G & T Show – Convention Coverage – Heather E. Hutsell
G & T Show Convention Coverage – Heather E. Hutsell is now available to download. Check it out here. While Nick attended Farpoint 2015 Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, he sat down with Heather E. Hutsell on the convention floor to talk about writing.
After the introduction, Nick starts off the interview by asking how old she was when she started writing. She started at the age of 11, when she won a school writing competition several years in a row for writing murder mysteries. The final one had a horror twist to it inspired by Stephen King’s stories. They talk about Stephen King.
When Nick asked what college she attended, she revealed that she had dropped out of high school during her junior year due to life circumstances. Although she wanted to go back, she never did and has since self-educated herself in a variety of topics. Nick asks what was her first published piece. Heather reveals that it was a sequel to Alice In Wonderland, called Awakening Alice, that was part of a compilation. Later it was released with a second part with forty illustrations that she had done.
Nick asked about the genre that she writes in. Heather explains that she’s focuses primarily on fantasy and the variety of subgenres that borders on the fantastical. Nick asks about her writing process. She describes it as a compulsion and the stories have to be written. She mentioned that she currently working on forty pieces. He asks her about her muses. She tells him that people, a line from a song, or a knick knack. The world is filled with inspiration.
She’s currently working for a film company, Lionheart Film Works, out of Richmond, Virginia that produces historical documentaries, creating costumes and acting. She played Lizzie Borden for the Travel Channel’s Church Secrets and Mysteries. They talk about Lizzie Borden. She’s also working on a script for a documentary on Native American History for a straight to DVD series. Then, after work, she writes. They discuss the discipline required for writing. She plans her writing a week at a time, with more specific plans as she progresses. She also creates her own cosplay costumes and usually attends conventions in Victorian Steampunk costume.
The conversation turns to conventions and they discuss large and small conventions. She’s been to San Diego Comic Con as a member of the general public. She enjoys the larger cons, but mentions that they can be overwhelming. Those experiences tend to inspire her writing and costuming. She loves Farpoint because it’s so author friendly. Nick suggests that she should look into Shoreleave.
The conversation shifts to fan interaction. She’s only being doing conventions for four years. This year, people have remembered her and have asked about her other writing. Her books are available on her website. Ebooks are available on Amazon.com. Nick moves onto a few of our James Lipton questions.
Here next project is an eight installment Steampunk mystery series. The third book is being edited right now and should be out in the spring. She’s a self-published author so it’s up to her and her editors to determine what the final release date will be. She was in the audience of the Business of Writing panel. She had been there to learn about the marketing aspect, since a self-published author, she doesn’t have anyone to help her sell her books.
She says that she always writes the first draft by hand using spiral notebooks with Pilot Precise pens, blue ink with medium or fine point. She relates a story of how she once mentioned how she like bottle cap candy and people sent them to her. She mentioned that she’s running low on pens.
Before winding up this interview from the convention floor of Farpoint 2015, Nick asks her if there is anything else she would like to tell our listeners about. In response, she says that occassionally, she does writing workshops. Contact her and she will be happy to accommodate. Help this starving artist by buying her books.[amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00BSXBK3E] [amazon template=iframe image&asin=B001CDBAKI]
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.