April 25, 2013

A Chat With Debut Author Heather Van Fleet

Time for a little author chat? I think so, too. Heather Van Fleet is my guest today. Her debut novel released just this week and it looks amazeballs. If I don't cover anything in our chat that you'd like to know about Heather and her book, please leave a question for her in the comments. But first, how about some cover love!

Moving on after a tragedy can be impossible – especially when you’ve been dealing with those tragedies for over two years. But it’s her senior year, and Harley Anderson is more than ready to do just that, even though the skeletons in her closet can’t exactly be hidden.
Enter Mason Daniel, the egotistical, sexy, surfer boy from California – a boy with his own hidden demons, and even bigger secret agenda.

Mason isn’t right for Harley. He knows this better than anyone. He’s the epitome of a runner–a guy who takes what he can get, only to split a short while later. But he can’t deny the emotions that Harley brings out of him, so he’s going to break his rules for once.

He should have known what it would lead to… Two kindred souls – both lost and then found. Will they fail, once again, in their search for contentment and happiness, or will they finally find true love, when it’s least expected?
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Welcome, Heather! Tell us a little bit about yourself and how and when you decided to start writing your first novel.

First off, I just have to say thanks to Sara for inviting me on her blog! It’s such a fantastic honor to be on an author’s page that I really, really admire and love. 

Aww. You're so sweet, Heather. I'm excited to have you.

There’s not much to tell about me really, I’m a little bit boring. I’m a mother of three girls and have been married to my high school sweetheart for ten and a half years. I’m an obsessive reader, who now and then likes to dabble in the world of writing. I started writing a little over two years ago when my youngest was one. I was addicted to all things young adult books, and decided “why not – if they can write, why can’t I?” I also wanted to show my daughters that even old mommies can follow their dreams too.
What is your novel about and what inspired you to write it?

When It’s Least Expected is about a seventeen year old girl named Harley who went through a lot of losses and tragedies in her life. But during her senior year she meets a boy who had his own skeletons, and through each other they learn about life, love, and self-discovery, as well as recovery and healing. It sounds like a typical YA, I know, but I dealt with a lot of heavy subject matters in this book that I related to as a teenager, and even now as an adult. Some people may not like my heaviness, but I wrote it the way I wanted to write it.

You've just made me want to read it even more, Heather. I'm a big fan of angsty mature YA, and I also love that you've drawn from your own experiences. I'm sure it shows in your book.

Can you describe a typical day in your life.

My life is chaotic at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I ship my older two daughters off to school during the day, while I hang out with my three year old daughter Belly, and my eighteen month old niece during the day. Then there are meal times, homework time, after school activities, just typical stay at home mom stuff that take up the rest of my moments. I also do online book PR work and help run a few online blogs as well.

Oh, and if I’m really lucky, my hubby will let me go to Starbucks at night to write. 

Can you tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

I am a fairly open book I’d say, but the two things that might stick out the most are, for one, I’ve never been to the beach, and two, I ran through my parent’s garage with my car only a few weeks after turning sixteen. Pointless facts – I told you I was boring, lol
That doesn't sound boring to me at all and we need to get you to the beach!

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Just one thing, huh? Lol, that’s tough, but I’d probably have to say coffee and caffeine – oh, and yes... my family too!
Who is your favorite character in your novel and why?

I think Harley (my heroine) is my favorite character. Mainly because she’s so real and sort of me in a way too during my high school years. She’s a little awkward, she can be shy on occasion, but she also has a sassy streak in her when you make her mad.
If your book were to be made into a movie who would you cast?

I honestly haven’t thought about that. I don’t see any actors or actresses out there as any of my characters to tell you the truth. Nobody fits their personas.

If you could be a character in any book, who would you be and why?

Nobody, because I’d take all the coolness out of all my favorite books. 
What is your favorite line in your book? 

It’s from my hero Mason’s POV
She owned that grimace – worked it like it was her sex slave.
 What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on book two in my YA paranormal romance series that is set to have the first book in the series published in June.
I’m also working on getting book two in this series (A Long Time Coming) cleaned up and ready to be sent off to the publisher. That book is my heroine’s twin brother’s story.
I look forward to them, Heather! Thanks again for stopping by! Make sure to come back for your next releases.

Thanks so much for having me on, Sara! 

About Heather: 

Heather Van Fleet currently resides in northern Illinois, with her three daughters, Kelsey, Emma, and Isabella, and her fabulous hubby (and high school sweetheart) Chris, with whom she’s been blissfully married to now for ten plus years. She’s a stay at home mom by day, and an avid and completely obsessive writer and reader by night.

To find out more about Heather, follow the links below:

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  1. Loved the author chat, ladies!! I'm so with you, Heather, I can't live without coffee/caffeine either!! Eep! LOL Happy sales!! :D

  2. Thanks so much again for having me Sara! :) You know it Karen. I'm an addict, badly. Lol. Thanks for stopping by!!