Interview with Heather McCoubrey

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 13. I was in 7th grade and had an amazing teacher who showed me the talent I had. She signed me up for a creative writing class and the rest is history. I started out writing poems and short stories and published a few of them to the school magazine. During my senior year of high school I wrote my first novel. It's been through 6-7 rewrites and I'm not sure it'll ever get finished.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Honestly, the idea for this book came a bit from watching the movie Love Actually! My initial idea was to have a woman, on the verge of getting married, suddenly get cold feet and fly off to London. But once I sat down to write it, it certainly didn't work out that way. I love the story of Kate. She's been through almost everything and she comes through it brilliantly. I wanted readers to see that no matter how bad things get, a happy-ever-after is possible. To Love Twice does that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly, I got sick of the rejections. I knew I had a good novel and it frustrated me that no one I queried could see that. I did some research and realized that it wasn't too terribly difficult to go the indie author route. From everything I'd seen, unless you were already famous, having a big-name publishing house on your side wouldn't do you very many favors. So, I took a leap of faith and I've been pretty happy with the results so far.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing to me has always been my creative outlet. I love getting to know my characters, finding out their stories and putting it down for readers everywhere. Every character is different, every story is different. I love the journey of writing, the challenge of doing it right and doing the story justice.
What are you working on next?
My next novel is another romance, chicklit type book. The challenge for this one is that I start with the bad news and then go back and work through their story. I don't know the ending yet and probably won't until I write it. I have no idea if this will be a happy-ever-after story. I hope it will because Anna and Cooper deserve to be happy. I guess we'll see...
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many. Nora Roberts is my most favorite. Her stories come alive for me and she's definitely someone i admire. Debbie Macomber, Johanna Lindsey, Laurell K. Hamilton, J. R. Ward, Jodi Picoult...my bookcases are full of their books. I love to read, any story that takes me away, lets me escape the realities of life for a little while, well that author is amazing and will most likely end up being one of my favorites!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being super-mom! I have two children and they keep me very busy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word-of-mouth, my twitter feed, free eBook listings, Amazon recommendations. I'm not opposed to trying out indie authors, either. I am one, so I feel like it's important for me to support them. Besides, you'll never know when you'll find your next favorite book or author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually just found my very first story the other day. I wrote it in 4th grade for a school project. It was a story about my life and I had dedicated it to my grandmother. I even did the illustrations! I've sure come a long way since then, which is a good thing, since I would really like to keep this as my job!
What is your writing process?
It's simple, I let the story guide me. I try not to go into a story with too many ideas on where/how it should go. I find I get blocked if I do that, so I start the story and let the characters, their needs and wants, guide me. It probably takes me longer to write than those authors who can outline and stick to it. This is the process that works for me though and I think it works for my stories too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first story, but I do remember the first romance book that had an impact on me. It was "Wings of a Dove" by Elaine Barbeiri. I read that book as a teenager and fell in love. Ally and Delaney stayed with me long after I'd finished the last page. I cried, laughed, got angry, was sad - all while reading the book. I still read this book - usually about once a year. That story made me want to be a romance writer.
Published 2013-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Emily's Choice
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,610. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Emily Camancho walks in on her fiancé with her hated cousin the night before their wedding. 18 months later, Emily’s stepmother is in a fatal car accident, and she rushes home to say her goodbyes. When she disappears after the funeral, Jason risks his life to bring her home and prove once and for all that she's always been the only love of his life.
Back to December
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,700. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Cynical in the ways of love, Anna Blackhurst doesn't believe Cooper Reed could or does love her...especially after Anna's world is thrown upside down by her hateful mother. Despite his unwavering support, Anna walks away. In order to heal herself and her relationship with Cooper, Anna must stand up for herself and accept that the only way she's going to be happy is if she grabs hold of it herself.
To Love Twice
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,280. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When Kate's husband of 10 years dies, her world is shattered. When his lies are exposed, she must find a way to piece back her life and raise their daughter. Five years later, she meets Edward - London's most eligible bachelor. Can he help her discover the woman she's locked away and give her the confidence she needs To Love Twice?