Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of ten novels, two inspirational non-fiction books, and two anthologies, including The Newport Ladies Book Club Series, A Timeless Romance Anthology, and Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored by Angela Eschler).
Her historical fiction is published under the pen name H.B. Moore. She is the two-time recipient of Best of State in Literary Fiction, two-time Whitney Award Winner, and two-time Golden Quill Winner for Best Novel. Her most recent historical novel under H.B. Moore is Daughters of Jared (2012 LUW Gold Award of Excellence & 2012 LUW Best Book Trailer).
Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Providence, Rhode Island a long time ago. Throughout my childhood we traveled back and forth to the Middle East, and now I live in Utah with my family.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say? My most recent novel is ATHENA, part of the Newport Ladies Book Club series. It’s a contemporary romance. Here’s a short blurb:
Athena is a self-proclaimed bachelorette—it’s better that way—no one gets hurt. But when tragedy strikes, Athena realizes friendship and love is the only way she can pull through, and she must, for the first time in her life, risk opening her heart.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series? Heart of the Ocean is a stand-alone novel. I’m currently working on a contemporary romance novella series. Third Time’s the Charm was released in December, and its companion novella,Picture Perfect, will be out February 2013 as part of A Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Vacation Collection.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing? I wrote my first novel when I was 30, so that puts me at almost 12 years of writing books. I’ve always been an avid reader and when I picked up a novel by a local author, I was impressed that someone “ordinary” could be an author.
Would you like to give away a copy of your book on this blog? Yes, I’m happy to give away a copy of Heart of the Ocean. I can send out any ebook format to the winner.
How did you come up with the title and cover design? The title for Heart of the Ocean was inspired by thoughts of the New England coast and how the “ghost” in the story mourns for the man she loves—yet he’s on the other side of the ocean. I’ve long loved Claudia McKinney’s art work, and I’d frequently browse her cover art works. There were about 3–4 that I thought would work for this book, so I asked my critique group which one they thought would work best for the story, and they chose “Peace Prayer.” The exterior design was done by Christina Marcano—a designer that I’ve used for my novellas and anthologies. She always does great work.
What books have most influenced your writing most and why? One of the most inspirational books I’ve read is Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark. I’ve long been a mystery fan and when I read this memoir, I realized that it was possible to be a writer and a mother at the same time. Ms. Clark inspired me when she said she’d write from 5:00-7:00 a.m. every morning so as not to interfere with her job and her kids (she was a widow at the time). I thought, “I can do that.” And I did—it took three novels before I finally got one published, but Clark’s story inspired me not to give up.
Where do you prefer to buy your books? I buy most of my books at Costco or online through Amazon.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)? I’m currently reading The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani in paperback form. It’s an interesting historical novel that’s an epic love story between two people from the same Italian village and who both emigrate to America. It’s based on the love story of Trigiani’s ancestors.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing? In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, he says: “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” This really touched me as I think about my writing and my goals in life—how to get there and how to overcome obstacles that stand in the way.
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Heart of the Ocean
by Heather B. Moore
A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . .
What more could Eliza Robinson want?
Except for maybe her life.
In Heather B. Moore’s enthralling 1840’s historical romance, Heart of the Ocean, Eliza Robinson has turned down the very pretentious Mr. Thomas Beesley’s marriage proposal. As a business partner of Eliza’s father, Thomas quickly discredits the family and brings disgrace to the Robinson name.
While her father scrambles to restore his good name in New York City, Eliza flees to the remote Puritan town of Maybrook to stay with her Aunt Maeve. Although relieved to be away from all- things-male and unforgiving gossip columns, odd things start to happen to Eliza, and she is plagued by a ghostly voice. Her aunt’s explanation? That Eliza is being haunted by a woman who died of a broken heart twenty years ago.
After Aunt Maeve is tragically killed, Eliza's life is put in danger as she tries to uncover the mystery of her aunt's death. She encounters Jonathan Porter in Maybrook, whose presence in the town seems suspicious, yet she finds herself drawn to him. When she discovers that Jonathan’s dark secrets may be the link between the dead woman who haunts her and her aunt’s murderer, Eliza realizes that Jonathan is the one man she should never trust.
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