I'm pleased to host Virtual Book Tour author, Heather Paye, on my blog today. Heather grew up in Arizona not knowing what she wanted to do with her life. That all changed when she became an avid reader, and it seemed the next logical step to become an avid writer. "A Gift from Above" is her debut novel.
Katie: Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?
Heather: Sure. Celia Meyers gets everything that she wants, but when she requests a sibling and gets it, it's not all that she expected. Her parents ignore her, threaten to send her to a "summer camp" and the worst possible things happen to her. Finally, she can't take it anymore, so she confides in her best friend, Tommy Hanson, about searching for her long lost nanny, Milicent Potter. But when she finds Millie, she learns some disturbing facts. Celia visits with Tommy and discovers his true feelings towards her. At the end, Celia becomes somewhat of a hero as she saves a young boy in a car accident.
Katie: What inspired you to write "A Gift from Above?"
Heather: I would say that my younger siblings were certainly a source of inspiration, my little brother especially. A lot of the troubles I had iwth him are reflected to a degree in "A Gift from Above."
Katie: Who is your favorite character in the story?
Heather: That would have to be Tommy Hanson. He's like Edward Cullen to me; he is that comforting, nice, kind guy that you become addicted to.
Katie: What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Heather: I wrote it for a contest where I had to write the entire thing in one month. One thing I remember that was particularly hard about this was that my laptop broke in the middle of writing in the competition, so I had to take it completely to pen and paper. As you can imagine, this slowed me down. Everything I had written about my stsory was on my laptop, so I didn't have anything that I wrote except for the last few words that I memorized. Luckily, my uncle got the information from my laptop for me with one day to spare. My laptop was totaled, but the half-written book was the gold I was looking for.
Katie: What was the easiest part about writing this book?
Heather: Definitely the entire plot. I knew exactly what was going to happen as I wrote it, so I didn't have to stop for awhile and ponder what was going to happen next. It was all really natural for me to write.
Katie: What is next on your writing plate?
Heather: I'm currently working on a fantasy series of nine. I have the first in the series complete, and it's currently being looked over by a publisher. The second in the series is still in the writing stage.
Katie: Thanks, Heather, for being my guest on my blog today. Heather's fan site is http://www.agiftfromabove.webs.com, and her blog is http://heatherpaye.blogspot.com. Her book can be purchased as a Kindle book, and is available through Amazon and Target.