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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

 


Heather-Webber wrote:
Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful comments!
 
 

 


coffee_luvr wrote:

 

Heather-

As you developed this series, did you find that it was challenging in the first book to lay the ground work and introduce the characters compared to the second? 

Thanks!


It's always hard to lay the groundwork in the first book of a series! I wish I could say I mastered it, but I haven't. There are already things I wish I could change. On the whole, though, it's fun setting up story arcs, knowing that certain storylines will be more in depth in later books (Em's, for instance). And it's been interesting seeing how Lucy and Sean's story unfolds.

 

Now I'm dying to know what you would change!

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

Heather, just wondering what you enjoy reading in your free time...genres, authors?

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If there is one place to visit in New England besides Vt,and the Boston area,is Maine..or you could visit all .one day.you will venture out this way  its a hard area to leave


 

 

 

You're right about that! We take a family vacation every year to Stowe, Vermont in the summer, and last year we went to Acadia National Park in Maine as well. New England, in general, is just really beautiful and it's always hard to leave!

 


I whole-heartedly agree, and am very happy to have such pro-New England conversation going on here!

 

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

 

You said that you do write a loose outline, Heather. But what about the characters? Do you sketch them out completely before you write? Or do you give yourself room to be creative with them as you go? Did any of the characters appear differently on the page than you conceived them in your head?



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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

Hi Heather,I was just wondering who some of your favorite authors are? Have you ever been to a "Writing Retreet',?I have read about them,and recall Becca Fitzpatrick  ,Hush,Hush author mentioning one she attended..If not where do you like to write?I have tweeted her about your "Truly Madly",as a must read for her.Thanks...Vtc

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber


 

Now I'm dying to know what you would change!

 


Little things mostly--just me being neurotic. LOL.

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IT TAKES A WITCH ~ January 2012
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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber


catlover0908 wrote:

Heather, just wondering what you enjoy reading in your free time...genres, authors?


 

I've been reading a ton of traditional mysteries lately (I'm a judge for the Edgars' Mary Higgins Clark award), so I'm definitely ready for more romances, women's fiction, and of all things, memoirs. Some favorite authors are Jane Porter, Linda Howard, Lisa Lutz, Diana Gabaldon, Elizabeth Peters, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Brenda Joyce, Charlaine Harris, and Mary Kay Andrews and many, many more.  Too many books, so little time!

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Writing as Heather Blake:
IT TAKES A WITCH ~ January 2012
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Melanie_Murray wrote:

 

You said that you do write a loose outline, Heather. But what about the characters? Do you sketch them out completely before you write? Or do you give yourself room to be creative with them as you go? Did any of the characters appear differently on the page than you conceived them in your head?




 

I don't usually do a character sketch until halfway through the book or so. I need to just let them do their thing for a while, then start narrowing down personalities. I think the only way I can get away with this is because they're already so fully developed in my head first. There is always a little wiggle room though.

 

The character of Preston Bailey really surprised me. And, confession, she was supposed to die in Deeply, Desperately, but she refused (oh, the trouble that caused--so many rewrites!). And now she's one of my favorites.

Writing as Heather Webber:
ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY ~ February 2011
Writing as Heather Blake:
IT TAKES A WITCH ~ January 2012
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www.killercharacters.com
www.thenakedhero.com
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Vermontcozy wrote:

 Have you ever been to a "Writing Retreet',?I have read about them,and recall Becca Fitzpatrick  ,Hush,Hush author mentioning one she attended..If not where do you like to write?I have tweeted her about your "Truly Madly",as a must read for her.Thanks...Vtc


Not a retreat specifically, but I do have an occasional weekend away with writing buddies. And then there's all the writing conferences to go to, which are amazing. I usually write from home--actually have trouble writing anywhere else--and find this is a good and a bad thing. Good that I don't have to get out of my jammies if I don't want to, but bad that there can be a lot of interruptions. And thanks for the tweeting!

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Writing as Heather Blake:
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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

 


Heather-Webber wrote:

Melanie_Murray wrote:

 

You said that you do write a loose outline, Heather. But what about the characters? Do you sketch them out completely before you write? Or do you give yourself room to be creative with them as you go? Did any of the characters appear differently on the page than you conceived them in your head?




 

I don't usually do a character sketch until halfway through the book or so. I need to just let them do their thing for a while, then start narrowing down personalities. I think the only way I can get away with this is because they're already so fully developed in my head first. There is always a little wiggle room though.

 

The character of Preston Bailey really surprised me. And, confession, she was supposed to die in Deeply, Desperately, but she refused (oh, the trouble that caused--so many rewrites!). And now she's one of my favorites.


 

Heather, I just love your sense of humor.  "Preston Bailey was supposed to die in Deeply, Desperately, but she refused."  You're the author, you can do whatever you want but I guess your ego and superego were at odds.  I like that you're so honest, it makes everything so real and makes reading your book so much more personal.  I am looking forward to getting to know Preston a lot better.  Dovie was one of my favorite characters in Truly, Madly and I would love to see her have a bigger part in the next book.

