger siblings were certainly a source of inspiration in writing this story, my little brother especially. A lot of the troubles that I had with my brother are somehow refected in “A Gift From Above”.

2. Who is your favorite character in your story, and why?

My favorite character would have to be Tommy Hanson. He’s like Edward Cullen to me, he is that comforting, nice, kind guy that you become addicted to.

3. How have your personal faith and beliefs influenced your story?

They haven’t really, though it’s titled “A Gift From Above” you get the picture of something religious or Godly, but it isn’t. The title actually refers to Celia’s (the main character) little brother, Aden. He is her little gift from above. I think everyone has one.

4. What was the hardest part about writing this book?

I wrote it for a contest (see details at www.nanowrimo.org ) where I had to write the entire thing in one month. So that was one of the hardest things. One thing I remember that was particularly hard about this was my laptop broke in the middle of writing in the competition, so I had to take it completely to pen & paper, which slowed me down exceedingly, and on top of everything I had to write it from the paper back on to a computer, since it was the family computer I couldn’t be on it all the time. But, everything I wrote about my story was on my laptop, so I didn’t have anything that I wrote except for the last few words that I memorized. Luckily my uncle got the information out of my laptop for me with one day to spare. My laptop was totaled, but the half-written book was the gold that I was looking at.

5. What was easiest?

Definitely the entire plot. I knew exactly what was going to happen as I wrote it, I didn’t have to stop for awhile and ponder what was going to happen next. It was all really natural for me to write. Which is rare for me to do, usually I have to stop for an hour or two – or even a day – and ponder what I was going to write next.

6. What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on a fantasy series of nine, I have the first in the series complete and it’s currently being looked over by a publisher. The second in the series is still in the writing stage. And this November I’m going to participate in that contest again, NaNoWriMo, and attempt to write a novel about a girl who turns into a werewolf, no title yet.

I know you all join me in wishing Heather the very best! Visit Heather online at http://heatherpaye.blogspot.com or http://www.agiftfromabove.webs.com.

12 responses to “Say Hi to Heather!”

  1. Vivian Zabel says:

    I’m always glad to learn more about Heather. I don’t think I would ever consider my brother a gift from above, though.

  2. Although my little brother and I sometimes quarreled, I was glad to have him. But lots of kids will identify with this book.

  3. Karen Cioffi says:

    Ah, sibling rivalry, but they’re great aren’t they. I don’t know what I’d do without my sister.

    I’m sure your book will do great, Heather.

  4. Martha says:

    Wow, a book in one month. It takes me that long to get off an email sometimes.
    Good Luck with your series.
    Martha Swirzinski
    http://www.movementplus.com

  5. Kudos on finishing Nanowrimo. I tried it the last two years but didn’t finish. Great to find out more about you Heather.

  6. kathy stemke says:

    I’m glad to hear that you’re writing more and more. Keep it up Heather. I can’t wait to see what you do in the future.

  7. Great interview — always useful and interesting to how other writers work.

  8. Heather,

    It was a pleasure to learn more about you and your writing. Writing a fantasy series of 9 books sounds like a great adventure.

  9. Glad to hear you’re doing Nanowrimo, Heather. It’s a great way to get a start on a novel.

    Terrific interview. I always enjoy learning more about Heather.

  10. Great story idea for kids! Sometimes we consider a sibling a blessing and others times… well… sometimes not!

    Keep up the good work!

  11. Nice to meet you, Heather. “A Gift From Above” sounds like an interesting book.

  12. Great interview, Heather! I love the idea for “A Gift From Above,” and your next book about a girl who turns into a werewolf sounds intriguing as well! Very best of luck to you!

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