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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Write Spot: Heidi Ashworth

Welcome to the third edition of The Write Spot, a bi-weekly author series spotlighting the many and varied places where writers write.

This week, I'm delighted to welcome best-selling and award-winning Regency romance author, Heidi Ashworth to The Write Spot.

Heidi lives in the San Francisco bay area, but says she lost her heart across the pond when she was very young. She read her first Regency romance when she was four years old (just a few words, but it was enough) and wrote her first at age ten. Since then she has sharpened her skills and garnered a few accolades. Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind hit the number one spot on several of Amazon's Regency romance lists in both the U.S. and England, while its sequel earned a finalist position in the Whitney Awards. Both books are now available from Montlake Romance. When she's not writing or busy with her young family, Heidi dabbles in the antiques and collectibles market and works in her flower garden.

Heidi Ashworth's Write Spot

What a pretty desk, Heidi! Now that you've shared your photo, tell us what makes it the "Write Spot" for you.

This is my "write spot".  My computer sits on the desk I bought for myself when I was 19 in anticipation of penning the great American novel.  All of my books, novellas, short stories, journal entries, love letters to my husband and musings on dream interpretations have happened at this desk.  It is currently three feet away from the family T.V. (a whopping 40 incher) and I often write surrounded by the mayhem of a husband, three kids and two dogs, but I console myself with the fact that Jane Austen wrote in similar circumstances (minus the T.V.) (and the husband) (and the dogs) (probably).

Other than your computer or laptop, what's the one thing you couldn't be without in your "Write Spot"?

One thing that I cannot be without when I am writing here is chocolate. I have tried to be creative without it but, alas, it is my muse.

Mmm. What are you and your chocolate muse working on now?

Currently I am working on a novella that comes out in an all-Regency anthology, A Midwinter Ball, via Mirror Press in December, along with a supersize British-made Cadbury chocolate bar that I went all the way to England to purchase.  It was kind of pricey but I have no regrets.

Never regret the chocolate! That's my motto, too. ;-) 
Where can readers find out more about you and your books? 

You can read more (as well as view copious photos) about me and my books, as well as my adventures in decorating my romantic home, my travels overseas with my incredible daughter, my musings on life with my disabled son, my roses (I'm obsessed) and lots of other things which I cannot seem to stop talking about on my blog, Dunhaven Place and my website You can also find me on social media at the following sites:

Twitter: @AshworthHeidi

Heidi's current release, Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice, is a RONE Award Finalist for Historical: Post Medieval and the recipient of InD'tale Magazine's 4.5 star review and coveted Crowned Heart for excellence! Get it now.

Miss Elizabeth Armistead, India born and raised, is happily betrothed to British soldier, Duncan Cruikshank. When she arrives in London a month prior to the wedding she meets Mr. Lloyd-Jones and soon finds that he has invaded even her dreams. Besides Duncan, Mr. Lloyd-Jones is the only man who makes her feel as if he sees past her exceptional beauty to the person within. Her mother would prefer Elizabeth marry the rich and well-connected Mr. Lloyd-Jones while his sister is ecstatic that he is now free to woo Miss Armistead since he has broken off his engagement to the disgraceful Cecily Ponsonby. However, Elizabeth's commitment to the man she promised to marry is at odds with the likes of Mr. Lloyd-Jones who has cried off from one engagement already. How can she betray the man she believes to love her for her virtues so as to indulge her love for a man she fears she cannot trust? 

Thank you for visiting with us at The Write Spot, Heidi!

About The Write Spot:
I've always been fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. Whether it's backstage photos from my favourite play, a peek into the kitchen where a chef is working her culinary magic, or simply a glimpse through an uncurtained window into a stranger's private world, there's an undeniable thrill of discovery, a sense of secrets shared. It's no surprise, then, that I'm immensely curious about where other writers do their work. I've blogged about it before in this post about my own 'write spot' and so enjoyed the comments, I was inspired to launch a regular feature here at Stillpoint. Watch for The Write Spot every other Wednesday and join me as I discover the many and varied places where writers write. Check the sidebar for links to previous Write Spot author features.

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At 7:44 am, Blogger Sandy Cody said...

No wonder your books are so filled with beautiful details, Heidi. They're penned in an inspiring spot. I'm sure the chocolate (always inspiring) helps. Thanks for sharing.

And thanks, Cheryl, for bring it to us.

At 10:07 am, Blogger Cheryl said...

My pleasure, Sandy. I'm having such fun with this series - love seeing where other authors do their work, and Heidi's spot is so pretty! Thanks for stopping by.

At 10:49 am, Blogger Fran McNabb said...

Heidi, your writing spot is lovely. It screams "regency"! By the way, I, too, have to have my bowl of chocolates. I like the fun size bars and don't feel guilty eating them at all! Thanks for sharing your writing spot.

At 12:43 pm, Blogger Sheila Seabrook said...

Heidi, your writing space is beautiful. I can see in the background your lovely tea set, and am now imagining all of the wonderful items that surround you and inspire you. As to the chocolate...oh, I'm envious. Chocolate kills my brain waves, so I only indulge at Halloween (all those mouth-sized treats!) and Christmas. BTW, I love the cover of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice. It's stunning!

At 10:12 am, Blogger Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Heidi, What a lovely writing space! And so appropriate for an author of Regency Romances. Chocolate adds that final touch. Joanne :)

At 10:13 am, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Heidi, you're writing spot is so beautiful! I'm afraid if it were mine, I'd be too distracted to work. Yes, I agree--chocolate is essential.

At 2:58 pm, Blogger Cheryl said...

I'm loving all the visitor comments about Heidi's beautiful Write Spot. Also, I think we're close to proving that all writers love chocolate (as if we needed proof!).

Many thanks to everyone for reading and sharing The Write Spot this week.


At 3:48 pm, Anonymous Susan McNicoll said...

Heidi, I am incredibly impressed that you can write surrounded by such mayhem as a tv, husband and kids. It must be the chocolate that is the calming factor. Works for me!


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