AUTHOR: HEATHER MARIE SCHULDT
PEN NAME: H.M. SCHULDT
Tell my fans a little bit about yourself and your book(s).
I LOVE to read and write fantasy, high fantasy, and light science fiction books.
How would you introduce your books to someone that has yet to read it?
“Gryffon Master: Curse of the Lich King” is high fantasy set in a jungle where the main character, Ragnar a Viking warrior, is trying to find a way out. Read long enough and you might find out what happens to Queen Valona’s (stolen) powerful necklace.
How many books have you written? What are their titles?
As of 2014, my seven published books include: Gryffon Master, Giant Tales Books 1-4, Lava Storm In the Neighborhood, and Final Ships In the Neighbhorhood. Altogether, I have 14 short stories published and I’m a co-author of one short novel.
What genre have you not yet written, but would like to try?
I am content writing fantasy, mystery, and light science fiction. I’d love to try comedy sometime.
What inspired you to start writing? What age did you start?
I’ve always been a writer. As soon as I could write, I started a pen pal service in my neighborhood. My publishing days, however, began in 2013.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Stick with it. Nothing will get done unless you stick with it. Learn as much as you can about the genre you are writing in.
What’s your favorite scene/line from your works?
Gryffon Master has many scenes that I love. One of my favorite lines is in Chapter 23 when young Kerr says, “I’m not leaving without you, my friend.”
What’s the hardest thing about writing? The easiest?
The hardest thing is to stop writing once you get going. I often miss appointments because I’m focused and working. The easiest thing is making up a story.
What are you currently reading?
I am in a reading club right now, and I am reading “The Winds of Glenhoolie” by Gail Harkins.
What are you currently working on?
My next novel takes place in the future when asteroids have destroyed half of the earth. The main character, Cylinda, is stuck on a mysterious ship, and she must stop an evil scientist from carrying out evil plans – before strange creatures wipe out the last remaining passengers.
What books did you read as a child?
I read all of the Flowers In the Attic books, Judy Blume books, and many classics: my favorites are Alice In Wonderland and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory; earlier on I read many Dr. Seuss Books, the Berenstein Books, Where the Wild Things Are, and anything on the back of a cereal box. I read several books where you could choose an ending, and I liked having a say in how the story might go.
How has your life changed since you began writing?
I have a new appreciation for authors.
What’s been your favorite moment as an author?
I love going to book events where I can tell others about my stories and show my books.
Out of all of your characters, who is your favorite?
Right now, Ragnar is my favorite. He is a brave warrior.
What do you want readers to take away from your books?
My books are mostly entertainment. Sometimes I throw in a delicate life lesson or a significant statement about good vs. evil.
You’re stranded on a desert island. What books do you take with you?
Since I am a person of faith, I will need to take the book of Proverbs if I have the option. This way, I will find the wisdom to survive. But if I was stranded there, I am probably left with my Kindle, which is loaded with a variety of books.
Do you have any interesting dreams or goals?
Too many. Right now, I hope to finish writing my novel during National November Writers Month (NaNoWriMo). http://www.nanowrimo.org
Where can fans find you?
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLH9gcgTAtI