Author Guest Post: Heidi Cullinan + Giveaway

Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Heidi Cullinan to the blog today.

The Endless Bounty of Loss
Heidi Cullinan

When people ask me what I write, I usually say I write romances, and if they press I say I write LGBT love stories. The answer always leaves me feeling as if I’ve left the question unanswered, though, because it isn’t as if I’m deliberately choosing to write gay characters; the people in my head just happen to be LGBT more often than not for some reason. Even to say I write romances is leaving the gate wide open. There are more sub-genres in romance than there mosquitos in Minnesota, and I cover a lot of them. What I wish I could work out how to say when people ask what I write is the answer I give to myself: I write about loss and how to cope with it.

Every book I write, every story simmering in my head is always about loss in some way. Loss of home and habitat. Loss of family. Loss of a loved one. Loss of memory. Loss of dreams, of hope. Loss of ability. Loss is a currency more universal even than love. To live life is to experience loss: everything from simple things like balloons and chances to go to the playground because of rain to parents and pets and community and ultimately even life itself. Loss is a thread that runs through all our lives. It’s all around us.

But loss doesn’t need to be terrible, and that’s why I like to write about it. It isn’t that we need to like loss, but we can embrace our power to transform it. From even the most soul-striking deprivations can come our greatest acts of personal strength, if we chose to use them that way. There’s also no patented way to get through loss; that’s why it makes such good story. Each path through pain is personal, not just to an author or a character or to a reader. One of my favorite things about being an author is getting mail from readers who tell me a book meant something to them and they reveal a way of seeing the story I hadn’t even considered or points out something I did that I hadn’t realized I’d done. I love it when things I write cast illuminations they make all on their own.

Temple Boy

I love stories about hope. I love stories about overcoming. But above all I like stories of personal realization, of people going into dark parts of their lives and emerging stronger than they had ever dreamed they could be. To me that’s the most magical thing in the universe: the power of humanity to turn loss into beauty and hope.

It’s also true that I usually write about loss with gay men who tend to have a great deal of sex, but that’s because my muses are pretty dirty-minded. In my heart, that loss-to-hope is always the brass ring, and it’s always what I’ll be reaching for. The sexy bits are just the icing on the cake.


Heidi would like to giveaway an eBook copy of her September 20th release of Temple Boy along with a copy of the prequel, The Seventh Veil. If you already have it, you can take your pick from Heidi’s backlist.

Giveaway is open until September 24 winner announced soon after. Open to all.

[box]Heidi Cullinan is the award-winning author of eight novels and two novellas, and her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her latest novel, TEMPLE BOY, is the second book in a sweeping fantasy series and is published by Loose ID. It is currently available in e-book format. Upcoming works include THE PIRATE’S GAME, the sequel to TEMPLE BOY, available from Loose Id in January of 2012, and A PRIVATE GENTLEMAN, available from Samhain in late 2012.

Heidi has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When she isn’t writing, Heidi enjoys knitting, reading, movies, TV shows on DVD, and all kinds of music. She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats.

Heidi also volunteers frequently for One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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  1. says

    The cover made me stop, stare and then enter this giveaway RIGHT AWAY :-) Awesome cover. I love happy endings, too. Always a plus! I just read a book that was all about HOPE (for a second chance). One can’t get enough of those.
    Thanks so much!
    GFC: _yay_

  2. Chris Bails says

    I love the cover of this book. That guy is gorgeous. Heidi is a new author for me and am always looking for new authors and books to read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    Great interview. I am also from Iowa, and I have quite a few friends that have gotten married. I work at a hotel in MtVernon Iowa and have quite a few couples that have came in and then tell me that have just gotten married. Some live in Iowa and some come from other states just to get married here. I hope they keep this law, because I am all up for love and also if a man and woman are able to get married then why can’t 2 woman or 2 men. Love does not matter if you are a boy or girl, gay or straight.

  3. says

    I love stories that deal with emotional issues, and you hit the nail on the head so perfectly. I think that life is a lesson, and through loss we either grow or falter until we do face that loss.
    I love to make an emotional connection with the characters, and that is why I always search for authors that write those wonderful tales….*S*
    Thank you for the contest!


  4. Chrissy DM says

    Thank you for the great giveaway Heidi. I have read your books Special Delivery and Nowhere Ranch and enjoyed them tremendously(I just love those dirty minded muses of yours!) I have wanted to delve into your fantasy reads for some time and would love to start here!

  5. Jen B. says

    I saw this book a few days ago. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. The story concept is so interesting!

  6. says

    I love your dirty-minded muses Heidi – don’t stop! 😀

    Please count me in – I’ve love to try this series – I’ve read Special Delivery, Double Blind (can’t choose between Sam, Mitch, Randy and Ethan so I’m on “team everyone”) and Nowhere Ranch and I’m eagerly awaiting the “release” of Dance with Me (and by “release” I mean, when it will be available from ARe etc and not just from the publisher).

    hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

  7. Denise Z says

    I love to read a good story that has hope. It can be an incredible tragedy and all manner or things going on, but there needs to be that grain of hope 😉 Thank you for sharing with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.


  8. May Pau says

    Interesting cover. Definitely made me look a little more…

    Sounds like a terrific book… I enjoy stories about characters who overcome adversities and live happily ever after.