Interview with Heidi Mae

What are your three favorite books, and why?
Oh goodness. I would have to say that I did fall in love with all of the Harry Potter books, so that is already seven books. For purposes of this question, I'll count those as one. Similarly, I couldn't help but love Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games series. The way these books were written inspired me to want to write more. Both series were escapes for me during trying times, and allowed me to pretend like I am a part of the world within the books.
The Old Man and the Sea is one of my classic favorites. Such a simple book, but with so many symbolism references that reveal a much deeper meaning to the story. The way that Hemingway weaved the extra layer of the story into it was genius, in my opinion.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is scattered, much like the thoughts that swirl around in my brain. I have a hard time organizing all of the ideas I have because I get so excited and just want to write my story. Sometimes I'll outline a couple chapters first, and then write them. Sometimes, I'll write them and then go back and outline and edit them. It all depends on the mood that I am in.
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer mystery books, and fantasy books with a made-up world involved.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I typically use the Nook app on my phone and tablet.
Describe your desk
My desk is on the patio of my apartment. When I sit at it, I overlook a beautiful part of town, and have the opportunity to get some people watching in. Though I am right on the road, it is a relaxing space for me to be able to get away from everything inside, and hone my creativity.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chico, CA, a wonderful little town in Northern California. This influenced my writing because there are so many interesting people in the area that I feel should be in a story. I tend to model my characters after them all in one way or another.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing stories when I was eight. I had a writing assignment of some sort in my third grade class that piqued my interest. I can't quite remember what is was about it, but I fell in love with writing. I told my parents at that time that I wanted to write my own book one day.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided to become an indie author because I didn't want to give up my story to big name publishers. I have always been an independent person, and my creative life reflects that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After I separated from the Navy, I had some difficult times getting back on track. I like to write to get away from reality, but journaling wasn't cutting it. Instead, I formulated all of my thoughts and put them into a story. It isn't a flat out "this is what I'm going through" kind of story. I just figured out a way to weave my troubles into a fictional life.

It is the story of a woman, Scarlet Meyers, who recently got a divorce and witnesses a murder. She is kidnapped for a short time and forced to work for the crime ring led by a Mr. Walden Lyons, who is feared among many people in the crime world. She discovers that she enjoys the thrill of the life of crime, and wants to rise to power. As she moves up the ranks, she realizes that there is a line that she decides that she will not cross. She knows that she has what it takes to be in charge, but there is something holding her back.

This isn't your typical story about the cops getting the bad guy and they all live happily ever after. This is the story from the side of the murderer, drug dealer, hacker, and thief.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the idea of producing a story that my readers will love. I don't just want it to be another story that they read and move onto the next one. I want to keep my readers up at night wondering what is going to happen next, I want to make them smile with pure joy, and want them to feel the sadness, anger, and any other emotions that my characters feel. My readers are what gives me the greatest joy of writing.
Published 2015-01-23.
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