Thursday, January 14, 2010

Author Uncovered: Heidi R. Kling (Author Interview)

Hey guys! As part of Putnam Week, I have Heidi with me today! She's the author of Sea, an upcoming Putnam book on June! Enjoy!

Who is your favorite character from SEA?
Oh gosh, how can I choose? I love all three of the main characters: Sienna, Deni and Spider. I also like Bev a lot. Her part used to be bigger. Also fond of Big Tom. And Dad. And Ellie and Amelia. That's like asking me to choose which of my kids I like the most. ;) The only one who bugs me is Vera, and even she is okay once in awhile.

What inspired you to write SEA?
My husband, fresh out of psychiatry residency, volunteered his time to help surviving teens and children of the tsunami. His stories and his personal growth after experiencing such an incredible event inspired SEA.

Why did you choose Indonesia as SEA's setting?
Indonesia was the epicenter of the tsunami--Aceh specifically. And where my husband volunteered. It made the most sense to place my story there.

What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses as an author?
I think this is a better question to ask my editor. ;)

What's the most interesting thing a reader has ever said to you?
The thing that makes me happiest is when readers say the characters and the story stuck with them long after they've finished reading. And that it was 'unputdownable' (my agent says that--I know it's not a real word, but I dig it.)

How does it feel being an author?
Awesome. Splendid. Dream come true.

Book you've faked reading:
HAH! That's hilarious. I don't know if I've "faked" reading, but I always think I've read Pride and Prejudice just because everyone has---so if it comes up I sort of nod and contribute to the conversation before I remember I haven't read it. I know. Shame on me. I must remedy!

Book you've bought for the cover:
Twilight. Before it was popular I saw the cover at Kepler's Books and picked it up to check it out. I bought it based on the cover and the prologue. If only I'd purchased stock then, I'd be a zillionaire!

Book you're an evangelist for:
When I love a book, I let the world know. Currently, I'm blogging a lot about The Secret Year, by fellow Tenner (www.thetenners.com) Jennifer Hubbard, Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan, and Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron. All contemporary novels with beautiful writing and big hearts.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for having me! You can find out more about SEA by visiting my my website: http://heidirkling.com

That's it folks! I really loved Sea and I loved learning more about Heidi! Hope you enjoyed learning about her too!

Yours till Awesome Authors,
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2 comments:

MissAttitude January 15, 2010 at 5:56 AM  

I love your questions Reggie, especially how they're worded 'Books you're an evangelist for' and book you've fake read/bought for the cover are great questions. Ahh I'm so excited to read Sea, June needs to arrive!

Cleverly Inked January 17, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

I have not read Pride and Predjudice either. hehe Great Interview

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