Interview with Author Blair Harton

Welcome to BookView Interview, a conversation series where BookView talks to authors.

Recently, we interviewed author Blair Harton, about her writing and her recently released book, Love, Lydie, a heartwarming romance that hits all the right notes. (Read the review here.)

Blair Harton has always wanted to write a novel—especially a love story.

After years of playing around with the idea of a rock star falling in love with a small-town girl, she wrote Love, Lydie as a brand-new mom living in Monterey, California.

Currently, she resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two daughters.

When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking, camping, or enjoying a nice glass of Chardonnay.

Instagram: @blairhartonwrites

Twitter: @bhartonwrites

What does literary success look like to you?

To me, literary success is writing a great book and reaching the right readers. I want to have a story that people not only enjoy, but one that stays with them, resonates at a deeper level, and leaves them with a sense of satisfaction.

Do you find writing therapeutic?

I do. Writing, for me, is relaxing. It’s a creative outlet, and it’s the one place where anything goes.

How many hours a day do you write?

I try to write every day. My favorite time to write is early morning. It’s when my mind is the sharpest, and I’m the most creative.

I like to pour myself a cup of coffee (or three) and write from 8 until noon.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I do a little of both. I’m fairly new to the novel-writing process, but I have found that I tend to trust it by allowing the story to unfold on its own and pretty much tell itself. I like to go with what feels right in the moment, but I also keep in mind what romance readers enjoy and try to incorporate those things into my stories. It comes naturally because my favorite genre is romance, and I like to write what I would want to read.

Who and what ultimately inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. My love of storytelling began when I was really, really young. I’ve always had a huge imagination, and when I was a kid, I loved to make up my own characters—first, through art, and later, through writing. When I was in junior high, a creative writing assignment landed me a spot on the school newspaper, and it was there that I really found my place. Writing allowed me to express myself, fueled my creative juices, and teachers/peers believed in me and what I was putting on the page.

Plus, I’m just naturally drawn to stories—especially ones about love—and writing has empowered me to tell my own.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Trust the process and never give up. Write every day, embrace struggles, and celebrate victories. Never be afraid to entertain an idea for a story, and no matter how hard the novel-writing process is, each day of work is another day closer to a finished product.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to keep writing! As of now, I’m working on my second novel which is a romance set in a sailing community in Maine. I hope to publish it by the end of this year.


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