Blogger's Note: Let's welcome Heather Thurmeier to Change the Word for this interview. Her latest book, Falling for You, the sequel to Stuck On You was released this month.
Heather Thurmeier: I love it. Paige, the main character of Stuck on You, had a smaller secondary role in Falling for You. But even though her part was a small one, I really enjoyed her character and wanted to know more about her. This book gave me the ability to really get to know her. As a reader, I like getting to see a little hint of what happens for characters from previous books after the story ends, so I was thrilled to be able to let readers learn a more about Cassidy and Evan’s life together after their show ended.
CTW: How did writing a sequel differ from writing the first book in a series?
HT: Writing a sequel was tricky because I had to hold true to everything I’d stated in the first book about the repeat characters. But it was also really enjoyable. I liked getting to revisit characters and give them a role in another book so readers could learn more about them.
CTW: If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would you choose and why?
HT: I would love to have dinner with Miles, the hero of Stuck on You. He is so interesting to me. He’s climbed some of the world’s biggest, most difficult mountains and I’d love to hear the stories of his adventures. And he’s built like a mountain climber too. Who doesn’t love a little man candy with their dinner? :)
CTW: What do you do to keep yourself motivated to write?
HT: I think for me, the hardest part to motivate myself to do is actually the promotional stuff. I love plotting the story and figure out who the characters are. I love actually putting the words on the page. And I love editing the story until I think it’s perfect. But, I find it really challenging to motivate myself to go out and seek reviews, guest spots and tell readers about my book.
CTW: This probably would have been a better question the last time we chatted, but as a fan of the Bachelor franchise, I have to know: were you a Team Jason or Team Melissa? (I'll include a link to an article about their hot mess of a fall-out for people who don't know.)
HT: I’m firmly on Team Melissa. I’m sure Jason’s heart was in the right place during the show, but he came off as a tool. A big huge tool. Melissa is better off without him.
CTW: If given the chance, would you ever go on a reality TV show? Which one?
HT: No. I would worry too much about how all that ‘reality’ footage was editing together to portray me in a way that may not be so real. However, the only show I would ever consider being on, would be the Amazing Race. I’d love to fly around the world, trying new things and experiencing new cultures.
CTW: Stuck on You is also the name of a movie starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. If you're stranded for a winter in a cabin on top of a mountain waiting for rescue, with no link to the outside world, which one do you take? Matt or Greg?
HT: Hmm, both good options, but I’m going to have to go with Matt. He’s got that sexy baby faced thing going on.
CTW: What was the worst writing advice you ever received? What was the best?
HT: The worse advice was to write what you know. If I only wrote what I knew, then my books would be very boring. Instead, I say start with what you know, write what you’re passionate about, and research anything else you need to know. The best advice I ever received was to keep writing. You get better with every book you write, so keep trying, keep pushing yourself and keep improving your skills.
CTW: What's next for you and your writing career?
HT: Up next, I have the third book in the reality TV romance series coming out. Lost Without You is Zoe’s story and it will be available July 1. I’m really excited to find out what people think about her after they get to know her in her own book. I’m also releasing something a little different. Escape to my Arms is a Prepper Romance with Decadent Publishing. It’s action packed and exciting!
CTW: Anything else you would like to share?
HT: I know there are some readers out there who aren’t into reality TV. They may think they don’t want to read about a reality TV show. I’d like those readers to know my books are so much more than just a reality TV show. They may take place during the filming of a show, but in essence, they are simply stories about two people falling in love. I hope new-to-me readers will give my books a chance!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!
Heart, humor and a happily ever after
"Heather Thurmeier's hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love ... and coming back for more!" ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author
"Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!" --NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst
Be sure to check out my reviews of Stuck On You (read it here) and Falling For You (and here).
About the Author
Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a
reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies,
but now 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.
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