Inside the mind of a fantasy writer

Author Bio

“What you produce as a writer is art.  A voice that opens a vein and leaves the reader lapping at the blood that’s been drawn.”

– Forever Black (Nightwalkers #2)

back1editedSince this is my personal space, I won’t refer to myself in the third person like my bio might appear anywhere else.  Hopefully, by exploring this site, you’ll learn more about “me” as well as my books.  Though I doubt I am as interesting as they are 😉

I write in a wide range of genres, from paranormal and fantasy, to sports romance.  Seven of my books have hit bestseller’s lists, so I guess I can call myself a “best selling author”.

I’m best known for my dark, paranormal romances, and coined author of “sexy horror”.  I’ve published a lot of books, as well as written a lot.  I don’t have time to describe them all here, but check out the link to find out more about them.

Outside writing, I’m also an award-winning graphic designer. I work for a few publishers (designing cover art) as well as design for indie authors.  Several of my cover designs have graced the best seller’s list as well as won cover art competitions.

Lastly, but most importantly, I’m a mom to two handsome little boys.  I love you, Kyle and Thomas!


59 responses

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Where is the castle/chateau/mansion in the photo at the top of your blog. I feel like I have been there.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  2. this is a very sharp-looking blog. i almost used this theme, and now i can see that i should have. looks great!

    March 27, 2012 at 6:38 am

  3. Thank you for liking my recent post! I was checking out your blog and I was wondering what you like best about being a fantasy writer? Also, how long have you been writing? What made you delve into fantasy?

    March 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    • I began writing books when I was in high school so…that’s about 12 or so years? Ha ha, I can’t remember exactly but it’s been a long time. I hate writing about people or places I know because I never want that akward, “Is that based on me?” moment. That’s one of my rules. Never write about what people you know. I love the freedom writing fantasy allows me as a writer. There’s no boundaries and if I want a sorceror I can have that. And if I want a dragon, I can have that too.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  4. questions: you’ve got a lot of “books” listed here. but how long these books. i mean, are they novel length or novella or short story? do they vary? please don’t view this as challenging or oppositional. i’m just trying to learn what you’re going for, what you’ve done, what you’re aiming for.

    and your works in progress, where do they fall in length? what are you aiming for?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    • The books listed above are between the range of about 40-141k each so I’d say they’re all novels but every publisher seems to define what a novel is in WC terms differently. Two of my books are over 100k but the majority of them fall somewhere in the middle of that range (the last one I’ve written was 70k+). As for my WIP’s they are books that I’ve started but never finished writing. I never make any outlines for books when I write them, I usually have an initial idea and go from there. I know it sounds cliche but I will get up one day and be like, “I think I’ll start writing another book today.” My only goal in writing is to write a good book and have fun doing it. Making money for doing what I love would be great but sharing my books with others is all I really want.

      March 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

      • wow. that’s a lot of words and books. at least one a year? you’re on a roll. and seems i have a lot to read…

        March 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

        • Ha ha, I just wrote two new ones since the end of January. What can I say, I’m obsessive writer.

          March 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

  5. Hi, thanks for having liked my posts.
    Many compliments for all the work, love and effort that you put in writing your books!

    May I borrow a little bit of your commitment? If I’d completed a quarter of the books you’ve already written I’d be the happiest writer I could possibly be.

    Have you tried already to pitch any of them to a literary agent?

    March 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    • You’re welcome 🙂 I have pitched to a few agents but the ones that did bite wanted money for their services and I really didn’t want to put any into my books at the time. I’m also not sure what or who is not a scammer when looking for such things. I’m terriable at that kind of stuff. I’m a good writer but a bad self promoter lol.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  6. Okay…I am about to be one of those people you blogged about the other day who ask ignorant questions that make you bite your laptop…but here goes…how did you find your writing style? I love the detail and subtle segue from one scene to another.
    Please feel free to write back using my email:

    April 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    • I don’t mind questions if I can answer them in written form and put some thought into it. It’s those verbal ones that I have to come up with a quick answer right away that throws me. And I don’t bite my laptop; I just swear at it and make funny faces 😉
      As far as where I got my style, I came up with a way that works well for me. I got a lot of slack from professors about having too much detail and was told to get to the point ‘faster’. But I write books and getting the story over with quickly isn’t my pace. So I guess I got my writing style from me. And are you talking about the subtle segue within a chapter or from chapter to chapter?

      April 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  7. borderer

    Hi, Heidi: Thanks for looking in on my blog. Let me just say that i admire, without reservation, anyone who has written a book, never mind the library shelf you have scribed!!! I have managed poetry, and a few short stories. Somehow, once they approach 3000 words, i cut and run, coward that i am!!!! Good for you!

    April 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    • First off, thanks and you’re welcome 😉
      And at 3k words I’m just getting started (or scraping the book because I don’t like it). Now staying under 3k is like pulling teeth for me. I can’t write a good poem for the life of me. It always starts out small but gets way too big so if you’re good at those you have one up on me.

      April 17, 2012 at 5:13 am

  8. borderer

    Hello, Heidi! thanks for looking in on my blog. I hope you were entertained!!! Let me just say i am totally blitzed by people who actually manage to write a book. What a marvelous accomplishment! I have not been able to get down more than a poem or short story. Once my stuff passes 3000 words, I tend to cut and run! Keep it up, you are an inspiration.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  9. Glad you liked my post, and best of luck with your writing. You’re welcome at “Swords, Specters, & Stuff” anytime.


