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.