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By Diane Sieker

Meet science fiction and horror novelist Trond Hildahl


Last updated 5/18/2018 at 12:09pm


Trond Hildahl writes, "I missed my friend Trike. Haven't seen him in ... Boy, it feels like a million years."

The Anza-Aguanga area is home to an incredible number of talented people. There are inventors, successful business owners, trick pilots, radio talk show hosts, Hollywood starlets and music legends. There is even a published science fiction and horror novelist.

Meet Trond Hildahl, science fiction, fantasy, horror and humor writer.

According to Hildahl, he had an early start but really blossomed in later years.

"I wrote a poem in second grade for an assignment, and it touched off a nerve," he said. "I think I wrote a sonnet by age 12, and of course during the high school angst and hormones, I fired off many more, declaring my undying love to whoever I was in love with that week. I wrote a short story at some point in high school as well, about an alternate reality where I and some friends were trapped."

As a loving husband and father of two sons, Painter and Kai, Hildahl only seriously got started writing again about five years ago. Of course, he is his own worst critic, he said.

"I tried National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short, where you write at least 50,000 words in November," he said. "I got about 6,000 words before realizing that I needed a better idea than what I was working with."

He dove into self-education, reading articles on writing and searching for tips and inspiration. One piece of advice stood out – write short stories to hone your craft. If you can tell a complete story well in relatively few words, then you can treat each chapter of a book as a short story. For example, create one completely told scene with mini events and climaxes, leading to the next problem in the next chapter. He took this lesson to heart. 

"I entered a contest called the New York City Midnight Flash Fiction and made it to the semi-finals," he said. "I was hooked. On a side note, I also entered the 2017 NYCMFF and took home fifth place, out of 2,500 entrants."

Hildahl attained his first publication as part of the Writer's Workout Team Games 2017, where his Dark and Stormy Knights team took second place and had three of their stories published in their anthology, "72 Hours of Insanity, Volume 3." He has had two stories published in February 2018 in the anthology, "Writings to Stem your Existential Dread."

Hildahl plans to have another work published later this year. He is also working on two novels – a young adult comedy/fantasy and a science fiction piece. He said he enjoys his work very much and permeates it, and everything he does, with an excellent sense of humor.

"Probably the most fun is for the horror-genre shorts I have written. There is nothing like having your family see your Google searches for 'what does chloroform smell like' or 'how long does a body take to decompose,'" he said jokingly.

His family fully supports his idea of fun. His wife Sacha, a visual artist and an excellent painter, encourages creativity throughout the household. And he has his fans.

"My mom has been part of a writing group for years and loves reading my stuff, at least the nonhorror flavor." Hildahl said.

His own favorite writers include Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick. Lesser known authors but creators of gripping silence fiction are David Feintuch, Anne McCaffrey and Anne Rice.

As a reader, Hildahl shared this advice, "If you like a book, please write reviews for it on Amazon, Nook or wherever you bought it. Reviews help small authors more than you will ever know."


Author Trond Hildahl with his son Painter enjoy an outdoor event some years ago.

Reviews of his works include such praise as "a masterfully written page turner from first to last!" and "this collection of flash stories is nothing short of sheer entertainment, and I found them each to be suspenseful and intriguing." Described as "delicious," "masterful" and "heartwarming," the stories are quickly gaining an audience.

"If you are interested in writing," Hildahl said. "Find yourself a writing group that is small enough to be personal and kind to new writers, yet honest enough to provide real feedback. You probably won't find the magic in the very first group you try, but when you find a fit, it will help you develop faster and better than you might on your own."

Hildahl's Amazon author page can be found at His Facebook author page is

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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