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Heaven J. Fox

Author of Realistic Fiction

Which character(s), created by you, do you consider as your masterpiece(s)?

This is hard because it's mostly all the guys. I'll try to number it.

1. Patron - I am so in love with his character. His thuggishness, but such a soft-hearted lover.

2. Jamie - He's such a simple clean-cut character that doesn't really cause drama yet he's so intriguing to me.

3. Remy - Love this thug dude. He's just thug all the way, but he has a soft center too that's not so easy to get to.

4. DeKing - He's such the businessman but I love his persona too. Or maybe he's so different from all the other male characters.

Does a bad review affect your writing?

It stifles me for a minute because I take it in and try to find the truth in it. I stay humble yet at the same time, I know not everyone will like everything I do. The bad reviews I don't like is when it has nothing to do with my writing. For instance, "It sounds like a kid wrote it." (Not an actual review) But anyway, It would be like yeah, it's for young adults duh! it's supposed to. Or ones that say, "It seemed unfinished..." Yeah, it's a series... it carries over. I don't write my series as standalones. You have to read the books in order. And especially I feel like don't complain about a FREE book! Just don't! If you don't like it, it cost you nothing and it also costs you nothing to put it down and stop reading.

Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?

Hecks No! I used to starting out and when I was in Nanowritmo.

I write until the characters stop talking. Sometimes that may be only for 30min. or other days it may be consistent for a whole 8 hours. Book 10 of WHS took about two months to write and it was well over 130,000. My biggest novel yet. I think I even started to get carpal tunnel from it and hubby made me stop and take a break from a couple of days.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

When I first started writing I did because that's what all the articles I researched talked about.

Now, I don't. I think writer's block is just a fear. Fear of not getting it right. Fear of people not liking where you are trying to go with the storyline. Fear is crippling. I'm not a traditional outliner, so most of the time I have no idea where the story is going from one sentence to the next. I just sit down and write what God gives me in my head. I let the characters play out their own scenes and write out the movie I see in my mind.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I don't know. I think writing male characters comes pretty easily and naturally to me. I've always loved writing from a male perspective. But if I had to pick something I'd probably say making sure I had the up to date slang correct.

If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?

The first book of the Kissing Cousins series. Only because it was never meant to be published. I would add more characters and depth to it, since I have gained more experience in writing now.

I would not touch WHS as far as content because I feel like it's authentic in nature. I can tell when I go back that it is one of my first books by how the characters speak compared to how they speak in later books. I say authentic because WHS character has grown as I have grown as a writer. It's funny because it was first published in 2014-2018 where the series end. Technically that's four years... Kind of like Amber's four years of high school.

Which book of yours would you want adapted for the silver screen?

Of course all of them! What kind of question is that? JK

Seriously, I can see Kissing Cousins and Something Worth Fighting For as movies and The Westbrook High Series as a TV Show. (Like a 45min. Dramadey)

Do you often project your own habits or fears onto your characters?

Of course!

Amber has eczema like me.

Symphony and Nina have the same phobias as me.

Symphony smokes

Eli's character mimics that of my husband.

How long do you take to write a book?

On an average right now... 30 days.

Kissing Cousins (Not the Kissing My Best Friend's Brother, part of the series) was a short story based on my life that I'd written maybe 15 years ago for the sims.

Books 1&2 of WHS took me a year to write collectively because it was originally one book. Something Worth Fighting for probably took me about that amount of time as well because I was a new writer and I thought you had to do and have certain things in order to write. Plus I did a lot of research at that time on becoming a writer and the do's and don'ts of it all.

After book 3 of WHS I think I started to get my bearings and confidence as a writer and I threw away all the writing junk I thought I needed and just got me a simple laptop and MS Word and I started going to town. Honestly, it wasn't until a few tries of Nanowritmo that I realized I could write a book in 30 days and I didn't need all the extra gimmicks just motivation.

After that, I'd write Kissing Cousins and Westbrook High at the same time switching between the two when something hit me.

How many children do you have? Do you see any young writers in any of them?

I have 7 children (2 Girls and 5 Boys) 1 Grandchild... I have 2 Step-children plus 10 Grandchildren.

My youngest daughter who is 8 is waiting for me to turn her book into a children's book. My youngest son who is about to be 14 has started writing, but hasn't finished.

How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?

For The Westbrook High Series... a big one! Depending on the scene or character I'm writing at the time, I'll listen to a certain song to get a character's tone going.

(NBA Youngboy, A Boogie, YBN Nahmir, Tee Grissley, Offset, etc)

None for Kissing Cousins

And I don't listen to music while writing at all! I need quiet.

Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?

Yes. Definitely Nyla and Amber. Some past qualities of Hunter and an alter-ego of Symphony. LOL

Do your novels carry a message?

I'd like to think I write with a purpose other than to just make $ from my work. Everything I write has to carry some type of message or else to me it's just a mess.

Is writing book series more challenging?

Hmm... I think it would be if you tried to make a book that's meant to be a standalone into a series.

What I mean by that is, to me... nothing ever hardly works out the way it's planned. I feel writing should be more from the soul than mapped out. I think writers can feel when they've hit the end of a book and if they try to push it into a series... I think the readers can tell that too. That's why I believe you get that... "Part one was better than part two." Type of thing.