Interview & Contest: Heather Huffman

Jen: Today we are happy to welcome Heather Huffman to Romancing the Book. Heather, will you share a short bio with us?

Heather: Heather Huffman writes romantic suspense novels that delight readers with strong heroines, passionate romance and exciting adventures. With over 150,000 readers, Heather sees her books as a way to not only entertain, but to raise awareness of a cause that she’s deeply committed to: fighting human trafficking, the reality of modern day slavery.

Heather was born and spent her early childhood in Florida, but now calls the beautiful state of Missouri home. Her greatest joy, aside from writing, is to hit the road with her three boys for adventures unknown.

Heather is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy and Ring of Fire. You can find out more about her writing and charitable work on www.heatherhuffman.net.

Jen: Can you tell us about Ring of Fire?

Heather: An adventurous blend of love, power, greed, and personal conviction, Ring of Fire reminds us things aren’t always as they seem.

When rare, violet-gray diamonds are discovered at Alexandra McAlister’s clean-energy research site on a small South Pacific island, the reclusive scientist suddenly finds herself plagued by greedy gem hunters. To make matters worse, the island’s government is threatening to revoke her permits so they can capitalize on the find.

Fresh from a confrontation with an annoyingly attractive government official, Alex happens upon a girl in danger. Instinct takes over and she rescues the girl, only to find out she is the island’s princess, and the annoying official is her guardian, Daniel!

Alex finds herself thrust into a situation where she has to protect not only her life’s work, but also her life itself and that of the precocious teenage princess she grows to love. Daniel appears to be their only chance at survival – if they can learn to get along. Undercover and acting the part of a loving family, they work to find out who is pursuing them and what it is they’re after, only to realize their relationship may not be an act after all.

Jen: What sort of research did you do for this book?

Heather: I spent countless hours researching this book, probably more than any other. I conducted Internet research about rare earth metals and the issues surrounding them, I learned more about gemstones than I ever thought I wanted to know, and I interviewed my sister, a physicist, regularly to be sure the conversations my characters were having were plausible.

My corporate background includes time at a brokerage firm, so a bit of my market knowledge even crept into this book.

Jen: What three words would you use to describe your writing?

Heather: Warm, adventurous and funny – hopefully my readers would say the same!

Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?

Heather: Many people influenced me as a writer – some of my favorite authors are Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell. The everyday people in my life who’ve influenced my writing are my mom and sisters; their strength inspires me. Also the friends along the way who’ve encouraged and inspired me!

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Heather: Most of my free time goes to my kids and my extended family. I love to read, garden, embroider & weave, too. I try to remain active with volunteer work, both in the blog world and in person. My family also has several rescued dogs, and we spend a lot of time with horses. I used to love to ride, but the past year hasn’t allowed much time for it. And at least a couple times a year, my family helps a friend out at her alpaca farm. They are such peaceful animals; I look forward to seeing them all year long!

Jen: Where can you be found online?

Heather: I love hearing from readers, and there are several ways to find me online. My website is www.heatherhuffman.net. I can be found on Twitter, too, @heathers_mark. Connect with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/heatherhuffmanbooks.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Heather: Tumbleweed, the prequel for Throwaway, is next up. We are working very hard for a Valentine’s Day release. I’m also traveling throughout the country as part of the Leave Your Mark tour, which is more than a book tour. Its hope is to encourage my readers to leave their own mark on this world, as well as to raise money and awareness in the fight against human trafficking. For more information on the tour, check out the Leave Your Mark page on my website.

Contest details:

  • We have 5 giveaway copies of Ring of Fire in ebook format.
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a valid email address.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, February 15.

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