Kat Heckenbach

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Kat Heckenbach grew up in the small town of Riverview, Florida, where she spent most of her time either drawing or sitting in her “reading tree” with her nose buried in a fantasy novel…except for the hours pretending her back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in her closet… She never could give up on the idea that maybe she really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not her own…but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted her away…she realized she was just going to have to create the life of her fantasies. She shares that life with her husband and two homeschooling kids.

Kat is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teach
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Kat Heckenbach As someone who is both an author and artist, one way I deal with writer's block is to switch my creative focus. I work on my art for a while until the…moreAs someone who is both an author and artist, one way I deal with writer's block is to switch my creative focus. I work on my art for a while until the writing begins to call to me again. If, however, I am on deadline or I am feeling the need to write but don't know where to take the story, I work on it in a different way. Maybe change what scene I'm tackling, or write out my ideas in a notebook (good old-fashioned brainstorming). Sometimes I've just been so frustrated, I start venting in an email to a fellow author/friend/critique partner, explaining what I can't figure out, and in the process the answer to the next move will emerge.(less)
Kat Heckenbach My biggest piece of advice for aspiring writers is to keep learning--not just about the writing craft, but about yourself. Learn what your writing…moreMy biggest piece of advice for aspiring writers is to keep learning--not just about the writing craft, but about yourself. Learn what your writing voice is. Learn your personal strengths and weaknesses. And learn to discern what advice to take and what advice to discard from other writers.(less)
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The Gift (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Ben can't bear seeing his wife, Maggie, suffer after their son's death....but what if using his magic to take away her pain has only made things worse?
The Artist (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Caryn has magic just like everyone else. But she still hasn't developed her Talent--that one power each person has unique to themselves. What happens if she never does?
The Guitar (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Gregor is normally pretty good at stopping Kalek from following through with his crazy ideas. Or at least, he can usually stay out of them. But this time Kalek needs Gregor's magic Talent to get what he wants. The lengths an Elven musician will go to for his dream guitar...
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Description: Death has just taken hold, but John is given a chance to relive his last day.
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"As much as I adored the Storm Siren Trilogy, I doubted I could feel the same about a science fiction series. Yet Mary Weber proved her mastery of craft transcends genre limits. Sofi Snow's grief and trauma leaps from the page with such vivid emoti..." Read more of this review »
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I decided to round up to five stars from what I would consider 4.5 for this book. A few little things bugged me, a few inconsistencies I found, and one scene that I honestly would have completely re-written -- but the rest of this book was wonderful. ...more
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I hate to write negative reviews but this was just a ridiculous and unbelievable plot, with terrible, one-dimensional characters and nothing redeeming."
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“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
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J.K. Rowling
“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

G.K. Chesterton
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
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Ray Bradbury
“Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.”
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Cheryl Landmark Thanks, Kat! That would be great.


message 6: by Kat

Kat Heckenbach Awesome, Cheryl, thank you! I noticed on your profile you have some books out, too :). I'll have to check them out!


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for the friend request, Kat. "Finding Angel" sounds very interesting and I've added it to my wish-list.


Kathryn Wow. There is such a wide world out there. Glad to see you mine. <3


message 3: by Ellen

Ellen Maze Well doggie! It's about time we made friends on Goodreads! LOL :-)


message 2: by Kat

Kat Heckenbach Guilty as charged! Haven't been on there much. It's been all I can do to keep up with my FB profile and my blog. Oh, and actually write ;).


Michelle I think it's cool that I'm one of your four special friends here. Now why haven't I seen you much on ECFL?


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