Interview with romance novelist Dora Hiers

Readers, I’d like to introduce you to Dora Hiers today. She shares a lot about her publishing journey for the Marshals of Journey Creek series, including the newest novel, Journey’s Edge.

Dora
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Bio:
After a successful auditing career, Dora left
the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest
son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started
writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian
Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Her first
inspirational romance, Journey’s End,
released with White Rose Publishing in 2011, and her second, Journey’s Edge released in March 2012.
White Rose also contracted her third book in the Marshals of Journey Creek
series, Journey’s Embrace, and her
first short romance, Small Town Treasure.
Dora and her husband make their home in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
Welcome, Dora. Please tell us about
your current release.
Thank you, Lisa. I thought you’d never ask.
Journey’s
Edge
is a contemporary inspirational romance about an auditor who uncovers
fraud and hires a Deputy U.S. Marshal, her
ex-fiancé
, to protect her and her daughter from a vengeful client. I’m thrilled to
introduce Journey’s Edge:
A
Routine Audit? Hardly.

Red
flags—including some goon who’s following her—raise McKinley Frasier’s
suspicions that numbers don’t add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries
to snatch McKinley’s daughter from school, she turns to police officer and
ex-fiance, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their
wedding. But Renner’s not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He
calls himself a “new man.” She trusts the new Renner with her
daughter’s safety…but what about her heart?
What inspired you to
write this book?
Actually,
Trey Colton, from Journey’s End,
inspired this book. Renner was Trey’s partner. Both Deputy U.S. Marshals, but
total personality opposites. Trey was born first: neat, immaculately-dressed,
and organized. Relaxed and casual Renner gets on Trey’s nerves, but they are
best friends. I knew the moment Renner appeared on the page that he would have
his own book. I had to dig around in his past to find his sweetheart, but when
you meet Kinny, you’ll understand how perfect they are for each other.

