Please join me in welcoming Heather Greer to the blog today! The spotlight is on her book Faith’s Journey, a touching romance story about a journey back to faith, and the unexpected ways that God can lead us there. Heather is sharing some insight into her writing world, hinting at what’s coming next, and has an awesome giveaway! Seriously….I want to enter it myself 😉
Book: Faith’s Journey
Author: Heather Greer
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release Date: February, 2018
Sometimes it’s the unexpected path that leads you on your journey back to faith.
Katie McGowan left her parents and their faith behind years ago. However, when faced with a devastating betrayal, Katie is ready to go back to Carbondale, Illinois to help her elderly parents despite their tempestuous relationship. Drained by the constant friction, Katie finds emotional support and encouragement in Austin. His practical, simple faith speaks to Katie, and she finds herself yearning for a new connection to God. As their friendship grows, so does the attraction between Katie and Austin.
Before her fledgling faith and thoughts of romance have a chance to take root, Katie’s cheating fiancé returns, remorseful and promising change. Can her tentative faith strengthen their past love? And if her heart breaks again, will Katie’s journey to faith end before it has really begun?
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Heather Greer is a pastor’s kid and pastor’s wife from southern Illinois. Though her nest is quickly approaching the empty stage, with three of her four children out on their own, she enjoys the times she gets to spend with all her children, husband, and grandson. Equal mix geek and romantic, you could as easily find Heather watching an episode of Doctor Who as the latest Hallmark movie. Of course, you may find her baking, reading, or crafting too!
Heather’s writing and teaching ministries revolve around a passion to see believers grow in their faith. Though God has used her most often with teens and adults, she has worked in ministries reaching all age groups through the years. It is Heather’s prayer for God to use what she writes in her books and on her blog to challenge and encourage readers in their faith walks.
Welcome to the blog today Heather! Can you tell us about your writing routine?
I know I’m probably supposed to give some detailed answer about the number of hours I set aside each day or the number of words that I make myself write before I can call the day a writing success. I’m probably supposed to encourage beginning writers with my self-discipline and ability to focus solely on my writing when I step into my office and turn on my laptop. But I am an honest person, and that type of writer is not me at this point in my life.
I do have a space dedicated to writing, though at times my son comes home to do laundry on a day when I planned to write for hours at a time and seeks me out in my office. I’m guilty. I set aside my laptop and talk with him and his brother for a while. And I do try to write every day. But I’m also guilty of coming home from a long day taking care of my grandmother with dementia and planting myself in front of the television to watch a favorite movie or in my room with a book. It helps me unwind. I also like to write to music, but lately silence has meant more to me.
So I guess my writing routine isn’t so much a routine at this stage in life as it is a guideline and goal to work toward. And that’s okay. It’s where I am right now. I make my deadlines, and I keep writing. And whether my week is broken into two hour increments each night or a writing cram session one day a week for six hours, I can be proud of that because I’m still making regular progress.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on a lighter contemporary romance/women’s fiction about a cupcake truck owner who becomes a contestant on a cake decorating television show. It’s a completely different feel than Faith’s Journey and its sequels, but I’m having a lot of fun writing it. There’s a little drama, a little faith, a little romance, and a lot of cake.
Do your characters ever talk to you at odd times?
Inspiration doesn’t care where you are, and the voices of characters can follow an author anywhere. I’ve had conversations with my characters while driving, shopping, or even showering. And I’ve gotten unexpected glimpses into them at the office, taking care of my grandmother, and even at a funeral. When they talk, I’ve learned to listen.
What do you want readers to gain from reading this?
I’d like the ones who are struggling with faith to know they’ve not wandered too far. He loves them no matter what, and He wants His best for them. I want all of us to understand that faith is faith in God not in the perfection of His people. And I want believers to understand faith isn’t a Sunday thing. It’s an everyday relationship with a loving, holy God that should impact our outlook on life, our actions, and our priorities each day. Though we will make mistakes, God offers forgiveness. Being honest with God, ourselves, and others about our struggles is one step we can take in being an example of God’s love in this world even when we fail. And remembering that we fail too, let’s extend the same grace God gives us to others who find themselves needing it.
You’re on a stranded island and you can only have one book with you. What would you pick and why?
If I’m only allowed one book, I’d have to say the Bible. It would keep me connected to God and keep my faith strong. But I’m thinking you probably want a more fictional book answer. I have that too. I’d take The Still of Night by Kristen Heitzmann. Not only does the story involve my absolute favorite character she’s written, it also contains deep truths that helped me through one of the hardest times in my life. I’ve read it many times, and it never loses its ability to touch me.
I love it when a book can touch you like that! Thanks so much for chatting with me today 🙂
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To celebrate her tour, Heather is giving away a Cozy Winter Nights giveaway including a $15 Amazon gift card, a mug, assorted teas and hot chocolates, chocolate, and a fleece blanket to create the perfect reading experience on cold winter nights!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
What about you? If you were stranded on an island and could only have one book, what would it be?