Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Love? Maybe by Heather Hepler

Welcome to Author Heather Hepler.

I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which I think is one of the cooler places to be born, because initially people think I’m being funny—like I’m saying I was born on the moon, but then they see I’m actually being serious. It feels like since then I’ve lived nearly everywhere (well, only in the US—which is a bummer because I want to travel so much). In high school, I was in band and honors society and science club and worked on the school newspaper. All this in Texas where football was king and cheerleaders were the school royalty. When people ask me what I remember about middle school and high school, I stand there for several seconds not saying anything. This isn’t because I can’t remember anything, but because I remember too many things and I can’t figure out what to say out loud.

I spent the first part of college in Alaska, which was amazing. The first time I saw Northern Lights, I thought I was imagining it. I just couldn’t get my head around the idea that something so beautiful existed in the real world. That’s when I first started writing. This was my bad poetry phase. I think it was the combination of living there with long very cold winters and being in love with a guy that barely knew I existed that made me do it. People ask me all the time if I write poetry. I wish I could and maybe I will someday, but for now I am firmly a fiction writer.

WEBSITE:
http://www.heatherhepler.com/index.html

INTERVIEW:
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Analogy Girl. Lame, perhaps, but making up analogies (not always good ones) is one of my finest gifts.


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
 
Well, since analogies are a pretty lame superpower, I’d pick flying. How cool would it be to just zip around all over the place?

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
 
Blue Bell Pecan Pralines and Cream. But only if it’s really cold. I can’t stand melting ice cream. Ew. 

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Heritage Flakes with fresh raspberries and milk. 

One food you would never eat? 
Headcheese. Seriously. That stuff looks nasty

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
My most rewarding experience was when I received a letter from a girl who told me that she had just moved and that she was having trouble with the school bully. She picked up The Cupcake Queen at the book fair and read it. She said it changed her perspective about everything. She said she loved the idea that sometimes you have to stop thinking about the way life should be and start living in the way life is. She went on to say that her biggest dream would be to meet me in person. I realized she didn’t live far from me. So I contacted her teacher and surprised her by visiting her at school. It was amazing. 

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
A Wrinkle in Time. I still have my original copy. Inside the front cover, I wrote: “This is the best book of all time.” Then: “Keep your hands off!”


Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
 
The song is by Paramore – The Only Exception. Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J7J_IWUhls
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Read, read, read.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
 
Right now I want to live in France so much. I’m trying desperately to make it happen.

What is your favorite Quote?
 
Love is merely madness – Shakespeare. 

Favorite Food? 
Tomato soup


Favorite Candy?
 
Junior Mints

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
 
Oh my goodness. The Hobbit. 

Nickname? 
Hoop

What do you do in your free time? 
Bake, build with Legos, try to learn French, read.


If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
 
The Luckiest Girl in the World

What’s your favorite season/weather?
 
Autumn. 

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 
I took my son to get ice cream.

Favorite smell? 
Rosemary and Lavender

Love? Maybe

Just because Piper’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day does not mean she’s a romantic. In fact, after watching her father and then her stepfather leave, she’s pretty sure she doesn’t believe in love at all. Then her friends concoct a plan to find them all Valentine’s dates, and somehow Piper finds herself with the most popular guy in school. But true love never follows a plan, and a string of heartfelt gifts from a secret admirer has Piper wondering if she might be with the wrong guy.

In this heartwarming romance, true love is more than a maybe – and it might be closer than you think.

Giveaway Details
1 hardback copy of Love? Maybe open to US & Canada
1 ebook open Internationally
Ends 2/20/12

Optional Extra Entries:
+1 Follow Heather’s Blog: http://inthecrazykitchen.blogspot.com/
+1 Friend Heather on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002338505309
+1 Follow or Like Heather on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/hlhepler/

WINNERS:
Ebook: Courtney Wyant
Paperback: Kasondra Gollnick

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