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Q & A with Author Heidi Betts

As most of our readers know, RU is a big supporter of Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for the Cure of Diabetes. And in fact, our e-reader—winner’s choice—is up tomorrow, May 17, on a one-day auction! (Subliminal message: check it out, check it out, check it out…) During last year’s auction, I was fortunate enough to place the winning bid on a Q&A with author Heidi Betts. Today, she’s here to share some of those answers with you. And she’s generously offered to give away a book from her back list (winner’s choice) to three lucky commenters today! (US residents only, please)

Welcome to RU, Heidi!

Kelsey: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your career?

Heidi: So far, you mean, right? LOL  Because I’m sure there’s another one just around the corner—there always is.  Probably the biggest challenge I’ve faced, and the one that threw me for a loop for a while, was when the bottom fell out of the western historical market.  That’s all I was writing at the time, so when they stopped doing well, I was truly up the creek.  Did I want to keep writing them, knowing that even if a publisher bought them, sales would be lousy?  Or did I want—and need—to do something else?

It took some soul-searching, and a lot of hard work, but I opted to go the reinvention route and try my hand at series contemporary instead.  Looking back, I can see that the death of western historical was actually a blessing for me…it led me to the category world and Silhouette (now Harlequin) Desire, which I love. But there were more than a few frantic moments while all that was going on, believe me.

Kelsey: What are your thoughts on launching a romance writing career through category romance?

Heidi: I think it’s a great idea!  Category is a fabulous place to be, and it really teaches you to be a better writer.  Writing category teaches you to write tighter, to write within a certain structure, and to edit yourself.  (Just because they’re shorter doesn’t mean they’re easier to write; in fact, the opposite is probably true.)  A lot of wonderfully successful single title authors started out in category, and a lot have continued to write both because it is such a satisfying place to be.

Kelsey: What are the most prevalent craft problems you see in unpublished manuscripts?

Heidi: To be perfectly blunt, I see a lot of writing out there that’s just plain bad.  But I also see a lot of unpublished work that’s simply lacking voice and vibrancy.  The grammar and such might be fine.  Structurally, the writing is solid, but there’s nothing compelling about the storyline or writing style; there’s no emotion, no flair, and nothing that draws a picture in your mind, so that it really just feels like words on a page. When I sit down with to read a book (or an unpublished manuscript), I want it to suck me in and play cross my mind’s eye like a movie.  I want to see, feel, hear, taste, smell everything the same as the characters do, and to not be able to put the story down.  Or if I do, I want that story to linger in the back of my mind, calling to me until I can get back to read a bit more.

Kelsey: What’s the smartest business decision you’ve ever made for your writing career?

Heidi: I like to think I’ve made a lot of smart business decisions…and only a few low I.Q. ones LOL…but the smartest would probably be leaving an agent who didn’t believe in me, wasn’t enthusiastic about my work, and really didn’t care about me one way or the other to find one who’s the exact opposite.  It was not a smooth transition, and there was some down time when I was quite agentless, but in retrospect I still think it’s the wisest career move I’ve ever made.

Kelsey: What do you feel it takes to break into the single title contemporary romance market?

Heidi: That’s a tough one, especially these days.  Right now, it seems that everything is paranormal, paranormal, paranormal.  But it also seems that just about everything that could be done along those lines has been done in one form or another.  I think the best advice that can be given on this is the same advice that’s been given time and time again:  Write the very best book you can.  Don’t worry so much about the market and trends; follow your heart and your gut and write what you love to read.  When the passion is there, it will shine through in the writing and get you noticed, regardless of what’s hot or what’s not at any given moment.

Kelsey: What’s the most valuable piece of writing advice you’ve received?

Heidi: To take in as much information as I could, like a sponge, but to pick and choose what I wanted to believe and which bits of advice I would follow.  You hear a lot of advice out there.  Authors talk about how they do things and what’s worked for them, and you think you need to follow in their footsteps.  When the truth is, you need to take what you like and leave the rest.  Find your own path, your own process.  Jumping out of bed at 6a.m., getting dressed, and going into an actual office space to write for eight hours straight may work for some authors…but rolling out of bed at noon, padding around in pajamas half the day, and then settling down to write until 3a.m. works for others.  No one should ever tell you you have to do something exactly this way or that way, and you should never think you have to do something exactly the way someone else does to be successful.  Not even Nora. 😉

Kelsey: How do you keep your creativity alive?

