Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's Summer. Let's Read with Debut Author Heidi Kling

It's great to have you here, Heidi. I enjoyed meeting you at your book signing earlier this month and I loved your book.

Does this look familiar, Heidi?

"I'm sitting alone on the other side of the world talking to a sea turtle that might be my mom." For those who haven't read Sea yet, isn't that a great beginning? I had to enter it into Page Turner's list.

So let's find out who this author is.

Heidi R. Kling likes people, stories and blue things, necessarily in that order. A native Californian, she relocated briefly to NYC where she earned her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. Heidi resides with her family in Northern California just over the coastal mountains from the sea, where she alternately wears flip-flops and Ugg Boots. And is quite happy.

I know readers will be interested in what inspired SEA.

Sea was inspired by my husband’s real life volunteer trip to Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami disaster.

Do you by any chance have a favorite character in SEA?

A three way tie: Sienna, Deni and Spider.  

The songs are interesting. What are some of your favorite songs from SEA’s playlist?

“Hey There, Delilah” from Plain White T’s (though none of my story takes place in New York City), “Only You” by Yaz, “Details in the Fabric” by Jason Mraz, “Tidal Waves” by Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam, “Lucky” by Jason Mraz, “Disappearing,” “Made to Fly” & “Sand Castles” by Coastal Sage*; “Undone” by Cori Najarian*

(*Fun fact: These original songs were written and performed by alumni of our Santa Cruz Children’s Theatre!)

What are you working on now?

A modern fantasy trilogy about estranged witches and warlocks. Imagine setting Romeo & Juliet in a funky beach town, adding a ton of magic and mischief and you got Jade.

Be sure to visit Heidi's blog for breaking news and announcements. You can also follow her on Twitter: @heidirkling She says it's her favorite internet hangout!

Now The Write Game wants to add one more comment about On Being Published, The Process. Sarah-Jane covered a lot of excellent areas in her post last week, so here's my contribution. Read the award winning writers in your genre, connect with them, follow them online.  This will pay off in many ways: you'll read some excellent books, you'll become more familiar with who publishes what, you'll learn a lot about writing, and when you do publish you'll know who to ask for blurbs. Okay, that's my tip. Do you have others that you'd like to add? Please do. cleemckenzie



  1. I have Sea Change on my nightstand. It's waiti8ng patiently for it's turn. I can't wait to read, especially after reading this post. Thanks, ladies. :-)

  2. Oops! That's what happens when we don't proof before we publish. Sorry for the sloppy comment above. :-)

  3. Great advice - thanks for the interview - looks like a great book :)

  4. Yay! I'm actually right in the middle of the book and can't wait to get back to it. I'm really intrigued by the upcoming trilogy (it sounds right up my alley). :)

  5. I loved the interview and your tips are SO helpful. Thanks for the good advive. :)

  6. Wow, this book sounds awesome. You are so right about the opening line.

    Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad you enjoyed reading the entries for the two winners of my contest, they were totally goofy, weren't they?

    Have a great weekend! :-)


  7. Sounds like a great book. Interesting premise and great first line.

  8. I love that opening sentence, the book sounds really interesting.

  9. Aren't opening lines interesting? It takes me forever to get them the way I want them.

  10. Sounds like a great book. Thanks, Lee, for bringing Heidi's work and blog to our attention!


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