Today our guest on the blog is Heather Greer. Faith’s Journey was released early this year. Her next book, Grasping Hope, will release in March, 2019. Heather is a great author, and a wonderful person. We are pleased to have her in our Mantle Rock Publishing family.
Kathy: It’s a pleasure to have you with us today. Tell us a little about yourself.
Heather: I’m a pastor’s wife, mother of four, and Gigi to the greatest five year old grandson ever. I’ve been involved with various ministries since high school, working with all age groups through the years. My writing and speaking ministry tends to focus on encouraging women in their faith. Another ministry that has a special place in my heart is the youth camp for teenagers that I direct every year. When I’m not reading, writing or participating in ministry projects, I enjoy baking and trying out a variety of other crafty pursuits.
Heather: Grasping Hope is the continuation of Katie’s story from my first book, Faith’s Journey. Katie’s return to faith is just the beginning. Life and love are far from easy for her, and Katie finds herself struggling with fear in tangible ways that threaten the things she holds dear. In order to overcome, Katie must learn what hope is and where to find it in her own life. Grasping Hope will be available in March 2019.
Kathy: People enter our lives and encourage us with our writing. Who has inspired you the most to write?
Heather: I’ve always loved reading, and that love poured over into a love for writing. While there have been several Christian authors who have fostered that love with their own writing through the years, there is one that has inspired me more consistently and directly than any of the others. God has used Kristen Heitzmann’s stories to speak to me in powerful ways. They’ve brought me clarity, comfort, and challenge in the things I deal with in my life. I aspire to do that for others through my writing. A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet her at a writer’s conference. Not only was she as gracious and down to earth as I imagined, she took the time to encourage me in my writing journey by sharing her own experience with me. It’s a weekend I will never forget.
Kathy: Sometimes it’s hard to write each day, but do you?
Heather: I try. Some days I only manage to get my blog done. Other days my writing is limited to my work in progress. But I always try to write at least a few words. I’d love to do more and do it consistently. However, God’s been teaching me not to beat myself up over it if I fail. He knows how busy I am with a full-time job, my family, and local ministry. He gave me the personality I have that demands more down-time than others to remain at my best. And I’m finally learning that He understands when one of those things has to come first. As long as I’m seeking to give Him glory and use what He’s given me to minister to others the way He would have me to, I can fall short of the goal sometimes and it’s still okay.
Kathy: If you could write anyplace in the world, where would it be?
Heather: That’s a tough one. I’d say Ireland, but I’ve never been to know if it’s as beautiful in real life as it is in photos. I have been to the Gatlinburg, TN area though. It’s a dream of mine to rent a cabin for a few weeks in the mountains there during late October or early November. That way I can sit out on the deck with a blanket, a mug of hot tea, and my laptop to write with the awesome colors of fall surrounding me.
Kathy: All authors get excited when their first book arrives. Do you think your next book will be as exciting as the first one?
Heather: I don’t think anything rivals the expectation of the first book. The whole process is new, and there’s nothing that prepares you to see your dream come to fruition. While that particular excitement can’t be recreated, in some ways I’m more excited about the second book. To dig deeper into Katie’s story has been fun. She’s facing new joys and challenges. She’s learning from experience that a life of faith isn’t easy, but she’s not without hope. I think that’s a lesson believers need, and I’m thankful God has given me the opportunity to share it with them.
Kathy: We all wish at times we could have “do over” moments in our lives. If you could have a “do over” in your life, what would it be?
Kathy: Used to I would list a sinful mistake or a hurtful time in my life as being something that I wish I could take back. And in some ways I guess it’s still true. If I could take away the hurt I’ve caused God or others through ignorance or willfulness, I would. But there was a difficult time in my life when I wrestled with regret and a wish to have avoided the situation that caused me so much pain. But God used a book to lead me to a song that while not Christian pointed me to a truth that changed my thinking. I am who I am, how I am, because of the ways I’ve grown through the painful times. If I changed even a small thing, it would have the power to change everything including the good that has come after those times. And I’m not willing to sacrifice that.
Kathy: What time of day is the best time for you to write?
Heather; Mid-morning to mid-afternoon is best, but I rarely get the opportunity. Working 40 hours a week and coming home to care for my family means the time I have to write is usually 8 p.m. or later. It’s not the more productive time for me, but it’s the time I have. So, I will be faithful to use it.
Kathy: Are you a morning person?
Heather: I’m not a morning person or a night person. I’m really more of a ten to two person!
Kathy: Are you working on another book? Can you tell us some about it?
Heather: Yes, I’m working on the final book in Katie’s story. The second one is bringing a lot of changes into Katie’s life. This third one will take that further by giving readers the opportunity to see how circumstances have changed her. I don’t want to say too much and end up giving spoilers for book two.
Kathy: What are your writing plans for the next five years?
Heather: I want to finish book three in Katie’s story by March when Grasping Hope is released. Then, I’ve already started a fun, chick-lit story I’m excited about. It’s got a completely different feel than my current series. It even has a little suspense in it, which is new for me. I just finished writing a Christmas devotional journal, and I have a couple other women’s ministry focused books in the planning stages. When I started writing Faith’s Journey, I put aside a youth fiction book I was writing. I’d like to pick that back up and finish it in the next five years and find an outlet for an interactive nature devotional for kids that I wrote before I started Faith’s Journey.
Kathy: Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Heather: Vacationing is not in our family budget. Our only real family vacation was to Charleston, South Carolina twelve years ago. I loved it. However, we have occasionally had the opportunity to spend a weekend away at different times. My favorite was when we went to Tennessee.
Kathy: Do you have another series in your head?
Heather: I’m not sure. The next one I’ll work on, unless something changes, is the chick-lit story. I’m not far enough into it to determine if it’s going to work into a series or not. I guess we’ll all have to wait and see.
Kathy: How may we contact you?
Heather: My blog can be found at www.heathergreer.com.
My Facebook author page is @AuthorHeatherGreer
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow me on Twitter: @Heather_Greer1
Follow me on Instagram: 1heather.greer
Check out my inspiration boards on Pinterest: 1heathergreer
Kathy: Thank you Heather for being our guest today. I’m really anxious for our readers to read Grasping Hope. It will release before we know it.