Heidi: Hallucinogenic drugs and vast quantities of alcohol.  No, wait.  Caffeine.  No, wait again.  Okay, there is probably a certain amount of caffeine involved.  But, really, I think I just love what I’m doing.  I love telling another new story about a new set of characters.  I love coming up with the ideas for new stories.  So while there are times you might find me banging my head against the wall or playing Spider Solitaire because I am desperately trying to avoid having to actually deal with my plot problem, I really enjoy finding out what happens next, seeing what pops up in a story that I might not be expecting, and having a good writing day.  And I love finishing a story, then going back through and realizing it’s even better than I thought it was while writing.  (Because there’s a point in each manuscript where I’m convinced the entire thing is a pile of steaming dog poo and I’m going to have to start over, even though I only have a week and a half left on my deadline.)  And then I love the moment when I get to rub my hands together and say, “Okay, what do I work on next?”  I usually know what I need to write next—unfulfilled contracts have a way of keeping you uber-organized on that score—but I never quite know how I’ll begin or where that story will take me.

Kelsey: What do readers tell you they like best about your stories?

Heidi: The word “delightful” pops up in reviews for my books and in reader letters quite often.  And I love it!  I can’t think of a bigger compliment than to be told one of my books delighted someone.  Or kept them reading into the wee hours of the night.  I think readers like my books because the characters are real and relatable.  I also throw in a dash of humor and sexiness, which I think is always appreciated.  And my goal, really, is to simply entertain you.  I’m not trying to impress you with my handle on the English (or any other) language, or teach you something, or save the world…well, not through my books, anyway ;-)…I just want to give you a really good, fun, and sexy story that will hopefully leave you with a smile on your face—and eager for my next release. 🙂

Kelsey: How do you handle a poor review?

Heidi: I burst into tears, rail to the heavens, mope around for days, and sometimes try to take my own life in utter despair. LOL  Okay, so the temptation for some of those is there, but really, a review—good or bad—is just one person’s opinion, and I don’t always care what that person thinks.  It’s true that some of them can be quite mean-spirited, but when they are, I always stop to  wonder how massively unhappy that person must be if trashing one of my books makes them feel better.  And sometimes it’s just a matter of being a bad match of book to reader.

So, yeah, there are times when I might scowl and silently flip a negative review the bird, but then you give them exactly the amount of attention they deserve—which is zero—and move on.  The good reviews far outweigh the bad, thank goodness, so those are the ones you want to dwell on. And really, my focus tends to be firmly planted on the next book—the one I’m currently writing or the one that’s just come out—anyway.

To ramble on a bit here, let me share a quick anecdote that will put reviews and the like into perspective:  When it comes to my second “Chicks with Sticks” book, LOVES ME, LOVES ME KNOT, people pretty much either love it or hate it.  No middle ground.  And I got a lot of flack over one of the opening scenes where the heroine drugs her ex-husband and ties him to the bed for a little good, old-fashioned forced seduction.  Yep, there it is—the immediate knee-jerk reaction.  You are either hating that concept right now, or thinking, Ooh, that sounds interesting… Readers either love it or hate it.  I happen to love it.  And knowing the characters as I do, there was no question they belonged together, and that the scene was merely a catalyst to shake them up a bit and get them back together.

But some of the reviews I got for this book were brutal. B-r-u-t-a-l.  And it was disheartening at times, to say the least.  Then one day, I got a letter from a reader who loved the book.  (One of the few. *g*)  She had read it several times already.  It was now her favorite book.  And she swore that I had saved her marriage.  Apparently, she and her husband were going through a situation very similar to my hero and heroine, and the word “divorce” was being tossed around quite freely.  Then she read LOVES ME, LOVES ME KNOT and began to see her husband and marriage from a completely different perspective.  Her letter made cry…and it made all of the nasty reviews and negative feedback the book had gotten before that disappear.  A thousand negative reviews on Amazon can’t hold a candle to one heartfelt reader response like that.

Kelsey: What’s something you’d like your readers to know about you or your writing process?

Heidi: That I’m writing as fast as I can. LOL  And that I’m all over the place sometimes—category, romantic comedy, paranormal—but follow me.  PLEASE!  No matter what books come out with my name on them, I promise I will always give you a fun, sexy romance with an extremely satisfying happily-ever-after ending.  I will not leave you hanging and (hopefully) I will not disappoint.


