Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Heather Dixon (Author of Entwined)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson




Heather Dixon grew up in a large family with four brothers and six sisters. She is a storyboard artist as well as a writer, and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Viennese waltz is her dance of choice. She is the author of the novel Entwined.
ENTWINED will be in stores March 29, 2011!


If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
It’d be pretty awesome to see the Crystal Palace Exhibition, in Victorian London. The Victorian era was when technology really took off, and the Exhibition in 1851 was the place to see it. It’d also be pretty neat to meet Queen Victoria. She was feisty or something.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Twelve princesses daintily entwined into a trap.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
I adore the book “Going Postal” by Terry Pratchett. There are a lot of layers to that story, and it’s told in a funny and clever way, with great characters. It’s been my favorite for years.


Fictional crush: Bertram Wooster, from P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series. He’s hilarious and easy-going and big-hearted. Love that.


If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
I wouldn’t mind being Charlie from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was a childhood fantasy to visit that chocolate waterfall room and gorge myself.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?

Rapunzel, from “Tangled”.


She looks like me. She acts like me. She even moves like me. Watching that movie was freaky.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
“How the Dictator of Canamerica Rose to Power”

This actually hasn’t happened yet, but it will. Uniting Canada and the US is part of my evil plan to make American policemen wear Mountie uniforms.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
A behind-the-scenes story creator.


Bonus:

**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
Right now I’m working on a steampunk novel titled “Illusionarium”. It’s super action-oriented, which has been a blast to write. Also: clowns take over the government. I’m all over that!


Thanks for stopping by Heather!

For more information about Heather Dixon and her books, please visit her website here.

40 comments:

fredamans said...

10 siblings??? Heather, how'd you do it???

Fantastic interview! I love the cover too! The Steampunk novel sounds good too... well by the title.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. I love her choices for person she'd like to be in fiction and who would play her.

storymonster said...

Many thanks! #^_^#

@fredamans - Wellll I can't take *all* the credit. My parents did some of the work :D

KimberlySue said...

12 princesses entwined in a trap? My interest is piqued!

dani_nguyen said...

Nice interview. Happy to hear she's working on a steampunk novel.

YA Reader said...

Great interview! Clowns taking over the government? Hmmm...shouldn't this be realistic fiction?

Zombie Girrrl said...

LOL! I can relate to relating to Rapunzel. Not that i live in a tower or am blonde, but when I was younger my hair went to back of knees. I always felt like a had a cape of hair. It was kinda cool.
Anywhoodle! Great interview! I look forward to reading anything this woman writes because she is so clever!

Margay said...

Very interesting answers! If I went back in time, I'd want to go to Regency England.

Devan said...

Great interview questions! I liked the 7 words questions. I would also choose to travel back in time to Victorian London. I love any books related to fairy tales. Can't wait to read this one. :)

Nicole Loves Coacoa said...

Great Interview, I love Tangled, it was a great movie. I can't wait to read Entangled.

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melissasmeanderings said...

Great questions! I love how she sees herself being portrayed by Rapunzel!

Bwyatt said...

Great interview! I loved the “How the Dictator of Canamerica Rose to Power” idea. Haha! I can totally see Heather doing that!

YA Book Queen said...

Whoa, Rapunzel actually does look like her!

Nice interview :D

Marie-Claude said...

Great interview with fun questions!!! I would love to travel back in time...in ancient greece!!!

rachel said...

Wonderful interview! I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I love Tangled!

Rachel Leigh
TheOneRing111 at gmail dot com

Vivien said...

The Victorian era is one of my favorites. I love Greece too!!

BrittLit said...

Victorian England is a fantastic time period choice. I am very fascinated to hear more about this steampunk novel that has been mentioned. Will keep my ears open. Thanks!

Fannadix said...

charlie and the choco factory freaks me out so much. But great interview. I would date Ethan from Beautiful Creatures.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I wish I could be like the girl from Tangled. I'm a little less brave!

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading Entwined. I'm with you, I'd love to see American police wearing Mountie uniforms, that would be awesome.

TheGirlOnFire said...

Being Charlie would be like living in paradise! Thanks for the interview!

mendy said...

Nice! I'll be sure to keep an eye on her next book!

Ammy Belle said...

Hm ... I wouldn't mind more of an explanation on what a behind the scenes's story creator does ... it sounds interesting! :)

Katie said...

hhahaha i love the description!!

Cheri Schmidt said...

Great interview. I’ll be sure to check out more.

Chelsea B. said...

Fun interview! I enjoyed getting to know you, Heather! :-)

Heather Dixon said...

Thank you so much everyone #^_^# I am happy to get to know you all :)

@YA Reader - I secretly hope the book will be shelved under "satire"...secretly...secretly :D

@Barbara - I don't know what it is, but those mountie hats...they're just so...Ah!

@Ammy - My day job is as a storyboard artist, so I'm on a story team and help create scripts & stories for animation and video games. It's a very behind-the-scenes job (not much laud) but that's what I like about it--just time spent focusing on story and making it better. (Writing a book of course is nice too, just a little more exposure than I expected) (I'm super shy) :)

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Wow...she really does look like Rapunzel in Tangled! Awesome movie, by the way. This was a great interview. =O)

Allison B. said...

Great interview. Thanks!

Bookish in a Box said...

Heh, I never would've thought to pick a cartoon character to play me...

Kayla said...

Lolll, she does look like Rapunzel! The title of the next book sounds super cool. :D

Jessy said...

Wow, 10 brothers and sisters!!! I would love to have a big family like that. I thought that bit about having Rapunzel play you was pretty funny. Thanks for the interview.

minhchieu said...

great interview,great to hear she's working on a steampunk novel

Margo Berendsen said...

These are the best interview questions yet!!! I will forever remember Heather as the girl from Tangled now :)

Ali said...

Fantastic interview! Her new novel sounds so interesting! I can't wait for it to come out!

Elie said...

Yum, chocolate waterfall. Can you imagine? I think I would have nightmare for a year.

xdaisyx said...

I really enjoyed this interview. I think it's funny how she sees Rapunzel from Tangled as herself. I would be freaked out if I had a character in a movie or cartoon look like me!

The Story Queen said...

CLOWNS take over the government? Okay, that's that. I am officially sold on whatever Heather Dixon decides to write.

Great interview! It's made me even more excited for ENTWINED which I didn't really know was possible... I love the fairytale, so hopefully, I'll love the book just as much.

A Musing Mother said...

I'd just take Reese Witherspoon so I sound "perky."

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This was such a fun interview. I love your choice of Rapunzel to play you in a movie. :-)

 

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