Thank you for taking the time to answer some of my questions.
TM: What possessed you to write this series?
JH: It was something I just needed to get out of my head. It started with 3-4 scenes. I put those scenes on the backburner for a few years and then one day I opened the document again. From there it just poured out. I was really inspired by the idea of making eye contact with someone and having something so strong pass between you that it changes your world. I like that David is helpless to his feelings for Olivia because of who she is inside, not because she’s just another beautiful woman. And I wanted to explore what would happen if you had that moment – but it was too late, because you already belonged to someone else.
TM: Are any of the characters based off anyone? If so, which characters and who from?
JH: David has always lived in my head. He’s the perfect man to me – a man who knows when to be hard and when to be soft. David doesn’t put up with bullshit from anyone except his one weakness – Olivia. He’s not based on anyone except my idea of male perfection.
Olivia probably has quite a bit of myself in her. I won’t tell you which parts though. J Before I wrote this story, I read Anna Karenina and felt inspired by it. That also deals with adultery. Adultery has always fascinated me though, so I know I would’ve chosen that topic anyway, but I really did enjoy the story and Anna’s character. Some people find her frustrating – some people find Olivia frustrating – but I don’t. She’s a little bit of a tortured soul, like Olivia.
One thing that bothers me about this genre is when the friendships aren’t developed. I think the friends you keep says a lot about who you are, and they can see things you don’t. So when a female character has no close friends, I find that odd. I have very close friends of all kinds, so there are probably pieces of them in each character, just like there are pieces of myself.
Oh, I will say – when I lived abroad, there was one particularly creepy French guy who was always leering at me and other girls – so I think in my head, Arnaud is basically him.
TM: What is one thing that stands out for you in Olivia and David’s relationship?
JH: It’s so god damn intense. It’s almost like they can’t live without each other. I believe they can’t be happy without each other, not in the truest sense of the word.
TM: After looking back on the story is there anything that you would have liked to add to it?
JH: I feel like I’m just a vessel for this story. It wrote itself. There are times when I’ve doubted something about it or thought I should’ve done something differently, but then I think, do I really believe that? This story had to unfold the way it did – that’s what I believe. At the end of the day, I wrote the book I wanted to read, so I’m pretty content with it.
Hello Heather, Thank You so much for taking the time to do this interview with me.
Why did you title your book, Love Notes?
The title came to me instantly. I have a huge love of music. I’m a singer so it’s a very large part of my life. The Love part because Charlie found love with a boy as well as a good friend in Tori and she needed to find love within herself. Notes because music is a huge part of Charlie’s life. It’s her escape from reality. We all need an escape and music was hers.
What was the inspiration behind wanting to write this story?
I was verbally abused by my dad. This isn’t my exact story but there are parts of it that are mine. This is a harsher version. The comment at the dinner table; that was something my dad always said whenever we had company over for dinner. It was humiliating.
Was this a hard story for you to write?
Oh my gosh, YES! It brought the past back up and got me reliving some of this all over again. Chapter 18, I cried like a baby while writing it.
What was the message you wanted to get across to readers, with this story?
Verbal abuse is never okay. It’s worse than physical abuse, you just don’t see the scars. They’re internal and never go away. I wanted people to read it who have been through something similar and be able to take something away from it. I want girls to walk away not feeling so quite alone. Also, I want the overall message to be that nobody can make you happy but you. You alone define your self-worth.
How long have you been a blogger?
I have been blogging since September of 2012 and I love it. I love being able to share my love of books with others.
Did you intend on becoming an author?
I’ve been writing my whole life and I’ve wanted to write a book for over 20 years, I just never thought I would be any good at it. I questioned by ability to do it and I honestly thought I would tank at it.
I never had anyone tell me that I could do whatever I wanted to in life or that I was capable of doing anything. I was afraid to even try, until a year ago. I wrote out a bucket list of things that I wanted to start to accomplish. I decided to start on a story with subject matter that I knew a lot about. Something I had experience in and I hoped that my story would touch others.
Do you think that being able to publish books in electronic format has been beneficial to the writing world?
Definitely! E-books seem to be the way these days. I read an article that said the e-books are the way of the future and I do believe they’re right. However, I do love my paperbacks!
Your second book is about Charlie’s best friend Tori, are you going to be taking this story in a different direction?
Yes, I’m going in a completely different direction. Charlie’s story was about verbal abuse, but Tori’s is something a little darker.
What do you want readers to know about you and your series?
I just want to write a series about everyday people that other’s can relate to. I want readers to feel my character’s, but take something away from it. Nothing is too outlandish in my stories and they all have a little bit of “Heather” in them. Tori’s has a lot of ‘me’ in her story. It’ based on some of my experiences in my past.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate any day of the week
Favorite Book Boyfriend? I like boys that no one else thinks of. I have a special place for Lucas of Tammara Webber’s Easy. Sigh… I love Lucas!
Let someone love you just as you are. As flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you might feel, as unaccomplished as you might think you are; let someone love you just as you are. And let that someone be YOU! – Sandra Kring
Dogs or Cats? Dogs all the way, I have four!
Favorite accent? Scottish
Book you could read over and over? Easy by Tammara Webber & Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker
Paperback or Ebook? I love the convenience of e-book, especially when you’re waiting for a book to come out, but I love holding a paperback!!
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