About Heather

Welcome! Glad to have you visit my site.

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I could start my bio like the blurb on my Appalachian mystery, Miranda Warning:“Child of the Appalachian Mountains…”

I was born and mostly raised in the mountains of West Virginia, and I live here once again. I love bringing generational stories to readers, just like the ones I heard growing up. My novels tend to be bittersweet, reflecting the triumphs and trials we experience in our lives.

A little more about me…as is probably apparent with God’s Daughter, I’m fascinated with Viking lore–my maiden name would’ve been Thorvaldsen if my Great-Grandpa hadn’t changed it when he came to America from Norway. My supposed relation to Eirik the Red was why I began writing the Vikings of the New World Saga.

Since I’ve also been homeschooling for about ten years now, I’ll admit I have precious few hobbies outside writing. I do enjoy flower gardening, playing with my large dog, wandering in the woods, dreaming about target shooting when I have money for ammo, playing Black Ops and assorted video games, reading classics, and drinking far too much coffee–not to mention hanging out with my husband.

My taste in novels ranges from Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd to Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. In fact, I modeled God’s Daughter off Chevalier’s novel–in which an entire time period is brought to life through the eyes of a woman. I also love that Chevalier includes rich historical details, but her story doesn’t feel heavy.

With my mystery, I wanted to take a more psychological angle, like Daphne du Maurier utilized with Rebecca. I also loved the married dynamic between Agatha Christie’s married detectives in her Tommy and Tuppence mysteries, so I chose to create a married main character in Miranda Warning.

Here are a few places I’ve guest posted. The list got a leeeetle too big, so you can find the most recent posts on Pinterest here. I have a board dedicated to self-publishing thoughts, blogposts, and tips here. Hope you find something that interests you!

Who Cares What’s Hot?

Wednesday Writers’ Workspace Welcomes Heather Day Gilbert

Research Driving you Berserk?

Getting Past our Writing What-Ifs

Better Than Fiction Guest Post–Heather Day Gilbert

Platform-Building Tips

Arborvitae–A Poem (The Revivalist)

Death of the Opinionated Writer

Tales from the Redhead: Guest post–Heather Day Gilbert

Vikings were Human, Too 

Critical Thinking 

What’s up Wednesdays–Heather Day Gilbert 

When Prayer is the Only Way Out 

Guest Post on Overcoming with God 

Why I’m Going Hybrid–and I’m Not Talking about a Prius 

Classically Crazed–Don’t Sweat the Extras (This Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

This is What (Married) Romance Looks Like

The Grand Hybrid Experiment: Novel Rocket Post

Interview on Sleuths and Suspects

Interview with Debut Novelist Heather Gilbert: Mike Duran’s blog Decompose

Trailblazing Down the Different Author Path: Elaine Stock’s Everyone’s Story blog

Married Characters in Fiction on Married…with Fiction site


 

 

2 thoughts on “About Heather

  1. Thank you, Heather, for including the links. I’m going to check them out. Our family is a homeschooling one too, so I can relate to writing being the main hobby. I love your website and blog.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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