Interview with Heather Kirchhoff

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in seventh grade.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sitting down and pouring words onto a page. Sometimes the words I'm writing are exactly how I feel, and it's nice to be able to get it out without anyone realizing it.
What are you working on next?
I'm thinking of working on a vampire book, or continuing on something I started a few months ago and stopped working on because of a boxset I'm being published in. I had to focus on that, so I could get the story done in time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Traditionally published: Richelle Mead, Alyson Noel, and Stephenie Meyer.
Indie authors: Kate Marie Robbins, Bree Vanderland, Nadege Richards, Rue Volly, Sandra Love, and Genevieve Scholl.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, editing, promoting, doing laundry, and trying to figure out other ways on promoting.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Facebook, and sometimes Twitter. I've also been known to randomly look things up on Amazon and read it.
How do you approach cover design?
I go to Veer and find several pictures that I think fits my story, and save them so I can later decide which one I'm in love with more and thinks fits the story better. I then send it to my cover designer and she does the rest.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was stuck between going with a publisher and self-publishing, but, in the end, I figured I'd take on the challenge of becoming an indie author.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot to me. Being an indie author isn't necessarily easy and having support from other people besides family or friends is amazing. They make me want to write even more than I do already. My fans can be known to motivate me if they tell me how much they want the next book, or a new one. That makes me want to write the book even more than I already did.
What is your writing process?
I just sit down and write. I always have an idea of what I'm going to write, but I don't always know what will happen in the middle, only the beginning and the end. I love it like that. I love being surprised when one of my characters does or says something I didn't think they'd do.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have so many to choose from, honestly. I love a lot of the books I've read and can't really pick one favorite, so five is a little bit easier.
1. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
2. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel
3. The Dead Speak by Brianna Vanderland
4. Indigo by Kate Marie Robbins
5. The Devil's Gate trilogy by Rue Volley
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook I read on sometimes, but I also read on the Kindle app I have on my phone. I've been using the app more lately than my Nook.
Describe your desk.
I don't use a desk. I go wherever I feel like writing at. Sometimes that's outside, and other times it's just somewhere in the house.
Why did you write The Last Night?
I wanted to save someone's life. I wanted to show what commiting suicide can do to someone, as well as bullying. I wanted to make others stop and think before they act. Is it worth dying over? Will everything get better in the end? You just have to fight. I know it can be hard, especially when you feel like you're on your own, but there's people out there that I'm sure would love to help you. There's people out there that may feel like you are. You're not alone. Never give up.
Why did you write Fading?
I want to talk about stuff that isn't talked about in books a lot, and I know cancer is one of them. I know there are books out there that deals with it, but it's not that many. I just feel like it's a topic that needs to be talked about more in books because it does happen.
Why did you write your Magic series?
Well, back in 8th grade I wondered what it'd be like to have every power possible. I then got the idea to write a series about a witch that is extremely powerful. She's the only one with that much power. Why? You'll find out in the final book, Dawn of the Shooting Star, which I plan to continue writing soon.
Do you think you would ever write outside of paranormal?
Yes. I don't want to be stuck in one genre. I want to spread my wings and fly. I want to be able to write in all kinds of genres.
Who inspired you to write?
Richelle Mead, Alyson Noel, and Stephanie Meyer did.
Favorite place to write.
I love writing anywhere I can, but I absolutely love sitting outside. It's peaceful and usually quiet.
Published 2015-10-02.
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Books by This Author

The Last Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,870. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
After Sarah Hill's boyfriend dies, everything changes. Caught up in her grief and desire to see him again, Sarah is challenged in moving on. She's sucked back into the world Sarah was in before they started dating-being invisible, bullied. She slowly begins to pull away from everyone, unable to do it anymore. Then one day her reality comes crashing down all around her, pushing Sarah to the edge...