Heidi Chiavaroli Speaks Out!

Heidi's Author Photo

Everyone’s Story is excited to welcome this week debut author Heidi Chiavaroli. Heidi may be a “debut” author whose novel Freedom’s Ring is first releasing August 8th, but keep your eye on her because she’s making splashes in all the right places and there is already lots of interest in this book, as well as Heidi. Plus, she’s just plain sweet! Heidi offers her novel as a BookGiveaway, but do check her trailer… it’s not necessarily a standard “book trailer” but if you’re a history buff you’re gonna enjoy it! And yes, that little girl holding the bat in the meme is the one and only Heidi!! We’re both looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Freedom's Ring Cover

 

BookGiveaway:

Heidi is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 print edition of Freedom’s Ring (US only). The winner will be announced between 6-7 PM EST on July 28th.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

 

 

 

Heidi’s Tour of the Boston Freedom Trail:

 

Striking Out by Heidi Chiavaroli

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1

When I was in third grade, I played baseball on my uncle’s Little League team. I don’t remember, but my parents tell me I actually wanted to play. With my super thick maroon glasses and my not-so-athletic tendencies, I was pretty conscious of the many boys on the team smirking at the grounders rolling between my legs or how I backed out of the batter’s box before the pitch was even released.

I remember one particular game, getting up to bat. If I struck out, the game was lost. If by some miracle I got on first (I hadn’t gotten to first the entire season unless I was walked,) I could keep the game going. I was my team’s only hope.

After the first two strikes in which I didn’t even swing, I readied myself for the next pitch. In the dugout, my team gave a few obligatory cheers.

Honestly, I would have been better off not swinging. Not even trying. Just hoping for a walk.

But I wanted to prove myself that day. Prove that I wasn’t a failure, that I had worth on that baseball team.

So as the ball came barreling toward me, I closed my eyes and swung.

The umpire called the strike, and the game was over.

I had failed.

I wish I could tell you that I practiced really hard that summer, played again the next year, and showed those boys what a little geeky girl could do with some perseverance, but I didn’t. I never played baseball again.

But that feeling—that feeling of failure and inadequacy, of sensing I didn’t belong, of not feeling worthy—stayed with me for a long time.

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In high school, I found running. I found history and writing and school. I didn’t naturally excel at any of these things, but after knowing failure at so many other activities (baseball was just one of many!), I stuck with a few and learned to be good enough.

But being good enough didn’t make me happy. I wanted to truly excel at something. A career, a hobby…something. I felt my worth, my existence even, depended on my ability to do so.

In college, I changed my major. Then, a short time later, I dropped out altogether. I got a job, married my high school sweetheart, and became a mother. Finally! Something I could really do well. Or so I thought.

It wasn’t long before I realized that excelling at parenting was no easy task, either. Most days I felt I failed.

Again.

Yet it was in this time, where I felt ultimate failure at the most important task yet given to me, that Jesus found me. He scooped me up, told me He understood how I felt, that yes—perhaps I wasn’t super-gifted at much, but that wasn’t what mattered the most.

What mattered the most was I was His, and He had already accomplished perfection for me.

With this truth over and behind me, for the first time ever I glimpsed it. Freedom. Real freedom.

I didn’t have to be great at anything for my life to have a purpose. My life had purpose because of who I belonged to.

Something like chains fell off me, then. I began writing with a renewed passion, a renewed mission. I began living beneath grace instead of performance. And when those rejections and bad contests scores came, shouting failure, something prodded me to continue, to persevere and ignore the voices in my head tempting me to feel like that timid little girl in Little League.

The journey was eleven years long, and not always pretty. But one thing had changed—I knew, whether I failed or accomplished my goal of publication, my worth was secure.

I wasn’t a failure. I wasn’t inadequate. I belonged.

No matter what.

I was His.

The fact that I signed a contract with my dream publishing house a little more than a year ago is totally, all, one-hundred percent God’s grace. That’s what makes it so very amazing. Because in many ways, I’m still that little girl determined to prove myself against the voices ready to ridicule in the dugout, but now, beneath the covering of my true identity in Jesus, none of it matters.

Because whether I succeed or fail, whether I swing the bat or take a walk to first or strike out…I am His.

Heidi’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Author @HeidiChiavaroli: Oh my! #ChristFiction #BostonFreedomTrail #LittleLeague (Tweet This)

@HeidiChiavaroli speaks up on Everyone’s Story: Striking Out! #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

Win #BookGiveaway of @HeidiChiavaroli’s Freedom Ring. (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring Boston’s Freedom Trail. She writes Women’s Fiction and won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle.

Places to connect with Heidi:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Pinterest

Heidi and I look forward to your comments.

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49 comments to Heidi Chiavaroli Speaks Out!

  • Andrea Stephens

    Hello, Elaine and Heidi!
    Such a great message!I often feel like I don’t belong or fit in. Your words reminded me that I fit where it really matters. Thank you.
    I happen to be enjoying this book right now!

    • elaineadmin

      A big hello, Andrea 😍 I believe that writers often write, and readers (which of course include writers) often read because of this uncomfortable feeling of not fitting in… we need to escape, but in a positive, uplifting way, which good books provide. I too appreciated Heidi’s message about fitting in, and fitting in where it truly matters.

      I’m so looking forward to meeting you at CFRR… just around the corner!!

  • Thank you so much for having me, Elaine! And I love the meme!