RU Crew, Heidi will pop in today, so feel free to ask her any questions I missed. What’s the best writing career advice you’ve ever received? Remember, Heidi has generously offered to give away a book from her back list (winner’s choice) to three lucky commenters today! (US residents only, please)

Don’t miss Wednesday when Laurie Schnebly Campbell is here to talk about Mental Spas for writers!



Heidi Betts is the daughter of an Arabian sheik and a Las Vegas showgirl, as well as the heiress to the Chocolate is Better Than Sex Candy Company fortune.  Because of this, she eats chocolate in all its many delicious forms for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between snacks . . . without ever gaining an ounce on her perfect five-foot-nine, size zero figure.

Each and every one of her breathtaking, award-winning novels has been adapted to film and gone on to become a phenomenal box office smash, featuring such mega-stars as Hugh Jackman and Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, and Harrison Ford and Charlize Theron.

Heidi readily admits that she is only able to write such passionate love stories because of her real-life happily-ever-after romance with superstar actor Dwayne Johnson, who makes every day a fairy tale.  When she’s not writing or making hot, toe-curling love with her “Rock” of a husband, Heidi can often be found riding naked on horseback (a la Lady Godiva) along the beaches of Malibu or hobnobbing with the rich and famous on Martha’s Vineyard.

If you’d like to experience your own perfect, idyllic life just like Heidi Betts, be sure to take the little purple pill.  (Not the red one.  Never the red one.)

Check out Heidi at her website and blog!


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46 Responses to “Q & A with Author Heidi Betts”

  1. Hi Heidi,

    Welcome to RU and thanks for providing such candid answers. Can you tell us some of the signs that made you believe your agent didn’t care about you or your work?

    Thanks again!

    Posted by TraceyDevlyn | May 16, 2011, 4:42 am
    • Hi, Tracey! Wow you, really started me off with a whopper, didn’t you? :-p

      The more candid response to that question is probably best kept to a private conversation, but in general I will tell you that you can definitely sense when your agent has put you on the back burner. They take longer to respond to messages; their responses have a very “eh, whatever” feel to them; a reluctance to submit new ideas; a reluctance to fight for you, if need be… A general lack of enthusiasm about you or your work.

      Let me just say that if you ever get into that situation, you’ll know it. You’ll feel that something isn’t right & then it will probably take a while for all of the individual instances to pile up enough for you to realize you need to leave. But you’ll know.

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 11:46 am
  2. Hi Heidi! Welcome to RU. I loved this interview! I’m caught up in a lot of pre-launch worry right now and your answers helped me to put things into perspective! So refreshing.

    I think the best advice anyone has given me was to keep writing. As soon as I finished one book, I immediately started another. I think it’s the most important thing we can do because when the call finally comes, the writer has several books, not just one, to pitch to the publisher.

    Posted by AdrienneGiordano | May 16, 2011, 6:11 am
  3. Hi Heidi!
    Another Spider Solitaire addict! YAY! Well, actually, I’m a reformed addict (a few writer friends staged an intervention – but I won’t go into that here). I’ve heard your name many times but I don’t think I’ve ever read one of your books. I will have to remedy that situation pronto!

    I write for Harlequin Medical Romance – which is not very big in the U.S. – YET! (I’m hoping one day it replaces paranormal in popularity. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?)

    Anyway, for my question. How much time do you spend on promotion of your category romance books? I know some writers rely totally on the Harlequin name and readers who return month after month. But I’m new and I want to develop a strong base of readers who look for my name. (Another dream!) And, what types of promo do you find gives you the best return on your investment of time/money?

    Thanks so much! (I’d LOVE to win a copy of your book!!!)

    Posted by Wendy S. Marcus | May 16, 2011, 6:41 am
    • Hi, Wendy! We’re probably on the Harlequin loop together & don’t even know it, huh? LOL

      Yes, Spider Solitaire–it’s quite addictive. And don’t get me thinking about it now, either, or that’s how I’ll spend the rest of the day. 8-(

      As for promoting my books for Harlequin, I have a bit of a different opinion about that than most authors, I think. I definitely promote them & want readers to know I write them, but since they’re only on the shelves for a month, I don’t see the sense in doing a lot of heavy promotion of the cover & such. Instead, I try to promote my name & the type of story I write, with the titles & release dates tacked on. Now, whenever I do promo for my single titles–say, a bookmark–I use that book cover, but include release info about my Desires on the back. Does that make sense?

      Of course, online promotion is different. Whenever I have a new Desire out, I do big promotion on my blog, plaster the cover everywhere, etc. That’s different; that’s something readers are seeing NOW & that will hopefully prompt them to grab the book as soon as it comes out. It’s only paper promo where I’m a bit more cautious because it can become dated so quickly.

