Happy New Year!! Hope your holiday season was fabulous. I’m here today with a brilliant author, Heidi Catherine, who is going to chat for a few minutes about her upcoming release with Crooked Cat Publishing. Just look at this cover! It’s gorgeous.
Okay, now that we’ve successfully ogled the cover, let’s get to some Q&A’s.
- What was the first book that made you cry?
I haven’t thought about this book for years! What a fantastic question. It was an old book, called A Time to Love, A Time to Mourn by Paige Dixon, and was about an eighteen-year-old boy with a terminal disease. I read it a few times as a teenager and was fascinated with the way it would make me cry. I’d be interested to read it again now to see if it still has that kind of impact on me. I’m guessing it probably would. The older I get, the more I seem to cry over books!
- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I’d be tempted to tell myself to write the story I’d love to read, but then I wouldn’t end up writing all those failed manuscripts that turned out to be my best learning experience ever. So instead I would tell myself to be patient and hold onto the belief that everything happens for a reason. As much as I wanted to get published years ago, it wouldn’t have been the right time for me. Right now is so perfect. My kids are at a good age, where I can really focus on what I’m doing and I feel that I have enough life experience behind me to give my writing some depth.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
Usually the name just comes to me, but if I’m having trouble, then I’ll either trawl through baby naming websites, or I’ll go for a walk and ask the character to tell me their name—sounds a little kooky, but it often works! In The Soulweaver, my main character is a girl named Hannah, which I chose because it’s soft and pretty, which suits her. But when I chose the name of her soulmate, who she’s been connected to for hundreds of lifetimes, I decided to go with another name that is a palindrome (spelled the same backwards as forwards). So I went with Reinier. Although, this is never explained in the book and was done purely for my own entertainment!
- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Usually six months from the initial brainstorm to a draft that I’m happy with. But of course sometimes it happens much faster than this and other times it takes much longer. I have some manuscripts that have been sitting on my computer for years and I’m still not happy with them. One manuscript I’ve been tinkering with for twenty years, which is a little embarrassing!
- Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
I was a very curious child and one day I asked my mother what would happen if a widow remarried, only to one day find herself in heaven with two husbands. My quick-thinking mother told me that in heaven there’s no jealousy, only pure love. I really liked that answer (and I still do!) and over the years I thought about this a lot. This was my inspiration for writing The Soulweaver. I wanted to put my main character into the position where she has two men that her soul has loved in different times and she has to choose between them.
- What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved the way it transported me to another world. We were renovating our house at the time and one day the builder interrupted me to ask me a question. He laughed and remarked that when I’m on my laptop I seem to be in another world. He was so right! It would take me a few seconds to realise someone was talking to me and be able to pull my brain out of my Soulweaver world and back into the real world. It’s the same sort of feeling as when you’re reading a really good book. It’s very addictive!
- Do you have any more books coming out in the next year?
I hope so! I’ve written Book 2 and Book 3 of The Soulweaver series and I’d love for them to be released next year. I’ve also just released a prequel novelette for The Soulweaver, which is called The Moonchild and is available on Amazon for free.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Heidi. Congrats once again. I look forward to reading all the books in The Soulweaver series. Below are the links and blurb for Heidi’s book. Be sure to Share with your friends/family/crazy strangers on social media 😉
Blurb & Buy Links:
The Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine
She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.
Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.
Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.
With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.
Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.
The Soulweaver order link – myBook.to/thesoulweaver
The Moonchild FREE prequel order link – mybook.to/themoonchild
Want to be a friendly stalker? Check out Heidi’s links:
Website – www.heidicatherine.com
Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/author/heidicatherine
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/HeidiCatherineAuthor
Twitter – @heidicatherine
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/heidicatherine