Meet The Authors At utopYA: Heather Hildenbrand

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Meet the Authors at utopYA is a series of blog posts where we introduce you to all the amazing writers who will be in attendance at the first ever utopYA convention. Some will be on panels, some will be exhibitors, some will be keynote speakers, and all are living the dream.

We asked the authors 5 questions we wanted to know, and hope that you find them informative and entertaining. These authors were hand-picked, so you’ll definitely want to read their amazing books if you haven’t yet. Get ready, because this is only the beginning.

Meet The Author: Heather Hildenbrand, The Dirty Blood Series

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1. What’s your idea of ‘utopia’?

H.H.: A place where there are enough hours in the day/week/year to read my entire TBR pile without interruption … oh and Starbucks is free.

2. Who influenced you to become a fabulous young adult paranormal author?

H.H.: In high school, unquestionably, it was J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, V.C. Andrews, Francine Pascal. Yeah I know, an eclectic selection. More recently, I aspire to weave a story as well as my current idols: Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Nora Roberts, and Warren Murphy. (Again, eclectic.)

3. Paper or digital media?

H.H.: I’d say it depends on the season. Winter/Fall I read my kindle a lot. In bed, on the couch, in the car. (NO, not while driving! I reserve that time for texting, hehe.) But in the summer I am always at the pool or beach and I’m terrified of my kindle getting submerged in either water or sand, so I make a point to read paper books during those times. Plus, there are a few “must-haves” that I NEED for my shelf because either they are that good or the cover art is that amazing. (Mortal Instruments series is one.)

20120610-223538.jpg4. Do you have an “end of book” ritual (that you’re willing to share…)?

H.H.: I smile. Big. Cheesy. All over my face. Because there is no better rush in writing than typing “The End.” And then I take a day or two off to regain control of my personal life, which I’ve no doubt let slide by the wayside while I finish said book. Actually, for a while, I participated in something called #TGNO (twitter girls night out, can I get a woot woot?) with a bunch of writer/blogger peeps I met online. We’d all plan a cyber-party whenever someone either finished or released a new book, to help each other celebrate. It was fun. We haven’t done it in a while. Hmm, maybe we should … *wanders off to email her TGNO tweeps*

5. What do you hope to get out of UtopYA Con 2012?

H.H.: FACES! I have communicated with so many of the attendees, authors and fans alike, and it is so stinking exciting to finally put a face to the names!! I can’t wait to see all of you. I love your face!

You can find out more about Heather and her available titles at: www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com.

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