Author Interview: Heather Wardell

Biography

Growing up, I was an avid (rabid?) reader. I am a natural speed reader, regularly clocked at about 1200 wpm (I read Harry Potter 5 in just under three hours), and always have several books on the go, nearly all in e-book form on my iPhone.
I have always made up stories in my head, but never considered becoming a writer. Instead, I intended to be a high school music teacher. I was sidetracked by my enjoyment of my psychology courses in university, and ended up with a psychology degree with a concentration in computer science.
This took me to a major Canadian bank as a software developer. I stayed there for just over four years, and then went back to school to become an elementary school teacher. After four years teaching elementary school computer science, I took up the National Novel Writing Month challenge and attempted to write a novel in a month.
I succeeded, and the first draft of "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo" was the result. I realized I love writing. I left teaching, and I haven't looked back since!
In my non-writing time, I read, run, swim, crochet (I am on Ravelry and would be happy to add you as a friend!), take care of my 55 gallon aquarium and my cat Sapphire, and play clarinet. Generally not all at once.

This picture shows me wearing a sweater I crocheted and holding the finishers' medal I received at my second half marathon, May 13/08.


You can find my review of Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo here.  Please look for reviews of Go Small or Go Home and Stir Until Thoroughly Confused very soon!  Also, check out her books on her website each book is only $0.99 - WHAT A GREAT DEAL!
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
 
Cereal. Nearly any kind, although not the wildly sugary ones because I
feel sick later. I also sometimes (like today!) eat it for lunch too.


Night owl, or early bird?
 
Early bird by a long shot. I start to fade around 10pm.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
 
To read is probably in the bathtub. 🙂 To write is any Starbucks
location. I don't know why, maybe there's something in the air, but
all my best scenes have happened at a Starbucks!


What are your other hobbies?
 
I run half-marathons and shorter races, crochet, play video games,
play clarinet, and last year I started taking drum lessons and now
play with the concert band where I used to play clarinet.


What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
 
I most vividly remember reading Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" when
I was about seventeen and just being stunned by it.

How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

The big plot elements are nearly all fiction. The smaller things are
frequently from my life. A few of my real-life events that have made
it into books: hanging wallpaper that refused to hang, wiping out on a
sidewalk and ripping up my cheek and knee, and flying with an ear
infection. (If you're thinking I'm a bit clumsy on occasion, you'd be
right. 🙂


What books are on your nightstand right now?
 
None! But don't be shocked... that's because they're all in my iPhone
and it's right beside me. I keep my to-be-read list at Goodreads
(
www.goodreads.com/heatherwardell), and you can see there that I
hardly ever read in paper any more. I just so prefer the convenience
and freedom of electronic reading.


What's the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books?
 
That would have to be the argument I had with my sister over whether a
certain character would actually do what I'd implied in the book he
did. She was adamant that he never would, and I kept thinking, "You
know he's not real, right?" But she almost didn't, and I loved that
because it meant I'd brought him to life.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
 
I much prefer a piece of dark chocolate over ice cream, but I have
never said no to cookies and cream ice cream. 🙂


Who is your favorite fictional character?
 
Of my own characters, I think it's Forrest Williams, the hockey player
from "Go Small or Go Home". From other books, I loved (even when she
frustrated me) Rachel from Marian Keyes' "Rachel's Holiday". A drug
addict might not seem a likely candidate to be a favorite, but she was
just so REAL!


If you could tell my readers anything, what would it be?
 
I didn't know until I began putting my books out there just how
wonderful an author feels when a reader sends a "I loved your book"
note. If you like something and feel like telling the author, go for
it. It makes my day every time!

Waiting on Wednesday


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Treachery in DeathProduct Details
  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 277

Synopsis

In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law — including the ones sworn to uphold it.
Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime — an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve.
But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation. Determined to start working out as hard as she grills suspects, she chooses to do it at the old, rarely-used gym at Central. After a grueling workout, she squeezes into one of the narrow shower stalls, happy to have the place to herself. Just after she shuts the water off, the gym door clatters open — and while she cringes inside the stall, trying not to make a sound, Peabody overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. References are made to delivering product, and a house in the islands, and someone named Keener who’s supposed to look like an OD. It doesn’t take long for a naked and vulnerable Peabody to realize that both officers are crooked — guilty not just of corruption but of murder as well. Fortunately, the two clear out of the locker room without realizing there was a witness.
Eve Dallas may have trained Peabody well — but this is too dangerous for one person to take on alone. Now Peabody, Eve, and her husband, Roarke, must try to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down — knowing all the while that the two have already killed to keep their secret, and are no doubt willing to do it again.

About the Author:


Name:
Nora Roberts
Also Known As:
J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
Current Home:
Keedysville, Maryland
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Awards:
Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, 1986; Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, 1991; Romance Writers of America Centennial Award, 1997; Romance Writers of America Golden Medallion Award (seven times); Quill Award for Blue Smoke, 2006
* Nora Roberts’s official web site

 

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading .

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
ImpossibleI am not very far into this book, but I am going to do this any way!

Page 17

“The first indication Zach Greenfield had that his friend and next-door neighbor Lucy was kind-of-maybe-sort-of dating a boy came during a phone call he made to Lucy’s foster mother, Soledad Markowitz.”

“Since Lucy was only two and a half years younger than Zach, and he’d gone to the same high school, he still knew a lot of the kids there.”