Heather Kindt and The Weaver

Name: Heather Kindt

 

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.

 

Links:

Blog: http://www.heatherkindt.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rubyslipsauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hmkindt

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/heatherkindt

Bio:

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.

 

Purchase links for my novel:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VFL4WZQ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

 

 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-weaver-heather-kindt/1132543093?ean=2940163521500

Zero Day

Yesterday was a hectic one for me. It included two appointments, a quick bite to eat with the other half and then a ten hour (busy) shift at work. I knew I wanted to write and I figured that maybe when I finished work I could come in and get at least something written down. However, my shift ran over and I had to stay late for a few reasons so by the time I got home it was well after 10pm. And I was exhausted. After doing boxercise on Thursday I’ve been sore from head to toe and the week has put a bit of a mental drain on me.

Although everything in my brain was nagging at me to turn on my laptop and write, I knew I couldn’t. There was no point. Anything I produced last night would have warranted the scrap pile this morning. So instead, I made myself a cuppa and spent some time with my partner before heading to bed. Yesterday was the first day since the start of the year that I haven’t written. Yes I was a little bit annoyed that I couldn’t but at the same time, I know I had to realise that life gets in the way. I can’t always write and things won’t always go according to plan. It’s about learning to adapt and when and if I have to, allowing myself to take that time off. Nothing has been lost and in fact, this morning I feel fresh and ready to go so I’m off to make a start on my WIP which is Peyton’s back story.

If you want to know about Peyton, you can find one of her stories in Eight Deadly Kisses which was released by Dark Chapter Press in February this year, an all women anthology with strong female characters. Definitely worth a read. You can find it here: Eight Deadly Kisses

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Kill for a Copy Review

Kill for a Copy

Kill for a Copy

I received a copy of Kill for a Copy in exchange for an honest review. Because Kill for a Copy is an anthology comprised of seventeen short stories, I decided it would be best laid by my bedside table so I could read it at night (with the hope that it didn’t scare me too much it kept me awake!) What I found inside was a wonderful plethora of stories that ranged on the horror spectrum from light-hearted humour to downright nasty but I enjoyed each and every one of them.

Each author has added a piece of their own voice and in their own story, brought Kill for a Copy to life. Home, Sweet Home by Jack Rollins was the first in the book and as I read this curled under the covers, I literally could not put it down. I had to know what would happen.

My favourites in the anthology were Bon Apetite by Stuart Keane, Redwood by Angus Fenton, Bedlam Betty by Brian Barr and Tactile Living by Audrey E. L. Coots but each and every one of the stories brought something different to the anthology and made me think. Definitely worth the read if you love a good yarn!

Sojourn: The Wildlands – a Review

Sojourn: The Wildlands
I was given a copy of Sojourn: The Wildlands by B. D. Messick in return for an honest review.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where everything beyond the small cities, called Enclaves, is wasteland. However, when a person turns eighteen they must travel to a new Enclave, chosen at random, to start their new life.

Rayn is a seventeen year old girl looking at facing her future while dealing with the typical struggles of a teenage girl. Her best friend, Luk, is a little younger than her and his Sojourn to the new Enclave won’t start until a few months after her so she is facing a long trek across the wildlands on her own.However, a couple of days in and her best friend Luk is there to find her. He can’t stand not being with her and they share their first kiss in a run-down camper van.

The story moves forward from there, taking the reader day to day through the struggles the pair face including hunting for food, searching for water and making tough decisions. They have some luck on their way as well as some bad times but come through it together.

I love Rayn as a character. She’s strong and independent. She is the one doing most of the leading throughout their Sojourn although she doesn’t believe it (and knows that without Luk she might not have survived). She has studied well and the time spent with her father before her Sojourn is always coming back in some way in terms of map-reading or shooting. She’s a smart girl.

Their relationship is just budding throughout this book and we watch as she goes from unsure to bashful to confident still in this honeymoon phase.

