Please welcome Heidi Sprouse on the Sunday Blog interview.
Heidi lives in upstate NY in historic Johnstown. She attended college at St. Rose in Albany, knowing all along her two loves were teaching and English. It took four years before she landed the teaching job of her dreams, but twenty years later she is still nurturing little ones in pre-K. She loves the privilege of watching brand-new little humans as they discover and begin to shape their own worlds. Heidi believes in finding what speaks to your heart, and committing to do that thing until it makes a difference. When she isn’t busy teaching or hanging out with her family, she’s cooking up her next novel. She dabbles in sweet romances, historical fiction, and suspense thrillers. Heidi is always in search of the extraordinary in the ordinary, writing about strong men with old-fashioned values and the women who pick them up when they fall. She’ll tell anyone it’s never too late to chase after your dreams. In 2017, SRP will publish Liberty’s Promise, the sequel to Heidi’s beautiful Whispers of Liberty.
You can read more at heidisprouse.wixsite.com/heidi-sprouse.
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Now, on to the questions!
Did you read much as a child? Are you an avid reader now? Do you prefer books in your own genre or are you happy to explore others?
My journey into the world of books began in first grade when my teacher pulled my mother in and said I would never amount to anything, that I just couldn’t figure this reading thing out. She was a cranky, old teacher who was switched down from the higher grades the year before she retired. She didn’t understand a girl who was a poster child for ADHD before there was a label for that. I needed to run and move, go outside, play, and imagine. The world was my playground. My mother understood me and gave me plenty of freedom growing up on a lake, with woods to entertain me. However, she couldn’t leave me illiterate so she read every night from Dick and Jane with me, and opened the door to books. Blasted it wide open, actually. I jumped to a third grade reading level, couldn’t stop reading, and my mother would have to tear the book from my hands and say, “Go outside!’
Today, I still love to read, any genre, although I am usually so busy with my books….writing them, proofing them, laying them out in my head, promoting them…that I don’t get to read as much as I would like. It is still such an adventure that never ends. World upon worlds in a book!
Are you self-published or traditionally published?
As for publishing, I’ve gone both routes. I self-publish some and have publishers for others. I love the freedom with self-publishing and the fact that I can get my work out there, no matter what. I also enjoy working with publishers because they polish the apple and take some of the work off of my shoulders.
What part of the writing process do you find most difficult? How do you overcome it?
The most difficult part of the writing process is having enough time. I am a teacher and a mother. I am the main support for my family. I do not have the luxury to write as often as I would like. I even do content writing on the side. How do I overcome this obstacle? By squeezing it in as much as possible, by diving in on those rare days when nothing else takes my time and glorying in the dance with words. By never giving up on this passion because I know it will take me places I’ve never imagined. It already has.
What is your favorite time to write?
My favorite time to write is when the world is just waking up and there are no distractions. If I don’t have to go to work or do anything else, I can lose myself in my writing. My husband says, “You need to get out with the real people more often.” I answer, “I do. I see them every day in my classroom, delightful, little people in Pre-K. When I come home and write, I love to escape for a while and talk to my imaginary people for a while.”
Please tell us what you are working on or your latest published work.
Right now, I am working on a suspense thriller, number 4 in my Lost in the Adirondacks series. My latest work that just came out is Liberty’s Promise, an historical novel set during the American Revolution. I also recently released One Last Adirondack Summer, published by the delightful Salt Run Publishing, a story of holding on and letting go as blood brothers come to terms with the fact that one is dying. The third in my Adirondack series, Sunrise Over Indian Lake, came out at the end of April. It’s a summer of books set in this area. Black Opal Books is releasing A Man of Few Words in August, an epic family/romance that begins the first in a three part series. It’s also set here in upstate NY. I can’t wait to see what they do with my books.
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