Thursday, April 10, 2014

Houston Author Event Spotlight: Carey Heywood

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with six books out and many more to come. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Ever the mild-mannered citizen, Carey spends her days working in the world of finance, and at night, she retreats into the lives of her fictional characters. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.


I had such a great time hanging with Carey over the weekend in Houston. She is super sweet, funny and passionate about what she does. Her newest release is Better, which I just picked up myself this weekend. I can't wait to read it! Here is my interview with Carey over the weekend.

Becca: I am so happy to sit down and talk with you! Ok are you ready for the hard hitting questions?
Carey: (laughing) Sure...

Becca: So what book do you think impacted your life the most?
Carey: I would say series...I would have to say Harry Potter one of my best friends passed away and the last thing we did together was see the first movie and I completely grieved his death through Harry Potter. And so it gave me a decade to say good-bye to him.

Becca: And how did that affect your writing do you think?
Carey:  I am not really into paranormal but I always loved books and the ability to tell a story. I was inspired by the fact that she could carry those people and those character and make them so real and lovable over so much time. That series is probably the one that is most personable to me but I think I am inspired through so many, I mean there are a lot of books that inspire me.

Becca: Yeah, I mean how can you not be.
Carey: Like The Fault in our Stars killed me. Making Faces and even Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reed, I'm not sure if you have read it but it was one of the most unique hysterical books I have even read and I feel like every single book that grabs a hold of me inspires me to be a better writer and better story teller. 

Becca: So what character was the hardest for you to write?
Carey: So,  for me hardest character for me to write was Allie in Better. She was inspired by my friend that passed away. She was my Cameron.

Becca: What scene was the hardest for you to write?
Carey:  When Aubrey realized that she passed away.  They thought they had more time with her. Her death was expected but...
Becca: But not at that point...
Carey: Yeah definitely.
Becca: So it throws you off.
Carey: Even when you are told by a medical professional that you have a month and so you think you have a month. 
Becca: Yeah and then they die two days later and you feel cheated...where did my month go?
Carey: Exactly

Becca: What the one book that you recommend that everybody read.
Carey: One book that really really changed my way of thinking was a Different Blue by Amy Harmon. Blue the main character goes through so much and I felt like so many people could relate to the fact that life, no matter where you are, is never easy.  Every single person on the planet has their own personal struggles that they go through and instead of apologizing for it or making excuses for what he went through. This character said to her I feel awful for what you had to go through but I'm not sad that you went through what you did because if you hadn't, then you wouldn't be the Blue that you are. And I just love that.


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