Heidi and Bodie

Family Christmas brunch with Gray, Ryan, Dan, Polly, and Merle Jean

The Holidays

We had a great holiday with family at our annual Christmas brunch. Both our moms came, as well as my brother, Gray, who was visiting from Minnesota, and Dan’s youngest son, Ryan. Since Dan’s mom, Polly, will be 98 next month and my mom, Merle Jean, will be turning 88 a few months later, we feel so fortunate to have them. It was so nice spending time with everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with loved ones, whatever you celebrate.

Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on all that we have in our lives. Like you, my readers! I’m grateful for your friendship, time, and support and for following my blog. We have so many different things demanding our attention these days, I don’t take for granted the time you spend on my blog posts.

Should I Continue Author Interviews?

I have discovered that one of the best things about being a writer is getting to know other wordsmiths. Finding creatives who share your same passion for reading, storytelling, and sharing experiences is interesting, affirming, and comforting. That’s why I’ve been enjoying the author interviews I’ve been doing the past few months. But I wonder, are you—my blog readers—enjoying them too?

One of my goals for doing the interviews was to “pay it forward” by supporting other authors. So many people have boosted me up during my writing and publishing journey by sharing information and resources, interviewing me, inviting me to speak at events, buying my book, posting reviews, and recommending my book to others—I want to do the same.

Another goal was to help my readers find a book or author to enjoy and give them a peek at what these writers go through to get their books out into the world. It makes me feel like I’m doing something of value for others. But I didn’t realize how much it would do for me at the same time. Win-win-win!

I feel privileged to know these talented, hardworking artists, and I’m grateful for the time they spend answering questions and providing book covers, bios, and images. It takes time and effort to respond to interviews and also to publish them, so if my blog followers aren’t interested, I don’t want to continue them.

As I look forward to posting in 2023, I want to provide content that is interesting to you. Time is so precious, and I don’t want to waste yours with blog installments you’re not interesting in reading. Since most of my readers are shy about posting comments, sometimes it’s hard to know what you would like to see here.

So I’m asking, should I continue the author interviews?

If you don’t want to read author interviews, what would you rather I write about? Travel, life, dogs, book reviews, or . . .? I would love to hear your thoughts. And if you’re an author with a published book and would like to be interviewed, I hope you’ll contact me.

Please let me know what you would like to see on this blog by emailing me directly (my email address is on my website pages—I don’t want to include it in the post because of the trolls) or posting a comment below. I really want to know, and I appreciate your time.

Thank you!

12 thoughts on “Family Holidays and Author Interviews

  1. I’ve enjoyed learning about other authors, and most of them you interview I’ve never heard of. So it’s nice for them to get exposure and for me to find new writers to read! I’m happy to read about anything you choose to blog, so know that I’m reading even if I don’t always comment.

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  2. Heidi, it’s great you were able to have a good Christmas holiday with your mom and family. I’ll bet that was the best gift of all. As far as the author interviews, I sure hope you continue with them. This business is so difficult that helping other writers is always commendable. I enjoy reading about authors I wouldn’t normally be exposed to by reading about them in your blog. Having done a blog myself for several years, I know what a strain it can be, but I hope you keep yours going.

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  3. I’m always inspired by your interviews with other authors. I enjoy hearing how they approach the process of writing, whether panser or plotter, and the struggles they go through to get to the end, and then get published. It’s really hard work at times and it’s good know that as writers we’re not alone.

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    1. Ginny, I agree that writing and getting published is really hard work and it’s so nice to hear about the experience of other writers. I haven’t heard from anyone who doesn’t like the interviews, so I will continue them in 2023. Thanks for the comment!


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