Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii, and then she moved to New York and grew up even more. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, ridden through Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark. She holds an MFA from NYU in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her son, and her snake.
Heidi’s debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere (HarperCollins / Greenwillow Books, Winter 2016) is a Young Adult Fantasy. Nix has grown up time-traveling on her father’s ship, navigating from one map to another—including those of history, myth, and legend. But then her father finds a map of 1868 Honolulu. Determined to travel there to save her mother’s life, he pulls Nix into a political intrigue involving sugar barons, opium dealers, and a plot against the last King of Hawaii, but they both know changing history risks erasing Nix’s very existence.
- Favorite book growing up: THE GIVING TREE, which in retrospect explains a lot about her early relationships.
- Childhood aspiration: To be Indiana Jones.
- Favorite time and place to write: Somehow happens to be whenever and wherever she can’t find a scrap of paper or a pen. That’s when all of her best ideas occur.
- Surprising personal fact: In high school she always ended up sitting next to this one boy whose last name was right after hers alphabetically. Nowadays she still ends up sitting next to him all the time because they’re married.
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