Heather Blanton––Lady in Defiance
Heather said, “I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” –
A former journalist, and avid researcher you skillfully weave truth in among fictional story lines. I understand you love to explore the American West.
Yes, especially ghost towns and museums. I’ve 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 my hand.
No wonder your books bring our western culture to life.
You write Christian Westerns. Besides your love of the west is there another reason?
I get to write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in my stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly.
You have been able to write Christian Westerns without being preachy or cheesy.
Like good old-fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, and lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense. I think readers find my stories heart-warming, realistic, illuminating and glorifying to God.
Where do you think this love for the west stems from?
I think it’s because I grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. My fondest childhood memory is of sitting next to my father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!
I can relate to your love for the old west. I loved the western movies growing up. Every Saturday afternoon was movies and then home to recreate those Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies. We loved that era.
You are the bestselling independent author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series.
This series, Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, caused a few notable Hollywood producers to request the script for my first book in that series.
You’ve been called “A Lady in Defiance” and your writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, your books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love. You just released Romance in the Rockies Books 1, 2, & 3 Plus The Lost Chapters.
Readers now can get all three of the bestselling Defiance books in ONE collection, along with a BONUS, never-before-published prequel novella, The Lost Chapters.
Heather, we wish you continuing success in your writing. We enjoy reading your work so we can’t wait to read this one.
Thank you for visiting with us today.
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