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

Thanks for all your answers, Heather.


What do you hope readers learn or take from your stories when they are done reading them?
 
When you aren’t writing, what are you doing in your spare time?

 
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 Dovie was one of my favorite characters in Truly, Madly and I would love to see her have a bigger part in the next book.

 


 

Dovie is still up to her mischievous ways in Deeply--and Lucy's trying her hand at turning the tables on her grandmother! So fun.

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber


Melanie_Murray wrote:

What do you hope readers learn or take from your stories when they are done reading them?
 
When you aren’t writing, what are you doing in your spare time?

 

My biggest hope is that for a little while, I've taken you away from daily life, stresses, hassles. An escape where hopefully I've made you smile or sigh, and that when you reach The End, you're just a little bit lighter, a little bit happier.

 

In my spare (hah!) time (I have three teenagers), I'm usually reading (big surprise), watching reality TV (certified junkie), thinking about scrapbooking the 1,000 digital pictures I still need to have printed out, or just hanging out with my family.  

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Writing as Heather Blake:
IT TAKES A WITCH ~ January 2012
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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

That is so good to hear. Dovie is a great character.

Dovie may not have the usual Valentine ability to see auras, but I am waiting to see what ability or power Dovie has. The second book is always fun to read and see whether our predictions come true.

Heather do you find yourself predicting as you read a book what might happen in the sequel?

I know you have stated some characters have taken a different path as the book progressed.

pen21

 

 


Heather-Webber wrote:

 Dovie was one of my favorite characters in Truly, Madly and I would love to see her have a bigger part in the next book.

 

 


 

 

Dovie is still up to her mischievous ways in Deeply--and Lucy's trying her hand at turning the tables on her grandmother! So fun.

 


 

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

Heather this book was absolutely wonderful. Were there real life events or people who inspired the story and characters?

 

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber


Heather-Webber wrote:

Melanie_Murray wrote:

What do you hope readers learn or take from your stories when they are done reading them?
 
When you aren’t writing, what are you doing in your spare time?

 

My biggest hope is that for a little while, I've taken you away from daily life, stresses, hassles. An escape where hopefully I've made you smile or sigh, and that when you reach The End, you're just a little bit lighter, a little bit happier.

 

In my spare (hah!) time (I have three teenagers), I'm usually reading (big surprise), watching reality TV (certified junkie), thinking about scrapbooking the 1,000 digital pictures I still need to have printed out, or just hanging out with my family.  


Heather,

I thoroughly enjoyed your book and yes, it was an escape that made me smile:smileyvery-happy: and left me a little bit lighter. I am looking forward to the next book.

 

Kris

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Thank you Heather for sharing,which was so great having you here and answer "Most" of our questions without giving too much away.Its seems like you have gained many fans,who like myself are on the edge.waiting for #2..I know it will be worth the wait..I like the way your mind works,and your curiousity....We can all speculate,but I am sure the "Surprises" will be many OMG.moments.and others more suble(which you have set us up for)..a real joy reading Truly,Madly..Susan

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

I second that. It was a fun read and great characters.

Thank you for sharing your story with us. Anxiously awaiting the next one.

I love the speculation.

Enjoy the book launch.

Pen21

 


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Thank you Heather for sharing,which was so great having you here and answer "Most" of our questions without giving too much away.Its seems like you have gained many fans,who like myself are on the edge.waiting for #2..I know it will be worth the wait..I like the way your mind works,and your curiousity....We can all speculate,but I am sure the "Surprises" will be many OMG.moments.and others more suble(which you have set us up for)..a real joy reading Truly,Madly..Susan


 

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

<<Heather do you find yourself predicting as you read a book what might happen in the sequel?<<

 

For my own work, I pretty much know what's going to happen, though the characters do surprise me from time to time--you wouldn't think this is possible, with me being the puppet master and all, but it's true. For example, today I was writing a scene with Sean and Lucy and he did something totally unexpected and slightly out of character for him, which made me sit back and wonder why. Then I realized that my subconscious was at work and I needed that scene to tie into a scene at the end of the book. This writing business is crazy at best!

 

<<Heather this book was absolutely wonderful. Were there real life events or people who inspired the story and characters?>>

 

Everyone is fictional, but the storyline about the lost little boy is ripped from my local headlines. A few years ago, a little boy went missing while at a park with his foster mom. That story didn't have a happy ending, but as a mom, more than a writer, I needed my story to have one.

 

 And thank you all for the great questions, the warm welcome, and the warm and fuzzies! I can't tell you how much all your compliments have meant to me.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Hello From "Truly, Madly" author, Heather Webber

Hi Heather,

 

Is your family involved with your writing?  If so, do they give opinions on what should happen in the stories?

 

Bonnie