Guest Author Heather Hildenbrand Q & A

33-2Babs….When did you know you wanted to write?

Heather …. Hmm. Well, I loved writing when I was a teen but I had no idea back then that you could write and make a living at it. Besides, most of what I wrote back then was angsty poetry and other hormonal-infused stuff that teens write/think about. SO, I guess I would have to say in 2010, when I wrote my first novel, is when I officially “knew.”

Babs…..What would you like your readers to get out of books?

Heather …. TRUE LOVE is NOT just a fantasy. All that romantic love and passionate warm fuzzy stuff IS real. I know, because I found it.

Babs…..Do you have a current project in the works?

Heather… Yes! I have a surprise coming on 7/29. A project so big and new that I can’t talk about it until July 29 when it drops. But it’s super exciting and involves one of my current series. I can’t wait to tell you guys!

Babs…..Do you have a ritual when you are writing? ie coffee, music, food etc

Heather … Silence. I write best to silence. No kids yelling in the background. No music. No movies. Sometimes, I wish I could be like some of my writer friends and work while watching movies–maybe then I would be more caught up on Vampire Diaries–but sadly, I cannot. Silence works best for me. I like the quiet.

Babs…..Hobbies outside of writing?

Heather… motorcycles! I have 3. 2 in Virginia and 1 in Guam. (I live in both places depending on the month of the year.) I love motorcycles and the beach. Luckily, I live near the ocean regardless of which house I’m spending time at.

Babs….What book or books are you currently reading?

Heather… I JUST finished Unravel Me by Tehereh Mafi *sigh* I LOVE her brain. I would marry it. For real.

Babs….If you could be one character from one of your books who would it be?

Heather …. I sort of feel like I AM Summer from A Risk Worth Taking. That one is based on the  true story of my love life. But since I based her on me, let’s pick a different one. Hmm. I would have to say Victoria from the Dirty Blood series. I like her tough choices more than some of my other characters’ tough choices, if that makes sense.

Babs…Favorite drink?

Heather… coffee. and wine. and sangria from thisrestaurant in Guam that I love

Babs…..What is your favorite ice cream?

Heather … anything with the words “fudge” and “brownie” in it. Preferably together.

Babs….What is your favorite food?

Heather … chips and salsa. And anything with a tortilla.

Babs…Anything else you would like to add? ( links to any blogs/sites to follow etc)

Heather .. here’s my “stalker” links. I am mostly on FB — especially when I’m supposed to be writing. So, find me and let’s talk books!

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and being a guest on the blog.

Heather … thanks for having me!


Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.