Meet the Newbies- Heidi Heilig Author of The Girl From Everywhere+ Giveaway

Meet the Newbies

Meet the Newbies is hosted by Rachel from A Perfection Called Books and is a way to get to know the latest debut authors and get a glimpse of their books. Check out all the authors and blog on the tour here.

Today I’m featuring the wonderfully talented and kind Heidi Heilig. I was blown away with her original take on time travel and how beautifully she wove mythology into her story.

Author Most Likely to Lose Her Voice/Mind at a Book Conference

Nickname: Maddog (this is true.)

First Day of School: February 16, 2016

Homeroom: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Grade: Historical Fantasy

Extracurricular Activities: Cheerleader for The Sweet Sixteens, Captain of the Internet Debate Team

Favorite Class: Alternate History

Favorite Quote/Motto: The world will be better for this/That one man, scorned and covered with scars/Still strove, with his last ounce of courage/To reach the unreachable stars.

About the Author

8167946Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she’s written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.

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The  Book

21979832Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

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The Interview

Your debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere, was beautifully executed, written and so original. It was obvious to me while reading that you dedicated a good amount of time researching mythological creatures, settings, and time periods. What were some of your favorite things you stumbled upon while gaining knowledge for this book?
Research is truly one of my favorite things, and as is always the case, so much of what I learned didn’t make it into the final draft. I spent a lot of time actually setting up hypothetical trade routes between eras and maps–things like going to Lerna to collect hydra’s blood, which is a deadly poison, as well as the blood of Pontus ducks which is a mythical antidote to poison, and selling both in 17th century France where there was a rash of political poisonings.

Something else I got to really dive into was sailor and pirate lore, especially surrounding women. I loved learning that while women were sometimes considered bad luck aboard, they were also often thought of as being the greatest navigators. And I got to read a lot about famous female pirates like Ching Shih and Grace O’Malley.

I’ve read my fair share of novels that included time travel but never have I read one with a similar method as you’ve created. How did the idea of your travelers only being able to use original maps to venture through time (and only once) come to you?
I’ve always loved old maps, both because the edges are populated with sea monsters, and because I’m obsessed with the idea that an incautious sailor could go too far and sail off the edge of the world. That was what prompted the idea of travel via map–the idea that the world ended at the neatlines. The limitation of only being able to use a map once both prevents potential paradoxes and also imposes an additional challenge on the characters, which makes for better drama.

Obvious question but I have to ask- if you could-where and when would you time travel?
Oh there are so many placed I’d go! My answer changes almost every time i’m asked, but recently I’ve become fascinated by the colonial era China, with the high stakes political and social issues of the opium wars. Plus I love old photographs of Chinese people in Victorian era outfits.

I really felt that one of the strongest features in this book was the character relationships especially between Nix and her father. When writing do you tend to have a favorite character yourself? If so, does it make that character harder or easier to write?
The relationship between Nix and her father, Slate, was definitely the most familiar relationship to me, because it’s reminiscent of my own internal struggle with regrets and bipolar and self-destruction. The fact that it was so close to heart did make it tougher to write. By contrast, Kashmir is my absolute favorite character, and he came fairly easily to the page.

Can you give us any hints as to what’s coming in the follow-up and conclusion to the series?
The second (and final) book of this duology is currently in my editor’s hands, and while I don’t want to spoil anything, I can tell you that it concerns a dire fortune for Nix, an infamous liar from history, and a mythical kingdom doomed to sink into the sea.



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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books


What an excellent week in book mail! I was so excited to get an arc of Scarlet to add to my collection. It is stunning! I also love these Harper books. I don’t know a ton about any of them besides The Girl From Everywhere but I’m excited to give them a go. Have you read any? Pearl is from SkyScape and by an author I read for the first time this last year. I loved her book Sugar so I’m really excited to read this latest from her.

Last Week’s Posts

I actually posted a good amount this week! WHOOHOO. I think my blog slump has come to an end! So happy about that. I also did some reading this week. I read The Dark Days Club which I LOVED (and I’ll be on the tour so look out for that). I am nearly done with The Imposter Queen which has been a really quick read that I’ve loved. So yay to good books!

How was your week?

