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HB Gilmour

At what age did you discover a love for writing?

I was six or seven, sitting at our kitchen table in Brooklyn, writing -- in a black and white school notebook -- a story I'd made up about a brave German shepherd named King.

My mother, who was doing the dishes, turned from the sink and asked why I was crying. I told her, "King just died."

She laughed and said, "But you killed him."

I remember being frustrated - and feeling very misunderstood -- because she didn't understand (and I didn't have the words to explain) that I hadn't murdered my main character, I'd just written the story. And it was the story, how it went, how it evolved, that made it necessary for the poor but loyal dog to die.

I also wrote my first poem about this time - for Arbor Day. Ready? Here it is:

Trees
Trees are very beautiful.
They bring glory to the earth.
On a hot summer's day
We appreciate their worth.
They shade us with their branches
And help us to relax.
I wonder why George Washington
Chopped one down with his axe?

What authors inspired your writing?

In my grandfather's cellar, there was a dusty, rusty, spider web covered metal cabinet. I got up the nerve to open it one day. It was filled with black covered Hebrew books.

The one exception was a single, thick, red volume, which held three novels by Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, and Eight Cousins! It was as if a light shown on that beautiful, bright book, shelved amongst all those strange and somber black tomes.

I read Little Women and completely identified with Jo, the tomboy who became a writer.

Up until then, I never even thought about writers. Books just existed -at school, in the library, in rich people's homes in the movies. (We were strictly a Reader's Digest family and had no books around the house, just the popular, little magazine.) Little Women was the first book I ever read by a writer and about a writer.

Is there anything in particular that inspired you to write a series about teen witches?

Yes, my co-author, Randi Reisfeld. She's a witch. Who else could hold down a full time job and write best selling books for young readers in her spare time?

I came up with what we call The Alterworld - Coventry Island and all its lovable denizen, Karsh, Ileana, the evil Lord Thantos, and other notable witches and warlocks. Randi and I met working on the "Clueless" series. We alternated books - for instance, I wrote 'Cher and Cher Alike', then Randi wrote 'Too Hottie to Handle'; I did 'Friend or Faux' and Randi did 'Cher Goes Enviro-Mental'.

We loved each other's work and found that we were totally in synch. And, one day, we thought, wow, it would be fun to create our own series. Like magic, T'Witches was born.

What was your favorite book when you were a teen and why?

The truth is I had no favorites. I loved to read - anything, everything. I used books to hide in, to escape from my life - which I used to think was like Cinderella's without the prince. I even used books to make myself seem brainy and sophisticated.

I had a crush on a college boy one summer and everywhere he went, the poor guy would trip over me posing with a book in my hands. I can't remember what I read when I was a teen, I just remember how amazing and affirming it was to discover a character thinking thoughts I believed were serious, strange and strictly mine. I used to like only fiction- novels, short stories. Now I love non-fiction as well, especially biographies and history.

What do you do that most appeals to teens?

It's very easy for me to remember feelings and situations from my own tortured teens. And although teen language, fashion, and politics change, feelings, family and friend issues don't seem to.

I find it easy to tap into the part of me that was raw, hopeful, and frightened when I was adolescent; and the defenses I used - mostly sarcasm, which I mistook for humor.

I become my characters when I write. The nice and not so nice ones. Even when the people, places, and plots in my books are imagined, the feelings are real. And I think my writing has an informality and a certain compelling quality that keeps readers reading. At least, I hope so!

What advice would you give a teen that would one day like to be a successful writer?

It would be easy to go Nike and say, "Just do it!" But that's too glib. Honestly, I didn't "just do it." I spent much more time dreaming of being rich and famous than writing.

At a particular point, however, you have to get real. For me it was when someone, a friend who was an editor and had read some of my stuff (mostly advertising copy) asked me to submit an outline for a novel based on the publishing industry.

I was working at a publishing house at the time. I thought, Oh, what the heck. And wrote an outline that I never thought I'd have to turn into an actual book. But he bought the proposal and I did write the novel and, presto, I was an author.

So here's what I've learned. Seriously.

1) Read! Read everything. Fall in love with books, or stories, poems, non-fiction, whatever, until you find yourself thinking, "I wish I'd written that." Then read some more until you're thinking, "I bet I could do that." Then go Nike.

