Book Nerd Interview
I write full time and love being involved with groups that promote books! Writing about the Halflings has been the funnest and most exciting writing journey of my life! Before novels, I wrote teen curriculum published in both the U.S. and Asia Pacific.
I spent eight years in the "spa world" as a licensed esthetician and won a trip to Europe for my commitment to the spa industry. With that knowledge, I developed the Writer's Ten Step Excercise: Save Your Neck, Shoulders, Back, and Wrists!
As an ordained minister and motivational speaker, I've taught in the U.S. and Mexico at women's and teen conferences. Teen conferences ... sooo fun!!!!
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I won a trip to Germany and that’s why the Halflings’ ancestral home is there in Baden, Baden. I loved it and I can’t wait to go back. Although, a crazed bus driver almost drove us off a cliff when we were supposed to have dinner at a castle. He took us to the wrong castle. I mean, really. How does that happen? Needless to say, the road to this castle wasn’t made for a greyhound bus and we almost paid for his stupidity.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
That the nerds will run the world. So, be nice to them. I was pretty much friends with everyone. I had a circle, but I strayed beyond the boundaries and looking back, I’m really glad I did. I got to know a lot of great people. But what did I learn then? I guess that it’s good to have a wide circle of friends.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Skip the boring stuff. (Thanks, Ted Dekker.) Readers want to be engaged, enthralled. No one cares about what a character made for dinner … unless of course, the dinner comes alive and … Oops. Got off track there.
What are some of the common challenges that new and experienced authors face and what advice do you have for over-coming them?
Tons and tons of rejection. It’s just part of the process. Getting rejection after rejection doesn’t mean you can’t write. It doesn’t mean your baby isn’t beautiful. It just means you need to keep writing, submitting, and one day someone (agent/editor) will realize how gorgeous your baby is! Or you’ll have a second baby, and that one can be your shining star. I had four babies before I sold the Halflings Series.
For those who are unfamiliar with your novel; Halflings, how would you introduce it?
A young adult thrill ride with a supernatural twist. Seventeen-year-old Nikki Youngblood is being hunted by men and demons and turns to three half-angel young men for protection. With the Halflings, she’s completely safe. Everything except her heart. And their souls.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Nikki?
She really is a warrior beyond what I imagined. As the second and third books unfold, we see how strong and determined she is to protect the Halflings.
Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
You know, the characters began having conversations in my head and I couldn’t shut them up. I was so caught up in their story, I had my whole family talking about it and creating storyline for the books. It sort of held us all captive.
Do you have a favorite quote that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire you?
Write your butt off every day. (Roxanne St Claire) There are more devotional quotes I love, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to sitting in the chair and writing.
If you could introduce Mace to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
Peeta. I think the two of them would have a lot to talk about concerning their love lives. J
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Raven?
How easy he is to write. I can always count on Raven to do the “wrong” thing, to work the system to fit his needs. He’s a joy to write because he gives me so much to work with!
What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
We are continuing the Halflings books and that’s the main thing on my desk right now. Book two, GUARDIAN, releases October 8. AVENGER, book three releases April, 2013. Also, there is another free ebook short story available in July titled A Halflings Rescue. It has a bonus—the first chapter of book two!
What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Write and write and write and write. Pick books apart that you love and figure out what it is you love about them.
Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?
We’ve traveled quite a bit, but Germany is my favorite. I want to go there for Christmas some year.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading the galleys for Guardian.
What do you think is the most useless class in high school?
All the classes are important.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
The question about the most useless class in high school.
What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
I was the salad bar girl at Western Sizzlin’. It was my first job. I spilled a bucket of iced tea on the floor the second day.
When was the last time you cried?
Just now thinking about my Western Sizzlin’ experience. Nah, just kidding. I am a big marshmallow, though. Seriously. A good commercial can make me teary eyed.
Where can readers stalk you?
halflings.ning.com It’s a super fun social network where you can join other fanlings to chat about all things angelish.
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Split. After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret---and the wings that come with. A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys' powers, as well as her role in a scientist's dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.
Heather Burch’s Halflings is an extraordinary plot with a plethora of action, drama, and romance. Nikki is not your typical seventeen-year-old girl. She is tough, kicks butt, and can take care of herself. She’s a total bad girl except she follows the rules. When the forces of hell goes on a rampage on earth, even bad-ass Nikki realizes she will need help. When the new guys in town, Mace, Raven, and Vine, come to her aid, it turns out they are there for a reason.
Heather’s prose of bringing her characters to life is truly remarkable. The female lead, Nikki, is well-rounded. She’s strong and fearless and not afraid to say what she wants. As the book progresses, so does Nikki, and it was quite entertaining watching her grow.
The way these new kind of Angels were introduced is amazing. Heather’s vivid description and stunning writing style made something so unknown or unbelievable to become believably true, that readers will be questioning if Halflings truly exists. It is certain Heather has put in a lot of effort and research into her book. It mixes magic, religion, and faith into one big glass and pours them onto paper to produce a very unique and entertaining story. Let’s not forget the love story. There is one and it involves three people. There is nothing disappointing from start to finish. Halflings is a very compelling debut novel from Heather Burch that promises great things are still ahead.
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