April Author Spotlight 2015
Letter ‘H’ is for Elizabeth Hein author of How to Climb the Eiffel Tower
Why do I recommend How to Climb the Eiffel Tower?
How to Climb the Eiffel Tower is an unforgettable and moving novel. It is a hopeful celebration of life, courage, and second chances. It was heart-warming to watch Lara develop from an emotionally scarred, distrustful, and detached loner to a warm and caring person as a result of coping with a physical illness, which heals her mind and soul. I loved the way she learns to own her life and open her eyes and her heart to the world with renewed confidence, because she’s on her way to finding inner peace, friendship, love, and professional satisfaction. I enjoyed the smooth prose and carefully spun plot, which gradually unveils her traumatic past and advances through Lara’s daily routines, workplace, illness, and the life-changing people she meets as a result of her treatment. A joy to read.
Tell me about your novel, Elizabeth –
How To Climb The Eiffel Tower is the story of how friendship and kindness transforms a young woman’s life during what could have been the worst year of her life. Lara Blaine strikes up a casual conversation with Jane on the day she is diagnosed with cancer. Their friendship gives Lara the strength to confront her illness and heal from her troubled past.
How To Climb The Eiffel Tower is different from other novels that deal with cancer, in that Lara’s cancer is more than an illness. It’s a metaphor for her memories. As her friends and doctors help her heal physically, she also heals psychologically. That being said, How To Climb The Eiffel Tower is filled with humor and Lara’s snarky observations about life. Lara Blaine is an unforgettable character that readers embrace and come to love.
What are you working on now? –
Right now I am actively working on two projects and brainstorming a few others. I am editing the sequel to my first novel, Overlook. The sequel is tentatively titled Escape Plan and deals with a group of friends covering up a murder against the backdrop of the changing roles of women in 1970’s. I hope to publish that book later this year.
My other project is the first in my planned series of destination mysteries. The series will feature Midge and Snig, two women who have been friends for 40 years and have supported each other through life’s ups and downs. They’re at the point in their lives where they can travel the world and stumble into murder and mayhem. This first book takes place in the Galapagos Islands. I am sharing bits my research on the islands for my A to Z Challenge posts.
What would you like readers to know about you? –
Before I ever picked up a pen to write my first book, I was a voracious reader. I am fascinated by the stories that form a person’s life. This fascination has led me to be a lifelong student of psychology and observer of human nature. It took a cancer diagnosis in 2002 to finally convince me to stop wasting time and start writing down the stories floating around in my head. When I am not writing my snarky novels, I am spending time with my two adult daughters or traveling with my husband.
How can we find out more or Contact you?
Please take some time to check out some of the other blogs on the A-Z Challenge. There are plenty of interesting and varied topics.