I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend, Heidi Main. She writes for Love Inspired. I met Heidi at a writing retreat almost 2 years ago. If I’m not mistaken her book was due to come out soon and I had just sent my full in to the editor and was in waiting mode to see if they wanted to buy the book. (They did!)
Heidi is a fabulous author of small town romance. She was gracious enough to answer some questions, so let’s get to know Heidi.
1. What is your first memory of wanting to write romantic fiction?
Well, my first couple of unpublished books were women’s fiction with an element of romance.
At a writer’s conference, I was not having success getting editors interested (one said, “I already have a women’s fiction author in my stable and I don’t need another one”). After that comment, I spoke with Susan May Warren and she took a pen and paper, drew a circle (telling me this pie represents all fiction), she then drew a small piece of the pie and told me that was women’s fiction. She then tapped the other 90% of the pie and said, “this is romance.” I looked at her and said, “I want to write romance.”
So I wouldn’t say I craved writing romance, but in reality I read a lot of romance and am unsure
why I was writing women’s fiction at first. I wrote a couple more novels, but as the rejections
piled up, I decided it would be best to focus on a specific publisher, and I always loved the sweet
romances that Love Inspired produced.
2. Share a bit about your journey to your first published book.
At the very beginning of the process, I prayed God would not allow my works to be published
until they were ready. I think that daily prayer taught me patience during the many years it took
before I received “the call.” The second important part of my journey was the hard lesson to read the line I was interested in. In 2019, I received another rejection from Love Inspired. Though it was disappointing, the conversation I had with my agent gave me an aha moment—I read lots of different types of books but had never read the LI books with an eye for what editors might be looking for. Right then, I decided to exclusively read Love Inspired novels. I also tore them apart to figure out what the authors were doing in those short 225 pages. The next book I submitted to Love Inspired, they accepted!
3. What is your favorite part regarding the writing process? And tell us about yours.
Micro and macro edits! My bachelor’s degree is in computer science, so I think my mind is more
analytical than creative. Getting a novel plotted and the first draft on paper is like pulling teeth.
But once I have something to work with, I’m golden. I especially enjoy macro edits from an
editor. I know my story inside out, so it’s fun to take input from a professional and implement
changes that make a huge impact on the final product.
4. Tell us about your current release.
A Family for the Orphans released in December ’23. Here’s a little bit about the story:
Tragedy turned Walker McCaw from bachelor cowboy to guardian of his late best friend’s three children. Now they’re living on a new horse farm—and it’s a disaster. Trisha Campbell’s arrival couldn’t come at a better time. Together, they’ll need to work to save the struggling farm. But it takes more than hard work to make a family. It takes courage and love…
A Family for the Orphans was a delight to write because it takes place on a horse farm, which
was fun because growing up I rode horses. And a fun fact about this novel is that it landed on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller List, and I couldn’t have been more excited! Lindi here: Congratulations!
5. What’s coming up for you in 2024?
I have another Love Inspired novel releasing on 8/20/24, Her Loyal Companion. A bit about this
K-9 Companions novel:
Training service dogs is Autumn McCaw’s passion. She won’t let anything jeopardize her
business’s chance of success, including her former love Wyatt Nelson. But with a looming
deadline to prove herself capable, she has no choice but to hire the one man who hurt her years
ago. Relying on the single dad is tough—especially since he has trust issues of his own. But can
Autumn and Wyatt overcome their past to save her business…and open their hearts to love?
Oh–a K-9 Companion novel–I love reading those!
Heidi–thank you so much for visiting Inspy Romance today. Let’s welcome Heidi in the comments and we’ll be giving away 2 copies of Heidi’s current release. (Us only.) (Comment by Friday Jan 19th at midnight to be entered in the giveaway.) And you know we have questions–so, we’d love to know what is your favorite part about finding a new author to read, and/or what draws you to read a book by an author for the first time!