Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things

By Heather

One of questions I’m asked most is “What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?” Questions like this throw me into a tizzy, because there are just so many options to choose from. Which to pick? Working in my jammies if I want? Not having to battle rush hour traffic? Seeing my books in stores? Getting wonderful reader email? Hearing that my book touched someone’s heart? SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM.

But…I chose.

A little backstory: If you’ve ever met me, you know how soft my voice is. I feel as though lots of times I should carry around a microphone to be heard. When I speak up, I feel as though I’m shouting. And even then sometimes people still can’t hear me. I can tell by the way they nod absently or murmur “mmm-hmm.” I’ve tried to learn to speak louder, but it’s just not natural. I don’t like yelling all the time. Which leads me to my number one favorite thing about being a writer.

By reading my words, you hear me. You hear every word. And sometimes those words make you cranky, and sometimes those words make you cry, but most of the time they make you happy. And that makes me happy. See why it’s my favorite?

And that leads me to another favorite thing: You, my wonderful readers, my friends. For eight years now you’ve visited me here at the Cozy Chicks. You’ve been with me through my kids growing up and moving out, through three different publishers for my books, three different series, moving houses, hair troubles, a monkey on a plane, my love of planners, and so much more. But now it’s time for me to do one of my un-favorite things: say goodbye.

In a quest to devote more time to fiction writing, I’ve decided to leave the Cozy Chicks. Today will be my last official post (though I’m sure I’ll pop in from time to time). It’s been an amazing ride.

That being said, I will still be around. I’ll still post on my personal blog from time to time ( and you can find me on Facebook ( & and also on Twitter (@booksbyheather). (Honestly, I’m trying to cut back!!!)

So now that we got that all out of the way, it’s time for some fun! Choose your piece of virtual cake (any flavor you want, no calories), and let’s have a giveaway for some of my favorite things! Books! Coffee! Chocolate!


I’m giving away a $25 gift card to either Barnes & Noble OR Amazon (winner’s choice), a $25 Starbucks OR Dunkin’ Donuts gift card (winner’s choice), and a bag of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark. Three separate winners will be chosen and notified via email within 48 hours.

To enter, just fill out the form. U.S. residents only (foreign friends, see below). 
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Foreign friends, I’m braving customs red tape and giving away a signed set of Wishcraft Mysteries! Use the form below to enter.

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Thanks for hearing me all these years!


PS: Stay tuned to the blog to see who the next "Saturday" Cozy Chick will be!