Monday, February 27, 2012

Rebecca Heflin - The Promise of Change

Author Interview
1.) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I think I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 18 or 19 years old, but never really had the courage to sit down and actually write.
2.) What type of genre do you write in? I write women’s fiction and contemporary romance.
3.) What inspires you to write in this genre? I like writing about issues contemporary women face, like juggling career and dreams and life. Women have broken into so many previously male-dominated fields, and I like to see how women deal with the issues unique to their gender when they take on careers in these more masculine domains.
4.) Where to you get your ideas for your writing? Some of my ideas come from my own life and experiences, others from the experiences of friends and family. Still others come out of thin air.
5.) Who are your favorite authors and why? I love Nora Roberts. Her characters are people I’d like to hang out with. Her stories are modern, her heroines are strong, her heroes sensitive, and her love scenes steamy. I also love Kristan Higgins. Her combination of sweet and funny makes her stories unique, and her voice is so fresh.
6.) In your opinion, what key parts of a story make it great? Layers of conflict keep me reading. And the conflict doesn’t have to be life or death. It can be something as basic as being faced with the decision to leave a good job with a stable income to pursue your dream, which could leave you flat broke.
7.) What activities do you undertake for inspiration? Reading. When I read a great story that excites me, it sparks my desire to write. It lights a fire under me that makes me yearn to sit in front of my computer and create the same compelling characters, conflicts, and plots.
8.) Do you belong to any writing communities, or critique groups? I belong to Florida Romance Writers, Florida Writers Association, and RWA.
9.) Do you have a day job? I guess you could say I have two day jobs. I’m an attorney for a large state university, and my husband and I also founded a non-profit organization that keeps us pretty busy.
10.) If you could do it over again, what aspects of the writing/submission process would you change before becoming published? I don’t think I’d change anything. My process was probably the same as most writers. I wrote a novel, submitted it, got rejected, rewrote it, submitted it to contests, rewrote it, submitted it to agents and publishers. Got my fair share of rejections until the day I got “the call.” I’d say the process has taught me a great deal about myself and about my writing.
11.) What is the title of your upcoming/newly released novel, and where can we find it? My debut novel is The Promise of Change, and it’s available from Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


  1. Thanks so much for having me today, Mandi.

    1. Abd thank you for taking time to be on my blog today :)

  2. Lovely interview, ladies. I enjoyed Rebecca's book immensely. I wish you all the best for a prosperous writing journey.