Interview with Heather McGhee

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is reading the reviews of those who have read my stories. I love all of them, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Jennifer Crusie, Catherine Anderson, and Jane Austen.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I still have to work at a normal job for a living...and getting my kids to school every morning. Rise-And-Shine comes early everyday.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to play video games and go to my yoga classes. If I'm not doing that, I'm usually catching up on the mountain of laundry or housework...because, you know, I've just spent the last twelve hours either writing or playing video games.
How do you approach cover design?
Simplicity...I try so hard for simplicity, because I'm not a great cover designer. And still I struggle with it, but I still want to do it myself.
Describe your desk
Desk...? Oh, you mean that thing with the chair under it!
Honestly, I never get to use my desk. It is an old sewing machine table that was my husband's grandmothers, and it currently holds our big clunky pc. My son uses it more than me. I'm usually found on the couch with me laptop on a tray and my feet propped up on the ottoman.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest published book is Sweet Southern Trouble. It started out as "Now Entering Protection," but I think someone once said they thought it was about entering the Witness Protection Program...and it isn't. It takes place in a small town called Protection, and I honestly can't remember the reason I started this story. I think it started with an opening sentence, "After three days on the road, the novelty of the adventure had worn off for Becky." Or something like that. That sentence was re-written many times over and pushed down into the body of the story, but I'm fairly sure it's what started the whole idea for the novel. The rest of the book wrote itself from there, and I spent the last three years editing it.
Published 2014-11-08.
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