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Heather Dixon-Author Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

I’m so happy that I could do this author interview with Heather Dixon and I had quite a good time doing it too!

Entwined by Heather Dixon - book coverI first came across Heather’s work last year when I joined my school’s Battle of the Books team. Her book, Entwined, was on our 2013 Reading List and the book’s cover art and story was so enchanting that I googled her book, Entwined, and found her images on deviantART. I was really happy to find that she was an artist on my favourite art site. I added her to my watch list and then set off to ask if I could do an author interview with her. When she replied to me, I was very thankful that she accepted my request.

A little about Heather:

Heather lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and she LOVES Mary Poppins. She is a storyboard artist and the author of Entwined.  She also enjoys dancing and her dance of choice is the Viennese Waltz. She also has a blog where she posts quite often and where you can enjoy her drawings and stories.

Now for the interview...

How did you come up with the idea for this book?

I was going to school, majoring in animation, and was taking a bunch of dance classes at the time. So I had a lot of dancing on my brain! For some reason, the idea of writing a dancing princesses story took hold and wouldn't let go until I wrote it.

If you ever met one of your characters: who would it be and what would you do?

I would love to meet Lord Teddy. I would kiss him on the ear and then marry him. (I have a monster crush on that guy.)

Has your art inspired you when writing this?

At times. I'll be honest; I don't find my own artwork particularly inspiring. But I love looking at others' beautiful artwork and learning from it. I did do a fanart piece a couple years before the book was published, and it made me more excited about the story, so I think that's inspiring! It's still floating around on DA.

Which character from your book are you like the most?

Oooo...I love Bramble. I wish I could say Bramble, but in hindsight I realize I'm probably the most like Clover. I'm blond and super, super shy and don't talk a lot. So I sympathize with her and her struggles.

Have any personal experiences inspired you when writing this?

TOTALLY. I grew up with a bunch of sisters--6! And we shared a large room together. So a lot of the conversations, the back-and-forth between the sisters, were based on that.

Also, though I didn't necessarily grow up poor (not poor like my mother grew up), money was definitely tight, so we wore hand-me-downs and ate hot cereal for breakfast. Still, we had our pride, you might say, like the princesses in the story. I still hate oatmeal to this day.

If you were in possession of a magic induced object, what would it be?

Dishes that would wash themselves. I'm still holding out that someone will invent this.

Have you ever really wanted to do something from your book but you couldn't?

I can't do a Soul's Curtsy! I know it's possible--I've seen dancers do similar curtsies in photos and on YouTube, but it takes a massive amount of leg strength and balance. Every time I try, I fall over.

Which part of the book came easily to you to write, and what was the hardest part to write?

The easiest parts were the funny, happy parts, the parts where they're teasing their suitors and joking with each other. That was a lot of fun.

Hardest parts, where Azalea and her father were fighting. The King was one of my most favorite characters in the book, and it killed me to write them arguing.

Will you write another book or a sequel to Entwined?

Well, Entwined was plotted to be a standalone book, but I never say never! Needless to say I'm not opposed to writing fanfiction or making fanarts for the book, so there's something to keep a heads up for.

Thank you so much Heather!

You’ve been so sweet for doing this with me and I know it took us a while to answer each other’s messages at times but it’s been a blast haha! Thank you so much for your time!

Now, Readers, check out Heather’s blog! She has very sweet posts and adorable drawings and for those of you who haven’t read her book yet, it’s available to borrow from the library!


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