Interview: The Eight Writing Questions


Well, since V. R. Barkowski tagged me for The Eight Writing Questions, I'll say she was the one conducting the interview.

Instead of tagging others, however, I've set up a Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post for those of you who want to participate or have already done so because you have been tagged and would like to share it with others.

This reminds me that I haven't done a HEIDI'S PICK SIX or PATHS TO PUBLICATION in a while, so here's an all-call for any writer who would like to participate. You can see what these interviews are all about by clicking on the links above, then just email me or leave a comment asking to participate.

Now, back to my questions...

1) Do you type or write by hand?
I usually type, but still enjoy writing in my notebooks, then transferring everything later.

2) Do you save everything you write?
I suppose I do since I create backup copies of my novels every week as I'm working on them. That certainly doesn't mean I will be using everything. Some of it is just vile.

3) What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
There is a scene in my current novel ATOMIC ZION where an Israeli Secret Policeman is shaving and cutting his hair, and as he sees the changes to his appearance slowly come into focus in the mirror with each snip of the scissors or swipe of the razor, he recalls memories of the woman he loved, including her murder. It becomes a reawakening scene, and its tenderness stayed with me long after I wrote it.

4) What character have you written that’s most like yourself?
There is an aspect of me in every character I write, whether I like to face that or not.

5) Where do you get your ideas for your characters?
My characters are a conglomeration of traits from characters in literature, TV, and film, from people I know, and from myself.

6) Do you ever write based on your dreams?
All of my short stories are from dreams, including The Surrender, Mr. Johnson's Boy, Mara's Jellyfish, and The Islands of Hope, among those that have been published.

I have also dreamt two entire novels: one steampunk, one space opera, which are completely outlined and about a quarter of the way through a rough draft. They'll have to wait until my current spy thriller is polished, though.

7) Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
It goes without saying....

8) Does music help you write?
Yes, I either have to have music I enjoy on in the background or one of my favorite TV shows or films.

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Have fun!


  1. Fascinating answers, Heidi. The Scene from SIN CITY ZION sounds phenomenal.

  2. Thanks, V. R.

    There are a few I like especially well out of this current novel, but that one came to mind first.


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