Interview with Natalia Heaney

Describe your desk
Desk? What desk?!
More often than not my desk is stacked with far too many books for me to work at, so my "desk" is my lap, or a portable coffee table, or outside in the sun on the back deck.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Canberra, Australia's capital city. Being completely surrounded by nature, and with national galleries and museums everywhere, there's inspiration available wherever you look.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pencil! I have some terrible stories from my childhood saved away somewhere.
As for professional writing, my first work was published when I was in my teens.
What are you working on next?
More books in the Jessica Hamilton ballet series, including a spinoff about a younger dancer at Capital Dance Centre.
I also have a book about a gymnast at the 2000 Sydney Olympics that I’ve been working on for a while, and hope to publish in early 2019.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading! I also do a lot of travelling, and try to get to the theatre when I can.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Some things are better off forgotten!
What is your writing process?
Process?! I usually have an idea long before I figure out what to do with it. The first draft of my first book in the Pointe Perfect series was written years ago, but I revamped it totally. The same goes for a series I hope to launch in 2019.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really, but I do know I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid when I was younger (the real one by Hans Christian Andersen, not the Disney version!).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A combination of recommendations from other readers, and sheer luck!
How do you approach cover design?
For the Pointe Perfect series, I knew there absolutely HAD to be pointe shoes on the covers - it was a matter of finding six different (but not too different!) ballet images that worked. Growing up I read a lot of books about dancers and gymnasts, and I wanted to capture some of the spirit of those series in mine.
What do you read for pleasure?
Most things! I've never understood how people can stick to one genre. I read depending on my mood.
Published 2018-07-13.
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Books by This Author

Pointe Perfect (Jessica Hamilton Series) Books #1 and #2
Pre-release—available May 15, 2019. Price: $5.00 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Dance
Follow elite ballet student Jessica Hamilton as she navigates the year 1997, dancing her first solo, turning sixteen, and competing with her best friend for a role – and a boy. This is a compilation of the first two books in the Pointe Perfect series.
Step About
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,790. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Dance
Dance, dance, dance. It’s a word Ceili Ryan can’t escape, not with a little sister who’s an Irish dance champion. And it’s a word Connor Quinn tries to escape in public. He can’t think of anything worse than people at school finding out what he does in his spare time – especially Ceili, the girl he’s liked since day one.
Friends and Rivals (Pointe Perfect #2)
Pre-release—available May 15, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Dance
The Capital Dance Centre students have been invited to perform in a gala concert, but there are more dancers than there are available roles. Jessica Hamilton is determined to win one of the spots, but what if it’s at the expense of her best friend?
Cool Competition (Pointe Perfect Book #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,160. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Sports
Jessica Hamilton is so close to her dream of dancing her first solo – and then a new girl arrives at the ballet studio and changes everything. A combination of too much competition, so much hard work, and a disaster at school, and suddenly it seems like it will be hard enough just surviving the year.