Dear lovely readers! My friend Heidi just published a book, and I had the opportunity to interview her and ask some questions. Read on, and enjoy, and maybe pick up a copy of the book yourself!
Q: Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I don’t know that I could pin that down, but I was definitely inspired by what other people had written before I started writing. When I was little we would go to the library almost every single day, and I had a deep love for books. I guess it came from that.
Q: What was the turning point in your life when you decided to start writing?
In 2009 I moved out for the first time and one of my roommates was a friend from high school who said she had “published a book.” She told me all about NaNoWriMo and how she had got her book printed because of a place called CreateSpace. Before this point I had started so many stories, but it wasn’t until I took the challenge to do NaNoWriMo in 2009 that I finished my first novel and knew I couldn’t stop writing more. In 2012 I decided to be a full time writer, and I’ve never been happier.
Q: What is or are the genres of your book or books?
I generally write fantasy, which is my favorite, though I have written one young adult book that was general fiction/romance.
Q: Who is your favorite author, and how did they inspire you to write?
Lisa Mangum has by far inspired me the most. It is my goal in life to be able to write books that are as gripping as hers are!
Q: When you write do you take notes, organize your characters and plot, or you write freely as you go?
Yes. I didn’t in the beginning, but I have come a LONG way since then! I have a writing notebook where I keep all my plot ideas and such straight. Sometimes I draw maps in there, or make timelines, but I don’t usually write character bios. I have for some stories though, just to keep things straight if there are a lot of characters.
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
Random ideas that pop into my head mostly, especially at night! Also from phrases I hear while other people are talking, or from events I hear about or see, or even things that I wish would happen.
Q: What is your favorite scene in your story?
Honestly, I’m torn between two of them . . . I’d give too much away if I said the first one, so I’ll just say the fight scene. I really thinks it’s great.
Q: Are the characters in your story based on people you know?
I have named characters after people I know, but that’s it, unless you count me, in which case it would be the other way around.
Q: Do you have any books in the works?
Besides “Through the Paper Wall,” I am also working on publishing “Ontario,” which will probably be released in May, and I am finishing up a young adult fantasy that I am particularly fond of, which is entitled “Lorn.”
Q: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I this particular story, yes there is a message, and that’s to realize the good in what you have. You can’t spend your life comparing it to what could have been, or what someone else has. The people in your life are doing their best and you choose if you are going to be happy or not.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
Oh yes! Besides being a mom, it’s really all I want to do. Unless some day I use my degree of course, haha.
Q: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was homeschooled until seventh grade and before that I was always reading and writing, thanks to a very encouraging mother. I’m sure that’s where it came from.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
This time around it was really interesting because this is the first juvenile fiction book I have written, which is pretty strange because that is my favorite group of books to read.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never, ever, give up! That’s always the first thing I tell people. I always dreamed of this happening, but I don’t know that I ever thought it actually would until a couple years ago. You never know what will happen, and the only way to find out is to keep going.
Q: Tell us about Through the Paper Wall. What’s the story about?
This story is about Jesse, a lonely thirteen-year old boy who has been drug across the country by his father, who is pursuing his old high school love after the death of his wife. In Jesse’s search of his new house he finds a tunnel leading from his basement, and he recruits a new friend to help him explore. The two of them find themselves in a city completely run by teenagers who control everyone using microchips. Jesse and his new friend Jake have to work to overthrow the ones in control in order to free themselves and everyone else.
Q: How did the idea of the story come to you?
It just sort of hit me. The first part, about a kid finding the tunnel in the wall, came to me a long, long time ago, and I just decided to run with it this past November. I got stuck for a really long time, and then all of a sudden the fantasy stuff just appeared and I ended up writing an insane amount, writing half the book in only three days, if I remember correctly!
Q: Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
Three of my fellow writers graciously chipped in to help me edit and proofread: Caitlin Hensley, Tameka Armstrong, and Nicole Wells. All of us worked on it, and they did a fabulous job! I am so happy with what this book has become.
Q: Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: randomly, dome, and memorize.
Cara let her eyes trace each and every golden line, memorizing every stroke that randomly made its way around the dome.
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*An author pic and small bio
Heidi Nicole Bird has been writing for as long as she can remember and it is her favorite thing in the world. Heidi is a regular NaNoWriMo participant and is mostly a young adult fantasy writer, but also likes to write juvenile fiction and other genres. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University and she looks forward to exploring the genre of historical fiction. Heidi lives in Utah with her family and three dogs, and loves working from home as a full time writer. To learn more visit heidinicolebird.blogspot.com.
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