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Author Interview of Heather Hildenbrand featuring A Risk Worth Taking

a risk worth taking


**New Adult title. Due to content, this title is not suitable for young readers.** 

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale. 

Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents. 

Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations. 

Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet

Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy. 

When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk. 



Welcome Heather! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

OH, geez. You really should be specific or I’ll ramble on and on. I sort of like to talk. I love in Virginia sometimes and Guam the other times. Why Guam? Because the world’s most amazing boyfriend lives there and, well, you heard the amazing part right? So yeah, I’m there when I’m not here and it’s pretty awesome. Also, I have two kids who rock and a motorcycle that makes me feel like I can fly. I write books in my PJs all day and when I’m not doing that, I’m coaching other authors to do it, so … life is pretty epic!


Is A Risk Worth Taking a single title, or part of a series?

Yes and yes.


It’s a series that will feature a different character as the main character each time. So, Casey (the best friend) in Risk will be the MC in the sequel. Got it? Yay!

What were your inspirations for the story?

Worlds. Most. Amazing. Boyfriend.

Only, he wasn’t always. At first, we were in an “expiration date” sort of relationship. We hadn’t committed to making it work after he left for Guam. Risk is sort of the unofficial “story” of us.

Please share your setting for A Risk Worth Taking. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?   

It’s set in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Yes, I’ve been there, and it’s beautiful. I currently live in Va Beach, though, which is the east side of the state. Also pretty. But I’m a country girl at heart. Farms and wide open spaces are my thing.

When did the writing bug first bite?

Hmm. I’d say when I was 13 and first read The Hobbit. There was so much world-building and FUN. And I remember thinking “this guy gets paid lots of money to make stuff up? I could totally do that!” And then, yeah, that happened.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Abbi Glines, M. Leighton, Georgia Cates, Tiffany King. I read a lot of my indie friends. Hmm. Amanda Aksel’s The Man Test just came out. It’s like Sex in the City but with feelings. And Nora Roberts will always be my ultimate romance favorite!

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele, Abbi Glines, and Georgia Cates. I would make them tell me about how it was writing their first ever sex scene.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

Riding my motorcycle!!

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?  

Sent to me by a friend: A picture of a bare-assed man sitting on a motorcycle while playing a piano in the middle of the street.

As much of a train wreck as that sounds, I’m sorry I missed it.


Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

You can find out more about her and her books at

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