Monday, May 03, 2010

Q&A with Heather Lin (and a giveaway)!!!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Scandal is my very first ebook, and I’m so excited about it. Really. I’m like a gushy little schoolgirl whose crush just asked her to prom. It’s a short, contemporary story that’s currently available from New Concepts Publishing, and it’s been given a carnal/erotic heat rating. So it’s great for those who are looking for a quick, steamy dose of romance.

The story itself is about a playboy lawyer named Jackson Montague who sleeps with anything that comes his way. One of these things just happens to be Megan Truitt, but their one night stand turns into more when he's harassed by the husband of one of his lady friends and Megan is hired on as his bodyguard. Will she manage to stay professional around the sexy socialite, or will she become just another victim of Jack’s scandalous behavior?

To find out (and to read a smokin’ hot excerpt) visit:
http://newconceptspublishing.com/heatherlinbooks.html#SCANDAL

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

There’s a part where Megan’s trying to pretend that she doesn’t remember who Jackson is. It’s a cute little tête-à-tête that kind of sets the mood for their interaction throughout the story.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always known I wanted to write. It’s one of the only things I’m naturally good at and one of the only things I can’t stay away from. I’ve tried doing martial arts, horseback riding, dance, voice, soccer, field hockey, and tons of other activities. I started feeling really disappointed in myself because I could never find a hobby I wanted to stick with, but one day it hit me that I’m always writing. It’s such a natural part of my life that I just sort of didn’t count it as a skill. I never thought of trying to make it my career goal until a few years ago when I had a few short stories accepted to websites and anthologies and I realized I might just be good enough to compete with other writers out there.

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

I’m inspired by everything I see: little clips of TV shows or books or other peoples’ lives. Then I start thinking “What if…,” and that turns into a story.

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When I’m working on a particularly long story and I need to stay inspired and productive, I tend to pick out a theme song. I banged out Scandal pretty quickly, so I didn’t need one for it, but for the sci-fi/romance novel I’ve been trying to write it’s “Dolphins Cry” by Live. It’s just a little something that gets me in the writing mood.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Well, Scandal is the first one I’ve had published, so I’m still learning a lot. I’m sort of feeling out the ebook industry to see exactly how the market works and how it compares to print. I’m learning how to write blurbs, make promotional items, do these interviews…It’s all very new and exciting. As for the actual writing of Scandal itself, I was excited that I managed to include so many sexy scenes and a twisty plot in a relatively short story.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

My mom was probably the biggest influence. I can always count on her to be honest, and she wouldn’t lie about my writing. If it sucked, she’d tell me, but she’s always been my biggest fan. When I was five, she wanted to enter a story I wrote into a children’s writing contest, so it’s thanks to her that I’ve always felt confident in my writing. Also, my best friend and I spent years writing boy band fan fiction together, and that gave me a lot of practice. It was great for our imaginations and our writing skills. All of my friends have been really supportive. As for authors, I learn something from every book I read. I know how to use dashes, metaphors, humor, etc. all from learning by example.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family thinks it’s great. My grandparents want to know every time I have a story out, and when it’s poetry or articles they want a copy of the journal or paper. My dad and brother just pretend I’m not writing about sex, I think, but they’re glad I’m writing. My fiancé’s been amazing, too. He brags about me whenever we meet new people. I get embarrassed, but it’s hard for me to find a way to say something about it, so I guess it’s a good thing.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I’m really looking forward to going to the beach this summer. I love the beach. I’m also a big fan of shopping, going to the movies, and Starbucks. I’ll be graduating from college soon, and lately my life has consisted of studying, job hunting, and preparing to move. So sleep has also become a huge interest of mine.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I’m not sure yet. I have a lot of projects I’m working on, and there are a few short stories out that I’m waiting to hear back on. The best way to stay updated is by following my blog:

http://heatherlin88.blogspot.com/


A big thank you to Heather for being our guest. She has also offered up a copy of her ebook to one lucky winner/commenter.  Please post away and I'll announce the winner on Wednesday night.

Good luck!!!

7 comments:

Farida said...

Hi! Congratulations on your e-book! You sound a lot like me:)) I'm also a first-time author and I'm just getting to know what it is all about, which I find both exciting and scary. Good luck on your future projects!

Sherry said...

Your book sounds like a very good read and I'm adding it to my list to buy. Congratulations on the book.

sstrode@scrtc.com

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Congratulations! Writing and Starbucks go perfect together!

Miranda ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr

Estella said...

Congratulations! May success sit on your shoulder.

flchen1 said...

Heather! Thanks for the lovely interview, and congrats on your debut! Hope we'll be reading lots more from you--sounds like you've got a lot of things to celebrate and look forward to! Best wishes with graduation, getting married, and all that good stuff!! Also, very wonderful that your family and friends are such staunch supporters--what a fabulous blessing!

joder said...

Thanks for such an interesting interview. I too am a Starbucks fanatic. The cinnamon dolce latte is my obsession.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Lisa F. said...

Congratulations on your first release! It sounds really exciting. I love the beach too but we just haven't been able to go the past couple of years.