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 12:09 pm
  4. Morning Heidi!

    What an absolutely fun bio….lol….where can *I* find the purple pill???

    I interview Janet Evanovich some months ago, and her writing plan involved getting up bright and early every morning and going to work. Eight hours in the chair, writing. And I know quite a few other writers who do the shuffling around in slippers all day routine as well. What’s YOUR personal favorite?

    Thanks for posting with us today – it was fun! =)


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | May 16, 2011, 7:22 am
    • Those darn purple pills are SO hard to come by. Why do you think I protect my own personal supply with my life?!

      Oh, I would definitely say I’m a shuffler. Slippers are optional, but pajamas are a must!

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 12:12 pm
  5. Good morning, Heidi!

    One question I didn’t ask (I’m sure there are more :)) was: How has it impacted your career to write in different sub-genres? Of course, pre-published writers are told that’s a no-no and that readers don’t follow from one sub-genre to another. What’s your experience?

    Thanks so much!

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | May 16, 2011, 7:39 am
    • Hi, Kelsey! Thanks so much for *all* the insightful questions–including this one. They were fun.

      I actually am a bit of a believer in sticking with one type of story for a while. That’s how you build your fan base. But once in a while, opportunities come up that you can’t let pass you by. It’s always been my intention to get into humorous contemporary (like my knitting romances for SMP), but that’s sort of how the paranormals for Brava came about.

      I’ve actually been very lucky to have the majority of my readers follow me. (I think. I hope!) But I think that’s due to the fact that while I may be genre-hopping a little bit, I’m not all over the place style-wise. I didn’t go from writing sexy contemp to dark urban fantasy, & I actually tell people that my paranormals are “vampire lite.” If you liked my “Chicks with Sticks” trilogy, then you’ll like my vampire stuff, even if you don’t normally read that sort of thing; they’re basically just “Chicks with Fangs.” LOL

      I also spend a lot of time promoting myself as an author you can count on for “Sexy, sassy, sensational romance” no matter what the genre. I want readers to know that when they pick up a book with my name on it, they’re going to enjoy it, no matter what it’s about…sometimes even if they don’t think they like “that kind of story.”

      HOWEVER…this is one of those cases of “do as I say, not as I do.” My advice to anyone just starting out would absolutely be to pick something & stick with it. If you’re going to write for Harlequin American, then write 10 of those before you think about branching out. If you’re going to write paranormals, write 10 of those before you decide to try something new. Life sometimes takes us in directions we aren’t expecting, & I’m as big a fan of trying something new as the next person, but you have to be smart in this business, & hopping all over the place just because you feel like it is *not smart.*

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 12:24 pm
  6. *waves madly* Hi Heidi! I’m soooo excited to see you here! I’m on a bit better behavior than when I visit you at the Dungeon, but we can still give a little shout-out to the magnificent Dwayne!

    I was lucky enough to meet Heidi the very first time I went to RWA National (well, the ONLY time I’ve managed to go…) – I’m sure I was a typical fangirl, stuttering and stammering and acting like a geek.

    I got to interview Heidi awhile back (hope it’s okay if I post the link):

    I also reviewed one of her fabulous books:

    Heidi – I hope to see you at another conference before too long!

    BTW, LOVE your bio! Who knew?

    Posted by Becke Martin/Davis | May 16, 2011, 7:56 am
    • Hi, Becke! *waving madly back* Oh, yes, when we’re out of The Dungeon, we must remember our manners. And you may say hello to Dwayne, but please don’t touch him. You know how Mistress Heidi gets about other women drooling on her man. }:-<

      I don't think I realized the RWA where we met was your first! And I haven't been to one since, either, so don't feel bad. Maybe we just spoiled it for each other. 😉

      I'm so glad you included the links to your interview & book review. Yes, yes, that's the one–people either love it or hate it. (Thank goodness you loved it. :-D) But if you can't have fun & take chances, what's the point? Plus, I have a feeling that someday people will be talking about my books the way they do about some of Johanna Lindsey's or Linda Howard's that have pushed the envelope. So there! 😛

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 12:32 pm
  7. Forgot to answer the question. The best writing advice I ever got? That would be the immortal words of Jenny Crusie, when I attended Cherry Con back in October 2007. At that point I hadn’t started writing fiction yet, but I had all kinds of story ideas floating in my head. I mentioned this to Jenny who said: WRITE THEM DOWN. You might say, “Well, duh!” but it was an epiphany to me.

