Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming again to Bookish Temptations the lovely Heather Huffman. She’s one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend you read her books. She writes romance and romantic suspense and not only are her novels page-turners, but they also convey a deep meaning. Her new novel, Fool’s Game, was just released, and I can’t wait to start it.
Heather Huffman is sharing with us a wonderful post that’s worth reading, especially for all us women…
One of my favorite things about Cat, the heroine in Fool’s Game, is her ability to fight. Often her adversaries are lulled into a false sense of security because she’s a woman, only to have her wipe the floor with them a split second later.
I began the first draft of Fool’s Game nearly 20 years ago when I was 17. At the time, I was taking martial arts lessons because I had been assaulted three times in those 17 years, beginning at age five, and was tired of being a victim. I never earned any belts and was awful at sparring in class, but I did learn enough to wipe the floor with a creep who tried to accost me at a party, so it was well worth the effort.
In truth, I also signed up for those classes because I had a crazy crush on one of the instructors. He helped out during the weekly class and then offered mid-week gym times. We worked together at the time, too, so we saw each other pretty much every day. I can still remember the way his voice would send butterflies skittering through my stomach as surely as any caress. That man did a number on my heart without even trying – and he was a big inspiration for Cody Kingsley, the hero in Fool’s Game. There’s a scene in the novel where Cat and Cody are sparring in a gym; the conversation is almost verbatim one I had with Jason all those years ago. More than the occasional conversation that found its way into the book, it was the tumult of emotions he created in her that I took from real life.
Of course, Cody is only a dash of Jason. He’s also a sprinkle of Matthew McConnehey and a whole lot of imagination. Still, as Cat worked through the emotions surrounding Cody, my own wounds healed.
And every time Cat triumphed in battle, I regained a little of my own sense of peace, of strength. I walked a little taller and felt a little more at home in my own skin.
In truth, all of my heroines are some piece of me – they are working through something I’ve had to work through. For Jessie in Throwaway, it was the desire for a second chance after a wrong turn. Kate in Ties That Bind had to find a sense of worth. But more than any other, Cat gives my readers a glimpse of my personality and the emotions I was struggling with as a young woman. Hailey in Tumbleweed gives a pretty good glimpse of who I was and what I was searching for a decade later.
So in addition to the romance and adventure readers will find in my books, there’s also a healthy dose of my own heartaches and triumphs woven into each page. What I’ve come to realize is that sharing those journeys has become the greatest adventure of my life.
Thank you so much, Heather, for this post. You can find more about the author and her wonderful books on her website. Heather Huffman is also an activist against Human Trafficking. She recently wrote a guest post on Sylvain Reynard’s website. You can read it here.
Heather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is either cheering one of her three sons on at a sporting event or tending the family’s myriad of animals, which includes alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks. Huffman’s optimistic and somewhat quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels.
Heather is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy, Ring of Fire, Tumbleweed, Devil in Disguise, Roses in Ecuador and Fool’s Game. You can find out more about her family’s adventures as they strive to live off the land, as well as her writing and charitable work on http://heatherhuffman.net/
Again, if you haven’t checked out her books, please do.
COMING UP: A great giveaway graciously offered by Heather Huffman and Booktrope. Don’t miss it!