Car here. This is a series of interviews I’m doing for my author, Rebekah Webb, for the participants of the 2016 Brain to Books Cyber Convention. (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/154267-brain-to-books-cyber-convention-2016) Since I only interview inanimate objects, I have used the power of booze and lack of sleep to transform my interviewees into assorted objects of their choice.
Today I am going to interview Heidi Angell, a bandolier that belongs to a woman named Fury. When she isn’t hanging on someone’s chest or holding a long string of knives, she’s the author of The Hunters.
The Hunters is the first book in the series, and the second book comes out this summer. Fury and Havoc are the consistent characters, but the stories are always told from the perspective of their companions. In the Hunters, it is told from the perspective of Chris and Lucas, brothers who are fighting to defend their town from Vampires.
In The Hunted, it is told from the perspective of Lucas’ friend Screvin who was bitten by a werewolf, and Avie, the werewolf who bit him.
Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith! She is the author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire.
When she is not reading and writing, she can be found spending quality time with her lovely family camping, hiking, swimming, or watching movies. Learn more about her and her books at HeidiAngell.com
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What made you start writing? As a bandolier, I bet your writing was influenced by listening to the amusing stories the knives you hold like to tell.
Truth be told, Fury inspires a lot of the stories. She is a wild woman, let me tell you. A lot of sass, a lot of frass, and more than enough angst for anyone. Being her right hand companion puts me up close to the action, but I like to imagine how things must seem to the poor saps who she helps!
How does a bandolier write? Do you fill your knives with ink and then toss yourself into a fire? Poke your leather onto a keyboard? Or is there another way to be able to put words to paper/screen?
Well, Fury is quite handy with the knives, and the blood is a convenient inkwell, though sometimes is can be corrosive, depending on what she has killed.
Do you hang out with other weapon accessories and if so, what are they like?
During down times, Havoc’s cross bow and I like to get massages. The sandpaper for his wood is not nearly as pleasant as the oil for my leather, though. We both resent the guns. They get a lot more use and their cleaning ritual is more frequent and more elaborate. Stupid guns!
Tell us about your inspiration for The Hunters. Did it involve staring into the sun until the afterimages turned into an interesting story? That’s how I come up with interview questions.
Sun is bad for leather, so definitely not. Fortunately, we mostly hunt Vamps, so I don’t spend a massive amount of time in the light. The Hunters was inspired by Fury and Havoc haunting the author’s dreams. They were annoyed with the pop culture idea that dangerous creatures like vampires, zombies, werewolves and witches were being turned into “boyfriend’ material for mortal humans! Would you date a shark? I think not.
What made you choose to write an Urban Fantasy novel? I always imagined bandoliers writing westerns.
Ha, ha, what can I say, I am a complex bandoleer. I like to buck the system. I go where the story leads me, and that is a wild ride!
Is it true that bandoliers sometimes form bands just so they can make the pun Band-olier?
Lol, if I had time I definitely would. But who has time for bands when you have to fight the undead?
Is there a special bandolier in your life? Or are you currently unattached?
There is a very fancy Bandolier who has great multipurpose use! He and I have created a fantastic thigh holster and ankle holster!
What else have your wrote and have you ever accidentally fallen off your human in what should be a tense moment?
I have a paranormal detective thriller series call The Clear Angel Chronicles, and man do I wish I could make an appearance there being used by Lt. Grant Anderson *swoons*.
I also have a literary stalker series, The Hell School Series, which would have been a much shorter story if Sam could use me… Just sayin’.
There are a couple of kid books, Royal Prince Vince and Creative Exercises to Inspire, for which I have no business being a part of but they were fun to write 😉
What hobbies do you have? Do you double as a razor strap in an old fashioned barber shop?
Bahaha! Nope, but I have been known to double for hiking gear and canteen attachment as I love the outdoors. I love to swim, but man is it hard on the leather.
Do you have any advice for young bandoliers out there who might want to try their hand at writing?
Life is tough, don’t take it too seriously. Before you know it, it will be over…. Possibly because of a vampire, werewolf, or zombie. Enjoy the time you have!