Get to Know a YA Author: Heidi Heilig

Welcome to our newest feature on B&N Teen Blog, Get to Know a YA Author, in which we pose the same questions to different YA authors so readers can get to learn a little more about them, what they write, what they read, and what they love! We’re especially excited to be kicking the series off with none other than Heidi Heilig, author of the so-spooky-it’s-perfect-for-October fantasy series that just got its second book in A Kingdom for a Stage, so come get to know Heidi, the books, and more!

Describe your new release in 5 words.

Magic, madness, and necromancy. Voila!

This is a YA book blog, so tell us 3 YAs you recommend!
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby is a fascinating historical mystery populated by complex characters with tarnished hearts and big dreams. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko is a rich fantasy with fairy tale themes and distinctly non-Western world building. Steel Tide (the second book in the Seafire trilogy) by Natalie Parker is the girl pirate swashbuckling adventure that makes me want to grip a knife in my teeth and return to the sea.
What do you do when you’re not reading or writing?
I live in New York, so I love to get out and explore. I like to walk places, just walk and look and listen. Wander into a cafe or through a museum or past a bit of street art or an interesting stranger. It makes me feel free.
What’s your dream book tour city/stop?
Oh, I would love to go to the West Coast! I have family and friends all over there but rarely get to visit, and the one time I went to California I had a lot of readers I was excited to see! I’d also love to visit Powell’s again, this time as an author!
If you got to retell any story as a YA novel, what would it be and why?
I would love to retell Edward Scissorhands! My own mom was a really whimsical, semi-crazy artist (it runs in the family I guess!), so growing up, I was the misfit kid at school, with messy hair and holes in my clothes and absolutely no knowledge of current pop culture. So I really related to that movie at the time, although now of course I have angry feelings surrounding Johnny Depp. 🙁
What’s your favorite way to reward yourself for publishing a book?
That’s a really good question! I don’t really have a tradition around this. I probably should start one. Usually during launch time I’m so busy with marketing stuff that I forget to step back and breathe. Actually that’s probably my biggest weakness: a total lack of stepping back and breathing. Maybe this year I’ll turn off my computer and veg out for a day.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently wrapping up book three of the For a Muse of Fire series, but I also have a graphic novel I’m noodling around on, as well as a secret retelling that I hope will come together well.
A Kingdom for a Stage is on sale now.
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