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Okay members this is our 5th Indie Author Interview for the month of September. It is with the amazing author, Heather Hildenbrand who has written Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood, #1) by Heather Hildenbrand Cold Blood (Dirty Blood, #2) by Heather Hildenbrand Blood Bond (Dirty Blood, #3) by Heather Hildenbrand Across the Galaxy by Heather Hildenbrand Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand DreamKiller, The Longest Day (DreamKiller, The Specials #1) by Heather Hildenbrand Fight or Flight (DreamKiller, The Specials #2) by Heather Hildenbrand Gordy by Heather Hildenbrand .This is our 24th Author Interview and it is conducted by one of our moderators. Please read this interview and we hope you will be able to pick up lessons about her experience. If there are any questions you would like to ask Heather Hildenbrand please post any comments you wish. Thank you!!

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? For me, the answer to this happened backwards, because I already was a writer before I even realized what'd happened. I'd started messing around with a story idea, to entertain me and my kids. It was supposed to be a short story, nothing more. A "one and done" sort of thing. But then I just kept it going and at about 80,000 words I realized, "wow, this is a book!" and then, when I finished, I realized that I was hooked on this writing thing, which made me scratch my head and go, "huh, I'm a writer, now." So, backwards.

2. How long does it take you to write a book? About 3 months. Revisions are also about 3 months, though, so altogether, we'll say 5-6.

3. What do you think makes a great story? Empathy for your characters. Otherwise you (the reader) just don't give a crap about what's happening. (And I don't blame you.)

4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing? Get the kids off to school. Write. Don't stop until the bus turns the corner on the way home.

5. How do you balance family and writing? I try to write when my kids are at school and to break when they get home, so I can pay attention to them for a bit. Summer's harder. We made a schedule in June that hangs in the living room and tells them when it's "working time" and when it's "fun time." They like that.

6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? Oh my gosh, my brain won't stop telling me things! Gah! Seriously, I usually get an idea--or the begginings of one--and then research it until it's a complete story idea. I'd actually love to do one on cloning but I'd have to research it enough to know what I'm talking about. What if you fell in love with someone who wasn't a real person? or what if you lived half your life before you found out YOU weren't a real person? -- Something like that.

7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? it's effing hard!

8. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite? Five complete novels and some short stories. My favorite... Hmm... that's tough. They each mean different things to me. I love Whisper but it's so completely different from Dirty Blood. it's almost poetic in the writing style and it's open and emotional. I love that. But Dirty Blood has the hot guys I can't get enough of. The action. The romance. The gritty. I can't decide. it's a tie. Blood Bond (book 3) coming out 8/31 might just be number one, though. It has elements of both mentioned above.

9. Are your characters based on anyone you know? um, Yes. But I can't tell you who or I'd get sued.

10. Do you have a favourite place you love to write? My couch. My dining room table. (It's a really fantastic table). Just wherever I'm comfortable and it's quiet. But almost always, I write at home. I don't do Starbucks unless I'm there to get my fix.

11. How hard is is to get published? Really freaking hard. Like drop-an-f-bomb hard. Even if you write the most kick ass book the world has read in decades, it still doesn't guarantee you'll get noticed out of the slush pile of queries and drafts. Ever. And if you decide to self-publish, you better take it seriously, and invest some money. Do it right. Treat it like a business. Even then, you could still fail. There's something to be said for a little bit of luck. But most writers are masochistic enough that they'll put themselves out there again and again, despite the blow to their egos, because they have this built-in, almost irrational, desire to share their words with others. In short, we're crazy.

12. What do your family and friends think about your books? Umm Idk. i feel weird asking them. It's like asking your family at Thanksgiving if these pants make me look fat. Some are undoubtedly faking a reaction of some kind, I just can't tell who or what or why. It's awkward. Plus, none of them are big readers. My mom read Across The Galaxy and loved it. My husband reads all my books on kindle or paperback after they come out because he can't read at the computer. it makes him fall asleep. Imagine how that made me feel about my story the first time it happened! We're not talking about that one. The ones who've read them seem to love them. I think I'm the awkward one about it.

