Name: Genevieve Heaston
Who is Genevieve? A full time stay at home mom with a passion for crime, chocolate and shoes.
Books: “First I love you” and “Second of All”(The Downey Series)
Genre: Adult Fiction
It is Motif Ink’s honor to present our readers an interview with Genevieve Heaston, author of the Downey Series. Interviewed by Tania Lasenburg, Heaston explained her passion for crime and the human mind and how she is able to juggle a full household and a successful book series. Her books can be purchased on Amazon.
Enjoy the Quick Five Below:
Why did you choose to become a writer?
An author friend who had read my non-fiction work suggested I take my love of writing and research and apply it to the fictional world. I accepted it as a challenge and in the course of writing First, I Love You discovered how much I love writing fiction. I’ve always had an active imagination and am an avid reader so having this outlet has been an amazing journey.
Your first book, which is considered a mix between the Godfather and Casablanca was published in 2012, independently . . . . . what inspired you to write book like that? Was it purely the movies or are you a bit of a history buff?
I have always had an interest in Organized Crime and law enforcement, but even more than these I am trained as an Anthropologist and have always found fascinating the human mind’s ability to rationalize choices based upon cultural and social underpinings. I set the series mostly in Chicago, partly because my whole family is originally from there, but also because it has a fascinating history not just with gangsters but culture and architecture.
What was the most difficult thing about writing with a household to run? Did that pressure you in anyway to complete the book as soon as possible or were you taking your time to be influenced?
It is difficult to find uninterrupted time when one is a stay/work at home mom. People get this thought in their head you have all this free time but the truth is, it’s completely the opposite, people get used to asking you for things at all hours every day. The benefit is you make your own hours in the comfort of your own home. I didn’t feel pressure when I wrote the first one, I do now because I have the added strain of trying to market the other books, author appearances, and fan interaction (which isn’t a strain at all, definitely fun, but still takes time away from writing)
Why did you choose to write fiction? With Young Adult books being extremely popular did you think that going off this new norm would help you better in becoming a household name?
No, I gave absolutely no thought to what was popular when I started writing First, I Love You, and I still don’t care what’s popular. It can be frustrating when you’re marketing a book to be noticed amongst a sea of Young Adult, Fantasy, and Erotica but I write what is in my heart. If at some point it coincides with what is popular that will be fantastic, if not, ah well. I truly believe an author should tell the story that is in their heart. Readers are not stupid, they can tell when an author is forcing something for the sake of being formulaic.
Finally, Who and what are you reading right now?
I have been working hard on finishing Third Time’s The Charm (Downey #3) so I haven’t had much time for reading. The last few books I’ve read have been non-fiction except for the children’s books I read with my daughter as part of a Mother-Daughter book club. I have a giant back log of books I’d like to read, most of which are romance, like the latest Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich.
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