Today I am interviewing Heather Hilliard. I have known Heather for 20 years ever since she was a student at Tulane Univ. and a member of their campus emergency medical unit. She also volunteered with the city of New Orleans and was subjected to the torture of riding with me on numerous occasions. She is currently teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level and consulting in communications and with her in depth background in Emergency Management definitely fits the bill of a member of public safety.
About the author
Since 1993, Heather Munro Hilliard has been involved in homeland security and emergency management. Earning her two masters degrees before she was 24 years old, she rose quickly to the pinnacle of her career and decided it was time to create fictional works about things she had seen (or maybe not… it is fiction).
Currently teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level and consulting in communications, she is able to spend quality time on writing thoughtful storylines with complex characters and intricate historical references. Drawing the reader into the heart of the story, she is able to make the reader feel the pace of the action, breathe emotions wrenched from beloved characters and feed the hatred against the loathed protagonist.
While her academic works live in one realm, the new generation of her writing lives through her publisher, R. Roan Enterprises LLC, so that readers everywhere may enjoy her well-crafted stories. Her first novel, Mirage, is the first book in The Elements series, which is designed to explore the elements of corruption in society. Mirage was released in hardback and ebook in May of 2016.
About the book
Mirage – In a city loved by many while understood by few, Sarah finds her New Orleans office at the center of a terrorist threat just weeks away from the national professional championship football game. As game day approaches and more clues point to the mastermind behind the operation, she works with a variety of interesting players to find out who is trying to carry out the threat – and why.
Mirage is Book One of a new series, The Elements. These true crime and mystery stories are built around the five elements – water, fire, earth, metal and air – as well as incorporating aspects of the five corruptible areas of human society – government, religion, economics, war and education. Stay tuned for the next book, Cardinal, the second book of The Elements.
Publications – Academic
- Chopra, Ankush (PhD). A Sixty Minute Guide to Disruption. September 2016. Available through his Empowering Innovators website.
- Parker, Karen Curry. Abundance by Design. Colorado Springs, Colorado: GracePoint Publishing. September 2016. Best Seller Editor: Heather M. Hilliard
- AP English 2017, SAT English 2017, CLEP Literature 2017. Boston, Massachusetts: XAMonline Publishing (released May 2016). Author: Heather M. Hilliard
- James, Devon S. Inside Ferguson: A Voice for the Voiceless. St. Louis, Missouri: Destiny Publishing, LLC. February 2016. Contributing Editor: Heather M. Hilliard
- Understanding Homeland Security. Sage Publications. October 2013. Contributing Editor: Heather M. Hilliard, CEM
- “Countering Agroenvironmental Terrorism.” Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror. Ed. Frank C. Shanty. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. ABC-CLIO. October 2012. Author: Heather M. Hilliard, CEM
- Cedyco Manila Village Abandoned Oil Production Facility Response and Report. September 2011 – January 2012. Unified Command Team Member: Heather M. Hilliard, CEM
- Reconstruction and Nation Building Industry Course; “BP Oil Spill Ramifications at a local level”. US Industrial College of the Armed Forces. April 2011. Author: Heather M. Hilliard, CEM
- “NIMS in the Field” as well as “Disaster Communications”. Emergency Medical Services Institute, Annual Conference. March 2011. Author: Heather M. Hilliard, CEM
- “Response and Recovery, Current Status”, USNORTHCOM. January 2011.Author: Heather M. Hilliard
- “New Orleans and Louisiana, Response and Recovery”, DOD/IBRD. September 2010
Author: Heather M. Hilliard, CEM
- Louisiana DHH, Chemical Weapons and Countermeasures Training and CHEMPACK Tabletop; Exercise Director and Facilitator. 2010. Author: Heather M. Hilliard, CEM
- “Fear of Crime and Collective Action: An Analysis of Coping Strategies”. Sociological Inquiry 68(3): 312-328. Authors: Lesley Williams Reid, J. Timmons Roberts and Heather Hilliard.
This episode was brought to you by Xiphos Books & Training. Xiphos Books is responsible for books such as ‘Welcome to New Orleans… How many shots did you hear? Volume 1 and 2 as well as the fiction novel A Salty Life & A Traitor’s Death. Be sure to stop by their website and look at their books, training and public speaking dates.
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