    April 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  10. I just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can find it here:

    April 28, 2012 at 5:23 am

  11. Michael A. Miller

    Hi, Heidi. Thanks for reading

    April 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    • You’re welcome 😉

      April 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  12. You’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂 Congrats!

    April 30, 2012 at 6:57 am

  13. Nice to find other writers out there 🙂 will be sure to pass it along to my tutor, who is a big fan of vampire fiction.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    • Thanks! And yes, there are lots of us writers out here. That’s what I love about wordpress because it allows us to find other people like us. Awesome? I think yes! 😉

      May 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  14. hello i’m reading christian’s kisiss the wip the knife part zack part i have to say i like it so much i love it
    im from saudi arabia i still didnt write any of the novels in my head i might start 2 pages i am medical student & busy
    congrats to you amazing job hope u continue & hope i can buy your lovely stories in the bookstore
    you are amazing your blog encourage me to write
    hope you will have good smile when your read my replay & wish you happy day

    May 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    • Thank you for your kind words, you made my day 🙂

      May 16, 2012 at 5:19 am

  15. my name is hadeil btw
    i found myself curious to know more about you maybe because you ABOUT didn’t give much detail, maybe its trick you use 😉
    anyway can i ask you if u ever postpone writing to other time because you are busy, need to read a book to find inspiration, …etc ?

    the thing is im looking now for the big motivation to write but i dont want rewrite everything again, so q: do you rewrite after single part or u just write & never look back?


    May 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    • I start with an original idea and go from there. Once I start I’ll keep going till the end and if I hit a spot where I can’t write anymore then I won’t and I’ll start something else. I’ve never had a problem finding the motivation to write because it always seems to be there.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:23 am

  16. Thank you for stopping by our blog and liking it. We would like to wish you all the very best with all your future books!! 🙂

    May 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

    • Thank you! My goal is to have at least one of them become a best seller. Someday…

      May 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

  17. pop by my blog something there waiting for you lol 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • Aww…thanks for thinking of me Paula!!

      May 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

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  19. You inspire us…and so we have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award… Congratulations 🙂

    May 29, 2012 at 2:57 am

  20. 🙂 You’ve been nominated (again) for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award ->

    May 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

  21. Heidi, thank you deciding to follow my blog. However, I do feel compelled to pass along a few pointers to you as a new follower:

    1) First prepare a large ice cold tumbler of your favorite beverage.
    2) Find a supremely comfortable area to recline.
    3) Put your feet up.
    4) Begin to read.
    5) Take time to scratch the occasional itch.

    By following these simple steps you will greatly enhance the reading process…have fun…lol.

    Be encouraged!

    May 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    • It’s weird but I thought I already was following but I guess not. I just noticed I wasn’t when I went to your blog. Sorry ;(
      Now I am though and you’re very welcome 😉

      May 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  22. A big thanks from me to you! 🙂

    June 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

  23. Barile

    Thanks for the like on “Love Unscripted”! You have a great-looking blog.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    • Your welcome 😉

      June 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm

  24. Just found your blog. You have written so much, it’s a great inspiration to aspiring authors like me. Do you self publish them all, or do you have publisher?

    How old were you when you published your first book?

    Keep up the writing, I love it 🙂

    August 15, 2012 at 8:38 am

    • I am self published and mostly for the selfish reason of wanting my book in print. I do try and submit to publishers but haven’t gotten anywhere with it. I probably got my first book published about….4 years ago so probably when I was 25. It was a Christmas present from the bf. I’m glad I can be an inspiration to you and it makes me feel good to know my writing reaches others or motivates them to write. I’ve never thought of myself that way though, I’m just someone who’s addicted to writing and has a compulsion with finding bad grammar.

      August 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      • I also love searching for bad grammar! I will probably try to self publish my novel when it is done, next year.. do you have any tips for self publishing?

        August 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        • I like using smashwords for ebooks because you can get or give them away for any price you want and can make coupons to make them free. I used CreateSpace for printed titles. I’m not good at the marketing thing so I guess that’s a good tip. It takes a lot of self promoting so do some research on ways to do that.

          August 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

  25. Hi Heidi thanks for checking out my blog! I will have to take a look at yours!

    November 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    • Your welcome 😉

      November 28, 2012 at 5:10 am

  26. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for liking my post. Your blog looks very inspirational and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. As a mother of two teens, I admire you for all the writing you have accomplished. Like you, my first priority is my family, which sometimes makes it tricky to pursue your passion. I am excited to check out your books.

    February 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    • Thanks, I’m glad you like my blog. And yes, with kids they demand most of our attention but that’s okay, I wouldn’t want it any other way. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      February 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  27. Hi, Heidi,
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    I agree: our children are the most important things we can ever create 🙂
    I like your blog and I’ll be looking around if you don’t mind.
    Best wishes,

    February 24, 2013 at 1:13 am

    • You’re welcome 😉 Thanks for stopping by mine as well!

      February 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

  28. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can check out the details here: Congrats!

    March 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

  29. Keep writing Heidi and when you publish, let me know, my site is dedicated to introducing new authors to the readers 🙂

    May 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    • Thank you for the invitation! That’s very sweet of you! I would love to stop by 😉

      I have self published a few of my books, but my first traditionally published book comes out in June. I’m very excited!

      May 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  30. Great to see you have a passion for something , keep up with your blog.I gave you a follow can’t wait to see more!

    May 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

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