i’m so happy to welcome Heidi Heilig, the author of The Girl From Everywhere (of which you can find my review HERE), which i really loved, for a Q&A!
about the book
author: Heidi Heilig
publisher: Hot Key Books (March 3rd 2016)
genre: Fantasy/ Time travel
Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveler. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…
Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.
Q & A
How did you get the idea of writing The Girl From Everywhere?
It all started with a newspaper article from 1884: PIRACY! the headline read. TREASURY RAIDED! HONOLULU SACKED! Apparently, a group of pirates, led by a mysterious man who seemed to know his way around the city, anchored at Honolulu harbor and stole three million dollars in gold and silver from the treasury and the richest families downtown. How on earth could this happened? The obvious answer (to me, anyway) was time travelling pirates!
What was the hardest thing about writing The Girl From Everywhere?
The toughest part, believe it or not, was the developing romance. At first, I thought Nix and Kashmir would only be best friends, but they started to want more from each other as drafting continued. But putting those emotions on the page was a challenge for me. It felt very vulnerable!
Do you have any favorite time-travel novels/series? If so, which one(s) would you recommend?
One of my all-time favorites is NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett, where Sam Vimes has to go back in time and teach his younger self how to be a good cop. Another favorite is THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, which is about a girl who loves physics and loses her father figure.
What are your advice(s) to writers?
The more you read, the better you’ll write.
Write what you love.
If you could travel above The Temptation, what’s the first place you would go to?
I’d love to go to ancient Egypt and meet Hatshepsut, who was a powerful female pharoah and a very wise ruler. I admire her so much. Plus, ancient Egypt sounds like such a beautiful and fascinating place to visit! I’d love to watch the old barques floating down the Nile, or really absorb the old mythology as it was experienced back then.
If you could travel in time and reread a book for the first time, which one would it be?
HOGFATHER, again by Terry Pratchett. It’s really funny, and Death is one of my favorite characters ever–watching humanity through his eyes makes me feel better about my own mortality.
Have you started writing The Girl From Everywhere #2? If so, could you describe it in 4 words?
I have! Let’s see… “New myths, new dangers.”
thank you so much, Heidi Heilig, for accepting to make a Q & A, which i really hope readers loved.
about the author
Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark. She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she’s written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.