Heidi Loney is a Young Adult author of her debut novel Ravenous, set for re-release in 2014, and currently penning its sequel Ancestor (Ancestry, Book 2) coming late in 2014. She has just released her new Contemporary Romance novel Love and Cola Wars, a high school romantic satire set in her home town of Toronto, Canada. Heidi also blogs about Toronto city politics on her tongue in cheek website, leftwingpinko.ca. When not writing, Heidi spends most of her time raising her two young boys with her husband Jack.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from my daily happenings: my environment, my city, my children and my husband. If it wasn’t for writing, I would be truly lost for it’s what keeps me sane and helps me sleep at not – although that can be a double edged sword too – sometimes keeping me up at night.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely a plotter. I love information, and I like to use information in my story telling. I often will spends hours combing over news stories or historical information before I even write a single word.
Other times, I am struck with an idea, and I will sit down and write a 1000 page treatment, tuck it away and take it out when I am ready to explore it more.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No. I do not let my characters talk to me. They can be busy bodies, that’s for sure, but I am in complete control and I have no issues cutting them out of my books if they are not working or killing them off. Muaahh, ahhh, ahh!
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. And often. Read too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I really didn’t decide. It was decided for me. After the usual query process, something I continue to do, I ended up with self-publishing. I’m not unhappy with it at all, just that there’s a huge learning curve involved. But it’s good to know that other authors like myself are in the same boat. I know some authors are closed to the idea of self-publishing or even trad publishing, but I think it’s all good for the moment. For me, reaching my readers is the most important thing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m not sure, but we are in the flux of some great change. Indy, self-published, trad, e-books, audiobooks. I think there”s room for all that and more.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print