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I live on the ocean, write women's fiction, love to read so much that it's an addiction rather than a hobby (I read an average of a book a day). I live on the wet west coast so it's a good thing that I like to walk in the rain.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Interview with Heather Thurmeier

1. I live in a city - Vancouver - but I often set stories in small towns for the sense of community which echoes what I find in my downtown neighborhood. What about you? Where do you live and where do you set your stories? And why?

I live in upstate New York but was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. A few of my stories have been set in and around New York City, but I have just as many set in other places. I usually choose a larger community or city as a setting. I like the variety of locations/people/situations it allows my characters to utilize. I've also set a few stories in places I've never been. Whenever I do that, I spend hours online looking at tourist information, real estate listing, city guides and anything else I can get my hands on for research. I find it a lot of fun!

2. What's your favorite book ever and why? I have 2 or 3 books that I read over and over again - including Jane Austen's Persuasion. I love it because the characters are older and their relationship isn't easy, but you know, when they do finally get together, they're grown-ups and they know exactly who they are.

Oh my goodness. I'm really supposed to pick just one book?? This is torture for a writer. LOL. I can't think of just one so I'll share my favorite genres instead. I love reading romance (of course!) but I also love paranormals, chick lit, and dystopians/post-apocolypic.

3. What's the story you've always wanted to write but somehow can't? For me, it's a story about World War I. I'm fascinated by the stories I've read about it but I'm pretty sure I'm never going to write a real war story. I've just finished a book that is set partly during World War I but a very long way away from the battles. I think that's as close as I'm going to get.

I've always wanted to write an epic series that follows the same couple through all of the books. I'm getting closer by writing a couple of different series (Meadow Ridge Romances) and a new reality TV series I have coming soon—the first will be available in August with Crimson Romance. But so far, all of my series books focus on a new hero/heroine combination in each book. I'd love to write a series that focuses just one one couple so we really get to know about them and a bigger section of their lives. No big ideas for that kind of story yet though!

4.  Finally, do you have a routine? If so, what is it and how easy/hard is it to stick to it? I try to have one, but because I work as a freelance paralegal and teach paralegals occasionally, my schedule tends to change from week to week, if not actually day to day. I'm always buying lottery tickets, hoping to win just enough money not to have to work and write to a regular schedule though I'm pretty sure that even if I did  have the money to write nine to five, I wouldn't, as I've been scrambling like this forever :)

I do have a schedule. My full-time job is being a stay at home mom, so when my kids are school I have my writing office hours. When it's time to pick them up from school, I'm back into mom mode. Also, I try to have a daily word count goal to meet and a weekly goal. If I hit my daily goal or better, then I feel I've been successful. The weekly goal allows me some flexibility for when real life as mom takes priority over my word count. So far this system works best for me. It keeps me focused and on track.

Thank you so much for having me!

Heather Thurmeier
~Heart, humor and a happily ever after

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Heather Thurmeier was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now she lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance Hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel. She loves to hear from readers. Heart, humor, and a happily ever after.

Love on Landing Blurb:

Retail therapy in Paris isn't the only way to cure Tali's broken heart. En route, she meets her family's new pilot, Gavin. When personalities clash at 30,000 feet, the chemistry between them is undeniable.

One night in bed isn't enough to quell the fireworks between Tali and Gavin, and when tempers erupt, Tali's ex-boyfriend is there to pick up the pieces. But she's finally realized what she really wants in life… and it isn't her ex or the life her father has planned back home.

Now all Tali wants is the man who loved her enough to tell her what she didn't want to hear, but can she win his heart on the trip home and find Love on Landing?


Heather Thurmeier said...

Thank you so much for having me today! The interview was a lot of fun.

Kate Austin said...

Heather, it was great having you - and what a big change from the prairies (which I love) to upstate New York (which I also love but is COMPLETELY different). I hope you do write that epic series - I'll look forward to it.