    Posted by Becke Martin/Davis | May 16, 2011, 7:59 am
  8. Sorry for hogging the comments, but I want to point out the link I posted is to a GOOD review of the book Heidi mentioned, the one that got some flak. We talked about this some, back in the day. To me what made the difference was that the hero and heroine loved each other and that the hero could have broken free if he really wanted to. One of the things I like best with Heidi’s books is I never know what to expect – I love authors who take chances!

    Posted by Becke Martin/Davis | May 16, 2011, 8:07 am
  9. Hi Heidi,

    The best writing advice I’ve received is read. I look over book reviews, search the library’s new fiction and non-fiction shelves, and follow the best sellers list. Also don’t limit the writing. I write all over the place. Whatever pops into my head, whether it be funny or serious. I enjoy writing. As far as reviews, I’ve been lucky. For now, I’ll settle for my kids thinking its cool that I’m a writer.

    Mary Jo

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | May 16, 2011, 8:27 am
    • LOL I’m with you, Mary Jo. Online–at least where I hang out–everybody’s a writer. I love going out into the world & running into normal folk *snicker* who always think it’s *so fascinating* that I’m an author. It’s like that scene from Soapdish where the starlet orchestrates a trip to the mall just for attention. ROTF (And I do usually change into real clothes for that. :-p)

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 12:36 pm
  10. Hi Heidi! It’s great to see you on Romance U! Thanks for all the great insight. You can bet I’ll be one of those who follows you wherever you go.

    Posted by Leigh Duncan | May 16, 2011, 10:49 am
  11. Hi Heidi! *waving* Just wanted to drop in on your fabulous self. 😉

    Great Q&A. I love your advice about finding what works for you. I think I’m definitely more of the “rolling out of bed at noon, padding around in pajamas half the day, and then settling down to write until 3a.m” kind of writer. Or at least I would be without that silly work thing. *grin*

    And truth be told, I have sooooo much respect for Category authors. Writing short is tough stuff! I’m long winded, so I always end up at the 2nd draft saying, okay, I have about 20,000 words to delete now. (Okay, maybe 10K…) My one attempt at a short story proved how utterly difficult it is to write a compelling story with such a limit. My hat is off to those of who you do it so well. *hugs*!

    Posted by Jeannie Ruesch | May 16, 2011, 12:58 pm
    • Hi, Jeanne!!!!

      I’m with you. Other life-related things keep me from being able to stay up all night, then sleep half the day, but I really do think that would be my natural schedule, if I allowed it. But other writers hop out of bed 2hrs before their kids get up just to get some writing in. (I don’t know who these people are; I think they may be aliens sent from another planet just to make me look bad. x-()

      And, actually, it’s not the length of category stories that I think can make us better writers (I write short; doesn’t matter how short a story is supposed to be, I still come in under the wire :-p), but the strict guidelines & format. With category, they expect something very specific for each line & you have to be able to deliver a story written within a very specific framework. So, yeah, it can teach you to write tight, length-wise, but it also teaches you to color inside the lines. 🙂

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 1:56 pm
    • Jeannie –

      It’s great to see you here!


      Posted by KelseyBrowning | May 16, 2011, 7:26 pm
  12. Heidi: I’m late to the party (darn day job!) but I loved your interview and wanted to tell you that I LOVED “The Bite Before Christmas” – I read it, turned it back to page one on my Kindle and read it again.

    It is on my favorites list!

    If you are still around to answer a question I have one – do you write your books one at a time or do you have multiple projects going on at any given time?

    Thanks! Robin

    Posted by Robin Covington | May 16, 2011, 1:01 pm
    • Oh, no, I’m here! Late to the party myself…for reasons we won’t discuss. x-p But I’ll happily stick around as long as you like. I can even pop in again tomorrow morning to respond to any straggling questions that might come in during the night…as long as I’m not stepping on the toes of tomorrow’s guest.

      And THANK YOU so much for the wonderful, wonderful compliment about BITE. I’m thrilled you enjoyed it. And I hope you enjoy MUST LOVE VAMPIRES just as much! It’s a 2-in-1, vamps in Vegas this time, but still the same fun, sexy tone as BITE. 😀

      Question time: Oh, I am so linear, I’m practically a ruler. I may have multiple ideas jumbling around at the same time, may know that I need to jump from a Desire to a Brava, etc., but when it comes to actual writing, I work on only one book at a time. And I write it from beginning to end. I don’t even like to hop back to an old scene & beef it up until I get to the revision process because it throws me off.

