An Interview with Deborah Heiligman, Author of VINCENT & THEO

April 25, 2017 | 4:00 PM

An Interview with Deborah Heiligman, Author of VINCENT & THEO

By Team Fierce Reads

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman is finally here! ???? To celebrate the release of this critically acclaimed non-fiction book, Team Fierce Reads asked Deborah a few questions about the book and life as an author.

Team Fierce Reads: What’s your favorite part of being an author?
Deborah Heiligman: Getting the idea for a book. Those first few days, weeks, months, are exhilarating. It’s exactly like falling in love.

TFR: What’s the most challenging part of being an author?
DH: Staying married. (Not in real life; that’s actually been pretty easy so far.) The most difficult part of being an author is staying with a book even when it’s impossible and maddening and you are so angry at it you wish it would just go away.

TFR: If you’d met Vincent when you were a teen, would you have been friends? 
DH: I think so. He might not have been in my main circle of friends, but I would have admired him from afar. I might even had had a crush on him. He was brilliant, stormy, mysterious. Yes, definitely crush material.

TFR: Which 3 historical figures would would you want to have on your apocalypse squad?
DH: 1. Vincent van Gogh: He was fearless, fought for what he believed in, and championed the underdog. Plus he could walk for miles and miles without eating much. 

2. Emma Darwin: She said what she thought, called it like it was, was fiercely protective of those she loved, and was very good at bribing people to make them do what she wanted. 

3. A woman whose nickname was Molly. I haven’t written about yet, so I’m keeping her real name a secret. But she was a homicide detective in NYC over 100 years ago. For reasons I cannot yet divulge, I definitely want HER on my squad.

TFR: Describe your book in 3 words.
DH: Vincent AND Theo.


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