Everyone, please welcome Kourtney Heintz to the blog today! She’s here to chat and more! If you want to find out about the GIVEAWAY of a signed copy of Highway Thirteen to Manhattan, then scroll to the bottom. Also, don’t forget to pick up a free Kindle copy of The Six Train to Wisconsin on Amazon for October and November 2016.
What now-dead author would you like to interview? What are some of the things you would chat about?
I’d love to talk to Agatha Christie. I started reading her books in middle school and they definitely influenced my writing. I’d want to know how she planned her stories and any tricks or tips she had for plotting such wonderfully intricate mysteries. I’d love to ask who inspired the characters of And Then There Were None. They were such fascinatingly gray characters.
What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?
Once I worked somewhere where I wasn’t challenged. Every time I tried to make a change or do anything that upset the status quo, I was shut down. That was incredibly frustrating for me. I’m a doer and an innovator. If a process doesn’t work, I want to improve it. That’s just my nature.
It was very disempowering and the polar opposite of writing. When I’m writing, I’m in charge of everything in my story world. With my books, I plan my marketing campaign and I execute it. If something doesn’t work, I tinker—both with my stories and my marketing strategy. Writing is one of the most empowering things I’ve ever done.
Who are your non-writer influences?
Johnny Cash—his autobiography saved my life. When I read all that he had overcome, I realized I could keep going despite the terrible spine injury I had. His music gave me perspective and reminded me there is worse that others have faced and come through.
Taylor Swift—she inspires me to keep believing in myself. I love how she taps into such universal emotions in her songs. She’s such an amazing example of the power of perseverance.
In this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?
Creating the promo materials is fun. It’s a different kind of writing. I like running ads, seeing how they generate sales, and figuring out where to allocate my time and money for the most bang for my buck. What I find most challenging is discoverability. You can do everything the experts tell you to do and yet not see sales that reflect those efforts. It’s a constant learning curve with marketing.
My live/work space is all in one giant room. I have a huge secretary desk I write at and i it is covered in mementos and to do lists and tomorrow’s project. It has spilled onto piles on the floor to my left. I’d call it organized chaos. I know what each pile is for and what needs to be done next.
I can write on a subway, train, plane, desk, outside, and inside. I spent four years stealing my writing time. I learned to grab it anywhere I could. Now, I prefer to write at my desk, but I am happy to do it anywhere I can.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I love to go berry picking and walk the sandbars at the beach. I read a lot. Play with my dog. Hang out with friends. I enjoy dancing—mostly alone in my room. I like to travel and explore places. I love a good road trip. Sometimes I’ll go into New York for a weekend and find something I missed when I lived there for 8 years.
What is the first book you remember reading on your own?
I don’t remember. That’s terrible, right? My memories from birth to about ten are very scattered. Some moments, I remember like they happened yesterday, and then other things, I have zero recall of.
Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?
I have a couple events planned in CT that I’d love to share.
November 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., I’ll be in South Windsor, CT, at Maneeley’s (65 Rye St.) at the 2nd Annual Crafts Show signing and selling books.
December 4th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., I’ll be in Mansfield, MA, at the Holiday Inn (31 Hampshire St.) at the 23rd Annual Arts and Crafts Show selling and signing copies of my novel.
I’m currently doing edits on the second book in my YA time travel mystery series, The Unbelievables, and that’s due out in summer 2017.
Kourtney Heintz is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Six Train to Wisconsin (2013), the first book in The Six Train to Wisconsin series. She also writes bestselling young adult novels under the pseudonym K.C. Tansley. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
She has given writing workshops and author talks at libraries, museums, universities, high schools, conventions, wineries, non-profits organizations, and writing conferences. She has been featured in the Republican American of Waterbury, Connecticut; on WTNH’s CT Style; and on the radio show, Everything Internet.
She resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amok at night, envisioning a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.
Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything.
There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.
When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.
To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned—Butternut, Wisconsin—where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?
An emotionally powerful debut, The Six Train to Wisconsin pushes the bounds of love as it explores devotion, forgiveness and acceptance.
His secrets almost killed her. Her secrets may destroy them both.
Kai is recovering from a near-death experience when she realizes something isn’t right. Her body is healing, but her mind no longer feels quite like her own. Her telepathic powers are changing, too. She can’t trust herself. The darkness growing inside of her pushes her to use her telepathy as a weapon.
Oliver clings to the hope that he can save their marriage, even though he was the one who put her life in jeopardy. As his wife slips further and further away from him, he becomes increasingly obsessed with bringing the man who ruined his life to justice.
The sequel to The Six Train to Wisconsin is a genre-defying tale of love and consequences. Once again, award-winning author Kourtney Heintz seamlessly weaves suspense and paranormal intrigue into a real-world setting, creating characters rich in emotional and psychological complexity.
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