Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ghost Island Blog Tour With Author Bonnie Hearn Hill

I am so excited to fill in as the first stop on this brand new tour! It's going to be an exciting week learning more about Bonnie's paranormal romance, so let's get started! She did an interview with Kati over at Jagged Edge ....

Would you like to tell us a little about yourself? I’m a former newspaper editor who began as a copywriter for one of the country’s largest rock radio stations. I’m the author of six thrillers for MIRA books, a three-book young adult astrology series, and my newest, GHOST ISLAND. I also mentor and teach authors, which gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

What inspired you to write? I was born knowing that’s what I was supposed to do. I won my first writing contest—25-words-or-less; why I serve Coke at my parties—when I was in the fourth grade.

What authors influenced you as a writer? Poe was the first, then Shirley Jackson. Joan Didion is still one of my favorite authors. Her books set in California define so much of the lifestyle here. I also love the work of Walter Mosley and Larry Watson. That may seem an odd mix, but not if you remember that all of these writers have strong, original voices.

What is your favorite quote? “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” That’s Shaw. Isn’t it wonderful? It kind of explains my philosophy of writing.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? I love to visit different worlds in books, but I wouldn’t want to live in any of them.

What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do? Every writer needs a sense of humanity. Next to that, I would say honesty, an ability to look at oneself.

Are your books different than your personal favorite books by other authors? I write many different types of books, so probably, but not by design.

What led you to writing in this genre? My current book is a paranormal love story, and I wrote it because I really wanted to write about love, and about what we are willing to do for love.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? I love it all even when I hate it. The first draft is probably the most fun, even though I’m riding the bicycle up the mountain.

Least favorite part of the writing process? Trying to second-guess myself in the editing process. Hoping that I’ve written as honestly as possible.

What are you currently working on? A novel set in the past.

Where readers can find you? I’m on Facebook as Bonnie Hearn Hill, and my website is I answer all e-mail, and I hold frequent book giveaways on Facebook.

Was there a question you wish I would have asked but didn't? Perhaps advice for those who wish to write. My advice is always to turn off that editor brain and write your passion. You can fix anything but a blank page, and passion is the one element you can’t edit in later.

Thanks so much for hosting me today.

Breathing Books is the next stop on the tour!

As part of the tour, the author is graciously giving away:
Ghost Island book plates (until they run out)
and as the final stop ...


About Ghost Island

Is Aaron a dream or something much more deadly?
Livia Hinson has just begun a Seminar at Sea when a storm hits their yacht. Now, she is stranded with the other students on an island off the coast of California. Far away from her foster home and her heartbreak, Livia finds Aaron, the perfect love. But the only way they can be together is in her dreams.

The other students are having tempting dreams of their own, and Livia begins to realize that the storm has blown in more than rain. Is Aaron flesh or spirit? Can he come to her world, or will he pull her into his? Together, they explore the blurred territory between love and illusion on a dangerous journey that will force Livia to make the most important decision of her life.

You can buy the book here

About the Author

When a story idea grabs Bonnie Hearn Hill, she is unable to break free until she experiences every aspect of it. In GHOST ISLAND, her new paranormal love story, she wanted to explore how far we are willing to go and give up for love. What will we do for love? What will we risk? If the perfect love came into your life, and you could see him only in your dreams, would you still desire him? Those were the questions that drove the writing of GHOST ISLAND.

A national conference speaker and contest judge, Bonnie leads a successful writing workshop in Central California and is proud to have mentored many published authors. She also teaches occasional online classes.

Bonnie’s first novel, INTERN, was called “a page-turner” by Publishers Weekly. KILLER BODY, a thriller about our weight-obsessed culture, was a Cosmopolitan magazine “pick.” She also wrote three newspaper thrillers and three young adult astrology books before the idea for GHOST ISLAND gripped her and refused to let go. You can find her on Facebook or at


Christine Rains said...

Great interview! I love a good paranormal. I agree with your advice. Turning off the inner editor is one of the hardest things for me to do.

Tore said...

I can't wait to read this book. It sounds awesome. Please enter me in contest.

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Love to read please enter me

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Please enter me

Patricia Gligor said...

I loved your advice to writers. It's absolutely true; you can't edit a blank page and you sure can't submit it to a publisher either!

Joyce said...

sounds like a great paranormal. looking forward to reading it.

Joanne said...

Sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it. Great interview and advice.