An interview with Heather Hayden


This month I am talking to Heather Hayden, author of Augment and From the Stories of Old.

Hello Heather. Thinking about your first book, what character from Augment (or Upgrade) are you least likely to get along with?

Probably Roberts. He doesn’t have a major role, but he’s a selfish jerk who only thinks about what is best for him. Honestly, he’s probably the closest thing inAugment to a villain, despite how little screen time he got. If I ever met him, the first thing I’d probably do is punch him. And I really don’t advocate violence as a way to deal with problems…but he seriously gets my hackles up.

And of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?

That’s so hard to choose! It’s like asking “which of your children is your favourite?” I guess it would probably be Halle, the AI from Augment and Upgrade. Its character really developed as I worked on those stories and I loved writing from its viewpoint. Plus, its avatar is a cat! And I love cats.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

Many! I probably have a dozen or so manuscript drafts that will never see the light of day, and a few others that might someday be polished up if I have the time and willpower. The Astrals(working title), is one such manuscript—a fantasy novel I have been working on for years that I dream of one day publishing. I also have a lot of short stories, poetry, and flash fiction that may or may not be dusted off at some point—some of it for my blog, others for anthologies.

Have you ever thought about joining with another author to write a book?

My sister and I once co-wrote a novel together, and we might attempt it again sometime. I’ve also spent the past six months working with a group of awesome writers on an anthology of fairy tale retellings. We released it on the first of this month! It was a fun and challenging project and we’re looking forward to doing more anthologies together in the future.

It’s great that you can write with your sister. So what do your friends and family, in general, think of your writing?

I’m so fortunate to have an incredibly supportive family and friend group. Not everyone has read my writing, but those who have have either served as amazing beta readers or strong supporters. My sister especially has pushed me to keep writing, and is my biggest fan (especially when it comes to a certain fantasy trilogy that’s my next project for revision and publication.)

Thank you so much for talking to me, Heather, and all the best with The Astrals!

Though a part-time editor by day, Heather Hayden’s not-so-secret identity is that of a writer—at night she pours heart and soul into science fiction and fantasy novels. In March 2015 she published her first novella, Augment, a YA science fiction story filled with excitement, danger, and the strength of friendship. She immediately began work on its sequel, Upgrade, which continues the adventures of Viki, a girl who loves to run, and her friend Halle, an AI.

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