Today I have Heather Burch, author of Halflings, visiting The Life and Lies!
1) Why and when did you begin writing?
I’ve always had a passion for writing. As a teen, I wrote tons of poetry. My boyfriend’s mom and sister were published novelists, so I did the only thing a budding writer could do. I married into that family!
2) What inspired you to write your book?
Halflings was a combination of a lot of ideas that had been bouncing around in my head for a while. I wanted a story that was one part X-Men, one part Cinderella.
3) How did you come up with the title?
I was sitting at the beach thinking … They’re half human, half angel. Half, half. Oh! Halflings!
4) What books or people influenced your writing? Was it positive influence, or negative?
Well, my first loves were Dr. Seuss, then Edgar Allen Poe. I graduated to Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Huh. I’m seeing a trend here. I’ve always gone for the slightly strange … No wonder I write about girls being hunted by demons and hell-hounds! As for positive or negative, I can’t say. They were all an influence though. Absolutely.
5) How do you go about researching for your books?
I use the internet, the phone, sometimes I have to meet an expert face to face. It all depends on how much info I need. But the internet is always a great way to start.
6) Did you base any of your characters on real people?
Mace and Raven, the two main Halflings are mirror images of my two boys, Jake and Isaac. Nikki is a mix of all the things I’d love to be … strong, a warrior, ready to face whatever comes at her.
7) What’s the most exciting part about being a published author? What is the hardest part?
I really love helping other people realize they can reach their dreams. Also, meeting “fanlings” and getting to see the great reviews Halflings has gotten is just the funnest thing ever. The story is really close to my heart, so to see book 1 in print … it’s unbelievable.
The hardest part is being away from my family. Right now I’m on book tour and hitting several cities. Book tour is AWESOME! So much fun, but sadly, I can’t drag my husband and boys all over the country with me.
8) Do you have any other books planned in the future?
Halflings is a series and book 2 releases in October. It’s titled Guardian. Book 3 will release next spring and is titled Avenger. There is a free ebook short story that goes with Halflings. 11:15, The Making of a Halfling is an illustrated prequel. Also, we’ve offered a free Halflings Game App for iphone and Android. But watch out, because if you download it, you’ll be addicted. :D
9) Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
I really enjoy writing Raven because there’s always an ulterior motive with him. He keeps the tension high. Mace is a great guy, but he’s honor bound to do the right thing. That makes it tougher on the author. Vine is really fun. He always surprises me.
10) What advice can you give to young writers who want to publish their books?
Get into a good critique group that will advise but not squash your voice. If you have a weird, bizzarro idea, go with it! No matter if everyone says, “You can’t do that.” Follow your gut. Not your ego. Ego says, “I don’t want to change that. Its good just the way it is.” Your gut says, “How can I make this stronger, better, more compelling?” And never ever EVER give up.
Just for fun:
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Reading. Walking at the beach. Oh, and laundry. Mountains and mountains of laundry.
Do you have any pets?
Our goldfish died yesterday.
What are your favorite (and least favorite) foods?
Love steak, pasta, sushi, guacamole. Huh, did I leave any continents out?
Least favorite: Uh. Hmmm. Well, there should be something. Not such a big fan of fishy-fish.
Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?
I have an office that’s really comfy and cozy, but I also go to Panera for a change of scenery. Sometimes out to the beach, but not too often.
Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?
I’m a trail mix kinda girl. But I add extra M & M to it. Also, coffee must be at arms reach.
If you could go anywhere in the whole world, either for a vacation or to live there, where would you go?
Baden, Baden, Germany. It’s in the foothills of the black forest and the Grimm fairytales were written in the area. It’s truly magical. That’s why the Halflings ancestral home is there.
What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school?
Math was the least favorite. I really liked Drama.
What book are you reading right now?
Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I grew up racing dirt bikes and when I was small, I was in several beauty pageants. Yes, I have the tiaras to prove it. :)
Thanks Heather! Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a copy of Halflings!