10 Questions with Heather Kindt
Heather Kindt is the author of Not Quite Dorothy: A Modern Day Wizard of Oz Romantic Comedy and the New Adult Paranormal Romance, The Weaver Trilogy published through Parliament House Press, the YA Fantasy series, The Eternal Artifacts, and the Vradian Academy.
Heather lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and two children. She enjoys hiking, skiing, teaching, reading and cheering for the best team on earth: the Denver Broncos. Traveling to new places with her husband is on her bucket list.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself! Where do you call home and what do you write?
I am a full-time elementary school teacher from Colorado. The view out my back window is of Pikes Peak. I write young adult and new adult fantasy as well as romantic comedy retellings.
2. What drew you to that particular genre and/or age group?
I write what I love. I’ve always enjoyed engaging tales like the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games. I wanted to write stories that drew people into different worlds.
3. What’s your best known work?
My best known work must be my best-selling work which would be my Eternal Artifacts series. Book 1, The Green Door, is my top seller. I’m working on book two of the spinoff series for the Green Door.
4. What inspired you to write it?
I always had this image in my head to write a children’s series with a door on each cover—a grand adventure, kind of like the Magic Treehouse. That idea changed to young adult after I wrote The Weaver series with Parliament House. It’s the first series I’ve written that takes place in a new world, so a friend of mine helped me talk out what would be behind each door.
5. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a plotter, pantser or somewhere in between? How do you research?
To my husband’s dismay, I’m almost a total pantser. Sometimes, I have to stop and think for a while if I write myself into a dead end, but normally my characters help me out of it. I generally research as I go. The Weaver trilogy needed the most research because the second book takes place mostly in colonial Massachusetts.
6. What’s the strangest or most interesting thing you’ve researched for your writing?
For The Watcher, book two in The Weaver series, I ran across a historical figure who was fascinating to me. After the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the British traveled through Menotomy. They shot Samuel Whittemore in the face, bayoneted him six times, and clubbed him. He was 78 and lived another eighteen years. I had to give him a cameo in the book.
7. What’s the most personal story/scene you’ve written and why?
With this, I’d have to go with the character who is most like me—Laney Holden. The Weaver was the first book I wrote, so I poured my heart and soul into Laney. She loves with all her heart but as an introvert is self-conscious at the same time. The story also takes place in New England and her family lives in the town where I grew up.
8. Who are your literary influences? In what way?
When I first started writing in 2008, I was obsessed with Twilight. I wanted to create my own story. Today, I’m inspired by other indie authors. I’m amazed by the quality and popularity of the leaders in the industry.
9. What books are on your bedside table right now?
I just finished The Stars Forgot Us by R.J. Garcia.
10. Last and most important, where can we find your books/stories?
The Weaver Trilogy is sold on most online bookstores (Amazon, Kobo, B&N).
You can also download a Weaver Trilogy free short story here.
And a prequel novella of The Vradian Academy.
Follow Heather on these platforms!
Liked this interview? Sign up to Nikky's mailing list to get a free story along with monthly updates, articles and interviews delivered straight to your inbox!