Interview with Mindy Hardwick

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read blogs, attend two book groups, read RWA member books and take friend and family recommendations.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy art journaling, going to flea markets to search for new items to repurpose and taking long walks on the beach with my dog.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a picture book story about my cat, Sunshine. I show pictures of this story in school and author visits.
What is your writing process?
I begin by brainstorming character. I spend a lot of time getting to know my characters through interviews, looking at archetypes, and doing collages about the character. After, I feel like I have a handle on my character, I write down the major plot points in the story. This way I have a general map to follow. Then, I write a really bad first draft! I let the draft sit for awhile--sometimes weeks, sometimes months--and then I start the revision process. It's in the revision process that the story really comes alive. The revision process may last anywhere from one month to three years with multiple passes through a manuscript.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My parents always read to me as a child. I remember my Dad reading Black Beauty and my Mom reading Little Women and the Little House on the Prairie Books.
How do you approach cover design?
My publishers all provide a cover. I fill out a questionnaire about the story and then the cover artist designs something fabulous!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of sweet, contemporary romance, inspirational romance and memoirs.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blog hops are the most fun and the most effective. They are easy to set up and I get a chance to learn about other authors at the same time that I am promoting. School visits and talking to kids about writing is the best way to market my children's stories.
Describe your desk
It's usually very clean. I tend to do most of my writing in other places--sitting at a dinning room table, on the couch, or in a coffee shop. I have a lot of manilla folders in baskets on bookshelves around my desk. Each manilla folder has a current writing project--or a writing project I'm hoping to get to soon.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing when I was seven and wrote the picture book story.
Published 2016-01-17.
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Books by This Author

Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 59,490. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws
The gang leader doesn’t like poetry, but will a detention center workshop show her how to express love for her newborn daughter? A teen boy dies of a drug overdose. Will his final poem speak what he cannot say? By helping the teens write about their lives, author Mindy Hardwick discovered the courage and strength to grieve the loss of her father, find forgiveness and release the past.
Sweetheart Summer
Series: Cranberry Bay Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,030. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Can two-small town business competitors set aside their differences and find love in this summer family saga contemporary romance? Sweetheart Summer is the second in the Cranberry Bay Book series set on the Oregon Coast.
Seymour's Secret
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,470. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Death & Dying
Eleven-year-old Colt is devastated when his beloved Granddad’s vintage toy collection is stolen by a gang of obit robbers. Determined to solve the crime, Colt enlists the help of a girl who talks to ghosts and a gang leader who plants marigolds in the moonlight. But can Colt uncover the secret behind Granddad’s toys before everything is destroyed in this contemporary middle grade mystery.
Sweetheart Cottage
Series: Cranberry Bay Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,140. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Can a bet to save a dying town bring two high school sweethearts together for a second chance at love in this sweet contemporary, small-town romance?
Weaving Magic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,520. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
He loves magic. She loves romance. Can illusions be shattered without disastrous consequences?
Stained Glass Summer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,500. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Art, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational
Twelve-year-old Jasmine wants to be an artist. But, can she escape the shadow of her artistic Father to discover her own path as a glass artist?