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.
The Girl from Everywhere tells the story of Nix Song, a teen time-traveller cruising from one century to the next, crossing oceans and worlds with her father, the Captain, on board their ship The Temptation. Nix’s father has a very particular time and place in mind for their next destination, but one which could threaten Nix’s very existence.
Yesterday, we began our travels in Hawaii over at Teens on Moon Lane.
Today, we’re off to South Africa…
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
While in South Africa, I had to visit The Cape of Good Hope (aka Cabo das Tormentas, The Cape of Storms) – a legendary place for sailors. They say the waters there are haunted by the Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship that was never able to get past the stormy seas where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. It was deceptively beautiful the day I was there – then again, danger often is.
Join us tomorrow at Serendipity Reviews as our journey continues…
It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons,
and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.
Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…
Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.
The Girl from Everywhere
published by Hot Key Books, is out now.
On a personal note – you guys so need to read it. Love, Luna 🙂