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Friday, July 10, 2015

Zoe Hernandez Has #FuzzyFriday Fun

My name is Zoe Hernandez. I’m a seven-year-old golden retriever. Here are a few secrets about my mom Gwen Hernandez.

• What is Mommy currently reading?
She’s not allowed to read anything right now because she needs to focus on her writing. But her favorites are romantic suspense and historical romance. Even better is both combined!

• What was the most recent thing I did to get in trouble?
I stole a tennis ball out of Mommy and Daddy’s bedroom, a place I’m not supposed to go. In my defense, it looked just like mine. You know, bright green, round, small enough for my mouth. Never mind that it was out of sight around the corner. I could SMELL it.

• What are my observations of Mommy's writing process?

If I didn’t tell her I need to go for a walk every now and then, she’d sit in her favorite chair or on the couch in front of her laptop all day. She tries to plot out the basics of her book before she starts, often while we’re walking or she’s on a run (without me, because apparently I’m nothing but a "furry boat anchor"). I’m a good sounding board for major plot points, GMC, and characterization, though. Mommy says it looks better when she talks to me instead of herself.

Despite that, she changes almost everything, rewriting the first 10K words about 50 times before she finally figures out the gist of the story. And she’s always complaining that she didn’t get enough written. She started doing meditation and yoga, which helps her relax, but I think she needs more time in downward dog.

• What is Mommy currently writing?
Book 3 in her Men of Steele series (romantic suspense). This one is about Kurt Steele--the founder of Steele Security--and charter pilot, Caitlyn Brevard. He’s a former Air Force pararescueman (PJ) and a double above-the-knee amputee, and she’s an old military friend he’s always had the hots for. Mom says readers have been asking for Kurt's book, and she’s worried about getting it right.

• Why you should buy my Mommy's most recent book (b/c pet treats aren't cheap).
Well, I can’t read, but New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin said, "Packed with action and emotion. BLIND AMBITION is a page-turner!” Mommy was really excited about that!

Here’s a short blurb for BLIND AMBITION (Men of Steele #2).

Former pararescueman Dan Molina’s mission to rescue a kidnapped aid worker from St. Isidore’s rebels falls apart when the woman—who once shattered his heart—refuses to leave the island.

Alexa Alyssandratos won't leave until she’s certain the orphans she cared for are safe from the rebels. On the run from ransom-hungry soldiers, old passions reignite as she and Dan race to save the children before they disappear forever.

Thanks for letting me hang out with you today, Ms. Heather!

Mommy’s bio:

Gwen Hernandez was a manufacturing engineer and programmer before she turned to writing romantic suspense. She’s also the author of Scrivener For Dummies and teaches Scrivener (writing software) to writers all over the world.

She loves to travel, read, jog, practice Kung Fu, and explore the Boston area where she currently lives with her Air Force husband, two teenage boys, and a lazy golden retriever (that’s me!).


  1. Thanks for letting Zoe have fun in the spotlight today, Heather! :-)

  2. One vote for downward dog! The story sounds exciting. Thanks for telling all, Zoe.

    1. Thanks, Chris! Sorry for the late reply, but I've been out all day and my phone kept erroring out when I tried to comment. :-)

  3. I'm totally looking forward to the third book now!!

  4. I'm totally looking forward to the third book now!!