Thursday, August 26, 2021

Chatting with Jeny Heckman, author of Dee's Cornucopia

Hi, everyone!

With me today is Jeny Heckman, sharing a little about herself and her new book Dee's Cornucopia. Plus, she shared an expert. Let's jump in with the interview.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book because fans requested to learn more about Dee Taylor, a secondary character of my Heaven & Earth series. She is a beloved grandmother of one of the main characters from the Sea Archer, book one of my series. She is full of spark and she’s not afraid to kick you in the ass. She’s also the one who started the Quest of my Heaven & Earth series. So, my fans wanted to know more about her life and who she is.

What are you working on now?

I am working on my next book of my fantasy paranormal series Heaven & Earth. This book continues the quest with two new Gods and their descendants. It will be a little different the rest of the other books from my series, but it will have many characters from my previous book popping in.

How did you come up with the concept and/or characters for the book?

Reading Ancient Greek Mythology in my childhood developed a deep interest in reading which prompted me to read many other books over the years. I love the ancient soap opera-like cast of Greek gods and goddesses. I was fascinated by tales of gods and goddesses, especially heart-breaking tragedies. Books on Greek mythology or containing an element of Greek mythology are one of my favorite reads. They inspired me to create my own stories about Greek gods and goddesses.

Tell us about your main character.

I already mentioned she is a fan favorite. I have not met a one person who does not love Dee yet! She’s spunky, she’s direct. She’s a no-nonsense spark plug. Dee keeps everyone around her hopping. She full of a bright explosion of color in a monochromatic world. She isn't what you might imagine, as Dee's life doesn't exactly turn out like she thinks it will. But she has a couple of gifts. Dee creates abundance! Dee is a breeder! She can grow anything!

Tell us about the research you did before writing this book.

I went on many vacations in Hawaii and the islands are an important presence in my series. I spoke to many of the people who worked at the places I mention in my books. I learned about what they do and how they help others. I used what I learned in real life to create a modern world where the descendants of the Greek Gods live.

Now for the speed round...

Good guys or bad guys? Bad guys doing good
Good girls or bad girls? Bad girls
Morning or night? Night
Favorite food? Icecream
Favorite beverage? Wine
Coffee or tea? Coffee
eBook, paperback, or audiobook? Audiobook
Plotter or Pantster? Both
Favorite season? Summer
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Favorite holiday? Christmas
Favorite series? Outlander 
Ironman or Superman? Ironman
Wonder Woman of Top Model? Wonderwoman
Night on the town or cozy evening in? Both
Black or white? Black
Stilettos or flipflops or sneakers? flipflops
Chicken or steak? Steak
Cake, cookies, or pie? Keylime pie
Favorite junk food? Burger
Favorite thing to do to relax? Go boating
Paranormal or Historical:? Paranormal
Favorite TV show? Outlander
Hot or cold? Both
Favorite vacation? Greece
Beach or mountains? Beach

Dee’s Cornucopia
Author: Jeny Heckman
Genre: Fairy Tale/Myths/Fantasy/Paranormal


Dee Walker can kick your ass. At least she thinks so and isn't afraid to say it.

A no-nonsense spark plug, Dee keeps everyone around her hopping. When she meets fellow field hand, Arthur Taylor, her colorful world becomes even brighter when she makes him an offer he can't turn down.

However, this story of a bright explosion of color in a monochromatic world isn't what you might imagine, as Dee's life doesn't exactly turn out like she thinks it will.

This novella is the life story of Dee Taylor, the feisty and eccentric grandmother of Finn in the Heaven & Earth series. Her bright colorful muumuus and big floppy hat are her trademarks, and this story will tell you how it all began. She also has this little ability to see future developments. Oh, and commune with the greatest Greek family in history, but she just doesn't know it... yet.

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Character interview


“My God, it’s hotter than a billy goat’s ass in a pepper patch out there,” Dee announced as she entered the office furnished with the rich fragrance of leather, old wood, coffee, and tobacco smoke.

Her boss, Bert Norton, sat hunched at his desk, puffing on his ancient pipe. His gaze snapped to hers, and he gave the merest hint of a smile before frowning at her crass expression. The two fellows, also occupying the room, stood a little straighter at her appearance, but gave each other surreptitious glares. They wore identical uniforms of scarred leather boots, dusty work trousers and damp cotton shirts, right down to the sweat-stained field-hand hats squeezed together in their enormous fists.

“Ah, sorry?” Dee phrased it almost like a question and raised her eyebrows at all the testosterone in the small space.

“Deidre, please, take a seat.” Bert gestured to one of the broad wing-back chairs occupying the area in front of his desk.

The two imposing men shifted their weight from foot to foot in apparent agitation. If I sit in that chair, I’ll look weak. Possessing a vagina created enough of a disadvantage chasm already.

“Thanks, Mr. Norton, I’ll stand. No sense in giving anyone the upper hand, right?” she quipped and slapped her hands on her hips, shifting her own weight from side to side. The corner of her boss’s lips twitched, but he sighed, and they both looked over at the two workers.

About the author

Jeny Heckman is an award- winning fantasy paranormal romance author best known for her Heaven & Earth series, an award- winning fantasy- paranormal series. Her debut novel, The Sea Archer, published in October 2018, won "Best in Category," at the Chanticleer International Book Awards. Her second book of the Heaven &Earth Series, The Warrior's Progeny won First Place Best in Category at the 2020 OZMA Book Award and is a finalist in the 2021 RONE Awards Paranormal Long Category.

The Warrior’s Progeny also won “Best in Category” from the Chanticleer International Book Awards for the Fantasy Romance genre, as well as earned the Crown Heart of Excellence from InD’Tale Magazine.

Her standalone Women’s Fiction novel, entitled Releasing the Catch, was a finalist in the Feathered Quill awards, likewise received in 2020.

Jeny loves working with her charities, which include Hospice of the Northwest, the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society. Jeny lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over twenty- eight years.

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