2) Hang around books and people who love, write, read or need books. For me, it was majoring in English Lit in college and then getting an underpaid job in publishing. But for you it could be taking a writing course, talking to an English teacher about writing, putting together a book club, writing to an author you admire ... It's called "networking," I guess. Don't be one of those sour people who say, "Oh, yeah, well she/he had friends in the business." Make friends in the business! Get to know writers and writing and publishing

3) Forget the "successful" part and just write - for yourself, for fun,to express agony, anger, interesting thoughts and observations. See something and describe it in words: hot, cold, tall, small, bristly, green, round,wrinkled, etc. It's a great exercise. And so is journaling. Keeping a daily journal is an excellent exercise in discipline and description. Oh, yes, and

4)pray -that is, keep in touch with whatever you think is miraculous, giving and good in you and the universe and ask for guidance. Then listen - and maybe even record - the answers.


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Jessica 12-11-08
i :) that book it is the only one that i actually read all of it

2 Sexy 4 You 05-06-08
COOL movie!It was AWESOME!

Ariane 07-26-07
what would have been awesome is if the movie Twitches on disney was a series. i would watch it everyday. i :)d the movie and me and my mom own it and we watch every rainy day.

pooptacular 12-24-06
DEAR OMAR
I AM IN POSSESSI0N OF Y0UR PRECIOS AMULETS. IF YU WISH TO ATTAIN THEM, YOU MUST FINE THE 3 ARTIFACTS OF TRUTH. LOCAATED AROUND PITSBURGH. WEVE BEEN WATCHING U AND WE KNOW U SEEK THE TRUE POWERS WICH ONLY YOU ARE MENT TO HAVE. BE STRONG LIKE THE T*WICHES AND DO NOT CRY.


pooptacular 12-24-06
DEAR OMAR
I AM IN POSSESSI0N OF Y0UR PRECIOS AMULETS. IF YU WISH TO ATTAIN THEM, YOU MUST FINE THE 3 ARTIFACTS OF TRUTH. LOCAATED AROUND PITSBURGH. WEVE BEEN WATCHING U AND WE KNOW U SEEK THE TRUE POWERS WICH ONLY YOU ARE MENT TO HAVE. BE STRONG LIKE THE T*WICHES AND DO NOT CRY.


Amber 10-02-06


Omar 09-04-06
By the way CAN I PLEASE HAVE THE AMULETS THE GIRLS WORE IN THE BO OK AND IF POSSIBLE FROM THE MOVIE?! PLEASE I NEED THOSE! I'm gonna cry if I don't get them. send them to 9402 Nashville Ave. PLEASE.

Omar 09-04-06
I :)d the Disney Channel Original Movie of Twitches, and I am eagerly awaiting my book to arrive from Barnes and Noble

jaclyn 11-13-05
omg! i LOVE your books. they are awesome! i read 5 of them in 3 days, i couldnt stop!

Mike 09-27-05
www.sinsbox.com !!!! omg!
and www.dreamsbox.com

jaimie 02-27-05
i :) the t witches books i think they should be alot longer because i :) them so much

renna 01-31-05
hey h.b gilmour u totaly rox

<< do your best never less >>



renna 01-31-05
hey h.b gilmour u totaly rox

<< do your best never less >>



CREE SMART GIRL:} 10-20-04
I always read these books about Alex and Cam my fav T* witches Rock!!!!!!

SavannahTeen Angel The Rescuer 09-13-04
I think that T*Witches is teh best even though i have read only the first book. LoL



<< H.B. Gilmour Roxs! Major >>



erin 07-27-04
she's cool... i used to be interested in wiccan.

XRaggedyAnnX 06-02-04
i read the first book adn i :)d it but i havent been able to read any others because i havent been able to find the other books anywhere.

nikky 03-26-04
:) the books the thing that draw me to it was how it said witchs

::..::laura::..:: 03-25-04
I bought that book like a year ago on sale at walmart for a dollar. =) Didn't care for it.

Jasmine 10-29-03
I totally :)d ur books. I realy likes the character Alex and hate Tsuris and Vey. I still haven't read the lates book wich is 8, but I have all the other ones. Every single one of them.U should take my advise -and that of others-and turn the books into a movie.Now that would be pimpin!!!!8)

Sabrina 09-28-03
HB Gilmour rocks her books are so cool And she is an awesome auther!

