Sunday, July 10, 2011

IWU! Week Six welcomes Heather Marie Adkins!

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming  talented Indie author Heather Marie Adkins. Heather is the author of the recently released paranormal mystery novel THE TEMPLE and the short story UNDERNEATH.  Both works have received rave reviews. As an added bonus, Heather will be offering the first five people to comment a free Smashwords copy of THE TEMPLE!  BTW, this compelling cover is courtesy of Heather's incredibly talented little sister, Sheridan.

  Hello Heather, thanks for stopping by.

1 Tell us about your upcoming release.
            Next up for me is a Fantasy/Romance about a half-faery/half-human woman named Abigail.  When her supposedly immortal mother is found dead, Abigail’s human father--disgusted by how well she resembles her mother--sells her into slavery.  She’s bought by a handsome and wealthy landowner who whisks her away to his Mediterranean home...and falls in love with her.
            But the island has a terrible secret, one that has put the family in danger.  Abigail must side with the fae she has spent her life denying in order to save the people she loves.  Magic, romance, and battle abound.

2 How did you come up with the title of your book?
            “Abigail” doesn’t have an imaginative title, but from the moment I began to write it so many years ago, I just knew I had to name the book for my MC.  Her personality leaks from the pages.   

3 What is “The Temple” about?
            From my blurb:
            Vale Avari has a mysterious past and a laundry list of super-powers, but that's nothing compared to what she finds upon moving from small town U.S.A to jolly-good England.
            A chance dart throw lands her in Quicksilver, an off-the-map place with a big problem - people are dying, and word is, it's supernatural.
            At her new place of employment, a temple dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess, Vale learns something even more shocking - women guards are disappearing at an alarmingly patterned rate; women who possess special gifts like her own.
            Supernatural powers aside, Vale isn't ready to believe in the Wild Hunt as the culprit, and she's determined to prove the deaths are acts of human violence.
            Plagued by a brute with a history of domestic violence and lusting after a dark-eyed man with a secret, Vale has a limited amount of time to discover the killer before he strikes again. In the process, she'll learn things aren't always what they seem and the supernatural might not be so extraordinary after all.
            The Hunt could ride for her.
4 Did anything special inspire you to write this particular story? Why?
            Like many of my pieces, “The Temple” was inspired by a dream.  When I awoke, I scribbled down everything I had experienced.  A couple months later, it turned into a novel.          

5 Tell us a little about any current works in progress.
            I am currently working on a couple projects.  My first chick lit novel, “Constant State of Disaster” is slated for a sometime-September release, so it’s going through some intense editing at the moment.  It’s the story of a down-on-her-luck twenty-something who thought her life was all planned out, only to be broken-hearted and on a downward spiral. 
            I’m mired in writing two main novels at the moment--a Thriller titled “Disembodied” with a dead protagonist and another chick lit named “Flipping Spouses” with a Southern flair.        
6 What do you as an author find as the most challenging aspect of writng? How do you deal with this?
            Motivation to finish what I start.  I get distracted easily when I’m having a bad day of writing, so I find everything else in the world to do except write.  I don’t deal with it well, to be honest.  I’m still working on that.

7 What are you currently reading?
            “Her Book of Shadows” by Larry D Marshall.  It’s fantastic--great writing, great voice, great characters.  I highly recommend it.

8 If you could coauthor a story with any writer out there—deceased or alive—who would it be? Or would you even consider collaboration?
            Jennifer Crusie.  I would absolutely die if I could co-author with Jennifer Crusie.  She’s my hero.

9 Writing can be very challenging—what do you do to just “get away” for a break every so often?
            READ!  I’m a total bibliophile.

10 What do you like LEAST about writing?
            I don’t think there’s anything I don’t like about writing.  I don’t like a lot of the rules--writing, to me, is an art form.  As long as it’s a great story with good writing, why all the diagrams and scenes being preached from the top?

11 Any advice for beginning authors?
            Just keep trucking.  Write all the time.  Meet other authors and build your support network for help and questions.  Mainly--do your own part to support your fellow indie authors.  We’re all in the same boat.

12 Tell us about your other published works.
            “Underneath” is a free ebook short story at Amazon that has received 2 five star reviews.  It’s a supernatural thriller about a woman who takes a job at a museum built over an ancient underground civilization.  It’s only the first of many shorts I plan on putting out for free.  The next will be a horror short out mid-July titled “The House”.

13. How can readers contact you, Heather?


Heather’s books can be purchased below:


The Temple

Heather’s Ebook deal of the day Giveaway

Thank you again, Heather, for stopping in.

And readers and writers—remember the first five commenters will receive a free Smashwords copy of THE TEMPLE! (Think I'll go first!)



  1. This is sort of cheating since I put up the post, but here is the first comment and I look forward to reading THE TEMPLE.

  2. I love the cover to THE TEMPLE.
    Congratulations, Heather. I look forward to reading THE TEMPLE.

  3. Congrats, Heather. I just love fantasy stories. You had me at 'Fae'. PJ

  4. I don't need a copy of Heather's book but I wanted to comment. I just finished The Temple and I really enjoyed it. Yeah, Heather!

    Cheers --- Larry Marshall

  5. Heather is certainly an author to watch! Thanks for the interview, Alan!

  6. Hey, that's me! lol. Alright, Larry doesn't need a copy, so that leaves Alan, Michelle, PJ, and Brenda. Looks like I've got one more free copy hanging in the ether...

  7. I know what you mean about motivation...gotta have it or nothing gets done. And, bending/ignoring the rules to write what you want seems to go over well with readers who may be tired of the same type of story over and over again.
    Good luck with all your releases!

  8. Alan, the only email I couldn't track down was for Brenda. Is she a member of IWU, do you know? I'm going to send out the coupon code this weekend for you guys :) Thanks for hosting me!