Heather E. Hutsell was born in Fort Worth, TX, and spent her earliest years on Bainbridge Island, WA, before setting out to see the world two months after turning 17.
She started writing at age 11, knowing after entering and winning awards through the Young Author’s program (and for the next 2 years following) that she was determined to be a published author.
Her first book, Awakening Alice—a sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland—was first published in the collaborative work Ghost on the Highway in 2006. She then went on to self-publish Awakening Alice along with its sequel A Ticket for Patience in an illustrated version, in 2007. She has since written eleven additional novels, two novellas, and two short story collections.
Future books (already in progress) include a prequel to By Blood, By Moon and By Heart, By Sun; the next four books to the Steampunk mystery series The Case Files; The Pound (sequel to The Quad), and many, many others. Most recently, she has completed the anthology The Doll Collection: Volume One. This illustrated collection is the first of four, with each story touching on, relating to, or involving dolls, automata or marionettes. If you are into The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, or Hitchcock films, these will be to your liking.
On the process of creating:
“I have always taken the art of pretending very seriously. I recall in many of my younger years, wanting to run away by hopping a circus train, if only to cure myself of acrophobia by becoming a star tightrope walker. To appease this unreachable dream, I instead took up writing: I was eleven years old. Since then, it comes and goes, though I am pleased to say that in the past few years it has been MUCH more in the coming…
I am pretty much the prisoner of my many muses. When I’m asked what genre I write about, I have to give credit where it’s due and say that my muses make that call. Romantic horror, absurdist fiction, surrealist fiction, Steampunk mystery, futuristic cautionary tales, fairytales gone awry, Vampyres, Lycans, supper club/mafia shenanigans--I do them all. It is my hope that I never fall into any one category; that when my books someday hit the stores, there will be meetings and debates on where my books are to be listed, until someone finally pipes up and says “They belong Everywhere.” I don’t want to write to thrill one particular audience. I don’t want to write to fill high-demand or popular subjects or fight for a place on someone’s Top Ten list. That is not what the art of writing is about.
I write because I must. It is in my blood and my every breath. When I can no longer create these new worlds on the page, I will be done here.”
(Photo By Linda O’Donnell)