Interview with Nancy Hardman

What do you read for pleasure?
I read and watch mysteries. I like mystery stories that move fast, with an adventure and action theme to them. I love a book that keeps me interested from the first. I try to write the same way. I enjoy stories that delve into the past, giving us a different outlook from past to the present.
Describe your desk
My desk is a lounge chair with a portable table for my keypad to sit on my lap and my computer monitor on my table beside me. I have all my info in computer files. My research and story profile is put on files as well. I usually watch mystery or action movies at the same time. I like the noise in the background.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Ontario on a farm. We had one of the first televisions in the neighbourhood when I was around six. The country reminds me of soft lights at night, canning and preserving food, as well as gardening. My grand children say I'm from the pioneer days. I'm not that old but to them I'm. Sometimes we eat by the oil lamp light for fun, it reminds us of the past without electricity, cell phones and television.
When did you first start writing?
When I'm not painting art or teaching it, I'm writing. I have wrote cook books and several short stories that are not published to the public only to friends and family. I started writing when I was around thirty and have done it ever since off and on.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My partner and myself have always talked about moving to the rural countryside where we both grow up. But because of age and financial reason it was impossible. The idea was to write a book with this in mind that would give us a taste of the experience. I wanted to write a fast moving story with twists and turns to keep the reader interested. I would get excited writing the story and discovering new ideas just like it was real, it was so much fun.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashword was my way of getting published. A friend suggested this venue and so far it has worked really well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy writing is when I start a new book and get involved in the plot. Finding new angles and different discoveries to happen in the story is exciting. I think of my story when ever I have a few minutes. I keep a notebook in my purse so if I have to wait in line I add any sayings or ideas I have to the story. The sad part is when the book is done. I usually have the next one in mind so I'm not left with nothing to do.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far I have only a few fans as this is my first book published. My fans are my family and friends and of course that are very important to me. Going forward I plan on up dating my fans with news of my next book. I look forward to their comments and will reply to them all.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be a B&B setting as we have always wanted to run one. Once again I thought this would be a great way to full fill our dreams through writing. We have found a wonderful century home in our travels in southern Ontario that is my back drop in the story. The story with Morgan and Rose will have some history references and fun adventures. You will have to read it to find out more.
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie; I very seldom figure out the murder. Louis L'amour ; I love the fast moving adventure. Sue Grafton; I really like her wit and action. These are only the ones I can think of right now. I'm the "best read to person" you know as I listen to talking stories from the library as well as read books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm retired or as retired as I get. I have a partner that I live with and so I get up with her. Once I'm up that's it very seldom do I go back to bed. I migrate to my chair and from there its do I write or paint. I have my art lessons and a list of choirs to be done first. So it's a case of working in my writing around everything else. Quite the juggling act goes on in my house. Then people say to me you should do this or that, so you have something to do. Are they kidding!! I'm not even mentioning woodcarving and baking gluten free suppers. Two big jobs in themselves.
Published 2014-02-09.
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Books by This Author

Our Country Dream
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,260. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
This is a story of two women and their family, who challenge normal and live life to the fullest, were each day is a new adventure. Lost love letters, treasures, with eccentric characters from rural Ontario. Then sit down and spend some time with Morgan and Rose, for a story you won’t