That fact is worth mentioning because Heather has admitted to receiving quite a few queries on the issue. The author believes that she was as straight and perfect as a child could get. As an introvert, her personality simply did not permit her to lose herself in the wilder aspects of life. For this reason, the author was more of a bookworm, immersing herself in young adult and even romance novels.

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She grew up in Texas but recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. She spends all her time writing, reading, and dreaming about getting new tattoos. Random Facts about Me I played the piccolo in my high school marching band. I like tattoos. Being wheel-bound and knee-high for a year certainly changed my perspective on life pun intended.

Yes, I am a fan of cheesy puns. I read more than I do anything else. Like hours and hours a day. Wanna know how I get my hair so pink? Dystopias are fun because you get to write in this high stakes setting where your characters are constantly in danger. It lent a certain thriller aspect to it just from setting alone. And you can make very dramatic things happen and drop the floor out from underneath your characters at any point. All in all it was just such a fun genre to write in. Q: How long did it take you from first draft to publication of Glitch?

I sat down in July and banged out the first draft, edited for one insane week, then I was sending queries in August. After more edits, we went on submission in January, and sold in a few weeks. It was a whirlwind! Q: What gave you the idea for Glitch? I started wondering what other bits of technology we might start implanting in our bodies in the future, and how people in power might use it as a means of control.

Mwahahaha, a dystopian society is born! Q: Who would be in your dream cast for Glitch? A: My favorite character, and I know people hate him, which partially was the fun of writing him—is Max. I think I have a lot more sympathy for him than my readers do, lol. I really understood his struggle in the first book as a teenage boy suddenly being flooded with emotions and desires and how he went about acting on them ALL WRONG.

And oh my gosh, writing him in book 2 was so much fun because of the sneaky things I was doing with his character. And in book 3, oh Max. Max, Max, Max. I understood why he was making the decision he was making even though I so wished he would take a better path. What about the most difficult character to write?

A: Funnily enough, the character I had the hardest time with was Zoe. There were a lot of times, especially during the writing of the second book since it was the most transitional, trying to get a handle on Zoe. It took three entire drafts of that book for me to finally figure her out and get her right!

Q: Which book of the Glitch series was the hardest to write, and which was the most fun? Well, I should say Rewrite, since I wrote that sucker from scratch three times. I just could not figure out the characters for the longest time and the plot kept changing and gah, it was a HUGE mess for a very long time.

And then, ironically, it got the best reviews of the whole series! Easiest one to write was Shutdown. I knew my characters backwards and forwards, I knew where I wanted to take them emotionally and plot-wise, and it was just a real pleasure to write.

Q: How do you feel about finishing the Glitch series? Erm, yeah. But also what I feel is a sense of being satisfied that I really told that story the best it could be told.

Have you always loved writing? A: Lol, I superstitiously refused to call myself a writer until I got an agent. I got into this habit partially because I know how easy it is to get stuck, so I try to head it off before I get to that point of feeling a lot of resistance.

Other times I might pause to try to get inspired by reading a good book about writing, or by listening to music, or by looking out the window and just letting myself daydream for awhile. Q: How personal is your writing? Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?

A: During the course of the trilogy, I became very acquainted with my strengths and weaknesses especially the weaknesses! These are things that are part of the discovery process of being a writer. I always know the ending of a book before I write a single word and like to work in cool twists.

Some authors talk about how these characters will come to them already fully-formed in their head. It can take me an embarrassing amount of pages to figure out WHO my protagonist is and what makes them tick. Write regularly and get into the habit of it. Second of all: really listen to critique and be willing to incorporate it, even if it means big changes and rewrites to your piece.

The most basic building block of being a writer is learning the discipline of sitting down to put in the hours it takes to write. Often we have dreams that our first book will be a masterpiece. It takes a lot of time to learn how to write scenes, natural dialogue, and a compelling plot. Writing is no different. Q: How does it feel to be a published author?

That said, it felt insane and surreal to do the book signing for Glitch. Crazy cool. Then with Override, I literally looked and the calendar one day and was like, oh wow, look my book is published tomorrow. But then I generally treat big life events in a kind of understated way. Overall experience-wise, I learned that being a professional writer is about a mix of endurance and keeping ahold of inspiration. There are times when you will not love your book but have to keep writing it anyway.

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When reading a book, however horrible that book might be, I do try to find something even slightly redeemable, that could save the book from falling into my one-star abyss. Unfortunately, I truly found nothing likable or redeemable in this book. Those four categories are: the characters, the relationships, the writing, and the Warning: Possible spoilers but do you really want to read this? Here we go: 1. But, like any other female lead in YA literature if you could even call books of this sort literature , Zoe has to stand out and be special, right? She just mopes all day, contemplating turning herself into the government and basically giving up on life. Oh yeah, all while fawning over Adrien.

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She grew up in Texas but recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. She spends all her time writing, reading, and dreaming about getting new tattoos. Random Facts about Me I played the piccolo in my high school marching band. I like tattoos. Being wheel-bound and knee-high for a year certainly changed my perspective on life pun intended.


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