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Friday, March 15, 2019

Her writing formula for success

“With historicals, the research is half the fun. Contemporaries are especially easy. People are right out there in front of you; you meet them every day. You can concentrate wholly on the story and characters.” – Heather Graham Pozzessere 
Born on March 15, 1953, Pozzessere has penned more that 150 novels and novellas with sales well over 75 million in some 25 languages, writing in the historical, romance, paranormal and suspense genres.  Also known under both her maiden name, Heather Graham, and the pen name Shannon Drake, she has built a faithful reading audience that ranges in age from teenage girls to women in their 90s – “and men, too,” she said, “especially for my Civil War era books.” 
                                        A native Floridian who at one time was an aspiring actress, Pozzessere has been awarded the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Thriller Writer's Silver Bullet for her charitable efforts.    Founder of the Florida Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, she also is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Novelists Inc., and the Horror Writers Association (of which she is a former Vice President).

A graduate of the University of South Florida and mother of 5, she started writing in the early 1980s to write what she wanted to read.   She said characters and stories are everywhere, but she doesn’t take writing about them lightly.
“I always feel a responsibility to the people I write about,” she said.  “I feel obligated to portray them in the way they feel is proper.”

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