13. What do you like to do when you are not writing? Read!!!! I hate that I get so behind on reading when I'm working. So i try to take break sbetween books and catch up. Right now, I'm reading Chelsea Fine's Awry. I love her guts. And she knows how to create hotties. Tristan! Gah! *melts into a puddle* Oh and I also hang with my fam. In the summer, we go to the pool and the back A LOT. And I'm addicted to my DVR since it means I can skip commercials. I love TV. Vamp Diaries, OF COURSE! Damon's bedroom eyes are God's finest work. And now I'm going to start back up watching 90210 since I heard Sarah Jessica (chick from Secret Circle, whom I MET IN PERSON LAST WEEK) is going to be on there this fall. Good times.

14. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they? write. then, write. then, write. also. write. You can read books on craft and story and plotting and stuff but unless you're putting in the word count, it won't matter. the hardest part is finishing that first book. I know so many writers who have a dozen unfinished projects in a drawer somewhere so finish the first one and it gets easier. Just keep writing!

15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I was never really sure. I couldn't decide on one thing long enough. A teacher. A librarian. A lawyer. <--- that last one because I liked to argue. but I think the fact that I couldn't settle on something was because I'm such a daydreamer. Being a writer is perfect because, through my characters, I can be each one of those things.

16. What are your favourite books and which authors inspire you? The Hobbit by J.R.R.. Tolkien was the first. I started writing as soon as I finished it, at age 14. It sparked my imagination and taught me books can be imaginative and fun and still real enough to mean something. Other favorites are the Twilight Series (say what you will but that series also evoked an emotional response in me) and This is Graceann's Book, by PL Whitney. It isn't a YA or even paranormal. But it's amazing. Through and through. Oh, and The Hunger Games. Brilliant writing. Authors that inspire me: Jennifer Sommersby - her Sleight was the best book I read in 2011. It's not currently available because it's making it's way through a publishing contract and will hopefully be available sometimes in 2013 in bookstores! woot woot! And Angeline Kace. Not only as a writer, but as a person, she inspires me to do better and believe in myself and our mantra : enjoy the journey! Lastly, Cassandra Clare. I want to be like her when I grow up.

17. For an aspiring writer what do you feel are certain do's and don’ts for getting their material published? Don't give up. Do keep going. Write, write, write.

18. What are you working on now? Formatting and getting Blood Bond out the door. The tour will last the entire month of September so I'll be busy with that and getting caught up on reading. ;)


message 2: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia  | 13086 comments Mod
You are absolutely hilarious Heather...and thank you for doing this interview for our group. I love how easy going and totally relatable you are...and yes, we too are obsessed with Damon's eyes hehehe...great interview :D


message 3: by Gabby (new)

Gabby | 704 comments The covers for your books are really pretty, do you do some of the art/photography yourself?


message 4: by Jalyn (new)

Jalyn (jalynnie) | 11 comments I added DreamKiller, The Longest Day (DreamKiller, The Specials #1) by Heather Hildenbrand and Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood, #1) by Heather Hildenbrand to my TBR list. They both look really good :)


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie Reece That's an impressive number of books published. I've only just begun, and I know how much work must have gone into each one! It makes my head hurt a little just looking :) Thanks for bringing us more great books to put on our list!


Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) (mlpmombookreviewer) | -132 comments I think I own most of her books so far but I have yet had the time to start them. I bought them based on all the glowing reviews I have read about them.
Pretty impressive! :)


message 7: by Amanda (mandy) (new)

Amanda (mandy) | 1311 comments I love your style of writing. Have you ever gotten stuck while you were writing? Like you didn't know where the story wanted to take you? How do you handle it?


message 8: by Say (new)

Say (say_22) | 1 comments I love her books....super love it!!!!


message 9: by Julie (new)

Julie Casey | 5 comments Excellent interview. Your honesty is refreshing (and funny).


message 10: by Uvi (new)

Uvi Poznansky | 19 comments Great interview! I like that you came to writing almost 'by accident'!


message 11: by Tina (new)

Tina (frogluv3r) | 262 comments Love the interview! You are definitely funny. I downloaded Dirty Blood the other day. I am hoping to start it soon.


message 12: by Toni (new)

Toni | 5 comments Excellent interview cant wait to read them i'll have to add them to my list :)


message 13: by Juana (new)

Juana | 8 comments Welcome heather, I will be checking out your books. Great interview. : )


message 14: by Erin (new)

Erin (readermom4) | 4936 comments Mod
Thank you for your interview, Heather, I loved it!!! LOL Dirty Blood is amazing, of course, but I'm looking forward to checking out everything you send our way!! =)


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