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 voi…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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New Story in DreamForge Magazine: The Clock-Work Heart

 


My newest short story has released in DreamForge Anvil, a wonderful online magazine that publishes all sorts of science fiction and fantasy short stories -- and fortunately for me, they publish steampunk! 

"A Clock-Work Heart" is a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" but with a twist.

Here's a bit to get you started: 

The automaton had served me well, but I refused to feel remor Read more of this blog post »
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Cheryl Landmark Thanks, Kat! That would be great.


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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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