Journey’s Edge excerpt:
“Honey, if you’re looking for
that kind of action, you’ve got the wrong room.”
“What?” McKinley gasped.
She knew that voice, that rich timbre with just a hint of teasing. Always
teasing, forever flirting.
Renner Crossman.
Oh, no! What kind of twisted sense
of humor did James suffer from? She didn’t want to see Renner. She only wanted
to know that he was in the hotel.
McKinley tilted her head back,
inching her line of vision up to Renner’s face. Just to be sure. A lot could
change after ten years. Look at her. She was a prime example.
She heard his deep intake of breath.
Shock? Yeah, well, she could relate.
“Kinny?”
Ten years faded into yesterday.
Those espresso-colored eyes still gleamed with mischief. Or was it something
else? Maybe he hadn’t changed that much.
His hands tightened around her arms,
pulling her against him. She closed her eyes and leaned into his chest.
Renner.
His heart thumped a tune with hers.
His breath whispered against her hair. And the scent of his aftershave was like
a dear friend. She sighed.
What was it about him that latched
on to her innermost dreams and desires and wouldn’t let go? His grin? His
have-no-cares-in-the-world style against her organized,
have-to-know-everything-beforehand outlook?
He looped his arms around her back
and pressed his forehead to hers, just like he used to do. When he’d made her
feel loved and cherished. Protected. Special.
A clamp tightened around her
stomach, cut off air, and she almost tossed the cookies she’d scarfed down in
place of dinner. Gag.
Special.
Yeah, right. More like used and
abused. Thrown away with the trash.
She wasn’t safe in here, either. She
braced her hands against his chest and jerked a step back, telling her brain to
reject his familiar, comforting scent. She would take her chances in the hall.
What exciting story
are you working on next?
I couldn’t believe how
sad I was to type the end on Journey’s
Embrace
, to close the Marshals of Journey Creek series. I’d come to love
Journey Creek and the characters who found a place to belong, to find love and
their happily-ever-after.
But, it didn’t take me
long to embrace Promise Lake, a fictional city in the mountains of North
Carolina. I just submitted my first sweet novella in this series for
consideration with White Rose Publishing. No danger. No suspense. Just a lot of
heart-racing romance in When Truth
Whispers
. Want a peek?
After a humiliating breakup, best-selling
romance author Teal Benning flees to Promise Lake to complete her current
novel, minus paparazzi and flashing cameras. Suffering from writer’s block and
a broken heart, Teal accepts the offer of help from neighbor, Hunter Miciver.
Hunter longs to be more than the friend who picks up the shattered pieces of
Teal’s heart. When Teal finds out his secret, will she see him for the man he
is, a man of faith and devotion, a man who would cherish her for the rest of
her days? Or will she lump him into the same category as all the other men in
her life, including her father? Will Teal recognize when truth whispers her
name?
Think
my editor will like it?
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
After dropping out of the workforce to taxi
my two sons around (and to make sure one of them actually attended school, he
had a slight problem with that!), the writing seed
dug in, took root around my heart with the idea for Journey’s End.
I soaked up online writing
courses and attended a writer’s conference. Joined American Christian Fiction
Writers, Carolina Christian Writers, and a critique group. But, I didn’t
consider myself a writer. Writers received contracts, validation for their
work. I had only rejection letters.
With every rejection letter, I
would cry, rant, and tuck my manuscript into a corner of the closet for months.
With my husband’s encouragement, (more like prodding, I’m so thankful for him!)
I would whip
out that piece of paper and look at it again with a fresh perspective. I
plucked out the pearls of constructive criticism on how to make my writing
stronger and better, and dug back in.
On New Year’s Eve in 2010 some five years after I started down
this crazy writing road, White Rose Publishing offered me a contract for Journey’s End. Can you think of a better
way to end one year and to begin another? Who needs fireworks?
Do you know what it’s taken me years to understand? December 31,
2010, may be the day I received a contract to validate my work. But, the time
that I actually became a writer was
when I acted on the idea planted in my heart and refused to give up on my
dreams.  
Do you write
full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?
Writing started as a hobby for me, but has
since expanded and taken over much of my day. I admire writers who work
full-time and must squeeze writing in whenever they can, but I don’t do well
with 15-minute blocks. I warm up to it. My speed increases over a three-hour
time frame, but drastically declines in the afternoons, so I usually only work on
my manuscripts until lunchtime. My goal is anything over 1,000 words. Does that
happen every day? No. Edits, galleys and sick grandchildren take priority.
I’m not a writer who
spins out an ugly rough draft first to get thoughts on the page, then goes back
and edits. I write a scene and layer it many times before moving on. It feels
like I’m slogging along, but by the time I finally reach the end, my manuscript
is ready to go.
I
spend afternoons working on blog posts, library talks, promoting, social
networking, housecleaning, working in the yard, catching up on personal phone
calls and errands, and watching my grandkids. Oh, and the best part ~ lunch
with my husband!
Weekends and evenings are meant for my family,
relaxation, and worship. And libraries, where I enjoy talking romance with
readers and publishing with writers.
What would you say is
your interesting writing quirk?
Noise
bothers me. I enjoy quiet while I write. No music or distractions, just the
soft snores of my golden retriever and the chattering of the birds and the
antics of squirrels outside my window. And I tend to go into near panic mode if
I don’t have a drink next to me. My faves: coffee, iced tea, diet soda and hot
chocolate in the winter.
As a child, what did
you want to be when you grew up?
I
didn’t know what I wanted to be or do, even after graduation from high school. I
spent my entire life in the job force working my way up from the bottom. After
high school, with a major soft drink distributor, from a telephone sales rep to
a Sales Secretary. In the apartment industry, from a leasing agent to a
Resident Manager. For a School District in Florida, from bookkeeper to
Accountant II, where I performed and reviewed hundreds of audits. During that
time, I earned an Associates Degree in Accounting.
But,
my career screeched to a halt when our oldest son developed an extreme
intolerance to school. I dropped out of the workforce to become a stay-at-home
mom. When he graduated (thank God!), and my younger son didn’t want me hanging
out at school with him anymore, I knew I needed something else to do.
My
husband suggested that I should be a travel agent. We could travel around the
globe for free or at a reduced cost. Not a good idea for a homebody. My heart
said write. So, now, I add writer to that list. Maybe, at 50+ years old, I
finally figured it out…
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers?
I
enjoyed my visit with you! Thanks so much for allowing me to share.
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5 thoughts on “Interview with romance novelist Dora Hiers

  1. Dora Hiers says:

    Thank you so much for hosting me today, Lisa. I appreciate your hospitality and the wonderful way you showcased my work!

  2. Catherine Lee says:

    Promise Lake sounds great…I look forward to it. Since I live in NC, I like books set in the state (even if the towns are fictional). I live near the coast, not the mountains.

    It's great that you've gotten to use your auditing background in your novel!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. Dora Hiers says:

    Hi Catherine.

    You live near the NC coast? We live in Kannapolis, a suburb of Charlotte, but have only made it to Myrtle Beach 1x in 5 yrs, and even then, we never saw the water. We're from FL, but mountain lovers at heart. Isn't that weird?

    It's great to meet you, Catherine! Thanks for your kind words.

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