I am an artist fighting a daily battle to defend this title. I want to FEEL like an artist but it gets pretty darn hard when I'm folding laundry or scrubbing the toilet. No, I am not a slave - I am a mother. It is a heavy price to pay, but worth it to witness my greatest creations enjoying my support and influence. To contradict Davinci they are never finished and they are three pieces of art I will never abandon.
How would you introduce yourself to a crowded room eager to hang on your every word?
I’m boring! My mind doesn’t come out my mouth. I could come up with something witty to say, but not until the next day. My name is Halli – it is a form of Hallelujah which in Hebrew means praise to Jehova. My middle name is Dee, which is Hebrew for delicate, weak, languishing and is a form of Delilah who was a false and treacherous woman. So I love God, it’s true, but I’m not very good at it.
When writing do you listen to music, do you have a particular playlist? What are the top 5 songs on that playlist?
Music and I have a complicated relationship. I definitely have a soundtrack in mind when I replay scenes in my mind. I’ll list the music in the back of my books as a suggestion to my readers. But when I’m struggling to put the long form down on paper I have to have quiet so I can get inside the mind of my characters. Luckily for me all my kids are in public school this year. Here are five songs that keeping coming back to me: So Heavy by Florence and the Machine Kingdom Come by Cold Play Hallelujah done by Jeff Buckley Anything by Heidi Happy Reasons Why by Nickle Creek Blue Lips by Regina Spektor Oops that’s six.