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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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Mark the Days on Mysterion

My short story "Mark the Days" is featured on Mysterion Magazine today! 

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Denver blinked against the sunlight blaring through his bedroom window, resisting the urge to pull the thick comforter over his face. Moments later, the sunlight shut off. He blinked more, seeing nothing but pitch black for several seconds. As his eyes adjusted to the dark, the furniture in his room appearing

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I'm not sure why, but opening this book I expected traditional epic fantasy. Boy, was I wrong. Bid the Gods Arise is a mash-up of fantasy and sci-fi, with a bit of Ancient Rome thrown in. Yeah, gladiators and everything! Oh, and it's allegorical, too ...more
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I'm giving this three stars because I made it all the way through, but honestly I was rather disappointed in the shallowness of this book. Let me clarify: My hopes were really high because I *loved* Melissa Grey's The Girl at Midnight trilogy. That s ...more
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Madeleine L'Engle
“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.”
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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.


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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


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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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