H.R. Willaston lives in California with her husband, Scott and their menagerie including five cats, three tanks of fish, two mourning doves and one dog - Laura-Glue. When not writing, she enjoys reading, camping at the beach, volunteering for animal rescues and working at a high school as a special education tutor.
Nine Days is her second book. Future Letters was the first
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern and Central California. So far all of my stories (published as books or not yet) all have California in them. The main character(s) have all be from there and I use a lot of the towns and areas that I love as settings (even if I change the name). California is my home and it's so diverse from beaches to mountains to valleys filled with agriculture - there's a lot that can inspire my imagination. Personally, I favor the oceans and beach towns.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a lot of stories when I was a kid in elementary school, but I started writing daily when I was in high school. I had notebooks of never ending stories and some of my current ideas have roots in those notebooks. Writing was the best tool I had (next to reading) to explore and experience the world. I started writing stories with endings after getting involved with NaNoWriMo a few years ago. My first published book Future Letters was my second NaNoWriMo project.
Andy Qwinn is the artistically challenged, ordinary child in a family of extraordinary artists. Instead of art Andy loves water - swimming in it, learning about it, protecting the animals that live in it. Trying to live up to her parents high artistic expectations and dealing with abusive stepparents it's hard for her to be herself. She discovers who she really is on a nine day runaway trip.