Name: Heather Kindt
Where are you from? Woodland Park, Colorado
Tell us a little about yourself ie. education Family life etc.
I have a Masters in teaching reading from Grand Canyon University. I earned my undergraduate from Gordon College in Massachusetts. All of my education is in teaching elementary school. My husband, Tom is also a teacher. We have two teenagers who will both be in high school starting this year. Yikes!
When and why did you begin writing?
In fifth grade, I was part of a writer’s club in school. It was invitation only by the teacher, so you know pretty exclusive. I was terrible! I still read my writing from the book we created in that club to my students. In 2008, I finished my Masters degree with a 4.0. I realized I was pretty good at the writing thing, but at the same time I was reading the Twilight series. It was an obsession. I wanted to write a whole different world and that’s when I began The Weaver.
Do you have a novel/collection published? Would you like to tell us about it?
My first novel that I published in 2017 is called Ruby Slips and Poker Chips. It is a modern day Wizard of Oz romantic comedy. The main character is a teacher on a road trip to a teacher convention in Las Vegas. Instead of the yellow brick road, she travels Route 66.
The Weaver is the first in a trilogy. It is about a college freshman who grew up around history in her parents’ antique store. Items in the store inspire her to write a journal from the Revolutionary War period. It all seems so innocent until she begins to have encounters with her characters in real life.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Like I said above, The Weaver was the first book I wrote. My heart is in this book. The MC, Laney, has a lot of my qualities in her. She is passionate about writing, is loyal and loves fiercely. She’s not like a lot of the kick ass female main characters out there today, but she possesses an inner strength and conviction. This is played out even more in the other two books. The setting is Madison College, which is based off my alma mater and the Revolutionary War times. With growing up in New Hampshire, I was also around a lot of that history when I was younger.
Do you have a favourite character from your book? If yes, who is it and why?
I have two characters that were very fun to write in the next to books in the Weaver trilogy, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I can’t answer that right now.
In Ruby Slips, I love the interaction between the MC Dottie Gale and the scarecrow, Shay Fields. They are both very outgoing people who love giving each other a hard time.
Is your book part of series? If so what can readers expect to find in your series?
The Weaver is where the reader discovers the world of the weavers; writers who can make their words come to life. When I look at this book, I see it as a tale of two Laneys. In the beginning, she is piecing through what is real and what is fantasy. It takes her a while to accept that her fantasy world has come to life.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
For me, it’s the world building. Coming up with the ideas can be tough, but I have a twenty-one year old friend who is brilliant at coming up with them. He comes up with an overarching idea, and I fill in all the details.
What are your current projects?
The first book in the Weaver trilogy will be released on August 20th. Parliament House Press will release the Watcher in 2020 and the Ender in 2021.
My work in progress is a series I call the Door Series. I know it needs a better name. I have the first book, The Green Door written and am currently about 25,000 words into The Red Door. Right now, I have four books planned in that series.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
You can read the first chapter of The Weaver here: http://heatherkindt.com/2019/07/29/the-weaver-chapter-one/
Here’s a snippet from The Green Door:
In the light of my cellphone, I saw Brek sitting on the last step tossing pebbles into the water. He paused when he heard my footfalls on the steps above. “Fate, huh?”
I removed the flyer from my pocket as I settled in next to him. “Can you hold the light?”
He took my phone and shined it on the flyer as I read.
“Are you looking for adventure, riches, or an escape from the dull drums of life? Then this is the game for you. Looking for a few exceptional men and women to play. The game is ready when you are.”
Brek leaned in closer reading over the words again. “Is it some kind of Iron Man competition?”
“I don’t know.” There were only two reasons I was interested in this flyer. The first reason was Carter was interested and the second had to do with the money. If I could graduate high school with some serious cash in my pocket, I might actually get to attend community college. I traced my finger along the bottom of the page. “It has an address here.”
“Seventy Oak Street? Isn’t that … ”
“The Rosenbaum Manor.” I shuddered at the thought of the creepy mansion. Definitely not on the south side. Mentally, I turned the pros and cons over and over in my head.
A light gust of wind blew through our glen as I watched Brek’s face in the light of the full moon. His lips lifted into a grin. “Maybe this our break. It sounds like our kind of awesome.”
“I was kinda hoping you’d say that.” The thought of winning the money I needed, that my dad needed, lifted me to a place I hadn’t been in years. “Do you want to go Saturday?”
“Wild horses couldn’t keep me away, Covington.”
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Ruby Slips and Poker Chips was my response to a bad principal. I saw her as a wicked witch, so Dottie’s principal naturally became like her.
What books have most influenced your life most? Do you have a mentor?
I think besides the Twilight books, I would have to say Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. I devoured those books. I wanted to create a world where people would get lost and wouldn’t be able to put the book down.
I do have a mentor. I first met my good author friend, Dan Alatorre, when I entered his writing contest. Ruby Slips won first place. He mentored me through the publishing process and was always full of high praise for that book. Since, then he’s helped me edit some of my works and is always there when I need advice.
Have you ever been able to travel in regards to your books? What was it like?
No. But on August 31st – September 1st of this year, I’ll be at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, GA. It will be my first time. If you are at the festival, please come by the Parliament House booth and say hi.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. I did. The Weaver and Ruby Slips and Poker Chips sat on my computer for ten years! Within the next week, I’ll be able to hold both of these books in my hands. It can happen to you, just don’t get discouraged.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Wow. I don’t even know where to start. When I started getting reviews from people who weren’t my friends and family on Ruby Slips, my heart was full. To read “worth more than five stars” or “keep writing Heather Kindt and I’ll keep reading,” was unbelievable. You never know when you make an author’s day. We do read reviews and if it’s an area of critique, I try to fix it as long as it makes sense.
What book are you reading now?
I’m part of an online book club where we are supposed to read four books a year from other members of the club. Currently, I’m reading The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Quiroz Vega.
Do you remember the first book you read? If not tell us what your favourite book is and why.
There were two series of books that stand out to me from grade school. The first is The Babysitter’s Club. Whenever a new one would come out, my mom would buy it for me from the Scholastic book flyer. The other series was called Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators. They were probably like The Hardy Boys. Our library had a bunch of them and I loved the mysteries.
Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
My husband and I love to hike and travel. This summer we went to Europe with the kids and visited the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Italy. We also love Disney.
Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
I am a fourth grade teacher. Coming home and writing can be tiring, but I try to stay to a set schedule so I can finish a book in a few months.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My husband and I have watched Survivor since it first came on TV and we were first married. Since then, we also started watching the Amazing Race (it gives us ideas of places to travel). On Netflix, I like to watch Stranger Things, Supernatural, Outlander, and romantic movies.
Favourite foods /Colors/Music.
I love ice cream, but I’ve come to love salads and avocados. My favorite color is green. I have a very diversified taste in music. I like everything from Johnny Cash to more modern music like Fun! I grew up in the 80s and 90s, so of course that is some of my favorite music.
Heather Kindt grew up in Derry, New Hampshire, but now resides in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and two children. She loves writing YA fantasy and humorous fiction. Her debut novel, Ruby Slips and Poker Chips, won the Dan Alatorre Word Weaver Writing Contest. To learn more about her and the great things that are coming in her writing world, visit her website at http://heatherkindt.com.
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