Thursday, May 9, 2013

Guest's Blog: Ontario by Heidi Nicole Bird

Today, I am having an interview of Heidi Nicole Bird to celebrate the coming out of her new book Ontario

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.

Also by Heidi Nicole Bird, Through the Paper Wall

Where did you grow up?
West Jordan, Utah.

What was your favorite thing to do as a child?
Play Barbies with my sisters in our basement or backyard.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Oh lots of things! A violinist, a singer, an author, a jockey, a three-day event star, the list goes on and on.

What are some things you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Camping, reading, playing with my dogs, watching CreateTV, singing or playing one of my instruments, going to church activities and spending time with friends. 

When did you start writing?
I think I started keeping a daily journal when I was around eight years old, and I still do that today. I maintain two daily journals, actually. The first story I remember writing was probably around the same time. I also wrote poetry and other things when I was young.

What are some of your favorite authors?
Bruce Coville, Lisa Mangum, K. D. Emerson, and, or course, J.K. Rowling.

Tell us about your newest book.
Ontario tells the story of a teenage girl who has recently been abandoned by her mother, her only living parent. Her brother Eddy becomes her legal guardian and together they try to juggle the new life they have been thrown into. In order to feel like less of a burden on her brother Ontario takes a job at the local 50s diner, and it’s there that she meets her new “family” and love interest Austin. Through these people she learns that she can still trust and love, even though she has been let down so much in the past. The story follows Ontario and how she comes to heal from her past, but it is also full of fun 50s music and style, great fun, and romance. 

Have you written anything else?
Yes, I have. I have three, almost four other unpublished books, and one other that is available.
Through the Paper Wall, an early-teen fantasy, may be purchased in all formats from Amazon and Smashwords and various other places. 

What is your favorite thing about each of the books you have published? 
For Through the Paper Wall it is probably the story line itself. I still have no idea where it came from and it baffles me every time I think about it. For Ontario, I probably have to say I love how much of myself came out through her character and the story. I didn’t realize just how much I was a part of the story until I finished editing.

How have you published your books?
I chose to go the indie way, self publishing through, and soon through, though I am proud to note that Ontario was sought after by a publisher at one time. 

What advice would you give to others authors, aspiring or otherwise?
It’s easy to get discouraged with all the writing, editing, formatting, marketing, and everything else that lies before you as an author, but you can’t ever forget your dream. I now have two books available, and there was a point in my life where I never would have thought that was possible. Don’t give up! The last thing you want is to look back on your life and regret not doing the things you totally could have. Just keep going and you will get there! 

Find Heidi here:
Links to Ontario:                                                               
Kindle Store
Ontario on Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me on your blog Linda! I enjoyed it!