Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blount – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Jeffrey Blount
Jeffrey Blount is an Emmy Award-Winning television director and an award recipient for scriptwriting on multiple documentary projects.  Born and raised in rural Virginia, he now lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Jeanne Meserve. They have two children, Julia and Jake.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Hating Heidi Foster explores the depth and impact of the connections between family and friends, all the while inspiring readers to consider the value of their own relationships.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

French Vanilla
What inspired you to want to become a writer?                                                                                             

In a high school English class, we were given the task of writing a descriptive paragraph.  I don’t know why, but I wrote about a homeless man and the environment in which I visualized him living.  When I finished reading it to the class, I realized that everyone was quiet and staring at me long after I’d finished reading.  My teacher smiled and nodded.  I understood that my words alone had moved people – especially cynical teenagers.   That’s when I began to believe that I might have talent.  That’s when I began to think about writing short stories and novels.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

I would have the power to touch and heal.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?

John Irving, James Baldwin, Alice Hoffman, Toni Morrison, Pat Conroy, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Larry McMurtry and Lori Lansens.
What is your favorite Quote?

When I explained my career choice to my mother, I told her that people said I was crazy to think that I could achieve that goal.  They said I had delusions of grandeur.  My mother was as at the oven preparing dinner.  She turned to me and offered a determined smile.  She said, “Somebody is going to do it. It might as well be you.”
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world… which would it be?

The Lord of the Rings
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Write, first and foremost, to please yourself.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A farmer, like my father.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

A 70-inch TV, a generator and a Direct TV dish with the NFL package.

Hating Heidi Foster

Mae McBride and Heidi Foster were the very best of friends. Tied at the hip from early elementary school, their relationship was the stuff of storybooks, legendary even, in the minds of their high school classmates.

Unshakable. That is, until Mae’s father died while saving Heidi s life. When Mae finds out, she blames Heidi. She blames her father for putting Heidi ahead of her. She blames her friends for taking Heidi s side. She begins to unravel amid that blame and her uncontrollable and atypical anger.

At the same time Heidi is beset by guilt, falls into depression and stops eating properly; wasting away physically and emotionally while waiting for Mae to let her back into the friendship she misses so dearly.

Mae, consumed by her hatred of Heidi, the confusion regarding her father’s motives, the perceived desertion of her friends and her mother’s grief, loses more and more of herself. What could possibly bring these two old friends back to each other? A miracle?

Hating Heidi Foster, is a young adult novel about the place of honor true friendships hold in our lives. It is about suffering and loss and the ethics of grief. It is about a deep and painful conflict, the bright light of selflessness and sacrifice and the love that rights the ship and carries us safely to port.

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1 copy of Hating Heidi Foster
Open to US only
Ends 12/7/12

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