Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith. She is the author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire. When she is not reading and writing, she can be found spending quality time with her lovely family camping, hiking, swimming, or watching movies.
This week, however, we want to take a look at Heidi's series, The Hunters Saga. Book #1, The Hunters, is already available, and she says this book is for those who believe vampires should be killed, not kissed.
What would you do if you found your town had been infested with vampires? For Chris and his brother Lucas, the answer was simple enough: you fight back. Gathering a small band of other people in their town who have been affected by the vampires, they begin a resistance. But after a year of fighting, they have only managed to kill a handful, while the vampire leader has turned five times that many.
Then two enigmatic strangers appear, changing the group’s lives even further. Fury and Havoc. They call themselves hunters, and want no part in this little band of heroes. Ordering them to lay low, the duo vow to rid their town of vampires. When Fury is injured, Chris aides these strangers, entwining his future with theirs.
Now that the vampires know the hunters are here, and that Chris and his friends have helped them, the group is in more danger than ever before. Lucas is torn between protecting his new family from the vampires, and protecting them from these seemingly inhuman beings who say they are there to help.
After all, what beings could be so powerful as to scare a vampire?
Coming Feb. 18th of 2017 is the next installment for The Hunters Saga series, The Hunted. Now The Hunters become the hunted.
The highly-anticipated sequel to The Hunters Saga. Follow Fury, Havoc and Screvin as they track down the Werewolf who turned Screvin and try to help her come to terms with what she is. Things are going better than expected with Avie, then the Counsel comes after them. Now the hunters have become the hunted.
We had a chance to speak with Heidi and ask her some questions about being an author. Here is what she had to say.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me. Editing and layout exhaust me. But marketing brings me back ;)
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think it is different for every writer, but the most common issue, I think, is not thinking about marketing and learning about marketing early enough. Whether you decide to self-publish, or end up with a publisher, if you don’t learn about marketing than you won’t have a very long career.
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Yes, and I hate it. Usually after the end of a great book/series and I just can’t go on and read another book because I am still wandering in that world!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I follow the stories in my head. However, as I get more ideas than I can keep up with, I let my fans vote on which story I work on next. It works pretty well ;)
How have other authors helped you become a better writer?
I am always learning from what I read. Whether it be new ways to tell stories, or new genre mixing, or new concepts. I get a lot of my inspiration from other writers, and from readers’ responses to those writings.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
There are so many.... Magnus Von Black’s The Song and the Pendant, and Breeder: Arrow’s Flight book 1 by Casy Hayes. I mention those two because the covers are pretty bad. They are e-books that I probably wouldn’t have read if I didn’t know the author, or win it free. But both of them were absolutely AWESOME books with amazing stories, well-edited, and well thought out. They are proof that one shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I would say a Muse.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do, every single one. I consider them to be constructive criticism, so it helps me to know what my readers like and don’t like and helps shape how I write in the future.
What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved Wind in the Willows when I was a child. I loved reading it to my own children. Sadly, they didn’t find it as fascinating.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book. Some have already written themselves and I just let them flow, others need to be pieced together and that can take years.
You can learn more about Heidi Angell and her books by visiting the links below.