Life in Writing
I had fun doing this interview with my fellow Utah author. Read all about Heidi and her stories, The Hunters, Hell School, and others. Read on below:
Q. Where are you from?
A. I was born in Montana, spent about half of my life in South Carolina, and a few years ago relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Q. Do you have a job other than writing? What do you do?
A. I am an independent contractor and have several different income streams from article writing, to editing and layout services, as well as my fiction writing.
Q. Why do you write sci-fi and fantasy?
A. Both give a great platform to explore societal issues and how they effect the world, from a safe fiction front. I have not braved sci-fi yet, but in urban fantasy and fantasy it is interesting to see how authors address the psychology of people and how we view a world working better (or possibly worse) through the creation of fictional cultures.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. The Hunted.
Q. Tell us a little bit about it.
A. The Hunted is the second book in the vampire slayer series The Hunters. In The Hunted, Screvin goes off with Fury and Havoc to learn how to control being a werewolf. They are tracking down the female werewolf who turn Screvin, and discover that vampires are also looking for her. They have now become The Hunted.
Q. When will your next book be released?
A. It is due out this summer.
Q. When did you decide to become a writer?
A. I knew from as early as I could remember that I was going to be a story teller. In first grade when we created our first book, I knew I loved telling stories through the written word. As I got older I dabbled with other mediums such as art, music, theater, and film. Writing has always held my heart and always will.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration on what to write?
A. All around me. Sometimes it comes in dreams (That is how the Clear Angel Chronicles started) sometimes from real-life (that is how the Hell School Series started) and sometimes from things happening in society. The Hunters is kind of a hit back to al those books that are glamorizing vampires. This series is for those who believe that vampires should be killed, not kissed!
Q. What are some of your hobbies outside of writing?
A. I love the outdoors and going camping, swimming and hiking with my family. I am also a big fan of anything that tells a story so going to art museums, reading, watching movies and going to the theatre are all fun for me.
Q. What book are you currently reading?
A. I just finished A Raven’s Touch by Linda Bloodworth.
Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?
A. I have so very many! I really can’t pick a favorite.
Q. What do you do to market your books?
A. I have a multi-pronged platform that includes online, off-line and event marketing.
Q. Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favorite, and why?
A. Picking my favorite book is like picking my favorite child. Cannot be done. I love them all for different reasons!
Q. If any of your stories could be made into a movie, which would you choose?
A. Hmmm... I would have to say that The Hunters lends itself best to a movie format. There is a lot of action, and the story played like a movie in my head.
Q. If you could be friends with a fictional character (Including any from your own stories) who would you choose?
A. Again with the hard questions? I would definitely want to be friends with Havoc from The Hunters, Temperance Brennan from the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs, Hermione from Harry Potter, and Grant Anderson from The Clear Angel Chronicles. Goodness, there are so many more… but we will stop there.
Q. Does your taste in movies and shows line up with your taste in books? If they differ, how so?
A. I am pretty eclectic in both my reading and viewing pleasure. The only thing I generally avoid in both is anything labelled romantic. In my experience when romance is the focus of the story it is not realistic and/ or doesn’t have enough to interest me. Don’t get me wrong, I like romance, but it is just a part of a story, and to me should not be the main focus. Every now and again my hubby will talk me into a romantic comedy… But yeah… that is me.
Q. Do you have a certain place that you like to do your writing? Does environment affect your work?
A. Not really. The real world tends to disappear when I get writing. For that reason, I do make sure I am somewhere safe and that there is nothing time sensitive (or I set an alarm.)
Q. Of all the books in the world, why is yours worth taking the time to read?
A. Ha, good question. Across my series, I explore the different types of strong female characters. Fury from The Hunters is a straight up tough girl who disconnects from her emotions to get the job done. Clear from the Clear Angel Chronicles is completely the opposite, so empathetic that she is willing to endanger herself to help complete strangers. Sam from the Hell School Series is mentally strong, secure in who she is despite the world around her trying to crush her into conformity.
Q. Leave the blurb to your latest book.
A. High school is hard, especially when you’re a freshman in a new town, surrounded by people you don’t understand and who don’t understand you. Sam was overwhelmed just trying to fit in. Then she is singled out with the first letter.
While some girls envy the “romantics” of this unknown admirer, Sam can tell something isn’t right.
Sam wanted to just blend in, but someone’s eye is fixated on her. As the letters and bad poetry continue, so does the nagging in Sam’s stomach telling her this is not normal.
When things escalate from strange to creepy, Sam's world becomes a nightmare. Twisted admiration is stalking her around every corner in the high school from hell…. What makes the main character of your latest book interesting to read about? Well, her story is actually very much based on my real-life experience with a stalker in high school.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
A. I am offering free e-copies of The Hunters in preparation for the release of The Hunted this summer. Head on over to my website and enter your info to get your copy!
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Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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