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Indie Support Sunday: Heather Garvin

They might say ‘never judge a book by its cover’, but when the covers are as gorgeous as the ones that Heather Garvin has for her books, it’s hard to not sit up and pay attention. While I have Heather’s books on my TBR for the year, I haven’t read them yet. But thanks to the incredibly supportive community on Instagram, I know that her books are going to make me feel all of the things. And I am beyond excited to experience that!


She’s got a brand new releasing this week—Just Don’t Call Me Yours—which is an enemies to lovers, close proximity, rising rockstar, college romance. Based on all of the teasers and promos that Heather has done so far, this one looks like it’s going to be a fun ride! Make sure you preorder it right now, so it lands on your Kindles on March 15th!


The rest of Heather’s books are all available right now and part of the Kindle Unlimited program.


BEING AN AUTHOR

Who or what inspired you to write?

I wrote a little when I was younger, but as an adult, the After series by Anna Todd is what got me back into reading and writing. Holy drama did those books hook me.


What’s the best and worst part about being an indie author? 

For me, the best part of being an indie author is sharing stories with people. I love reaction messages from readers. I don’t think anything can beat someone blowing up your phone when they get to a certain part of a book. The worst part is marketing. Always marketing 


Why did you choose to self-publish instead of going the traditional route?

I was never really one for group projects in school if that’s any indicator of how I like to have full control over things lol. 


When you’re not writing, what do you do to get the creative juices flowing?

Music! There’s nothing like driving in the car and listening to a great song. That always seems to cure my writer’s block. I’m convinced I wouldn’t have any books published if it weren’t for Noah Kahan. Something about his music always helps the ideas flow. 


If you were to recommend books to me (in any genre), what would they be?

I couldn’t get enough of the Shatter Me series. I flew through those books, and that rarely happens for me. They were such easy reads. The romance was great, and the side characters were some of the most lovable characters I’ve ever read. I’m usually not a big fantasy reader, but I loved those books! 


What are your top 5 tips or pieces of advice for aspiring authors?

  1. Write the book! 

  2. Make sure you have people (honest people!) read it before you publish. 

  3. Invest in an editor. 

  4. Never underestimate the importance of a good cover. 

  5. Start talking about your book NOW. Don’t wait until it’s already published (or even fully written).  


ROMANCE AS A GENRE

If you write open door romance, why did you choose that and what inspires your sex scenes?

I wanted to write what I enjoyed reading. It was daunting at first, but reading other open door romances is usually all the inspiration I need! 


YOUR BOOKS

Can you briefly tell me about your books?

I have a YA duology that’s romantic suspense (Take What You Can and Give Nothing Back), and two adult contemporary romances out! Make Your Move is a small town western romance, and Crossing the Line is a new adult grumpy sunshine. 


Do you already have a favorite character from the stories you’ve written?

Out of the books I have currently published, I love Aiden Lewis from Crossing the Line. He’s my spirit animal haha. 


What is a story/stories that you really want to tell?

I have a few books in the works for next year, and I’m dying to share them! The enemies to lovers college romance with a rising rockstar theme I have coming out in the fall is probably my favorite thing I’ve written to date. 


Is there one common element that readers can find in all your stories?

They are usually based in Florida or tied to Florida in one way or another. I’ve lived here for most of my life, so I usually write what I know. That and they’re usually slow burn with plenty of tension and angst. 


What’s next on the bookshelf for you? Anything you can tell us about a future project?

I’m currently working on an enemies to lovers college romance with a rising rockstar theme, and I’m OBSESSED. It will be out in March of 2024, and I can’t wait to share it! 


When you write these stories, what are you hoping your readers will feel?

Everything the character feels! I want readers to be in it. 


AUTHOR’S CHOICE

  • Paperbacks, hardbacks, ebooks or audiobooks

  • Contemporary, fantasy, historical or romantic suspense

  • Single or Dual POV

  • Standalones, series or standalones in a series

  • Open door, ajar door or closed door romances

  • Music or silence when writing

  • Plotter, pantser or plantser

  • Water, tea, coffee or….wine?

  • Cold or warm weather

  • Write better in the morning, afternoon or night?

  • Illustrated or photo cover?


Make sure you follow Heather on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook to stay updated on her books. You can also sign up for the newsletter via her website!

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