Nightwalker


Heather Graham. Mira, $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-7783-2637-3

Past and present converge in Las Vegas and ghost town Indigo, Nev., the site of a long-ago gunfight, in this engrossing paranormal romance from bestseller Graham (The Death Dealer). Just as Jessy Sparhawk, who's part Lakota Sioux, wins a bundle playing craps at the Vegas Sun, Tanner Green, a bodyguard for the owner of the casino where Jessy works as an entertainer, falls dead on top of her with a knife in his back. Dillon Wolf, a local PI who's part Paiute, and LVPD homicide detective Jerry Cheever soon have a second victim on their hands when a hit-and-run driver kills a Sun parking lot attendant who saw Tanner get out of a limo shortly before he collapsed on Jessy. Jessy and Dillon, both of whom are nightwalkers who can communicate with ghosts, must love and protect each other as another violent showdown approaches in Indigo. Graham's dependable romantic flourishes enhance this bewitching blend of Native American lore, ghostly shenanigans and modern-day chicanery. (Apr.)


When I asked Heather if she would blog for the PFS I was afraid she wouldn't want to. I am so grateful she agreed. Even with her busy schedule she still took the time to do an interview for us. Which to me is a very special favor from a very special person.

New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bar tending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages. She has written over 100 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from Walden Books, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times and more. Heather has also become the proud recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken gulf region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players”, presenting something that’s almost like entertainment for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

The complete Flynn Brothers Trilogy has been released Deadly Gift, Deadly Harvest, and Deadly Night. In 2009 readers can expect to see Nightwalker which will be available in April. Other books available in 2009 are Dust to Dust, July, Unhallowed Ground in October, Home in Time for Christmas in November and her first illustrated book There Be Dragons will be available for Christmas.

We welcome Heather Graham to our blog and we are proud to have her here.

On writing--obviously, no one has all the answers. Luck and timing play
into everything. But luck and timing can't occur if you're not
dedicated, and these are a few things I believe to be true.

The key to writing--read, read, read. Write the kind of book you love
to read. Never, never pick up a book and say,, "This was just awful! I
know I can write a book better than this." Find a wonderful book and
say, "This is the kind of keeper story that I'm going to write!"

Second key--attach butt to chair and keep it there. Don't believe in
blockages. The act of writing will give you things you never thought
you had.

Third key--put your story into circulation. No one can buy it if you
lock it in a drawer.

Fourth key--never stop learning, and never give up. Remember--Harry
Potter received well over twenty rejections. J.K. Rowling did not give
up.

Don't ever accept one opinion. Don't even accept twenty. Take realistic
and helpful criticism, but be true to yourself. You will never be able
to write anything that pleases the entire world. Be excited and
passionate yourself, and you'll get others excited as well. Have the
ability to find your own cliches.

Tell us about your books and a little about your life Heather.

I think my first book is in a drawer somewhere, or, with luck,I destroyed it. But it was a great tool. It did remind of the basic basics--you have to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I now belong to at least five writing groups and I love my groups. When I started out, it was blindly. I had Writer's Digest Writer's Market--and I was desperate. I'd been juggling work--dinner theater and bartending to supplement the dinner theater--when it just all became too much with two toddlers and another on the way. I love the world I see around me now, because I didn't know what I was doing at all. I had one element in my favor--after years in the theater, I was damned good at rejection! I spent about two years sending manuscripts around before one was accepted. Once I'd written the one that was accepted, the company took others that had been rejected because they then believed I was capable of doing the rewrites they had done. One ironic note--my first book was a category Ecstasy for Dell. I had my sex scenes as kind of ala Gone With the Wind--up the stairway. They wanted revisions on that--it was supposed to be a sexy line.

Gone With the Wind--still one of my favorite books!

I read everything and my friends write in every genre, and so I read every genre
and non-fiction as well. Two of my all time favorite books are Killer Angels, Shaara's wonderful fictionalized account of the Civil War, and A Tale of Two Cities. The human conflict in both of these books is amazing and seriously touches heart and soul.

My family is wonderfully supportive. They love writing and writers, and they grew up with it all. Kids are funny, though. When he was in first grade, one of Derek's teachers asked him what his mother did for a living. He told her that I typed at home because no one would give me a job. He didn't quite get the concept of it at the time! And, of course, when I first started writing, my mother-in-law, who became my biggest fan, always said, "Good, you're not busy!" when I was working. Once I became published, she was like a bulldog, letting no one interrupt me. I seriously did
many books, though, with four small children in the room at the same time. Kids.
They might be noisy, but as long as I could see them and knew they were all right, that didn't matter. I'm grateful now. It's like Dr. Seuss--I can write in a car, in a bar, in the rain, on a train . . . well, you get the idea! I desperately wanted it to happen, and, I thank God, desperate enough that I didn't give up!

