Author Interview with Heather Trim

POSTED ON November 8, 2018 BY Austine IN Interview

Hello everyone! Today marks the release day of the second book in the Wingbound series, Wingless, and I’m excited to have the author of the series, Heather Trim, on the blog today for an interview!

Make sure to check out her latest book at the end of the post and don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads shelf!

About Heather Trim

Heather Trim, an award-winning author, conference speaker and cookie eater, inspires with her unique perspective of spirituality and the world. She lives in Georgia with her husband, Kevin, and five lively children. Heather enjoys bullet journaling, movies, and reading too many young adult novels. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and her website: www.heatheraine.com.

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All About Heather


You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired the Wingbound series?

Wingbound was a result of daydreaming. I may have been driving and cloud gazing at the same time. (Don’t worry, no one was harmed in the having of this daydream!) But I saw a cloud that looked like an island floating in the sky. I imagined it circling the world as it drifted by. Big. Ominous. And there had to people aboard. People with wings. Those people fly down and fight us. Then I imagined a winged girl, full of curiosity, sneaking down and meeting a village boy. They are fast friends and meet up each year the island revolves around the world. I had to write it!


Introduce us to your main character!

My main character is a total wimp. He is 17-year-old Ledger from a small village in a middle ages time period. He is the son of a blacksmith, no one special. He doesn’t even think he’s anything special either. But there’s something in him, that drives him to find his missing winged friend: Alouette. Compassion for all people. The belief that we all deserve a life of love and safety. He gives up his safe home on the ground to go find her against the village elders’ wishes.


Walk us through a day in the life of Heather Trim.

I live in sunny North Georgia with my five kids and awesome husband. I spend the weekdays working on books (mine and others—because I’m a cover designer.) My weekends are filled with ministry at a Christian retreat center. I feel like I’m finally living my “dream” life because I get to do my two most favorite things: ministry and writing. And even though it’s a lot of work, I enjoy it!


Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?

I keep hearing other authors sinking into insecurity about their writing. To that I say, keep writing, a lot. Keep editing, a lot. And keep reading, a lot. The combination of those three things keeps you learning and practicing so that you can keep getting better and better.

In addition, build a team. Humans were never meant to do anything alone and writing seems like a lone profession, but it’s not! Gather beta readers, an editor or two, a critique group or two, and people who will be completely honest about your work. Especially ones who are willing to risk telling you the truth. Then keep writing, editing, and reading some more!


I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?

Do I really only get to pick ONE? How about one in each genre! (Just kidding—not kidding!)

The whole Lunar Chronicles series (Cress) by Marissa Meyer and Caraval by Stephanie Garber are both at the top of my list right now. I could keep listing more and more, but those two are so awesome! (I also love Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and Graceling by Kristin Cashore.) Ok, I’ll stop now. 😊


Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?

The Wingbound Series breathes life into the fantasy genre. It’s not your typical other-world story. I’ve never found a book with a floating island with winged people. There is also a love story that will surprise you. {No Spoilers!} Book One, they board the floating island to find the winged girl, Alouette, and Ledger finds so much more than her. Book Two—available November 8th, 2018—is about their journey home and protecting the people he loves. The Beta Readers said book two was even better than book one! (I love when that happens in a series!)

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Fun Stuff!


Describe yourself in 3 words.

Weird. Daydreamer. Witty.


What is your most embarrassing memory?

Ummm, I’m going to pretend like I didn’t tell you this, so don’t ask me about it later. The denial will have deleted it from my memory. But when I was in 5th grade, I was riding my bike around the block and I saw a dog running out of the neighbor’s yard. We were about to cross paths and I had to make a snap decision—speed up to miss it or slow down to miss it—I chose to speed up BUT I crashed right into that yellow lab! We went tumbling down the sidewalk together. He yelped louder than me, got up, and ran away. I looked around for someone to help me, but no one saw what just happened. I hit a dog on my bike! I walked my bike home with tears streaming down my face and a skinned knee and elbow.


What is your Hogwarts house?

Hufflepuff, of course! Loyal, patient, fair, hard-working, true. To the core! (Love me some Newt Scamander too!)


Your characters are sent into the Hunger Games. Who wins?

Uh, oh! Ledger will die in the first five minutes (remember, he’s a wimp!) Unless of course he just runs and hides the whole time. Alouette has wings and a strong will—she might survive a good long while. But Hollis… she’s scrappy. Plus, if she calls for her dragon, someone’s getting scorched!


A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters. Which actors/actresses make the cut?

Eddie Redmayne (the guy who played Newt Scamander) would make an awesome Ledger. Hollis has always been Elle Fanning in my head. Alouette is more difficult… maybe if Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) had a younger sister?


You just won America’s Got Talent. What’s your talent?

Hahaha! It would have to be something weird like balancing fourteen things at one time. Being married with five kids, and two jobs, I feel like a juggler sometimes. But if you must know, I was in a worship band from age 12 to 21. So I could be a singing juggler. LOL


Radioactive space rock fell from the sky and turned you into a superhero/villain. Tell us your new name, describe your powers, and what does your costume look like?

I would have some weird backwards powers like the ability to block other people’s super powers or something. I’m lazy and not a fighter. So I’d stop fights by blocking villains ability to fight or use their powers. Then if I snap my fingers I would cause people to forget why their fighting and send them away. Hahaha, yes!


This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?

Ooooh! I always say I was born in the wrong time period! I have two in mind, but I think the mid to late 1800s would be awesome. (I’ve been watching a lot of Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abby, etc.) Before all the advances of the telephone, where you write letters and sit down to dinner in fancy clothes. If I can jump continents too, I’d be in England!


Coffee or tea?

Coffee all the way! Caramel Latte is my fave!


Best ice cream flavor ever?

Don’t judge me too harshly, but I don’t like ice cream. It’s too darn cold.


Favorite quote?

Don’t think. Just fly. ~Ledger (Wingbound)

Okay this is a quote from my first book. But I tend to overthink things and fear doing new things. So I like to remind myself that I don’t have to overthink everything!


What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?

Figure out who you are. Find your amazing, interesting, and unique self! Be that person to the best of your ability and love that person regardless of strengths or limitations. You are valuable to this world and we need your unique view of life!

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About the Book

Author Interview with Heather Trim
Wingless
by Heather Trim
Series: Wingbound #2
Published on November 8, 2018 by TrimVentures

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

“I must get home before someone else I love dies.”

Imprisoned on a floating island, four wingless friends need to get home before an assassin strikes at the heart of Balfour. Facing the dangers of the land and sky, young Ledger must help them escape and lead them home.

But his adopted brother, Tolliver, won’t leave just yet. He is dead set on finding his winged family, the ones who threw him away at birth. Will they accept him or execute him? Either way, Tolliver intends to try.

Award-winning author Heather Trim’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the thrilling sequel to the young adult fantasy novel, WINGBOUND, where your biggest limitation can be your greatest weapon.


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