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USA Today Bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

FAQs

About Heather:
I’m a mother, a pet owner and a student of life. I studied journalism, psychology and business in school and I have degrees in two out of three of those subjects. I write because I can’t not write and every book is a passionate love affair for me and every time I type “the end” it’s a bittersweet moment.

Do real life events find their way into your stories?
Yes and no. Some real life events can and do influence what I write. Whether it’s noticing they’ve cut down an entire greenbelt’s worth of forest or the news is reporting what happened to a Marine unit overseas or even here at home.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration everywhere. It can be a line of dialogue in a television show, a joke shared between friends or just something I see while driving my car. Everything has a meaning to me and everything has a story.

Plotter or Panster or a combination of both?
I’ve done both and these days I’m somewhere in between. I always have a rough outline in mind when I start, I know the major events that have to happen and then I let the story unfold – sometimes that means deviating from the original plan, but eventually it works out.

Who is your favorite author and why?
Patricia Briggs – She packs so much into a story – and I want to be able to make a reader feel the way she does me.

What books have influenced your life?
Harlequin romance novels because my grandmother read them to me. Science fiction and fantasy for darin me to dream. Comic book for tellimg me anyone can be a hero and every other take that involves a “the end” because it said I could do it.

Do you see yourself writing in another genre?
I love to write in a number of genres. I am as eclectic with those choices as I am about what I read.

What can we expect from you in the future?
More books, more characters and hopefully more great romance one couple at a time.

What tool do you feel are must-haves for writers aspiring, new and seasoned?
Self-discipline, drive and the ability to daydream

What advice would you give to new authors? What have you learned about the business?
Don’t give up. Ever. Keep writing. All the time. Take classes and learn. But write like you mean it. Write for yourself. For me, writing is a lot like working out, the more you do, the stronger you become.

Where are your books available?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, Siren-Bookstrand, Kobo and iBooks – a number of my links are up on my website

Where to find Heather:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Paranormal Romantics | Newsletter

 

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