Free time--diving, ballroom dance, and getting it all together for some of the crazy things we do during the year. My latest project was working with a horror writer/guitarist friend on the numbers the Gory Ghouls will be doing at a party for the Stoker weekend. The kids who once made all the noise grew up to be great--Derek does web and design, Shayne does ballroom and now vocals, Jason vocals, Chynna anything on a stage, and Bryee anything I need help with! My indulgences on the tube
are Dexter, Burn Notice, and some of the Law and Order series, and some of the CSI series. Oh, and Cities of the Underworld. What stories that show gives rise to are amazing. After all, nothing is more unbelievable than real life!

Thank you Heather. Thanks for being one of the co-founders of The Florida Romance Writers, without which I would never have published my own book. Thanks for the workshops you give to us writers and the time you devote to your causes, like your work in New Orleans. Thanks for the elegance, dignity, and grace, you bring to the craft. Thanks for all of the books you wrote, that painted wonderful pictures for us with your words. Thanks for being an example that we can all follow.

Thanks for blogging with The Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers, we loved it!

Heather's links:
Eheathergraham.com
Theoriginalheathergraham.com
Writersforneworleans.com
Heathergraham.tv

32 comments

  1. Mary Marvella // March 6, 2009 at 1:37 AM  

    Fabulous interview, Mary R. Welcome Heather. You have always been fascinating to me.

  2. Sharon Donovan // March 6, 2009 at 6:07 AM  

    Great interview Mary! Heather, I've been a dedicated fan for the past several years. Haunted and Seance are two of my favorites, but I love them all and can't wait for the next to be released. What a great concept, a vampire ball. I love it!
    All the best,
    Sharon Donovan

  3. Judy // March 6, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

    Mary, Great interview. Heather, you have been an inspiration and a guiding light for many years and I'm sure many, many writers are grateful to you. Thanks!

  4. Linda Banche // March 6, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

    Mary, Heather, nice interview.

    Heather, I'm a historical fan, and I love your Shannon Drake books. Keep them coming!

  5. Debra St. John // March 6, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

    Great interview. Thanks! Heather, your "One Wore Blue" trilogy is one of my favorite Civil War must-reads of all time! I have a whole shelf in my personal library filled with your books. Thanks for being a wonderful inspiration to so many writers, myself included.

  6. Helen Hardt // March 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

    Hi Mary -- great interview with Heather! Heather, your new book sounds amazing. Vegas, a ghost town, and Native American lore -- what's not to love? You're a true inspiration. And I love your advice not to let blockage stop you. Honestly, I've gotten some of my best stuff when I have no idea where I'm going but I force myself to sit down and write. I'm thrilled for your success!

    Helen
    www.helensheroes.blogspot.com

  7. Kaylea Cross // March 6, 2009 at 10:57 AM  

    Hi Heather! I'm a huge Civil War buff, and your civil war series is my alltime favorite. Ironically, I've just finished a civil war romance (I even travelled to all the battlefields to do research), but all the agents and publishers I've queried so far have said that there is not market for that era right now. Funny how whimsical this business is! Thanks for letting us all in on your process.
    Happy writing!
    Kaylea Cross

  8. Arkansas Cyndi // March 6, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

    Enjoyed the interview. I loved that "mom types at home because no one will hire her". HAHAHA

    I also have the problem that since I write at home, no one (including hubby) think nothing of interrupting me, or expecting me to do laundry (or vacuum or clean, etc) while I'm writing. ARGH!!

    I LOVE the skits at RT. For me, it was one of the highlights of the weekend. Of course, we gave Harley Jane Kozak HELL on her blog for her costume from last year!

    What is HeatherGraham.tv?

  9. Jenni // March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM  

    What a great interview. I have been a huge fan of Heather's for years. Got to meet here last year at ThrillerFest. What a wonderful person!

  10. Edie // March 6, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

    Terrific interview! Heather, I've been a fan for many years. Nightwalker sounds awesome!

  11. Beth Trissel // March 6, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

    Amazing interview. With all of your accomplishments, Heather, you should be about 102 but you look 22. Astonishing. I am agog.

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us at the Fuzzies.

  12. Beth Trissel // March 6, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

    Amazing interview. With all of your accomplishments, Heather, you should be about 102 but you look 22. Astonishing. I am agog.

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us at the Fuzzies.

  13. Nightingale // March 6, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

    Wow, one of my favorite authors! I really enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading Nightwalker. Great photo, Heather. See you at RT?

    Mary, you are the next Barbara Walters!

