Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Heather Day Gilbert | Author Chat


Please welcome Heather to the blog, friends. She is a...
"Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. You can find Heather's Viking historicals and West Virginia mystery/suspense novels here."
I connected with Heather through Instagram and am so excited to have her here for an Author Chat. So, grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and settle in to get the know the real & fun side of Heather.

What prank would you like to play on your main character?
Let's just put it this way—I would NEVER try to prank my Viking warrior woman lead, Freydis. She would likely take my head off in one slice of her curved knife with her honed killer instincts! LOL.

Which of your characters do you secretly have a crush on?
Generally, it's the male love interest (often the husband) in the book I'm currently writing. Honestly, I think most female authors are a little in love with several of our male characters, especially if you write first-person books like I do. But my top two picks are the ones most like my hubby, so that means Thorfinn Karlsefni in my Viking historicals and Thomas Spencer in my Appalachian mysteries.

Share about a failed meal you made.
Recently, I made my first Thanksgiving dinner for my family (we have always eaten with my in-laws or my parents, and this year my parents were out of town). While the turkey breast turned out great, sad to say I burned the gravy so badly it smelled (and tasted) like charcoal. I always forget to whisk the gravy packet with the water FIRST and then add to boiling water. However, to redeem myself, I will elaborate that I can whip up flour/milk gravy easily, but this time I was trying to make the kind that came with the turkey breast. ;)

Two truths and a lie (answer at the bottom):
This is so fun! Okay—my readers might guess one of these...
1. I had my daughter close me in a car trunk so I could see how hard it would be for my sleuth to escape.
2. I have a scar on my knee from when a drove a motorcycle into a cinder block wall.
3. I love to ski and had a brief stint as a ski instructor at our local ski lodge (Winterplace).
If your book became a movie, who would you cast as your main characters?
I have pondered this since God's Daughter is in negotiations for a movie option right now. I had pictured Michael Fassbender for Thorfinn Karlsefni (okay, maybe when he was a bit younger), Amanda Seyfried for Gudrid, and Lasselom (you can find him on Instagram) as Leif Eiriksson. But for Freydis in Forest Child, it's harder. I pictured a younger Tilda Swinton or Aslaug on the History Channel's Vikings series. You can check all my Pinterest boards out here and you'll be able to see who I pictured for my books.

From Heather's awesome Pinterest board!
Thanks so much for letting me visit, Emilie!

So happy to have you Heather!

You can connect with Heather online here:
Website: http://heatherdaygilbert.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/heatherdaygilbert
Twitter: @heatherdgilbert
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/heatherdgilbert/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7232683.Heather_Day_Gilbert
E-Mail: heatherdaygilbert@gmail.com


Forest Child 
by Heather Day Gilbert

Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother.

Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate "forest child" of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland.

But nothing can prepare her for the horrors she must confront in Vinland...and nothing can stand in her way when her family is threatened.

In her race to outrun the truths that might destroy her, Freydis ultimately collides with the only enemy she cannot silence—her own heart.

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.


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...And the lie was #3