Author Kourtney Heintz dropped by to answer a few questions! And she's made book one, The Six Train to Wisconsin free for the month of October!
Amanda, thank you so much for having me here on your blog today!
Name your go-to author for a good read.
I have several, so these are my two favorites right now.
Richelle Mead: I was sucked into her Vampire Academy series. I forgot to eat and sleep until I finished her book.
John Green: He always tells a beautifully crafted tale. Guaranteed laugh and sob out loud moments.
What draws you to the genre you write?
My novels tend to cross genres mixing paranormal with mystery/suspense and love story. I believe in the unbelievables—telepaths, telekinesis, ghosts, curses, and spells. I think they are all possible and it makes life much more interesting when you have that possibility. So many things in life remain a mystery—I can’t seem to write a story without a mystery/suspense at its core.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write full-time. I spend about 5-6 hours per day writing. I spend another 3-4 hours promoting. Before a book launch my promo time is using 6 hours a day. I have a part-time teaching gig and I do school visits as well. Book sales can be up and down, and it take months to see the royalties, so it helps to have some constant income without sacrificing my writing time. Life’s all about tradeoffs.
Stand-alones or series, what is your preference?
I prefer series to read and write. I like getting to go back to a place and hang out with characters more. For me, it’s also exciting to see how the pieces of a book’s arc and a series’ arc come together.
Though, I am playing around with a standalone concept just to try something different and be “one and done” for a change.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Every single No is one step closer to a Yes. You never know what day or what person will say Yes. So you must keep trying until you get that Yes. If you stop when someone says No, that’s all you will have. You will make the No permanent. If you keep going, a No is simply a bump in the road to Yes.
If you decided to give up writing (please don’t!) what would your next choice career be?
I’d probably go back to working on Wall Street. It wasn’t my passion, but if I were going to give up my passion, I’d go back to what I did before because I found joy in it and the perks were really amazing.
I also wanted to let your readers know, the first book in the series, The Six Train to Wisconsin, will be free on Amazon in October. So if they’d like to try the series out, they can read the first book free: http://www.amazon.com/Six-Train-Wisconsin-Book-ebook/dp/B00CJIXKG2
Back Cover Summary:
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.
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.
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A huge thanks to Kourtney for visiting! And make sure to check out her books and website!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~