Hallee Bridgeman is the USA TODAY bestselling author of several action-packed romantic suspense books and series. An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee settled with her husband in central Kentucky, where they have raised their three children. When she’s not writing, Hallee pursues her passion for cooking, coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. An accomplished speaker and active member of several writing organizations, Hallee can be found online at www.halleebridgeman.com or at any of these social media locations:
Interview with Hallee
What do you like to read?
I love to read detective stories written by men with a first-person male character. Something about the way those are written turns off my editor brain and I’m able to just sit back and enjoy the story. Anything else I read, fiction-wise, ends up being like work for me.
For non-fiction, I LOVE to read mid 20th century cookbooks. I have dozens of them and have read them from cover-to-cover.
Tell us about a typical day in your house.
We homeschool teenagers, and both my husband and I work from home, so there’s no big rush out the door any morning. Most days, I’m at up at 4am to work on book business – writing, plotting, editing, promoting, etc. At 6am, I log into my day job and work until 4:00. My husband and the kids are usually up at 7 and getting started on their day. We share lunch together and dinner. The boys have taekwondo lessons, music lessons, and youth group activities that take us out of the house some mornings, afternoons, or evenings.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I am at my most productive early morning. Because I have to work so early, that means I need to write early. If I wait until I’m done with my day job, I will have absolutely no creative energy left. So, I get up at 4:00 and write for a solid two hours. I’m off on Fridays, so I am able to write until I can’t write anymore that day. Usually, that means about 10:00. By that time, I’ve written for six hours.
I take a Saturday Sabbath. On Sundays, if I need to write I will, but I usually reserve that for business work.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I need two solid months to go from the initial plotting to the final product ready for my editor.
G: WOW! That seems like a short time frame for me, but then I don’t write for two hours five to six days a week. Maybe I should. 😮
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I don’t waste too much time on a lot of beginning research, other than what I need to know to develop my characters and setting, because I never know what I need to know until I start writing. So, I’ll do a lot of learning of what day-to-day life looks like for someone who does what my character does, but a lot of the details are set aside until after my first draft. Then I know what I don’t know and I can dig into really deep research.
Do you travel to research your stories?
I will always travel to research. I learn so much more that way.
G: And it’s fun. 😀
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I only have one. Everything else I’ve written has been rewritten and published. But one I wrote before I started writing Christian romance, and there’s no way to take this plot and re-write it for a Christian novel.
More about Hallee’s latest release:
Medical missionary Cynthia Myers is trained to save lives. Captain Rick Norton of the Special Forces A-Team is ordered to take them. When Cynthia’s past catches up to her, they must learn to put aside their differences to make it out alive from the treacherous jungles of a war-torn African country.