The book ends on a cliffhanger, leaving the reader to wonder what will happen in the next book. It’s a great read and I would recommend this to anyone who likes YA and post-apocalyptic.

 

Middlings

I’m currently working on the fourth novel in a series (of which there will be seven). I have been loosely planning the novels in my notebook but mostly they have come together of their own accord. It’s like something I’ve never experienced before and I love it!

I’ve come to the realisation that my weakness (because we all have them) while writing is the middle. Because I have planned the beginning and know where I want it to end up, I know what I’m doing there. However, because I haven’t been putting in a rigid structure or plan throughout my novel I’ve found two things: that my characters have free reign to tell me what they want to do and that I flounder somewhat.

In one way, I like writing like this. My story goes where it should go and the characters seem to know where to take me from one scene to the next. They seem to have a lot of bright ideas. But one thing that I do find is that on the occasion when I sit down to write and I’m not sure where my characters want to go, I’m a bit lost. Sometimes I find myself slogging through the thousand words just to get it down on paper but not really feeling it. Sometimes I’ll sit for ages just wondering (and of course procrastinating) what should happen next.

Of course there are pros and cons of planning and pantsing but I like to adopt an in-the-middle approach that seems to work generally quite well for me. What I do think I’m good at doing is soldiering on through the times when I find it hard to write. I make myself write because I know that when I hit the next scene my fingers will be flying and the characters will be taking over again.

In other news, I’m taking off this weekend for some time with family and my partner as we head to the Harry Potter studio in London. Of course I’m so excited about it being the huge Harry Potter dork that I am (and currently deciding how many Harry Potter themed clothes it would be acceptable to wear!).

Oh and look out this weekend for a cover reveal from Granville, my new co-written novella which is being released on the 17th. If you want to take part here’s the link to the release party on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/464630770410893/

David Owain Hughes will also be attending the party as of course, he is the co-author! Also look out for Eight Deadly Kisses released by Dark Chapters Press, an anthology written by women with strong female characters. All proceeds go to CAMFED.

Granville

You may remember me chatting about a co-written novella a few weeks ago. This was co-written with David Owain Hughes and came to fruition last year after a lot of early morning Facebook conversations. It grew and grew and gained a life of its own and now, lo and behold, it will be released sooner than I could imagine!

From Stitched Smile Press, you’ll meet Granville. There’s a new killer in town…

 

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Co-editing

Writing something with another author has always baffled me–that’s until I actually did it. I’m the sort of person who worries about the logistics of a thing, who will do what, will it be equal etc. However, when it got down to writing it  we passed it back and forth each adding a little at a time until it was finished and we had a completed novella.

Now we’re at the editing stage after being offered a publishing deal. I worried about the same thing. Thing is, it has gone more smoothly than I thought. My co-writer, David Owain Hughes, did the first round of edits using track & change, I have gone through a second round adding, accepting or rejecting and passed it back for a final read through. Hopefully by April this will be out.

I think co-writing has taught me a lot about compromise, working together and discussion as well as opening me up to ideas and styles of writing that I haven’t tried or possibly have been a little shy to in the past. Often I stop and think, What if someone I know reads this? Often it can put me off writing certain things, making things too gory or erotic for example, but then writing with David has taught me to write like I want to write. I write for me and hopefully someone will enjoy my work. Not everyone will and that’s true of friends and family.

In other news, I’m working on the third novel in the series I’m currently working on. I’m just over 20k in and still going strong although at times it’s a slow write. I think it could have been planned just that little bit better but I’m going to see where it takes me. I want to finish writing them all before going back to edit and doing that it one big, long stint. I think that’ll help with keeping the flow of the piece.

Oh and in other news, I ran over my big toe with a sofa today. If my toe doesn’t drop off then I think that my nail will. All I have to say is OW!

What are you working on at the minute? Or if you’re not an author, what are you reading?