  14. Mary Marvella // March 6, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

    Mary R and Mama Mary M welcome all new visitors!

  15. Roni // March 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM  

    I had the pleasure of meeting Heather for the first time on the cruise in January. So nice of you to get the interview, Mary. She really is a first class lady, always willing to help other writers. Good interview!

    Rhonda Penders

  16. Barbara Monajem // March 6, 2009 at 2:19 PM  

    That was a fun interview. I totally relate to the Dr. Seuss thing. If I waited for peace and quiet, I'd never get anything written! (Besides, peace and quiet is BORING.)

    Looking forward to reading Nightwalker.

  17. heather graham // March 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM  

    Thank you all so very much! It's a journey, as they say, and the journey has to be as great at the destination, which is good, since we're never quite sure what the final destination might be. And if we did reach that pinnacle, we'd just have to start going for another. The very best thing about being an author is other authors, the friends, the understanding. Thank you all again--and the very best in all your endeavors!

  18. Traci // March 6, 2009 at 3:19 PM  

    Hi Heather - great interview! You are an example to others on how to work through chaos, lol. Seriously, you have a wonderful family! And man, can you tell a story!

  19. Mary Ricksen // March 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM  

    Barbara Walters watch out!
    Of course I was lucky enough to get Heather to do the interview for me, that might have been part of the reason this is such a great blog. Look at what I had to work with.
    Her picture and book cover alone would have been a killing. But her great answers and her advise too, make it one of the best I will ever have the chance to do.
    Thanks Heather! I wanna do karaoke with you too. Maybe on the next cruise.

  20. Mona Risk // March 6, 2009 at 4:38 PM  

    Heather, it's wonderful to have you here at the Pink Fuzzy Slippers. Twenty years ago, I chose you as my favorite author. More than twenty of your books lined in my bookshelves. You are still my favorite author now that I met you in person.You are also a wonderful sweet lady and fun person to be around.

    Mary, thanks for bringing Heather here.

  21. Scarlet Pumpernickel // March 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

    Wow, Mary great interview. Heather welcome to the Pink Fuzzies! We're glad to have you visit us. Always love your books.

    Scarlet

  22. Bonnie Vanak // March 6, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

    Hey Heather, loved DEADLY GIFT, in the Flynn bro's triology. Looking forward to the newest one!

    Bonnie

  23. Anonymous // March 6, 2009 at 10:41 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by Heather! The pink fuzzies is a great site. Your advice is right on! Backside in chair, fingers on the keys. Yes ma'am!

    Melba

  24. Donnell // March 6, 2009 at 11:56 PM  

    Very nice interview, Mary R. Heather, thanks for sharing. I loved Seance. Your plotting and incorporating of the Irish family and tradition were great too. I have Deadly Night on my TBR file. I'm delighted you never gave up ;)

  25. Pamela Varnado // March 7, 2009 at 1:04 AM  

    Heather,
    I've always been a huge fan of yours. Thanks for sharing a few words of wisdom. I needed the reminder to sit down even when I don't feel like it.

  26. Anonymous // March 7, 2009 at 8:36 AM  

    Heather,

    Great advice. And you're right. We can't afford to have writers block. We have to push through it. Butt in the chair and hands on the keys. Even if it starts out as ramblings, eventually if will turn into gold.

    Connie Gillam

  27. Carol Stephenson // March 7, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

    You're the bomb, Heather!!!!! Love Nightwalker cover!

    :) Carol Stephenson

  28. Vonnie // March 7, 2009 at 9:40 AM  

    Great post, Heather! Can't wait to hear you speak at next Saturday's FRW meeting.

  29. Jianne Carlo // March 7, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

    Wonderful interview.

    I never thought I'd actually meet Heather Graham. I mean I've been reading her books forever. She's so muli-talented, a singer, the KARAOKE QUEEN, an amazing writer, and she's a beauty contest winner. And she did all this while raising five kids...

    Heather takes generosity to the limit and she is always willing to help 'newbies'.

    She's so generous she agreed to be the featured author on my monthly chat for April. Join us at 7:00 PM EST for a chat. Details at:

    www.jiannecarlo.com

    Jianne

  30. Kathleen Pickering // March 7, 2009 at 2:29 PM  

    Great Blog, Mary. How cool is Heather, eh?? Gotta love her. She's the epitome of a classy author--taltented, generous, wise, and downright fun. She makes success look easy.

  31. Mary Ricksen // March 7, 2009 at 3:27 PM  

    She's the Queen of romance!

  32. Joanne // March 11, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

    Wonderful interview, Heather, and welcome to the Pink Fuzzies. You are a true inspiration. Thank you, Mary, for such a fascinating interview with a top-notch author.