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Interview: Seeking Unseen
by Kat Heckenbach

Seeking Unseen CoverToday we have a treat for our readers. Kat Heckenbach’s new title, book 2 of her The Toch Island Chronicles, Seeking Unseen has just been released this month. For the Splashdown launch party, I’m kicking off the blog tour to feature her and the two books, Finding Angel and Seeking Unseen. Here’s her interview:

Did you always want to be a writer?

Well, yes and no. I actually grew up wanting to be an artist. I drew all the time and was very good. But, when I got to college (after deciding I’d like to teach art), I lost some of my interest in it. I had some phenomenal science teachers at the community college and ended up changing my major from Art Education to Biology. I never really went into science as far as work. I ended up teaching and tutoring (mostly math) until I had my son. Then I became a stay at home mom and eventually started homeschooling. Then, a couple of years ago I was overcome with the desire to write. I love reading Young Adult fiction–became completely addicted to the Harry Potter books and movies and Cornelia Funke’s InkHeart series–and decided one day I just had to give it a try. Memories came streaming back that showed me it was a desire I’d always had. I read all the time from the time I was very young, but never thought I could do what those authors do, so I pushed the idea out of my head for so long. But, I suddenly remembered sitting on my bed when I was in high school trying desperately to start a novel. I also remembered writing fourteen-page notes to my friends all the time, which should have been a clue that I like writing :) . And I always got A’s on my papers and essays. I just think I was so focused on my art and never had the self-confidence in writing. I didn’t think I was interesting enough to come up with any grande and creative ideas. And, I was too young back then. I didn’t have enough life experience. Now, I’ve been through a lot and all of that comes out in my writing.

Tell us about your relationship with your publisher Splashdown. Any surprises as you’ve worked with them?

The whole experience has been one surprise after another! I had no idea what to expect from working with a small publisher. But it’s been awesome. Grace Bridges is wonderful, and the whole group of authors work really well together as a team. We brainstorm back cover blurbs and such for each other, and everyone is respectful of each other’s suggestions. I will admit, I love the creative pow-wows Grace and I have when it comes to cover art. We seem to totally connect most of the time and it’s ridiculously fun. Those moments of, “What if we….?” followed by, “Oh, yes, that’s brilliant!” happen a lot—in both directions. There have been far too many for me to doubt I’m in the right place.


Author Kat HeckenbachKat 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.

Now she shares that life with her husband and two kids. Ok, maybe “share” isn’t the right word–more like lives that life in her writing and tries her best to be normal the rest of the time…

Kat is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom—everything from Art to Algebra II—and now homeschools her children.

Author Website: http://www.katheckenbach.com/

Finding Angel CoverToch Island Chronicles

Book 1: Finding Angel (Sept. 2011)
ISBN: 978-1927154137

Book 2: Seeking Unseen (Sept. 2012)
ISBN: 978-1927154298

Visit the other blogs in the tour:

Grace Bridges http://grace.splashdownbooks.com
R. L. Copple http://blog.rlcopple.com
Ryan Grabow http://www.egrabow.com/rm.php?e=Prime
Diane M. Graham http://dianemgraham.com/blog/
Travis Perry http://travissbigidea.blogspot.com/
Paul Baines http://www.pabaines.com
Caprice Hokstad http://caprice.splashdownbooks.com/
Keven Newsome http://www.kevennewsome.com
Greg Mitchell http://www.thecomingevil.blogspot.com/
Robynn Tolbert http://ranunculusturtle.blogspot.com/
Frank Creed http://blog.frankcreed.com/
Fred Warren http://frederation.wordpress.com/
About R. L. Copple
R. L. Copple enjoys a good cup of coffee and a fun story. These two realities and inspiration from the likes of Lester Del Ray, J. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, among others, caused him to write his own science fiction and fantasy stories to increase the fun in the world and to share his fresh perspective.
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2 Responses to Interview: Seeking Unseen
by Kat Heckenbach

  1. Rick, thanks so much for the interview!

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