What is your “day” job if you are not a full-time author?
I am a full-time author, but I also work in our company’s office.
If you wrote a book about your life what would the title be?
Down the Rabbit Hole and Turn Right
What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Definitely, the marketing, social media, and business end of it. Editing and revisions can also be a challenge, but the actual writing is whipped cream cheese.
What is the best thing about being an author?
I just said this at my book launch party… It’s a kick knowing you created something out of thin air and a creative mind. The result of which is immortalized in your hands, the day you open the box and take out your published book, it’s damn near orgasmic. You feel so proud of yourself.
Have you ever been starstruck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it?
Not star-struck per se, but I did want to absorb every word they said, the three biggest I’ve met were the inspiring Beverly Jenkins and Robert Dugoni, and the hysterical Darynda Jones. It was interesting, seeing they are all like me, weird and absorbed in telling their stories. I was star struck when I met the actors Cameron Diaz, Jared Leto and Jake Gyllenhaal, when I worked as an extra in a movie the two boys were doing together in Seattle. Something about actors is very unreal. Maybe it’s because they wear all the make-up and costumes and play people other than themselves. Authors are as real as they can be. Most wear their hearts on their sleeves and expose themselves to truth in their writing. So, very different.
What book changed your life?
The Outlander series because it made Scotland, a place I had always wanted to go, very real for me. I also saw you could write a story based in reality rather than the perfect clean world of a summer romance novel. I don’t mean that in a bad way because we NEED both. However, sex is messy, especially back in the 1700’s the people stunk to high heaven and didn’t speak like a Hallmark card. It changed the way I viewed good writing and storytelling. Oh, and I am also a stickler for my own genealogy and what those folks thought, what they did and how they felt. Diana was great at showing even everyday people were heroes and perceived heroes were regular people.
What were some of your favorite books growing up?
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Anything by Jane Austen or Judy Blume. Back in the 1980’s they didn’t really have the YA genre and I think just called them all children’s books, but I liked things with deeper themes, the Judy Blume books. Where the Red Fern Grows, and Snowbound, just so many! All I know is when the Scholastic Book Form came home, I spent the whole night picking out books!
What books are currently in your to be read pile?
Right now, I just finished reading, Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox. I’m in the middle of Betwixt by Darynda Jones, The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts, and many titles from my fellow Wild Rose Press authors!
Which do you prefer ebooks, print, or audiobooks?
Any more it’s audio because I can do it anywhere (driving, house cleaning, etc). In fact, I’ll be turning all of my books to audio next year, and I am REALLY excited about that.
If you could live inside the world of a book or series which world would it be and why?
Okay, I’m going to go with Sophie Kinsella the Shopaholic books, because Becky is an awesome crazy character that makes so many messes, but she’s loveable fun, and lucky as hell. However, Charley Davidson is really witty and snarky and I’d love to live in her world for a while!
The Warrior’s Progeny
The Heaven and Earth Series
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: 07/27/2020
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-5092-3219-2
ISBN (Digital): 978-1-5092-3220-8
Number of pages: 424
Word Count: 102,620
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor
Tagline: If love dies, can it be reborn…only stronger?
Colton Stone is a newly traded tight end whose reputation is as battered as his football helmet. When he receives a vacation invitation from his new teammates, he accepts. There he collides with Dr. Lillian Morgan, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, and doesn't know what to think.
A widow with two children, Lilly is looking forward to her friends' wedding. When she meets Colton Stone, his arrogant attitude only makes her long for the love she took for granted. Lilly struggles between letting go of her perfect past for an uncertain future.
Strange events occur, out of the realm of normal consciousness. When black energy touches their world Colt and Lilly become the pawns of the immortal Greek gods. Is the love developing between them natural, or part of a larger prophecy?
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/zy5nbMGQoCg
EXCERPT 3: (244 words)
“You couldn’t have known,” Colt said.
“I’m a doctor,” she retorted. “I’m trained to know.”
“Oh, bullshit.” She drew her brows together and looked at him with irritation. Undaunted, he continued. “You were his wife, not his doctor.” Glancing back at the picture, he drank from his glass. “He was a young guy...looked fit...father of two.” Colt turned to look at her again. “Young, fit, fathers of two don’t get stage four pancreatic cancer and die in ten months. He wasn’t your patient, Lillian, and you weren’t looking at him like a patient. He was your husband, and he died.”
“Colt.” She took a breath, placed a hand on his, and backed up a little. “Look, I know you want something, but we’re broken here, and I can’t give you what you...”
“It’s not bullshit. It’s how I feel. I’ve got kids to think about and responsibilities. You want easy and I’m not that.”
“You don’t even know me, Lilly.”
“I know. That’s what I’ve been trying to say.”
“No, that’s what you’re trying to use as an excuse. Those kids aren’t damaged because of their dad, you are. Those kids have a mom who loves them and makes damn sure they aren’t damaged. You’re afraid to try, so you hide behind your dead husband.”
“How dare you be so callous?”
“How dare you use your husband to get out of trying again? You’re a beautiful, intelligent woman and your life isn’t over.”
About the Author:
Award-winning author, Jeny Heckman, was born in Bellingham, Washington, and was the youngest of two daughters. She met her husband, Jeff, in August 1992, and eloped three months later, at Magen’s Bay, on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
She wrote her first book, the Catch, in a few short months but took several years before she gained the courage to self-publish it at her son’s urging, and her love for writing began.
In 2018, Jeny knew her next project would be a series that showed adults could have adventures in the paranormal-fantasy genre too. So, she created the Heaven & Earth series, a story of doomed Greek gods and their only salvation, their modern-day descendants. Her first book of the series, the Sea Archer, was immediately picked up by the New York publishing house, the Wild Rose Press, and won, “Best in Category” from the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards.
In the year 2020, Jeny released, Dancing Through Tears, a short story from the anthology, Australia Burns: Volume Two, highlighting the Route 91 massacre from the perspective of one family at the concert, and at Mandalay Bay. She also intends to release, the Warrior’s Progeny, and Dee’s Cornucopia, in 2020, continuing the Heaven & Earth Series.
Jeny lives in Washington State with her husband of over twenty-eight years.
Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/Jeny-Heckman/e/B010PJ4IR6/
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