Originally from South Africa, C Heidmann writes from Auckland, New Zealand. Indistinguishable from a local after twelve years on the Outer Rim, she grew up on an entirely different galactic arm and relishes the idea of secretly still being an alien. Find her story The Glowing in Breach #10.
Hi, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2006, and have since become a New Zealand citizen.
When I moved countries I decided to re-invent myself career-wise and get serious about my life-long dream of being a science fiction writer.
Currently I'm living and working in Auckland as a part time English second language tutor to migrants, part time proofreader/copy editor and part time artist.
All of which leaves far less time for writing than I'd like.
Do you have any particular writing rituals you are comfortable sharing?
I don't have any particular rituals, but I can tell you it takes coffee, lots and lots of coffee.
Are there any horror/fantasy/sci-fi tropes or sub genres which you feel are played out?
And vice versa, what tropes would you like to see more of?
Not particularly, no. I believe there's a fellow writer-type person somewhere in the world that could put an original spin on any tired old trope or genre and make it fresh and compelling again.
My personal obsession is anything to do with space aliens, whether they're arriving, invading, hiding, conniving, monstrous, friendly - whatever - bring on more aliens.
What books are beside your bed right now?
Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton
How important is social media to you as an indie author?
Not important at all. I do tweet occasionally but I'll never be a social media star. I prefer to devote my time and energy to creating more, rather than more social media-ing.
What are you thoughts on indie publishing in Australia/New Zealand?
To be honest, I've not really given it much thought. I've always aimed my work as far and as wide as possible and sometimes not even realised what country I'm sending a story to.
- I blame the internet.