I am a MASSIVE fan of Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, definitely my favourite SFF novel of the year so far! I’m delighted to have her talking about a couple of the places that inspired the book today.
Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City, where she now lives with her family. Her favourite 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.
Heidi’s debut novel, The Girl from Everywhere, was largely inspired by this passion for travel, as well as growing up in Hawaii and the stories her father told her. This week she’s taking readers on a journey around the world, talking about some of the places that inspired her book.
First, let’s start in Hawaii, a key location in The Girl from Everywhere. Main character Nix Song, our narrator, lives aboard the time-travelling ship The Temptation. Her father, the ship’s Captain, is desperate to get back to a particular time in Hawaii, when his wife was still alive… but his daughter, who maps each route as they travel between locations and centuries, was not yet born…
Nu’uanu Valley, Hawaii
I grew up in Hawaii, and I spent a lot of time hiking with my best friend in the valley where he lived (and you’ll definitely see this described in the book.) One of the wonderful hikes leads to the ruins of Kamehameha’s old summer palace, pictured here. In most parts of Hawaii, in fact, you’ll find reminders of what was lost.
Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii
There are a lot of beautiful beaches in Hawaii, with white sand and swaying palms. But the beaches I love best are the ones where the waves are higher, and you can see where the molten stone has met the water. Sunrise at Waimanalo is especially beautiful and very solitary. There’s a wild, lonely feeling there that reminds me of being out on the open sea.
Join Heidi tomorrow at Luna’s Little Library as she travels on round the world…
The Girl from Everywhere, published by Hot Key Books, is out now.