Friday, June 5, 2009

Introducing . . . Heather Justesen

Hello, my name is Heather and I, too, live in a small farming community in Utah. My love affair with books began before I could actually read, since my mom says she used to put a couple in my crib when I woke up at night. I'd look at them in the dark until I fell back to sleep. I started writing stories and plots in my head when I was not much older than that, but I never wrote any of them down until my senior year of high school. I've been writing more seriously for about nine years, and my first book, The Ball's in Her Court, a contemporary romance, is slated for release in October.

While my husband and I were foster parents for a couple of years I learned a lot about fostering, adoption, and renion issues for those who felt the need to seek out their birth families. I used some of the things I learned as plot elements in this book, and a second one I recently submitted.
My husband and I have been married ten years and live on a large lot that we share with our dog, two cats, three fish, a rabbit, four geese, eight quail, and a constantly shifting number of ducks and chickens as I hatch and sell the babies.

I like to read and write (obviously), quilt, garden, play with my animals, I run as a volunteer EMT for my community, run a business with my husband, and work part time in my parents' store.

I'm really excited for the opportunity to join these ladies on this blog as we discuss our writing journeys.


Tristi Pinkston said...

I never thought about putting books in my children's cribs ... I'm filing that away in case I ever need it for future reference.

Jillayne Clements said...

It's good to meet you, even if it is through a blog post. Good luck with your new book! =0)

Cindy Beck said...

Heather: It was fun to see you yesterday at the Sweetwater Conference ... and fun to learn more about you through this post.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Yeah, Heather! So excited to read your posts on writing!!!

Nichole Giles said...

Hey Heather! One of these days I'm going to ask you to count those ducks. Just to see if you keep track on a day-to-day basis.

Just kidding. Glad to know a bit more about you, and so excited for your book to be released.


Heather Justesen said...

Nichole, the count is currently at 12 ducks, but I have more hatching this next week!

kersten campbell said...

Good luck with your new book! I loved reading about you!