Lorelei's Lit Lair

Lorelei and I met last summer in Orlando wandering around the Swan & Dolphin hotel and we immediately hit it off. To celebrate the launch of The Sweet Spot, Lorelei invited me to stop by her blog. Stop over to enter to win a copy of my book and see what else Lorelei is up to! 

Learn some fun facts about Heather in this short Q&A. Leave a question on the blog for a chance to win The Sweet Spot!

1. What genre(s) do you write? 
I write contemporary romances set in the wine country. I have lived in the French wine country and I'm a frequent visitor to N. California and Oregon's Willamette Valley, the up-and-coming wine area of the US. 

2. Coffee or tea lover?   
 Coffee but only until noon; after that it keeps me up at night. While living in England between the ages of 7-10, we had tea and a sweet at 4.

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.      
 To watch a baby being born. 

4. Do you have pets?    
 I have two cats, Sophie and Charley, and I'm babysitting my daughter's cat, Bear, that I flew here from Switzerland. While rolling down the runway for takeoff the pilot realized the plane was "broken" and we had to sit on the runway for 4 hours while they fixed it. All that even before the 9.5 hour flight! 

5. When I wake up every morning I... stumble to the kitchen and make coffee

 7. Do you have ny hobbies or particular skills?    
 I have a knack for sewing. My husband almost fainted the time I cut into a length of creamy cashmere brought back from Scotland by the daughter of an important client. An hour later, she left my house happily wearing her new sweater. 

 8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories? 
Growing up in a military family, I moved a lot. The good part of that is I'm very adaptable. The not-so-good part is a feeling of rootlessness. After writing a few books, I realized the common theme running through them is finding home for the first time, or coming home after a long time away. 

 9. What inspired you to write The Sweet Spot?  
Back when I was teaching high school art, a story haunted me—for years. Finally it got to the point where I said to myself, "That's it! I'm just going to write it down, and then I can get it out of my head. Heck, I can write a book. It'll be easy!" (Word to the wise—Do Not Try This at Home.) While that manuscript didn't sell, I discovered something life-changing: I love to write. To my great joy, my next book did sell, and the one after that, and so on. Seven books later, I still couldn't forget about that first story. I dug it out from under my bed, polished it up using my new and improved skills, and now, lo and behold, The Sweet Spot is at B&N and Target and Walmart and how could this possibly be happening to an art teacher??  

Heather Heyford