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If you haven’t had a chance to read my review of “Planning to Live”, you can find it here. It’s a book about real people, real problems, and contains a message that I think we all need to hear. I was fortunate to have a chance to chat with Heather Wardell, the author of “Planning to Live”. There is a little someting for everyone to be found in our talk – from serious to sublime to silly. We discussed her experience with self-publishing, the importance of “lovely little things” in your life, polar bears, squirrels, and – of course – zombie preparedness. Enjoy!
When I was contacted by Heather Wardell and asked to review her new novel, “Planning to Live”, I was a bit skeptical. It’s very tempting to agree to every request you get from authors to review their books. One of the best pieces of advice I got when starting this blog was – don’t be afraid to say no. Being stuck reading a book that you very clearly are not going to like is a tortuous proposition. Still, being new to the review space, I don’t like to turn down opportunities, so I went over to Heather’s website to check out her writing.
Right away, I thought that I was in trouble. Her site touts her writing as “Women’s Fiction with Depth, Humor, and Heart”. If I know one thing about myself, it’s that I am not a woman. Having already been duped in to reading a romance novel earlier this year (see my review of The Game), I was cautious. Then I thought for a moment and I realized that I actually do appreciate humor and, ostensibly, have a heart. Maybe two out of three was enough to get me through the book. The brief synopsis Heather had sent me was intriguing, so I downloaded the sample chapter and dove it. I’m glad I did.