Heather McVea

Biography

Heather McVea was raised in a small town south of San Antonio, Texas. Prior to escaping to the big city, she raised Hampshire pigs, rode motorcycles at entirely too young an age, and once snow boarded behind a Ford pickup truck. She relishes a strong gin and tonic, but leans after three. Shiny twinkly things make her cringe, up to and including Hollywood vampires.

Heather and her partner have three fur babies, and are working their way through all of the brewery tours in Texas.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I’m afraid it’s not very sexy. Because so much of my writing revolves around dialogue, I really have to get inside the head of my characters (I can’t have them all sounding the same). As a result, I go through extensive outline builds. This involves character biographies (down to what they like to eat, and what perfume they wear), family trees, and timelines.

Once I’ve really developed who the person is, then I decide on three to four main plot points I want to ensure are include in the novel, and I begin drafting a chronology of the book. Then I break each “event” out into a chapter or component of a chapter, and begin layering that into something I can publish.

Lastly - told you, not sexy - I send the manuscript to my copy editor. She hacks away at it, we argue and debate the merits of this or that, and then I begin writing the final draft. Then - wait for it… it goes back to my copy editor for a final read through, and then swoosh - off to publication.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I imagine at some point as a child I wrote something akin to “see Spot run”, but since my educational and professional background lends itself to primarily technical writing, prior to the Waking Forever series, I hadn’t had a lot of opportunity to write stories.
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Books

Becoming Forever (Waking Forever Series)
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Series: Waking Forever. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,160. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
"Becoming Forever" is the second book in the "Waking Forever" series, Heather McVea's debut urban fantasy collection. Homicide detective Ash Haines is not fazed by violence, but the brutal murder of a man covered in bite marks sends her spiraling into an unfamiliar world filled with danger and intrigue. Forcing her to adapt or die.
Ela: Forever
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Series: Waking Forever. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,800. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Ela: Forever is the complete three part serial spinoff featuring the origin story of a favorite villain from Waking Forever, Heather McVea’s debut urban fantasy.
Ela: Losing Forever (Waking Forever Series)
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Series: Waking Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,950. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
"Ela: Losing Forever" is the third in a three-part spinoff, featuring the origin story of a favorite character from "Waking Forever," Heather McVea's debut urban fantasy.
Ela: Changing Forever (Waking Forever Series)
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Series: Waking Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,520. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Newly immortal, Ela embraces her fate and the darkness within. Unburdened from morality and the restraints of death, Ela indulges her every whim and want while pursuing the woman who betrayed her both in life and death. Ela: Changing Forever is the second in a three-part serial spinoff, featuring a favorite character from Waking Forever, Heather McVea’s debut urban fantasy.
Ela: Beginning Forever (Waking Forever Series)
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Series: Waking Forever. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,000. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
As Nazi armies invade Poland, Ela Bauer’s fierce will to survive will be tested in ways she never dreamed possible when she is confronted by a dark world she never imagined existed. Ela: Beginning Forever is the first in a three-part serial spinoff, featuring a favorite character from Waking Forever, Heather McVea’s debut urban fantasy.
Waking Forever (Waking Forever Series)
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Series: Waking Forever. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 103,270. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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A successful environmental attorney, Sara Glass led a fulfilling but not particularly eventful life. Then a near fatal attack plunged her into a world she never imagined existed -- a world that challenged her notions of life, death, and love.

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