MLou 06-30-03
chixLIT is the only literary 'zine for girls ages 7 to 17. Send in your writing!

If you get published, you get a free copy of that issue!

Write on! www.chixLIT.com

holly 06-15-03
ANY ONE WHO HASNT READ THIS BO OK SHOULD.........i ddint like the 1st chap or 2 but after that it is so awsome!!!!! i havent realy gotten to read the 2ond book yet cuz i have alot of stuff going on but READ IT if u can

megan 04-30-03
i :) T'witches i'm up to book 3 apart from the Circle Of Three series i read resently this has to be one on the best book series i've ever read, i :) the charachter alex, and beeing a witch my self i can relate alot to the trobles, although my gifts didn't come as easly as they did to alex and cam. anyway just wanted to say i :) the books its a great series

alex 04-28-03
hahaha

alex 04-28-03
i dont get it?

Samantha 04-12-03
hey ur first poem was cute, I liked it. I think poems r interesting, but unfotunately I can't write.

Amy 03-19-03
I have not yet gotten the chance to read your book. I'm looking forward to reading it very soon. I would like to start writing someday. How would I go about starting a writing career? Were your parents supportive, and did they help you out at all with starting your career?

tracy 01-28-03
I :) reading. I poetry, but unfortunately I'm not good at writng poetry. Keep writing.

Megan 12-16-02
those are the greatest books ever!i've read all of them,well almost all of them,i'm on the 6th one, called Double Jeopardy. I first heard about them when i was at school and we had this book fair,and i saw t*witches and i was like,hey that looks like a cool book. So i got it and read it,and then the next time we went to the bookstore,the had all 6 books!so of course i got them all...i can't wait til the next one comes out in febuary..thats to long to wait!and i heard a new one comes out only once every four months..thats totally sucks. i wish they could do a movie or tv show

-->Vicki-- 09-03-02
~!hey!~ when's your next book coming out? I have all of them so far....they're so good!

Julia 08-22-02
textI :)d your book it was great after I read it all my friends wanted to read it to!

amber 07-30-02
i have you're book..... but i havnt read it all.............. so what's it really about............

Brian 07-17-02
I :)d it.

Katie 05-11-02
so what exactly are the books about?????

~SeXyChIkA~ 04-06-02
I read one of your books I really like did hope you keep them coming cause your a really good writter.Make into amovie though thats a good idea!It would be really good.

McKenzie 04-05-02
Sounds cool

Janet 02-27-02
I wish this was a movie. I love witch movies and there really aren't many witch movies that aren't immature and fakish.

Laura 01-22-02
Just wanted to say thanx for the advice you are sharing. It's one of my dreams to become a known author.

Shastina 01-14-02
Just want to say, your books are sooo cool. I've read all three. Keep 'em coming!! :)

*~Chelsea~* 01-13-02
Wow! Thats soooo c0ol... now I want to read it! lol i'm reading it... thanksS!

Laura 12-27-01
I want to read it now!

¤Dallas¤ 10-11-01
That's cool.

Markia 09-05-01
I've other books that you wrote. I have go check this one out.

SAMANTHA 08-03-01
congrats on getting your book published!! its sounds awesome! stuff like this really interests me... when does the book come out in stores?

jake 08-02-01
I am not really into book...especially with 2 girls on the cover that look a bit sketchy, but if I had to get a book for someone like a girl right now, I would probably get this one. I am trying to think about what I should get my sister for her b-day. later.

Erin 08-02-01
How much is this book going to be. Is there any wiccan in it. I like to study wiccan.

Roger 07-28-01
This sounds like a really good book. Catcha laterz!

Jessica 07-25-01
I read this book, I bout it about a month ago, I think, I had finished my Series Everworld, and was in search of another I asked the guy "any new teen sci-fi/fantasy series come out?" and of course he was like, "Uh I dont know," So as I was walking out of the door I saw it, It caught my attetnion, I read the back cover, and I was like "Found One!" I bought it read it all the next night straight threw, so now I am waiting for Book #2 "Building A Mystery." I love to read,, and wright. ~Jessica~ wickedlyconfusd1@cs.com

Krystal 07-20-01
It sounds like a great book. I can't wait to read it.

Erin 07-19-01
This sounds so cool! I really want to read this book. Where can I get it. Later.




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