Heather has entered two of her books for our giveaway: Resisting Fate (Predetermined, #1) and A Long Time Coming (Perfect Timing, #2). Resisting Fate is a Young Adult powerhouse with over 36 reviews on Goodreads. A Long Time Coming is a great, New Adult read with high emotion-filled situations. Heather’s characters certainly will stick with you long after the story ends.
Sooooo, for those of you looking to unwind this holiday season with a great book written by a fabulous author, look no further! Be sure to enter for a chance to win one or BOTH of Heather’s books….you WON’T be disappointed! Now on to my interview with this kick a@@ author.
First off, let’s start with the basic info, can you tell us who Heather Van Fleet is?
Well, let’s see. First and foremost, I’m a mom. That will always hold top reins over everything I do. I stay home during the day with my 3 y/o and watch my 2 y/o niece while my two older daughters (yeppers, all girls) are at school. I’ve been married to my hubby for eleven years, but we’ve been together since he was fifteen and I was sixteen. Definite motivation when writing YA love stories, for sure. I am all for high school, happily ever after ☺
What did you do before you became an author? Or do you still have some other side job to writing?
Before I put on the official author hat, I was simply a mom. One point in time I was a pre-k teacher too, but decided I wanted to be my girlies teacher more than everyone else’s ☺
How did your interest in writing start?
Cliché, I’m sure, but it started after I read the Twilight Series. I was on a book hangover for months with those things, reading them over and over. Then I started expanding my reading (which was a tragedy until I discovered that Twilight was not the only book for me) I started blogging/reviewing at a reviews site and said to myself ‘hey, you know what? This writing stuff doesn’t seem so hard.’ Hah! How wrong was I, lol.
Can you tell us a little bit of your writing process? Do you have to have music, coffee, tea, or simply meditate?
I have a weird writing process to be honest. I can only write in certain places. Number one is Starbucks. When I can’t make the journey there, I sit at my kitchen table. I can’t sit in bed or on a couch to write because no matter what, I always fall asleep. I’m odd like that. I can’t listen to music anymore because I found myself writing the lyrics into my books as I listened to them. But the one necessity I have to have while I write, is…a straw. Yes. I may seem like a loon, but I have to be chewing on a straw. No shame ☺
Of all the characters in your books, who’s your favorite character to write, and why?
That is THE toughest question yet. So how about I go with my three most favorite instead? ☺ One would be Emmy from Resisting Fate/Seizing Fate. She is so full of piss and vinegar and doesn’t take anybody’s crap. I love her like my daughter at times. I also love Mason from When It’s Least Expected. He’s such a smart mouth, but some of the swoony stuff that comes out of his lips makes me wish my hubby could take some lessons from him, lol. I have another new fave too. His name is Xavier. He’s absolutely deeeeelish. Not to forget mentioning that he calls his love interest, Deelish too. He’s from my latest super–secret mature YA novel entitled Taking a Chance. That boy makes me want to be eighteen again…for real.
How do you come up with ideas for your books?
A lot of the times, my girls are my inspiration. We have character naming days. The two oldest have picked almost all of my characters names to be honest. Then from there on out, the stories just come from me. I get ideas from movies, or commercials. When It’s Least Expected was born from a song to be honest. So basically wherever the idea hits, I’m there to catch it
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
It honestly depends on how much time I have, as well as how much I want to tell the story. Taking a Chance was written in less than six weeks. But I was psychotically writing that book like it was my love slave, mainly because I was really feeling the characters and their story. Typically though, first drafts usually take me about three months to get that rough draft out and ready to go.
What is your favorite book/genre to read and why?
As far as genres go, Young Adult books will always be my top choice. I love the idea of first love—the thrill of experiencing it for the first time. And yes, the heartbreak that goes along with it as well. It’s truly my most fave.
What do you love most about writing?
I’m not going to lie. I love writing because it’s an escape from reality. Being a stay at home mom is hard, hard work. But knowing I can hang with my imaginary friends at night when the kiddos are asleep is truly a rewarding thing.
What is the most difficult thing about writing?
The most difficult thing is finding the time. Some weeks I write a ton, other weeks I barely write a few words. I wish that some nights I didn’t require sleep because when I can’t write, I get all sorts of anxious and I hate it.
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Any last words?
Thank you for listening to me ramble on and on. I do it a lot. If you read my books, you’re awesome, if you don’t…you’re still awesome and I appreciate you taking the time to read my interview.
And Angela, you rock for having me on your blog today. Thanks a million!
Thank you, Heather, for hanging out and adding to this great list of books 😀
That’s it for now folks! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another author feature.