      However, because it’s how the biz works, I will often be in the middle of one book when the revisions/copyedits/galleys for another show up. So I have to stop & deal with those, which means jumping from one story I’ve been immersed in to another. I don’t like that. I do it, but it can really throw me off for a while. Esp. if it means pausing in the middle of a Desire to proof a paranormal or vice versa. Oy.

      There are authors out there, tho, who jump all over the place; they work on more than one project at a time & even jump around, writing the book all out of sequence. *ugh* The very thought gives me shivers–& not in a good way. But if it works for them, more power to ’em. I think whatever works for you is what you need to do, otherwise you’re just…um…peeing into the wind is the best analogy I can think of at the moment. I’m sure something much classier will come to me after I hit Submit. 😛

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 1:49 pm
  13. Hi Heidi,
    I loved the interview. I’m another that loves the humor and sexiness in your books. Congrats on the upcoming release.

    Posted by Jane | May 16, 2011, 2:09 pm
  14. Hi Heidi!

    I admire category writers because I write long and the idea of writing category is the equivalent to a hint fiction contest. 🙂 Do you have a preference? Category versus single title?

    I do hope westerns make a comeback. They’re one of my favorite sub-genres.

    Posted by jennifer tanner | May 16, 2011, 4:13 pm
    • Hi, Jennifer! You know, I have almost a “grass is greener” affection for both. If I’m working on a single title, I think longingly of how much I enjoy writing category…if I’m working on a category, I can’t wait to start a new single title. So, no, I really don’t think I have a preference. I really love them all, & unless a particular story is kicking my butt at the moment, I love everything I write. It’s just a matter of doing things a bit differently depending on the publisher. 😉

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 4:50 pm
  15. Hi Heidi! Long time reader, frequent commenter. (*snicker*) I have loved you since Blame it on the Blackout, you know this. And everyone reading, she’s right – she promotes the style of her books and they ARE consistent. Vampires, humans or S&M girls with VW bugs – you WILL get a fun, sexy read.

    I loved the interview, questions I didn’t think of when I had the honor to interview her, myself. Link here, btw:

    And I was a bit starstruck like Becke (*waves* – Hi Becke, my local RWA chapter friend!) when Heidi agreed to be interviewed for my blog. What I learned was that she is as open, fun and honest as her writing. I don’t read the category “Desire” often, but I do when Heidi writes one. (Did you pre-order her June release? I did!)

    That’s all, no questions, just lots of praise for one of my faves. 🙂

    Posted by Jessica Lemmon | May 16, 2011, 6:21 pm
    • Jessica & Laura~ You gals are toooooo sweet—thank you very much! I will definitely do my best to make sure you keep enjoying my books. 😀

      And, hey, if I’ve gotta have stalkers, I prefer you guys over the creepy ones any day. 😉

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 9:19 pm
  16. Great interview Heidi! As long as I’ve stalked…er, followed (yeah, that’s better) your blog I still learn so much. For those who haven’t read your books you should. They are funny and still have quite a bit of heart to them making the stories and characters more believable.

    Posted by Laura J. | May 16, 2011, 7:51 pm
  17. Hi, all –

    Feel free to pester…ah…pepper Heidi with questions. But I just wanted to be sure to say thanks to Heidi and all our commenters for a great Q&A and chat today!


    Posted by KelseyBrowning | May 16, 2011, 9:13 pm
    • Thank you so much for having me, Kelsey! It’s been great fun. And I’ll be happy to drop by again in the morning to answer any new questions that pop up since I know we’re all on different schedules & probably even in different time zones. 😀

      ‘Night, everyone!

      Posted by Heidi Betts | May 16, 2011, 9:20 pm
  18. Congratulations to Jeannie Ruesch, Wendy Marcus and Jennifer Tanner! You were picked as winners of your choice of Heidi’s backlist. Please pick a title by going to and scrolling beneath the “New & Coming Soon” section to the area “Chicks with Sticks” and lower.

    Please send Kelsey your first and second choice, along with your address to Heidi will send out your first choice if she still has copies!

    Congrats again!

    Posted by KelseyBrowning | May 17, 2011, 4:35 pm
  19. Great interview. I just discovered Romance U.

    Heidi, your books are great.

    Posted by Pat L. | May 18, 2011, 6:29 am

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