Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand


Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. 

Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.
When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

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Hi Heather! Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
Sure. Imitation is #1 in the Clone Chronicles and follows Ven, a clone of a rich, privileged human named Raven. When a threat is made on Raven’s life, it’s Ven’s job (reason for existence, really) to step in and pose as Raven until the threat is neutralized. That means playing the role in EVERY way. Including sparkly dresses, political parties, and BOYS!

What inspired you to write it? 
I was wandering the library (you know us book lovers. Wandering stacks is what we do!) and found a clone section in the non-fic stacks and was like “huh, not a lot of YA stories about clones out there…” one thought led to another and BOOM. Imitation.

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters? 
Matt Lanter as Linc. No question. Well, 1 question: can he ride a motorcycle??? (I’m totally available to offer lessons. Just saying.)
And Ven? Hmm. Taylor Momsen. Dakota Fanning? Oh, what’s that girl’s name from We’re the Millers??? I like her.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much? 
YA is awesome! It’s a genre all about “finding yourself” which is HUGE and meaningful and life-altering. I love all the angsty hormones too. They’re so dramatic and fun!

How do you come up with character names? 
Honestly, baby name books and websites. And a lot of staring off into space, mumbling choices to myself. It’s weird to watch.

Tell us a random fact about yourself. 
I like brownies but not cake.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live. 
I live in 2 places at once. Guam half the time and Va half the time. Both have beaches. One of them has nicer beaches than the other.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list. 
Hot air balloon!!!!

Favourite myth / fairytale? 
12 Dancing Princesses.

Who did you want to be when you were a kid? 
A nomad. Seriously, like a mysterious backpacking traveler. I just knew I had to go to all the places. And I’m working on it. =)

Thanks so much for having me! I had a lot of fun! xoxo
It was such a pleasure, Heather!

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.
Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.
She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at
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