Heidi Thomas grew up on a Montana ranch, and now lives in Washington state. She has a Journalism degree from the University of Montana and a two-year certificate in fiction writing from the University of Washington. Heidi has had numerous newspaper and magazine articles published, is a freelance editor for fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and teaches community classes in memoir and fiction writing. Cowgirl Dreams is her first novel.
Do you think an author is born or made?
What is the first book you remember reading?
What common qualities do you find in the personalities of published authors?
How do you know if you have a seemingly “stupid” book premise that is doomed to fail versus one that will fly high?
What is the theme of your latest book?
At what point did you stop juggling suggestions and critiques and trust yourself (as a writer)?
Are takeaway messages (in your book) important to you?
When do you know you’ve got the finished product and it’s your best effort?
Any anecdotes about the research or writing of your books?
How would you pitch this book to your intended audience?