Heather Balog is a self proclaimed "Bad Mommy" and the author of ten novels, including the Amy Maxwell Cozy Mystery Series. She also collaborates with her "Tween-age" daughter on the Lexie Maxwell Series for young readers. She blogs at "The Bad Mommy Diaries" which, according to her family, is mostly obnoxious exaggeration, but it's much cheaper than therapy. When Heather is not writing or complaining on her blog, she's a school nurse, taxi driver, her household Sudoku champion, and a runner with way too many aches and pains to be any good. She lives with her husband and her two children who all make fun of her inability to exist without the help of a Post-It note list on a daily basis. She also has two very needy dogs who do not make fun of her, but take turns emptying the garbage in the kitchen just to get her blood pressure boiling.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing, Shuttling my kids to practice, school, etc., Stressing out about all the crap that needs to be done, Thinking about why I'm NOT writing, Running, Come up with a million different plots, Thinking I SHOULD BE WRITING...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book of all time is "To Kill a Mockingbird". I remember reading it in 9th grade and absolutely falling in love with Harper Lee's characters. Up until this point, I had loved reading, but never cared so much about the characters. The following year I read "Carrie" and was shaken to my core. I had never imagined suspense/ horror could be so addicting. "Where the Heart Is" is also one of my favorites. I found it very encouraging that it was the author's debut work and ever since then, I've been inspired to pursue my writing career. I also love anything by Agatha Christie, but "And Then There Were None" is my all time favorite. My grandmother lent me her copy when I was very young and I know that was the very moment my love for mysteries was born. And then of course every hopeless romantic's favorite book...no, not "Pride and Prejudice"..."Gone With the Wind". It's got everything. Love, hate, romance, history, war, awesome hoop skirts...what's not to love?
Amy Maxwell is pregnant. Not only is she pregnant, she just lost her job. And not only is she pregnant and jobless, she hasn't told her husband about either. Life is going to be busy for Amy Maxwell over the next 9 months. She's trying to find a new job, smuggle a puppy past her pet unfriendly hubby, AND catch a package thief.