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is- Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Novel. I have picked the first to come to my mind (and not in order of desire!) You should add all of these to your TBR and buy the ones already released.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

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  1. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace- I loved this one and I can’t wait for The Skylighter.
  2. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig- I adored how complex and lovely this story was. And the characters–I can’t wait to read more.
  3. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman- This was the prequel to Blackbeards pirating ways so I NEED to see how Nicole will portray him next.
  4. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie- The main character in this one was so unhinged and the story left me yearning for more.
  5. Lock & Mori by Heather Petty- This play on Sherlock and Moriarty has me incredibly scared yet eager to see how the relationship between these two will go.
  6. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee- I loved how Lee wove together history with the classic Frankenstein story. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
  7. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich- This book was so well done and different–not to mention creepy! I need to know what Kurtagich will write next.
  8. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro- Another reworking of Sherlock and Watson–I loved how the genders were switched this go around. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
  9. Thin Space by Jody Casella- This one was so wonderfully emotional and I was very moved by it. Not enough people have read it!
  10. The Falconer by Elizabeth May- This book took me out of a wicked reading slump so I’m more than excited about the sequel, The Vanishing Throne.

I have many debuts up to read and review coming up in 2016 and I’m pretty sure I’ll be dying for all of their sequels.

Why You Should Pre-order- The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

I have to start this post off by saying I’m a huge fan of pre-ordering books. When you pre-order you don’t have to worry about going out in public…it magically shows up (hopefully) on release day. I tend to pre-order from Amazon (grrr I can’t quit them) and since I have Prime I tend to get it on the release date and they honor the lowest price the book hits.

For this particular book it’s far too early to review (releases February 16th 2016) but I do want to draw your attention to it (if you’ve some how avoided hearing of it yet).

The Girl From Everywhere Melds Genres

This book doesn’t fit neatly into any genre box–Heilig pulls from history, mythology and adds in her own fantastical elements.

The Characters Travel Through Time and can Visit Mythic Lands

I don’t even need to go further into that because ISN’T THAT THE BEST IDEA? A ship that travels through time? I love it.

The Setting

Since there’s the traveling through time bit there are a few places visited but the majority of the book happens on Hawaii. How many books have you read that are set in Hawaii?

Heilig grew up in Hawaii so her descriptions are incredibly vivid and beautifully descriptive. I’ve been to Maui and Oahu years ago for a week and it was such a wonderful vacation. Reading TGFE transported me back there and took me off the beaten, touristy track. I was even inspired to dig out my old pictures. Yes…I’ll share a couple with you.

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I adore maps…so aesthetically pleasing to the eye and useful too. Well, I read the arc so the maps weren’t included yet but the little pages with the ‘map to come’ were there. And there were a lot. So… you can expect many maps.

Treat the Future You


Really isn’t pre-ordering like time travel in essence? Past You is treating Future You to a book

Damn Good Book

Really it boils down to this…it was a mighty fine good read.


Heidi Heilig created this graphic and tweeted it the other day so I’ve borrowed it.

So there you go…some of the reasons I have pre-ordered my own copy. Look for my review closer to release date though you can see my initial thoughts over on Goodreads here (and add TGFE to your TBR).

Are you convinced? If so…


I want to hear from you- have you ever pre-ordered a book and forgotten only to have it magically arrive on release day?

Didn’t you want to high five your past self for thinking of you?

Stacking the Shelves

It was a rather slow week for book mail and everything blog related. I was able to read 3 books this last week Mechanica, Dead Upon a Time and Lock & Mori as well as starting The Uninvited. Look for the reviews for Mechanica and Lock & Mori soon.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

StS731Thank you St. Martins Heidi Heilig and Penguin! The Vampire Combat Field Guide is my first adult coloring book so I’m very excited to dive in and color. I can’t explain how excited I am to read The Girl From Everywhere! It looks incredible and I’ll be reading it over this weekend.

Posts from Last Week

  • Blog TourDamage Done by Amanda Panitch review + Giveaway
  • Review of Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
  • Review of Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson

Next Week’s Posts

  • August TBR Pile
  • August 4th- Blog tour for Of Dreams and Rust featuring a guest post from Sarah Fine + Giveaway
  • Interview with Mindy McGinnis about A Madness So Discreet + Pre-order Giveaway
  • Review of Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


On the blog…

  • Hardcover of Damage Done ends in 6 days, US only

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