    Andrea, thank you so much for your kind words. Many blessings on you and your journeys, and I am so glad you are enjoying the book!

    • elaineadmin

      I’m so happy to be hosting you, Heidi. And when you confessed that pic was of you, I couldn’t help but to have a little fun with it 😀

  • I don’t think I ever fit in until I was in my fifties. 🙂 Great post to encourage those of us who don’t always fit in. And Freedom’s Ring sounds great. Congrats on signing with your dream publisher.

    • elaineadmin

      As I was saying with Andrea, there’s many of us that don’t feel like we fit in. Yet, not to contradict myself, but I do agree with you, Pat, that as I’m getting, uh, older… no, wait, I mean better… with me, it’s more of not caring if I fit in rather than actually fit in. LOL. Makes sense?

    • Thank you, Patricia! Yes, I think I feel more comfortable in my own skin as I get older, too. 😉

  • Ann Ellison

    Really enjoyed her interview. Loved the video and the book sounds like a good one.

  • Heidi, thank you for reminding me what really counts. I’m surrounded on every side with messages of “you’ve got to produce to have value,” so your words, “I didn’t have to be great at anything for my life to have a purpose. My life had purpose because of who I belonged to,” struck home (pun intended).

    My screen saver is 1 Corinthians 5:21 –“For he (God) made him (Jesus) to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” My life has purpose because of who I belong to and what He did for me.

    Best wishes on your publishing journey.

  • Maryann

    Thank you Heidi for sharing your heart with us. What a beautiful and important message that we need to be reminded of. Your new book sounds wonderful and one I would enjoy reading.

  • Terrill Rosado

    Heidi, thank you so much for sharing your heart. When I was in my late 20’s, I realized that I had been letting other people define and shape the person I was. It was by some wonderful women that the Lord put in my life that helped me realize that only God can define me and not man. I felt those same chains that you mentioned start to fall off and began to experience true freedom in Christ and His defining perfection.

    • Terrill Rosado

      Elaine, thank you for hosting Heidi. I was very moved by her post and look forward to her debut.

      • elaineadmin

        You’re so welcome. While I’m thrilled my viewers enjoy my guests, I have to say that I am so blessed by their chosen messages. Heidi is no exception!!

    • elaineadmin

      Terrill, I’m grateful for your visit. It’s taken my a long, long time, but I’m finally “getting it”: God didn’t make a mistake when He created me. Nor has He messed up on others who He loves and loves Him.

    • Amen to both of your comments! I love how we can find our security not in our own accomplishments, but in who HE is. Thank you so much for stopping by, Terrill!

  • I still don’t fit in Heidi, but that is ok as I am the daughter of the King and if he is ok with me then that is all that matters. Not fitting in gives me inspiration for my writing, and if you can laugh at yourself and the silliness of life it helps. I hope you bless many people with your first book and you are blessed too.

    • elaineadmin

      Margaret, welcome to Everyone’s Story. Wow, a viewer from overseas–exciting!! Let’s all wear name badges this week: “I don’t fit in, but that’s okay because I am His daughter/son.” Thanks, Margaret, for that needed visualization.

      Hope to see you again.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Margaret. And I love your view on not fitting in–it is great inspiration for writing, right? Things would be boring if everything went smoothly. 😉

  • Marilyn R

    Elaine and Heidi thank you for another great interview and the the book trailer.
    The message is so needed in our society today. Freedom’s Ring sounds like a great story since I enjoy historical fiction.

  • Rosemary Borden

    Heidi, I just want to congratulate you on your book being published! That is so exciting. You were never a failure in my eyes, just a quiet, shy young lady who had many friends and the best smile ever. You, your mom and sister are all very talented women and I just smile whenever I see a post about any of you. Wishing you the best in all your future books and love to your family😘.

  • Ann Mock

    I enjoyed watching you on your book trailer! Boston is so historical I know you did a great job writing your historical novel. Did you design your cover?

  • What an interesting book trailer! Well done, Heidi. Thank you for introducing us to her, Elaine! I’m in Canada, so do not enter me into the giveaway. Blessings to you both.

  • Loved this, Elaine and Heidi – so inspirational. Heidi thank you for sharing your story!

  • Heidi, congratulations on the publication of your debut novel, and for finding your worth completely
    in your Heavenly Father’s love! I’m still struggling with that as an empty nest mom and the Lord
    has brought me to a place where I really do need to find my value in Him. Even after I was
    saved as a young mother, I thought I needed to “make up’ for my misspent youth, rather
    than continuing to bask in His grace. I’m happy to say that I’m finally at a point again
    that I am amazed and thankful for His mercy and grace. I know though it’s undeserved,
    He is nonetheless lavish with it and I am blessed. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Elaine, you have presented another great guest. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for sharing, Heidi. Your novel sounds like a good read. I’m looking forward to reading it–going on my TBR pile, for sure! I think I agree w/ several other commenters re fitting in. The older I get, does it really even matter. I am me, just like God made me and of course, a child of the King!

  • elaineadmin

    And there she goes… author Heidi Chiavaroli bats a home run with her guest appearance on Everyone’s Story!! Heidi, thanks so much for being such a sweet guest. I hope your book is a success and you have many adoring readers.

    Thanks too for the awesome BookGiveaway of Freedom’s Ring. And the winner is…

    Maryann 😀 Congratulations, Maryann. Enjoy! Both Heidi and I will contact you directly in emails.

    Blessings to all.

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