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.
Heather is best known for her 18-book paranormal romance series Wolves of Willow Bend, which begins:
Prequel: Wolf at Law
1: Wolf Bite
2: Caged Wolf
3: Wolf Claim
3.5: Wolf Next Door
4: Rogue Wolf
5: Bayou Wolf
6: Untamed Wolf
Heather’s other fantasy romance series include the paranormal westerns Fevered Hearts starting with Marshal of Hel Dorado, Black Hill Wolves which start with What a Wolf Wants, Witches of Mane Street, Mongrels and the forthcoming Bravo Team WOLF series.
Her contemporary romance series include: Always a Marine, Going Royal, Elite Warriors, The Love Thieves, beginning with Catch Me, and Lone Star Leathernecks, beginning with Semper Fi Cowboy.
Heather is well-represented in fantasy with her superhero series Boomers, a sci-fi western called Space Cowboy Survival Guide, an urban fantasy series called the Chance Monroe Adventures, and a stand-alone ghost novel, Haunt Me.
Represented by Lane Heymont of the Tobias Agency.
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.
Best way to keep up with Heather’s releases?
- My mailing list: I always tell you about books on sale, new releases, and more. I will never sell your name. Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your approved senders, and doublecheck your spam files in case it auto sends me to spam.
- Bookbub: Don’t want chatty? No problem. You will get a brief notice about book sales and new releases if you follow me there. Bookbub sends out any sales I am running through them and new releases to my followers.
- Goodreads: Sends a monthly notice, highlights authors you follow. Just send me a friend request or follow me there.
- Amazon: Follow me on Amazon. They send out notices of pre-orders and new releases, though it’s not always consistent.
- Facebook: Follow my author page, and set your notifications to make sure they appear in your feed. Unfortunately, that’s not always reliable. You can also join my fan group. They get sneak peeks at everything and I always share new releases and sales there.
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