Y’all know about my love of audiobooks, especially Heather Blanton’s, if you read this post here and this other post about her giveaway here. I am a writer. I love to exaggerate. But I am telling you the plain unvarnished truth when I say that my house would be a lot dirtier if it weren’t for Heather Blanton’s audio books.
So imagine how excited I got when I talked her into visiting my blog for an author interview! Lucky for me, she’s as sweet as she is feisty, so no arm-twisting was involved.
Here’s what she had to say about God and writing…
Q: Please tell us about a difficult time when God seemed especially close to you or blessed you beyond your expectations.
A: In 2012, a major Christian publisher was considering my book A Lady in Defiance. In fact, the book had cleared all the hurdles and was in the fabled “Contract Meeting.” All the publisher had to do was hammer out the offer…or turn me down. They turned me down. Ever been kicked in the gut by a mule? Tough moment. I took it to God and said aloud, “This hurts, Lord, but I know you have a plan for me. I’m trusting you.” I don’t even know where that faith or those words came from, because I felt like sobbing.
At the same time that was going on with the publisher, I had asked my agent if I could self-publish the story as a fundraiser for my Relay for Life team. I wanted to sell a mere 200 copies. By the time the Contract Meeting was occurring, I had sold over 2000 copies—the very reason they turned me down. They thought I was maxxed out. Well, A Lady went on to sell over 8000 copies that year and over 40,000 copies to date.
Yeah, God had a plan.
Q: What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in hearing God’s voice more clearly, and growing closer to Him?
A: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Q: What has God taught you about prayer recently?
A: As a writer with a lot of deadlines right now, I feel like I’m burning daylight if I’m not turning out fiction. The truth is, though, ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Therefore, I’ve been reminding myself lately that the most valuable way I can spend my time is in conversation with my Father, and THEN write. That is the correct order of priorities.
Q: Which character(s) in your books are most like you?
A: Naomi, though she is further along the path to perfection than I am. Still, her traits, good and bad, are pretty similar to mine. She’s feisty, can let her tongue get ahead of her brain, she’s opinionated, loyal, and willing to fight for the things she believes in. I’ve been known to be stubborn about backing down. Grin.
Q: What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
A: I write Christian fiction, but it’s real-world stuff. My characters are flawed and don’t always get the happy-ever-after ending (and if they do, there are still wrinkles to be ironed out). I think my books highlight God’s love and mercy by showing his unconditional, unyielding love for us even while we’re kickin’ around in the muck and the mire.
Q: Do you have any books coming out soon?
A: I have two stories coming out in the fall. Ask Me to Marry You–A Male Order Bride Romance comes out at the end of September and will be in a collection with Susette Williams and a couple other authors. This story is going to go into a series of ten stories built around the town of Evergreen, WY, where my story Hang Your Heart on Christmas is set.
Question you’d like to ask readers: What’s the perfect man look like? Is he really tall, dark, and handsome? Or…?
About Heather Blanton
A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has 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 her hand. Heather’s writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC’s television series Hell on Wheels, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love. She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!
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