The Fast Five With … Heather L. Reid
By Christine Duval
I am always intrigued by authors who write paranormal and fantasy. Having the ability to alter reality, make up a new set of rules, and then tell a story within those new parameters is a true talent in my book. Heather L. Reid has done just that in her Pretty Dark Nothing series, about a high school girl invaded by demons. Not your typical chick lit, but a definite must for fans of the Twilight series, readers are sure to enjoy the slow spark of romance that develops between main character Quinn, and Aaron, the boy who can read her dreams. Without further ado, welcome Heather!♥
1. What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever written?
So far, I would have to say Pretty Dark Sacrifice. Second novels, especially in a series, are notoriously difficult. That, combined with losing my mother in the middle of developmental edits, made it even harder to get through. Quinn, my main character was also dealing with grief and guilt over the loss of a loved one. I found it especially challenging to face both her grief and my own at the same time. While I could relate, it made it hard to connect to her on the level I needed to because all I wanted to do was forget the pain. Working through her story forced me to face it. Maybe that was a good thing, but I still feel like the whole process of editing was done in this strange detached haze.
2) If you could collaborate with another author on a project, who would it be and why?
Laini Taylor. I love her writing style, her imagination, and her world building. I would learn so much from working with her!
3) What do you like most about being an author?
I love creating new worlds and getting lost in my imagination. Also, I love working in my pajamas.
4) How do you motivate yourself to write?
I have a ritual I do my best to stick to. Get up, shower, brew a cup of tea. Then I diffuse some essential oils, put on my playlist, and open my word document. Sometimes the words flow, sometimes they don’t, but I do my best to show up at the blank page Monday-Friday and treat it like a job.
5) What do you feel are the top three qualities one must possess to make it as an author today?
The drive to challenge yourself with each new book you write.
Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and writing whatever new tales her imagination cooks up.