The Write Focus

3:41 / Interview with Heather Weidner / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series (Into Fall!)

October 5, 2022


Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She writes the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, The Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, and The Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries.

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. She earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan University and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond.


  • 0:15 Opening ~ Heather Weidner’s series
  • 0:48 Her publishing journey
  • 3:40 1st writing ventures
  • 5:38 Her writing process, daily word counts
  • 7:20 Newbie mistakes and overcoming them
  • 8:44 From idea to end
  • 10:25 the Team around the protagonist
  • 14:25 Moving to the Beta readers; finding the beginning (and the ending)
  • 16:00 Revision; adding humor; off to the editor
  • 19:00 Daily writing session (no blank page)
  • 21:35 Discovering a niche (glamping) in the cozy mystery genre
  • 23:45 Motivation and commitment
  • 28:20 Marketing
  • 29:12 Best writing tool
  • 30:19 Re-charging creativity
  • 32:25 Her books; advice to new writers
  • 34:13 Closing


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