Introducing Heather Blanton, author | In the Spotlight Interview

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In the Spotlight with Heather Blanton

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Welcome back to Second Run Reviews, Heather! Thank you for being In the Spotlight again. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few more questions. So let’s get things started.

Tell us your most tragic or comedic story in 6 words or less. (It can be fiction).

 

 

 

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Minds change. Hearts don’t. Tears fall.

 

 

 

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What have you been up to since the last time we spoke? How goes the writing career? If you have a new release or releases, tell us about them! What inspired you this time and what do fans of Second Run Reviews have to look forward to?

 

 

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I have been a busy girl since A Promise in Defiance came out. I wrote a fun romcom entitled Love, Lies, & Typewriters. Set in Wyoming in 1943, it has cowboys and horses, but this love triangle is set against the backdrop of war and patriotism. The idea was inspired by my parents’ actual romance and is full of historical references.

I added four more novellas to my Brides of Evergreen series–Ask Me to Marry You, Mail Order Deception, A Proposal so Magical, and To Love and to Honor. I was also invited into some collections with other authors and am knocking those out one at a time. I released A Good Man Comes Around (for the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs series) in August. In January 2018 I released A Locket Full of Love (part of the Lockets and Lace collection). In February, Hell-Bent for Blessings will come out as part of the Brides of Blessings collection. This will be one of four stories I’m contributing.

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What is one item on your bucket list? Why is it on your list?

 

 

 

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One day I want to horseback out into the Utah desert and camp in one of the remote, lesser-known cliff dwellings. There are some ruins so far out and so hard to climb up to, they don’t see a handful of visitors a year. I want to sit on an ancient ledge, crackling fire warming my back as I gaze up at the diamond-scattered sky. I know I’ll hear the long lost voices of the Ancient Ones there, whispering to me on the wind.

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How would you describe your writing process?

 

 

 

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Well, since I started writing a loose synopsis of my stories PRIOR to actually writing said stories, I can use the word efficient. I see the whole story now in my head, taking notes as I go, then I compile these notes into a synopsis that I break into scenes in Scrivener. I am literally amazed how fast the writing goes now! Ben Franklin said, “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” Hmmm. I think he was onto something.

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Who would you recommend being In the Spotlight and why?

 

 

 

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I am a member of the Western Writers of America. It has been a dream of mine to be in this organization because, one, they have some pretty weighty requirements that I finally met, and, two, I was intimidated by being in a group with authors like Craig Johnson and Michael Zimmer or Johnny Boggs. The authors in WWA write historical and contemporary Westerns, Western mysteries, even romance. The sub-genres run the gamut. The thing the members have in common is uncommon talent. ANY of the WWA authors would be great to have on here.

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What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?

 

 

 

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Do you have any interest in writing in other genres?

Yes! I love gothic horror and the paranormal. Edgar Allan Poe is one of my heroes. I read once his average piece was only 3,000 words long. Amazing.

I did write one time-travel Western and I am truly fond of that story (In Time for Christmas). It sold well. Even sat next to Diana Gabaldon on the charts for a time! The domestic violence in the story, though, had my friends convinced my husband beats me. I promise, he doesn’t. He’s dumb sometimes, but he’s never been that stupid. A reader told me my description of the violence triggered a PTSD episode in her. She asked me to please quit writing so vividly.

Seriously.

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What is your favorite quote and why? (Don’t forget to tell me who said/wrote it!)

 

 

 

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Just about anything John Wayne ever said in a movie. Well, son, since you haven’t learned to respect your elders, it’s time you learned to respect your betters. I hit my kids–figuratively, of course–with that one all the time. 🙂

 

 

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Thank you for being back In the Spotlight, Heather. It’s been fun to see what you’ve been up to since 2016! You’ve definitely been busy and you’ve got a lot of great things coming down the pipeline. Please come back soon and update us on your latest projects.

 

 

The Overview

Introducing Heather Blanton, author | In the Spotlight Interview

In Time for Christmas (Romance in the Rockies Postquel/Sequel #2.5)

Author: Heather Blanton
Published on: October 31, 2014
Pages: 150
Series: Romance in the Rockies #2.5
Genres: historical fiction, adult, Christian
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Synopsis: Charlene needs a miracle. God has one waiting … a hundred years in the past.

In Time for Christmas — a Novella, is the story of Charlene Williams, a woman trapped in a dangerously abusive marriage. Disappointed that God hasn’t gotten her out of it, or even hears her prayers at all, she has shut down emotionally. When husband Dale becomes suspicious of her daily chats with the mailman, he whisks her out of town and abandons her on his family’s ranch—an isolated, dilapidated place no one has lived on for over forty years. With the promise that he’ll be back in a few days, he knocks her unconscious and leaves.

Charlene wakes up on the ranch—a hundred years in the past. Almost instantly she is drawn to Billy Page, Dale’s great grandfather. The connection is powerful and mysterious, but should she risk falling in love with a ghost? What’s going on here? Is Charlene dead, dreaming, in a coma, or simply experiencing a gift from her heavenly father? She’ll learn one thing for certain: God does see the tears of his children.


Introducing Heather Blanton, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Love, Lies, & Typewriters

Author: Heather Blanton
Published on: November 18, 2016
Pages: 149
Genres: historical fiction, adult, Christian
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Synopsis: A cowboy with a Purple Heart. A reporter with a broken heart. Which one is her Mr. Right?

When Lucy Daniels is rescued from a stampeding herd of cattle by war hero Dale Sumner, sparks fly and headlines are born. Smelling an opportunity, the local newspaper decides to send the couple on a tour selling war bonds—not to mention, subscriptions. Enamored with her handsome savior, Lucy is happy to play her part … until she realizes her affections are slowly slipping toward the wrong man.

Ace reporter and aspiring mystery writer Bryce Richard is tasked with building up Lucy and Dale’s budding affair. He can’t think of anything worse for a journalist than switching from hard news to pounding out romantic drivel. Complicating matters, Bryce wishes Lucy would look to him for her happily-ever-after. Only, that would wreck the whole tour and Bryce’s coveted book deal.

When love and lies collide on the front page, will Lucy and Bryce have a chance to write their own fairy tale ending? Or are they already yesterday’s news?

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About Heather Blanton

heather blanton author

I write Christian Historical Western Romance. Yes, that often entails the use of firearms in a threatening manner. Sometimes there are fistfights. There may even be politically incorrect but historically accurate language. But also, there is always an inspirational message and strong allusions (at least) to the gospel.

A former journalist, I am an avid researcher and endeavor to skillfully weave truth in among fictional story lines. I love exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. I have walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw's note in my hand.
I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne Westerns. My most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to my daddy, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! My daddy also taught me to shoot and, trust me, I can sew buttons on with my rifle.

"Heather Blanton is blessed with a natural storytelling ability, an "old soul" wisdom, and wide expansive heart. Her characters are vividly drawn, and in the western settings where life can be hard, over quickly, and seemingly without meaning, she reveals Larger Hands holding everyone and everything together." MARK RICHARD, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, AMC'S HELL ON WHEELS, and PEN/ERNEST HEMINGWAY AWARD WINNER ...

 

 


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