Posted on 04/26/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Today we’re interviewing Heather Blanton.

Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian westerns, including the "Romance in the Rockies" series which was recently optioned for a limited TV series.

A former journalist, she loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw's note in her hand.

When she’s not exploring, she’s home handling her own outlaw gang: one husband, two sons, three dogs, and a passel of chickens and ducks.

SADYE: Which of your characters would you most and least like to trade places with?

HEATHER: I would be happy to trade places with either Naomi from A Lady in Defiance or Grace from Grace be a Lady.

Both these ladies marry handsome, wealthy, capable, kind men. But it’s mostly their ranches I’m after!

I would prefer not to trade places with Rose also from A Lady in Defiance because she is mean and skanky.

Oh, and she’s in prison now. That’s definitely a downer.  

SADYE: Which of your characters would you most and least like to become romantically involved with?

HEATHER: My hero Charles McIntyre is one handsome rascal, and he has such a beautiful character arc.

He’s a complicated man trying to grow in his faith and walk the line between manliness and meekness while dealing with a very dark, troubled past.

He’s used to doing things his own way and surrendering his heart to a woman and a loving God has been a challenge.

The character I would not ever want to be with is Bull Hendrick. Man, he is one of my most powerfully written villains.

He’s a crook, a liar and an abuser. I couldn’t be married to him for five seconds without shooting him.

At least in the book, he sure got his comeuppance. I have to admit, I do like playing God.

SADYE: What have been the most surprising, rewarding, and challenging parts of your writing career?

HEATHER: To this day, I can’t get over readers who tell me my books have made them cry.

One reader even told me she was so invested in a book, she prayed for the characters! I just didn’t realize the power of the written word, or how attached to characters readers get.

In a certain book, I killed one of the main characters. Yikes! It will be a long time before I do that again!

I could see the pitchforks and torches from a mile away and the villagers were coming for me!

SADYE: What period of history would you most like to travel back to / what historical figure would you most like to meet, and why?

HEATHER: Everybody always says they’d like to travel back to Bible times and meet Jesus.

I have mixed emotions about that. He said blessed are those who didn’t see him and yet believed.

That in mind, I think I’d like to go back to the 1880s, perch in the window of Fly Photography and watch Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday handle things at the OK Corral.

Talk about an iconic moment in America’s Western history.

SADYE: What message or theme would you like readers to take away from your work?

HEATHER: All of my heroines either become or already are strong-willed and defiant. They’re defiant of defeat, depression, failure.

God is good. Life is good. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

But sometimes, you really have to fight to hang on to that perspective.

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Learn more about Heather Blanton on her website, where her books can also be purchased. 

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Comments
I tell Heather Blanton that she is one of my all-time favorite authors ever, and I certainly mean it!! I open any of her books and I’m drawn right in to the character’s lives, the surroundings, the scents, the scenery! I’m THERE!! She has a God given talent which she is using to honor herself?? Why no, she’s using it to honor her Lord, her Savior, the One Who gave her that talent, which delights me to no end! Thank you, Heather, for using your gifts to glorify the Lord and to make millions of readers sooo happy!! Everybody needs to read a Heather Frey Blanton book or twenty!!
Lana Burton | 05/03/2021 at 10:04 AM
DiAne, Kaye, Talmadge--thank you so much for the kind words. You make me think what I do matters more than I realize!
Heather Blanton | 04/29/2021 at 06:55 PM
I love Heather Blanton’s books. She’s a great storyteller and addresses things in life that are important.
Talmadge Ragan | 04/29/2021 at 11:28 AM
If Heather Blanton has written it, I've read it! A number of years ago I had the privilege to sit down at the table of a Blue Ridge Writers Conference next to a young lady who was under contract for her first novel. Her name was Heather Blanton! If I remember correctly that publisher's contract fell through during the conference...boy I bet they are crying in their beer today! Did it upset Ms. Heather? Nope, set her on fire and she's still blazing the writing trail today. She's been a role model for me. Not only are her books mesmerizing ...she is a lightning bolt of power with her words.. I'll never forget those days at Blue Ridge and I wait impatiently for each new book. Just wish she'd write faster! <3
DiAne Gates | 04/29/2021 at 11:05 AM
I love reading Heathers books!! She has the ability to put you right in the story with the characters!! Couldn’t say enough about them except read them all!!💕💕
Kaye Ferguson | 04/29/2021 at 10:15 AM
Thank you, Fussy Librarian, for allowing me to ramble. And thanks to my readers who let me know they read this! Sharon and Susan, thank you for leaving comments here, too!
Heather Blanton | 04/28/2021 at 07:01 PM
I love and respect Heather, she tells wonderful stories, love the Lord and will tell anyone! She gives great advice and is definitely helping to spread the word. She is right God is good,life is good, and there is always something to be thankful for!
Sharon Meier | 04/28/2021 at 07:00 AM
Heather is my favorite author! I am re-reading the Defiance series (while waiting on other Blanton books to arrive) experiencing heartbreak and happiness all over again. My heart is broken over Logan Tillane in book 3, and troubled with Delilah Goodnight. Several times while reading A Promise in Defiance, I needed to stop and rethink the depth of wickedness Delilah was immersed in. When I closed "Promise", I found myself cheering for the woman. Go Girl!! What a wonderful gift of writing God has blessed Heather with. She uses it for His glory in ministering to the reader. May God continue to bless Heather as she spreads His love to those who read it.
Susan Nikolaus | 04/27/2021 at 01:34 PM
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