Interview with Tiffany Heimer

What's the story behind your latest book?
This is my first book and it was because parents always mentioned wanting something like it. I looked online and could not find anything that had sample school party treats that were not cupcakes or other sugary sweets. Parents often said, "I just don't have time to look online to find great ideas." I made it a project to do with my children. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in testing and creating this book!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've worked from home for the past 7 years. I decided to stop working for a large company and work on my own projects. I already had the skill set to work from home, the structure and diligence to finish projects without guidance. I thought, why not?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been wonderful! I wish I had read the style guide and all their helpful hints before I started typing! They really do hold your hand and help you make those first baby steps successfully.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
So far, it has been the ability to share my project with my family and friends. They have been supportive, filled with fun and laughter. I have also met some really wonderful writers in a local writers' club.
What do your fans mean to you?
People who enjoy the content are why I wrote it. It's no fun writing a book if no one wants to read it!
What are you working on next?
Three projects are in the works:
1. A Non-candy Valentine book. It would have 100 ideas on cards, sayings and little inexpensive items to give that are not a piece of candy. Each would be a complete card that you could easily reproduce at home.
2. A school room party and craft game companion guide to go with the food guide. One stop teacher approved ideas is the goal!
3. A fiction work covering three generations.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ayn Rand - I couldn't read anything for months after "Atlas Shrugged". Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Mo Wilems, Shakespeare, Mark Twain. I used to work in a library and a book store to feed my reading habit.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and the need to let the dog out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Trying to raise healthy, well-adjusted, contributing members to our society who have faith, integrity, love their family, and can be taken out in public without behaving like savages.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was in third grade and the book was a chapter book called, "A Horse for X,Y, Z"
It was the first "big girl" book I can remember reading.
Describe your desk
My favorite desk was a very large old oak school teacher's desk. It took up a huge portion of the office and had pull outs on both sides so I could spin right or left and still have surface areas to work from. My arms could not reach the front of the desk when I was seated it was so wide. Sigh. It belonged to my employer, so I had to say good-bye to it years ago. My current one is much smaller and holds fewer piles!
Published 2015-08-28.
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Books by This Author

The Very Hungry Classroom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,280. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Holiday, Nonfiction » Parenting » Child nutrition
The Very Hungry Classroom is a cookbook for room parties to help teachers and parents provide fun, healthy party food for the holidays. Teachers are happy with the no- or low-sugar treats, parents are happy with the simplicity and fun treats. Children are happy as they devour the food! No need to troll the internet looking for ideas wondering if yours will turn out the same. Making healthy fun.