Interview with HB Heinzer Author of Bent

by | Apr 29, 2013 | Author Interview, Books

Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
I hate telling people about myself. Okay, not totally true, I just hate trying to figure out what part of myself I’m supposed to talk about. In a nutshell, I live in Wisconsin with my husband, our two kids, the dog, the cat and the roommate. I started writing when I was 15 and just finally worked up the courage to publish my first novel earlier this year.

Do you write full time?
I do. At least on the days when the Internet doesn’t suck me in…

What are 5 fun/interesting facts about you?
This is another one that’s hard for me!
1. I still hold onto the dream of someday competing in pizza dough acrobatics. Yes, it’s a real competition and I have experience in tossing dough from years spent managing pizza parlors. There’s something relaxing about the process.
2. I have never collected anything and that really bothers me. Okay, so that’s more of a strange admission, but there it is. I’m open to suggestions on what I should collect!
3. I currently have over 300 books on my Kindle that I haven’t read. It’s become a bit of an addiction and being friends with other authors only makes it worse. I feel compelled to buy their books the day they come out without any clue when I’ll find the time to read them.
4. Until recently, I could only sit down with a book if I had time to read it cover to cover. This led to many, many sleepless nights because I’d rather go without sleep than stop part way through. After all, you don’t pause a movie and come back to watch another 30 minutes the next day, right?
5. I was in a youth symphony when I was younger. I was going to buy a violin and start taking lessons again as an adult, but that fell to the side when I got pregnant with our daughter.

What are the “must haves” for you when you sit down to write a book?
Coffee. Until recently, it had to be in my squat, white mug but now I have a stainless steel travel mug that is with me pretty much all day. I have to have it filled with a fresh cup of coffee to write.
Music. I’m a creature of habit with my writing. Before I type the first word, I have to play “Get Thru This” by Art of Dying and it has to be the acoustic version. It’s become my theme song.

What made you decide to become a writer and how old were you?
I’m not sure I did “decide” to become a writer. When I was 15, I started guest writing for my dad’s zine, which led to me being invited to write my own zine in their collaboration that published monthly. It was a huge deal to me, especially since there was an editor for a major publisher involved and his wife is an accomplished author herself. They held me to the same standards they would any adult participant and it really helped me grow.

As for writing novels, it’s something I’ve thought about since then. In 2006, I attempted NaNoWriMo, but my hard drive died on the 14th of November and I didn’t finish because my work was gone. I still miss that story. In 2009, I tried again and won.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing Bent?
Bent was my NaNoWriMo project last year. I’m not really sure where the idea for the book came from because when I write, I form a couple of characters, in this case Micah and Julia, and see where the story takes them. The setting is the area where I grew up, the emotions those surrounding living in a small town in the Midwest. Even Julia’s freak out where she needs to find herself is somewhat tied to my own emotions.

Do you feel that you can relate to one character in Bent more than any other? And why?
Julia. As I was writing the book, there were many times when I saw my own feelings and discomfort about my life coming out in her. I’ve never dealt with some of the issues she has, but others I fully own. One of my biggest fears in life is losing myself to anything, whether it’s being a wife, mother, writer or anything else, to the point where I don’t know who I am anymore.

What do you Love most about writing?
The freedom. When I’m able to sit down and write and the words flow, I feel free. I really enjoy going back the next day to see what I was thinking!

What is your biggest challenge when you write?
Getting my butt in the chair. Yes, there are times when the actual writing is hard, but the hardest part, by far, is not letting myself use everything else in my life as a distraction.

Do you have any advice for any other aspiring writers out there?
You will never have the time to write a book. If this is truly something you want to do, you have to create the time. It doesn’t have to be six, eight or ten hours a day. You can start with thirty minutes every night. Set a timer for yourself and don’t focus on anything but the writing. Along with that, try to avoid editing as you write. Go back after your thirty minutes to see what you can fix, but use that time to get the words on the screen.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Spending time with the kids. Right now, we’re working on starting our garden for the year. That’s going to be a major undertaking because it’s the first year we’ve had land to plant anything.

When you’re not writing what kind of books do you like to read?
I’m an unashamed romance junkie. I love a good love story and like to think of romance novels as fairy tales for adults. They don’t have the princesses and knights in shining armor, but there is still the happily-ever-after that we all dream of having.

Since becoming published, what has been your favorite part of the process?
Talking to people. I’ve always been a social media junkie, but talking to people who’ve read and enjoyed my books is great! I love seeing how they connect with the stories and characters. And I also love discussing things readers didn’t like, things they can’t see happening in real life, etc. Everyone has a different perspective on life and I love learning about what others think, feel and believe.

If you can, tell us what is up next for you?
Right now, I’m finishing edits on Blessed Fate, which is the second book in my Blessed Tragedy series. That will be released on June 18th. Beyond that, I’m working on finishing Breaking the Rules, which is the second book in the Back to Brooklyn series. It is the story of how Adam and Carly got together. You’ll learn why they kept it a secret from Micah and Julia and how they made it all work.
Once that’s done, I’m already working on something completely different. I have one person who’s been reading as I work on it and I really hope the rest of the world will get as excited for it as she is! It’s a departure from the sweetness of Bent and is definitely testing my abilities!


Bent by HB HeinzerBent
Back to Brooklyn #1

Author: HB Heinzer
File Size: 408 KB
Print Length: 310 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 21, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481931628
ISBN-13: 978-1481931625
If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true. It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake. Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people. Is following her dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?

With the exception of three years in Nebraska, H.B. Is a Wisconsin girl through and through. She lives with her husband, two kids and roommate (also known as the “bonus parent”) in the middle of nowhere but close enough to civilization to maintain a shred of sanity.
She credits her father introducing her to an APAzine in the mid-90s for her love of writing. Bent, her debut novel, was a NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. After years of attempting and failing, she finally got through it and this is the result!

Author HB Heinzer

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Check out my review of Bent ~ HERE

Disclosure: This information was provided by the author. This is NOT a sponsored post.


  1. Tom

    Thank you so much, Melissa, for hosting my Blog Tour today and for unleashing me on your unsuspecting followers.I'll stop by throughout the day to respond to any comments/questions that arise.

  2. Shayna Gier

    That was a very entertaining guest post Tom! Thanks for hosting him Melissa! *posted for Showers giveaway*

  3. Tom

    Thank you, Shayna and Paula. Good luck!

  4. Tegan

    I love reading, so I am trying to win this for myself. 🙂

  5. Sherry

    It would be for me because I love vampire books.

  6. sahmadventures

    I would like to read this myself, then maybe my daughter.

  7. Wren B.

    This book is for me! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    Awesome interview and the 5 things were fascinating. I have to say the pizza dough acrobatics thing cracked me up!


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