Interview with Heidi Turno

Describe your desk
A complete and accurate diorama of my brain. Lets see here, I have a couple voodoo dolls that I try to cover in loving thoughts and heart shaped stickers but no particular person do they represent, a Nerf Jolt pistol, a steampunk metal sculpture of a raven, a Chinese throwing star (it's so shiny!), manuals, pamphlets and books I could really care less about but my job requires me to act knowledgeable from time to time, hence the stupid books. A dead orchid, my boss said it's still alive but it still looks like a stick in dirt. Far be it from me to point out the obvious! Oh, I also have a Mac, an air purifier thing that I don't think works at all, a switch blade knife that has The Punisher skull on the outside casing (supremely cool!), couple gross stress balls, and a telephone that I hate but more so because it's a means for people to harass me when I don't feel like talking. In case of emergency, I have a nice selection of Schapps in my desk drawer in shot sized bottles for immediate irritation relief. Most people would say my desk is a mess. I know exactly where anything is at any given time. If anything is moved, you will get a throwing star embedded in your flesh.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the sticks. I'm not joking. Dad was a war vet. He was paranoid 'The Man' was out to get him. Maybe they were, but not for the reasons he was thinking. My very best friends were my cousin (whose dad was just as much of a mess as my dad except far more entertaining) and a pine tree that I would daily attempt to climb to the top, where I'd spend most of my summer days plotting my escape.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a child I used to write all sorts of weird fantasy stories that would be called science fiction now. I used to get scolded often for it though. My teachers saw it as a form of lying and would tattle to my parents frequently, who in turn would get mad at me for embarrassing them, again. So after awhile, I was finally beaten down enough to stop writing stories. A couple of years ago, I was reintroduced to it. I did not realize how much I loved this outlet! It truly is the best therapy to pour your heart, thoughts and soul into something that may potentially help another human who is suffering or struggling as I did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As any artist knows, they require an outlet. If you want to make an artist miserable, limit their freedom to express their inner thoughts. If you want to see an artist truly happy, give them some blank sheets of paper, some time, freedom and a subject. Personally, this is the best gift I could ever ask for.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is an extraordinarily difficult question for me. There have been so many people that have come and gone in my life through the magic of written words. Currently I'd have to say my favorites are Duncan Falconer, J.K.Rowling and the late great Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Curiosity.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Daydreaming. Working. Cleaning up after other people. Partaking in lengthy debates with my dog and my cat. Running, hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, fighting, screaming, cheering, loving, reading, fantasizing, sneezing, staring, ogling, calculating, racing, skating, debating, burning the midnight oil, praying, eating, questing, punching, cycling, but never being bored. Life it too short for such a wasteful emotion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth and eavesdropping on other peoples conversations. I never go by rating systems, they always disappoint me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. Ironically that teacher gave me an A for it and made me stand up in front of the class to read it. Mrs. Calvert was the only person to encourage me and that day I felt like a world conqueror.
What is your writing process?
Get my thoughts out as fast as possible and don't worry about punctuation, grammar, or spelling. That stuff can wait. A thought is fleeting and needs to be captured immediately before it gets away!
Published 2015-07-02.
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